Rockfield: The Studio on the Farm

50 years ago, deep in the Welsh countryside, two brothers were milking cows and preparing to take over the family farm but dreamed of making music. They had the audacious idea to build a studio in their farmhouse. Animals were kicked out of barns and musicians moved into Nan’s spare bedroom. Inadvertently, they’d launched the world’s first independent residential recording studio: Rockfield.

Black Sabbath, Queen, Robert Plant, Iggy Pop, Simple Minds, The Stone Roses, Oasis, Coldplay and more made music and mayhem at Rockfield over the decades. This is their story of rock and roll dreams intertwined with a family business’s fight for survival in the face of an ever-changing music landscape.

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Hannah Berryman




Director: Hannah Berryman
Executive Producer: Keith Potter, Kimberley Warner, Julian Carey
Producer: Catryn Ramasut
Cinematographer: Patrick Smith
Editor: Rupert Houseman
Music: Alexander Parsons
Principal Cast: Ozzy Osbourne (Black Sabbath), Chris Martin, Will Champion & Guy Berriman (Coldplay), Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin), Liam Gallagher (Oasis), Dave Brock (Hawkwind), Toni Iommi (Black Sabbath), Jim Kerr (Simple Minds), Tim Burgess (Charlatans), James Dean Bradfield and Nicky Wire (Manic Street Preachers), Martin Carr (Boo Radleys)


Public Film Contact
Catryn Ramasut
ie ie productions ltd
Publicity Contact
Catryn Ramasut
Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2020
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Genre: Documentary, Music
Screening Section: 24 Beats Per Second
Screening Category: Documentary Feature
Country: United Kingdom, United States
Language: English
Runtime: 91 mins