SCREENING: 08 November 2018 at 20:45
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Dir Gruffydd Davies, 2018, UK, 2018, 99 mins
London Premiere + Q&A with the filmmaker and Huw Stephens
Pop music…but in Welsh. Is it a fringe interest even in its home on the fringes of the British Isles, or proof, as Anorac’s narrator muses that, “culture and music has the power to change things”? Its title a nod to both unfashionable obsessions and rainy climates, this is a document of Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens’ musical road trip across his native land by train, bus and taxi from Cardiff to Ceredigion, Clwyd to Caernarfon, and the Eisteddfod to Portmeirion’s Festival No.6. Via detours to vinyl racks and venues, Stephens uncovers a world of bards and beatboxers, Sixties trailblazers and creative superstars, folk duos and troubadours, rock bands and refuseniks. Performers including Gwenno, the Joy Formidable, 9Bach, Mr Phormula and Stephens’ heroes Meic Stevens, Dave Datblygu and Gruff Rhys offer songs and insights as they ponder progress and nostalgia, history and poetry, nationalism’s pride and its darker side, the local and the global.
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