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Friday, March 1 • 3:20 PM • T2

Documentary | East Coast Premiere | Award Winner | LGBTQI Director | Woman Director, Writer & Producer

Cara Holmes' enchanting and beguiling documentary is inspired by no-nonsense artist, shepherd and farmer Orla Barry and her 2019 book Shaved Rapunzel, Scheherazade & the Shearing Ram from Arcady, a collection of her performance text and written works exploring the different worlds of being an artist and a shepherd after she returns to Ireland to take over the family farm and the running of a flock of pedigree Lleyn sheep. Narrated by Barry, the film bursts with the candid observations and reflections of this self-confessed bovine-obsessive as she goes about the arduous day-to-day work of farming while continuing to make art.


Director: Cara Holmes

Screenwriter: Orla Barry

Producers: Cara Holmes and Nuala Cunningham

Cast: Orla Barry

Ireland, 2023, color, 70 min. NOT RATED. 


DCU Documentary Award - Dublin International Film Festival 2023, Pull Focus Award for Best New Irish Feature Documentary - Docs Ireland 2023


Notes from Sheepland has a streak of light, playful wit. There is also something of a lament about the film. What happens in this shepherd's little corner of Ireland becomes a reflection of global events and challenges for everyone.” --Allan Hunter, ScreenDaily, February 2023

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Cara Holmes

Cara Holmes is a multifaceted queer activist, musician, and filmmaker. As a film editor and director, she directed the IFTA-winning film 'Welcome To A Bright White Limbo'  (Tribeca, HotDocs, Sheffield Doc/Fest, and Aesthetica.) Cara's debut feature documentary, 'Notes From Sheepland,' premiered internationally at the Telluride Film Festival in 2023, garnering accolades like Best Documentary at the Dublin International Film Festival 2023 and the Pull Focus Best Irish Feature Documentary at Docs Ireland 2023.  

Cara works predominantly in feature and broadcast documentaries. 

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