Category: Movies Movie- WHEN THE COWS COME HOME (4.30pm)


December 4, 2022

Observational New Zealand documentary from veteran independent filmmaker Costa Botes charting the unusual life of musician, journalist, artist and cow whisperer, Cambridge framer Andrew Johnstone.

After a series of failures in love and life, a social misfit returns to his family's farm near
Cambridge, where he discovers an unexpected and bewitching affinity with cows.
Veteran Kiwi filmmaker Costa Botes’ latest feature follows the daily routines of herdsman
Andrew Johnstone, who lives on his parents farm, looking after a large group of beef cattle.
He is thoughtful, highly articulate and well-informed, and in the course of his varied life has
played many roles, from poet, journalist, and radio broadcaster, to farmer, fencer and rock
In this delightful and thought-provoking documentary, we discover the life of a man who
has suffered tragedy and disappointments, but has ultimately found his way to healing and
contentment, giving us all pause for thought and providing some rollicking good yarns along
the way.

Cinematography & Sound by Costa Botes
Additional Photography by Murray Milne & Andrew Johnstone
Original Music Score by Tom McLeod
Sound Mix by Phil Burton at Underground Sound
Produced, Directed & Edited by Costa Botes
104 Minutes

Our theatre is inviting; cool in summer, cosy in winter. 2K Digital Projection with Dolby 5.1 Audio.

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