AWARD-WINNING anti-fox hunt film ‘A Minority Pastime’ will have a special free preview screening in Stroud next month.

Written and produced by Slad Valley-based filmmaker Denise Ward, the documentary, narrated by Sir Patrick Stewart OBE, was part-filmed in Gloucestershire and follows Denise’s efforts to understand why the outlawed act of fox hunting is still so important to those who do it.

Earlier this year the feature-length flick received an award from the International Fund for Animal Welfare, which was presented to Denise by Queen guitarist and animal rights campaigner Brian May at the House of Lords.

Denise, who was inspired to back anti-hunt causes after witnessing a deer torn apart by a baying pack of hunting hounds, will host a Q & A session after the viewing to discuss the issues raised in the film.

Stroud mayor John Marjoram, former MP David Drew and Painswick Parish Council chairman Terry Parker will be among those attending the screening – sponsored by Ecotricity and Mills Café.

Invitations have also been extended to sixth form students across the Five Valleys and Stroud MP Neil Carmichael, who last year pledged to vote for a repeal on fox hunting should the issue arise in parliament again.

The screening will be held at Lansdown Hall in Lansdown, Stroud, at 7.30pm on Sunday, December 4.

It is essential for anyone wishing to attend to contact Denise first on 0752 752 7603 or email