An upcoming film tells the tale of a Devon farmer’s friendship with his local vet against the backdrop of the 2001 foot-and-mouth outbreak.

The story follows the friendship before, during and after the vet is tasked with culling the farm’s herd.

‘And Then Come The Nightjars’ is based on a play by West Country writer Bea Roberts and has been adapted for the big screen by Finite Films.

Nigel Hastings and David Fielder reprise their hugely successful on-stage roles as Jeff and Michael, with the play’s director Paul Robinson making his feature-length film directorial debut. 

Amy Gardner, producer and founder of Finite Films & TV, said it was a “pleasure” to adapt the play.

“We can’t wait for audiences to see it, now and on the big screen,” she said.

The film will be released to theatres on September 1; watch the trailer below:

Ahead of its release, And Then Come The Nightjars will also have a special questions and answers screening at Chichester Film Festival with Hastings, Fielder and Robinson on August 25 and 26.