Quebec premiere
Documentaries from the Edge

A Life on the Farm

Directed by Oscar Harding


Official selection

Milwaukee Film Festival 2022
Calgary Underground Film Festival 2022
Melbourne Documentary Film Festival 2022
Revelation Perth International Film Festival 2022


Cream City Cinema Jury Award, Milwaukee Film Festival


Oscar Harding

Executive Producer

Joe Pickett, Nick Prueher


Oscar Harding, Edward Lomas, Dominik Platen


Derrick Beckles, Oscar Harding, Karen Kilgariff, Joe Pickett, Nick Prueher


Edward Lomas


Sam Paul Toms


Hannah Christensen


Sonderbar Pictures

USA, United Kingdom 2022 75 mins OV English Subtitles : English
Genre Documentary

Attention, found-footage enthusiasts! Get ready to discover a real-life gem that’s equal parts morbid and hilarious, oddly endearing, and definitely stranger than fiction. Sixteen years ago, filmmaker Oscar Harding’s grandfather, who lived in the rural country of Somerset, England, sadly passed away. Amongst his possessions was a dusty VHS tape that was gifted to him by his quirky farmer neighbour named Charles Carson… But when Harding, who was still a young boy at the time, sat down with his family to watch the mysterious video, its bizarre contents quickly prompted his parents to shut it off. Over a decade later, having never quite forgotten about what he saw, he gave it another go and was immediately enthralled: between ceremonious cat funerals, skeleton tractor races, and explicit lessons in cow birthing, old Carson’s film was a wildly imaginative self-shot documentary about his everyday life at Coombe End Farm.

Paying tribute to all the aspiring filmmakers whose work remain in the shadows, A LIFE ON THE FARM also celebrates the legacy and surprisingly deep teachings of Charles Carson, a true undiscovered artist who epitomized “death positivity” before the movement even existed. First envisioned as a short film, this crowdfunded documentary features interviews with Carson’s friends and family members, as well as a variety of experts and new fans including Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher from The Found Footage Festival, who enlisted as executive producers after falling in love with the eccentric farmer. And we know you will, too! - Alyssia Duval-Nguon