A fantastic spoof of The Lion King movie called The Lambing King has won Farmers Weekly‘s Welcome to Wellywood competition.
The clip, made by the National Trust’s MyFarm team at Wimpole Hall, took first prize in this competition which asked readers to make a spoof of a well-known film scene – but to give it a farming twist.
Farmers Weekly reached the verdict with the help of our celebrity judge, former Strictly Come Dancing star and TV presenter Matt Baker.
Farmer’s son Matt, who is also president of the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs, described the winning entry as “amusing and energetic”.
The clip has been a big hit with readers and website users – it’s already notched up 3,500 views on YouTube, with viewers clearly liking what they saw.
“Genius,” declared Lensman864. “As a regular visitor to Wimpole Hall, this is doubly amusing. Beautifully done.”
Meanwhile, megan11533 dubbed it “brilliant” and described it as “a video you have to watch again”.
One reader of FWi, AlanS, said it was “simple but brilliant – like all the best ideas!”
“We saw the competition and thought it sounded like great fun,” said Andrew Cock-Starkey, manager of the project at Home Farm on the Wimpole Estate in Cambridgeshire.
“We picked The Lambing King as, when we were working on ideas for our Wellywood entry the farm was really gearing up for a busy lambing period so it seemed a natural fit.”
“We wanted to enter because it might generate some extra attention to farming – but with our tongues very firmly in cheek!
“It was coming up with the idea that was difficult – we did wonder about doing an entry called Reservoir Hoggs!
“We picked The Lambing King as, when we were working on ideas for our Wellywood entry the farm was really gearing up for a busy lambing period so it seemed a natural fit.
“We’ve enjoyed watching some of the other entries; the other shortlisted ones were really funny, so we thought we had no chance and were very pleasantly surprised to have won.”
The MyFarm team – which includes stockman Mark Field who starred in the clip and Lambing King director Rob Hawthorn – wins a prize of £400 (plus £200 of cinema vouchers).
The three highly commended entries were:
- Battle of Garnfach Parlour. A hilarious spoof of a scene from Braveheart, made by Cwmni Garnfach, a media production company established 10 years ago alongside a dairy herd in west Wales.
- What Have Farmers Ever Done for Us. A clever spoof of a Monty Python scene made by Michael Hudson, from Cambridge, who works for Syngenta.
- Tractor the Future. A great take on the Back to the Future made by the owners of Bassett Farm, just outside Bath, and their friends.
There were some other fantastic, imaginative entries – so thank you to everyone who put so much time, effort and creative energy into making their entries. Clearly, there are lots of budding moo-vie makers in the British countryside.