The Belstone Fox runs again
Extras in The Belstone Fox (1973), a rare film about foxhunting, which was filmed among the hunting communities of the Quantocks and Dartmoor, will be able to spot themselves all over again, as it’s to be re-released this month in high definition.
The story, adapted from David rook’s novel, The Ballad of the Belstone Fox, and made pre-ban, begins with a hunt kennels adopting a fox cub, Tag—always a high-risk strategy. Predictably, it doesn’t end well. When Tag leads huntsman Asher smith’s (eric Porter) hounds to tragedy, he vows to catch the fox even if it kills him. The Belstone Fox, also starring bill Travers and Dennis Waterman, is right up there with Ring of Bright Water in tear-jerking terms. It’s part of The british Film collection of vintage films and is available from August 28 (£14.99). KG