God's Own Country

Spring. Yorkshire. Isolated young sheep farmer Johnny Saxby numbs his daily frustrations with binge drinking and casual sex, until the arrival of a Romanian migrant worker Gheorghe, employed for the lambing season, ignites an intense relationship that sets Johnny on a new path.

God's Own Country
United Kingdom 2017
  • Czech
104 min.

In case it didn’t court Brokeback Mountain comparisons directly enough with its tale of two young sheep farmers finding love in a hopeless place, God’s Own Country seals the deal with one winkingly quoted shot: a work shirt draped on a wire hanger, poignantly removed from its wearer. Twelve years on, Ang Lee’s film has proven enough of a cultural milestone to merit such affectionate homage; luckily, Francis Lee’s tender, muscular Yorkshire romance has enough of an individual voice to get away with it, depicting a tentative romance between coarse English farm boy Johnny and the Romanian migrant worker Gheorghe who comes to work for the season. Intimacy doesn’t come naturally to a man who has been raised in a household where caring is expressed through work, but rather than over-exerting well-worn clichés about rural homophobia, the film reveals pockets of tolerance in unexpected places.

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Director: Francis Lee
Screenplay: Francis Lee
Cinematography: Joshua James Richards
Music: A Winged Victory for the Sullen
Sound: Anna Bertmark
Editing: Chris Wyatt
Production Design: Stéphane Collonge
Producer: Manon Ardisson, Jack Tarling
Costumes: Sian Jenkins
Cast: Josh O'Connor, Alec Secareanu, Gemma Jones, Ian Hart, Harry Lister Smith, Melanie Kilburn, Patsy Ferran, John McCrea, Naveed Choudhry

Sundance Film Festival

2017 – Francis Lee (Directing Award: World Cinema – Dramatic)

Berlin International Film Festival

2017 – Francis Lee (Best Film – Männer Jury Award)

British Independent Film Awards (BIFA)

2017 – Best British Independent Film

British Independent Film Awards (BIFA)

2017 – Josh O'Connor (Best Actor)

British Independent Film Awards (BIFA)

2017 – Francis Lee (Best Debut Screenwriter)

British Independent Film Awards (BIFA)

2017 – Anna Bertmark (Best Sound)