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The Herd, Vegan Horror Feminist Short Film by Melanie Light

March 7, 2016

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From Melanie Light

The award winning short film directed by Melanie Light. Written by Ed Pope. Starring Pollyanna McIntosh, Victoria Broom and Charlotte Hunter. Dylan Barnes, Jon Campling, Francessca Fowler, Andrew Shim and Sarah Jane Honeywell.

After a year of playing festivals around the world this powerful short film is now freely available online.

Synopsis: A number of kidnapped and trafficked women find themselves imprisoned in a squalid medical facility. For Paula her continued survival relies on her basic human function. Escape, on any level, is seemingly impossible as the women are condemned to a life of enforced servitude at the whims of their captors for one reason only – their milk.

The Herd replaces female cows with female humans, and by doing so hopes to promote a greater understanding of the suffering inflicted upon cows in the dairy industry.

Known as the first feminist vegan horror film.

If you would like more information on the subject matter please head over too -> White Lies – and

-Best Short film – Festival Boca do Inferno 2 (Brazil ) Nov 2015
-Best Cinematography- Bart Sienkiewicz – British Horror Film Festival ( UK) Nov 2015
-Best Short Horror Film – Celluloid Screams ( UK ) Oct 2015
-Best Foreign Short film – Russian Annual Horror Film Awards (Russia ) Jan 2015
-Best Horror Short – London Independent Film Festival (UK) April 2015
-Best Horror /Sci Fi – Sunderland Shorts (UK) July 2015

-Grimm Fest Up North (UK) Opening Gala film Oct 2014
-British Shorts Film Festival (Germany) Jan 2015
-Russian Annual Horror Film Awards (Russia ) Jan 2015
-Open Screen ( Luxembourg ) Jan 2015
-London Independent Film Festival ( UK ) April 2015
-Fantaspoa Festival apart of the International Fantastic film festivals ( Brazil ) May 2015 
-Cannes short film Corner ( France ) May 2015
-East End Film Festival ( UK ) July 2015
– Sunderland Shorts ( UK ) July 2015
– Animal Publics: Emotions, Empathy, Activism Conference. The University of Melbourne ( Australia ) July 2015 
– MARFICI , International Independent Film Festival Mar del Plata ( Argentina ) August 2015 
-Women Underground ( USA ) August 2015
-Rome International Film Festival ( USA ) Sept 2015
– Shriekfest ( USA ) Oct 2015
-Festival International Du Court Metrange et Fantastique ( France ) Oct 2015
– Mayhem Horror Festival ( UK ) 2015
-Sitges Fantastic Film Festival ( Spain ) Oct 2015 ( in competition, Official Oscar qualifying film festival) 
-Celluloid Screams ( UK ) Oct 2015
-British Horror Film Festival ( UK ) Nov 2015
-Leeds International Film Festival ( UK ) Nov 2015
-Paris International Fantastic Film Festival ( France ) Nov 2015
-Trieste Science + Fiction Festival Della Fantascienza ( Italy ) Nov 2015
-Festival Bocado Inferno ( Brazil ) Nov 2015
-PDXtreme Fest ( USA ) Dec 2015
-Courts Mais Trash ( Belgium ) Jan 2016
-VegBar ( UK ) Jan 2016
– Fright Night Theatre Film Festival – ( Canada ) March 2016
-Mecal, International Festival of Short Films and Animation of Barcelona ( Spain ) April 2016

Female Captor – Pollyanna McIntosh
Paula – Victoria Broom
Sarah – Charlotte Hunter

Dylan Barnes- Male Captor 2
Jon Campling- Male Captor 1
Sarah-Jane Honywell- Commercial girl
Francessca Fowler- Dry Girl
Andrew Shim- Male Captor 4
Seamus O’Neill- Suit

Producer / Director / Production Designer – Melanie Light
Writer – Ed Pope
Cinematographer – Bart Sienkiewicz
Editor – Sara Galvao
Composer – Laurent Barnard
Sound Design – Dean Covill
Art Direction – Phil Smith
Costume Design – Gemma Bedeau
Make-Up – Ruth Pease
SFX – GTFX & Tristan Versluis
VFX – Cranrust FX
Colourist – Jason r Moffat
The Herd limited edition cassette tape with music composed and performed by Laurent Barnard ->

Read the story behind and why we made the HERD here –

THANK YOU everyone – from cast and crew to crowd funders, friends, family, vegans,non vegans, soon to be vegans, festivals and festival organisers, film lovers and haters. It has been a wonderful and enlightening experience making and screening this film over the last 18 months. Best regards, Melanie Light, Director.

and one day
when the spacemen
they will find our
species grand,
perhaps for hunting,
food or just for
sick fun
does it have to
happen to us
before kindness
to others has

Karen Lyons Kalmenson


5 Comments leave one →
  1. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    March 7, 2016 7:42 am

    and one day
    when the spacemen
    they will find our
    species grand,
    perhaps for hunting,
    food or just for
    sick fun
    does it have to
    happen to us
    before kindness
    to others has

    Liked by 1 person

  2. March 10, 2016 2:54 am




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