Leon the Pig Farmer

Leon the Pig Farmer is a 1992[2] British comedy about a Jewish estate agent in London who discovers that thanks to an artificial insemination mishap, his real father owns a pig farm in Yorkshire. It was directed by Vadim Jean and Gary Sinyor, and starred Mark Frankel in the title role.[2]

Leon the Pig Farmer
Directed byVadim Jean
Gary Sinyor
Written byMichael Normand
Gary Sinyor
Produced byVadim Jean
Gary Sinyor
StarringMark Frankel
Janet Suzman
Brian Glover
Connie Booth
CinematographyGordon Hickie
Edited byEwa J. Lind
Music byDavid Hughes
John Murphy
Release date
  • 1992 (1992)
Running time
104 minutes[1]
CountryUnited Kingdom

The film won the FIPRESCI International Critics' Prize at the 1992 Venice Film Festival,[3] while its directors won the Best Newcomer award from the London Critics' Circle,[4] the Most Promising Newcomer at the Evening Standard British Film Awards, and the Chaplin Award for the best first feature from the Edinburgh International Film Festival.[5]


Jewish estate agent Leon Geller, who lives in London, discovers his father is not actually local businessman Sidney Geller but Yorkshire Dales pig farmer Brian Chadwick.[6]




  1. ^ a b "Leon the Pig Farmer". Time Out London. Retrieved 21 November 2013.
  2. ^ a b c "Leon the Pig Farmer". British Film Institute. Archived from the original on 4 August 2012. Retrieved 21 November 2013.
  3. ^ Allan, Yoram, ed. (2001). Contemporary British and Irish film directors : a wallflower critical guide. London: Wallflower. p. 314. ISBN 1-903364-21-3.
  4. ^ "How dare you, Ken!". The Independent. 30 May 2009. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  5. ^ Akbar, Arifa (30 May 2009). "Director hands back award in protest at Loach". The Independent. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  6. ^ Russon, Scott (14 October 2015). "Leon The Pig Farmer". Empire. Retrieved 14 September 2017.

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