Saw this in the wonderful Peckhamplex. Good point about Moonlight. This film was in some ways straightforward love story. Just happened to be two men. My partner liked it a lot. As she saw it as romantic. Which it is. In in Peckhamplex it had crossover appeal from my unscientific look at the audience. Looks like it has done well for a low budget British movie. Been on for several weeks and still a good turnout to see it when we went.Went to "God's Own Country" - at "The Studio" at BFI. The venue is somewhat downstream of Ritzy screen 5 I would suggest - the Ritzy has a raked floor so you don't get heads at the bottom of the screen. £8.50 seems to be the normal price for BFI Studio (£7.20 members and guests)
The film is pretty amazing for a directorial debut. Not for the queezy. Knee trembling gay sex (not totally explicit) and some obsessive filming of lambs being pulled out of sheep's wombs, a still-born calf and other such farming reality scenes.
More disturbing perhaps was the very cold and uptight family at the centre of the film.
This is an intense film with a gay romantic theme which somehow ends with the possibility of happiness. In the harrowing nature of the story and the twist at the end it shares something with "Moonlight". But "Gods Own Country" is an overtly gay romance in a way that "Moonlight" is not.
I liked it. The film was made by the good use of the wild country landscape and the two great performances by the two main actors.