An animated film made for S4C following the romantic fantasies of a number of characters as they pass one another on an old fashioned chair-lift. Shown at the London Film Festival and nominated for a BAFTA Cymru for best animation.
Three new films were given their world premiere at Blackwood Miners Institute last week. Just Like That, Shadows of Senghenydd and Pit Plot all made with young people in the Rhymney area. The screening was very well attended with the Tommy Cooper Society and Bedwas Junior School eager to see the film made by the children about the comedian, who was born in Caerphilly.
The Senghenydd film made by young people from Senghenydd Youth Drop in Centre was also well received on the centenary anniversary of this devastating explosion. The film focussed on the number of young people who died in this tragic event. Ynysddu Youth Centre’s film based on the humorous reminiscences of allotment owners raised a laugh particularly the perils and benefits of Marrow Brandy!
Travellers’ Tales, The Real Lives of Young Gypsies and Travellers the film Gritty made with young Travellers in Wales was screened in this year’s Videotheque at the Sheffield Documentary Festival last week. The film is a combination of interviews and animations by young people to respond to the negative representation of the community in the media. Sheffield Documentary Festival invites up to 70 specially selected films to participate in the Videotheque from this year’s submissions. These films are invited with market, broadcast and festival acquisitions in mind.
The pilot for the Heart of Darkness animated feature can still be seen as part of the History of Welsh animation exhibition at the National Museum of Wales. The film is being shown in a 3D stereoscopic form as part of the exhibition tracing the story of animation in Wales and will be on view until March 17th.
Photo courtesy Dave Daggers