God's Own Country

God's Own Country

Francis Lee (2017)

15 Certificate


Our Score
A tender romance develops between two young men in this naturalistic, low-key drama, which is set on a windswept farm in Yorkshire. Josh O'Connor stars as Johnny, a surly, emotionally repressed sheep farmer who is unhappy with his life. As soon as work is finished for the day, he gets drunk; whenever he has sex, it is emotionless and perfunctory. However, everything changes with the arrival of a handsome Romanian farmhand (Alec Secareanu), who forces Johnny to confront his feelings. There's little dialogue for these taciturn characters, but their strong performances convey a range of emotions. While the film can sometimes feel slow, patient viewers will be rewarded during the final act, which is surprisingly hopeful and affecting.


Young Yorkshire farmer Johnny Saxby numbs his frustrations with casual sex and alcohol. However, his life changes when he falls for a Romanian migrant worker during lambing season. Writer/director Francis Lee's drama, starring Josh O'Connor, Alec Secareanu and Gemma Jones.

Cast & Crew

Johnny Saxby Josh O'Connor
Gheorghe Ionescu Alec Secareanu
Deirdre Saxby Gemma Jones
Martin Saxby Ian Hart
Gloria Melanie Kilburn
Glen Liam Thomas
Joy Sarah White
Director Francis Lee
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: PicturehouseGuidance: Swearing, sex scenes.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 1 Sep 2017