Strawberry Fields

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A strawberry farm is the down-and-dirty setting for some serious sister issues in this low-budget British film. A young woman (Anna Madeley) calling herself Tammy pitches up among various waifs and strays to pick fruit in a Kent field. But it’s only when her highly strung, catty sister Emily (Christine Bottomley) shows up to haunt her that we realise Tammy isn’t exactly who she claims to be, and this whole drama – all the shouting, screaming, sex, punches and rolls in the hay that follow – is framed as a purgatory. Tammy is passing from one stage in her life to the next. Director and co-writer Frances Lea hopes to recreate the up-close emotional immediacy of an Andrea Arnold film, but this is a less sure, shakier effort, with some wobbly performances and a more awkward script. But grief and a messy shared history hang in the air like a river mist that won’t clear, and the two lead stars make it worthwhile.

Release details

Rated: 15
Release date: Wednesday July 4 2012
Duration: 87 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Frances Lea
Cast: Anna Madeley
Christine Bottomley
Emun Elliott
Philip Martin Brown
Florence Bell

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Johnny, you are mistaken, but I can't understand why you would reach for that conclusion. I really did have my head in my hands. I had hoped for such better. This is quite sincere and not at all bitter. It's not a good film.


Real characters??? Come on. It was a melodrama. A pale imitation of Tennessee Williams. I remember reading tthe description of this project when it was first commissioned and thought it sounded very promising. The finished film left me with my head in my hands. There have to be better projects out there.


So refreshing to see fantastic English film that deals with real characters and emotional realities, strong female presence, stunning shots and amazing music from Troubadour Rose. There are difficult moments but all in all I feel this was a brave film to make and we should celebrate another great British film and filmaker Frances Lea, well done.


A powerful and moving film. Strong performances and beautifully shot for the money. Not perfect but well worth seeing.