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by Andrew Kotting


Francine and Kath are sisters who run the farm of their deceased parents in an isolated rural village. Kath has a daughter by Buto who, greedy for land, proposes to Kath on her coming of age and subsequent inheritance of the farm. Francine dislikes Buto and, in seeking comfort from her life of unrelenting toil and hardship, develops a relationship with the outsider, Lek. Francine's family and close-knit community fiercely disapprove of this liaison and begin to wage war on the stranger, which has destructive consequences for the whole village.

international title: The Filthy Earth
original title: The Filthy Earth
country: United Kingdom
sales agent: ED Distribution (FR)
year: 2001
genre: fiction
directed by: Andrew Kotting
film run: 111'
screenplay: Andrew Kotting, Sean Lock
cast: Shane Attwooll, Dudley Sutton, Rebecca Palmer, Demelza Randall, Xavier Tchilli
cinematography by: Nick Gordon Smith
film editing: Cliff West
art director: Judith Stanley-Smith
costumes designer: Jane Heather
music: David Burnand
producer: Ben Woolford
production: Tall Stories, Film4
backing: UK Film Council
distributor: Film4 Distribution, ED Distribution (FR)
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