In 2010 Keith Ineson, a chaplain from the north of England, set up a helpline for gay farmers. After seeing many from this world struggling with their sexuality, often finding it hard to come out and suffering feelings of loneliness and isolation, the helpline was there to offer a friendly ear. In the years since, Keith has provided support to hundreds of LGBTQ farmers who often had nowhere else to turn, as well as establishing a support network of social groups.
Our film Landline, is a short documentary that tells the stories of some of the people who have called the helpline in the past. It has been shown at festivals around the world and as part of BFI Flare and the British Council's 2018 Five Films For Freedom campaign. As part of the project, we are raising funds to ensure Keith can continue to run the helpline. Currently, the main outgoings are the cost of paying for the phone bill (£40-£50 per month). Keith would also like to place a regular advert in the farming press to help broaden the reach of the helpline. We are aiming to raise £1500 to ensure that the helpline can keep going for at least another two years. In the longer term, Keith hopes that the helpline is not needed. Until then, he wants to raise awareness and support this community through the work that he does.
Francis Lee, the director of God’s Own Country, has kindly offered to put his short films online until we reach our goal. Please go to the links below to watch:
Bradford Halifax London https://vimeo.com/69258631
The Last Smallholder https://vimeo.com/103924806
The Farmer's Wife https://vimeo.com/46705435