The Last Hillbilly


Diane Sara Bouzgarrou, Thomas Jenkoe

Kentucky. For decades, Brian Ritchie’s family has been living in the heart of the Appalachians. But the mines have been shut down, with nothing to replace them. Caught between a mythical past and an indiscernible future, Brian is one of the last witnesses of a vanishing world that inspires his poetry.

Festivals & Awards

ACID 2020 – Official Selection

IDFA 2020 – Special Mention – First Appearance Competition

Torino FF 2020 – Best International Documentary Award

The Shape of Life 2021 – Best Directing Award



The film’s depiction of its subjects achieves a sense of empathetic closeness, much as in the stylised documentary portraits of Ben Rivers’s Two Years at Sea or Ramell Ross’s Hale County This Morning, This Evening.

Screen Daily

A poetic, puzzling and disorienting account of a family living in the heart of the Appalachians.


Original title: The Last Hillbilly

Production: Films de Force Majeure

Nationality: France

Year of production: 2020

Running time: 80'

Language: English

Ratio: 1.33


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