Richard Ellis Jones of Penygeulan farm, Llanymawddwy, has opened his fields to a group of employees on holiday from the mechanical engineering firm Thompson Brothers [TP] of Bilston, Staffordshire. Amongst them is John W Meredith, who has a movie camera. He shoots lovely footage of his host’s family and friends shearing and haymaking, and also his fellow-campers washing clothes in unique ways, receiving a delivery from the postman, and enacting a little drama.
This first trip was a success and the men returned each summer on August 1st. Each year they would create and film a drama, the man credited as Jack Whale (seen in this film not getting post and being pursued by his fellows) being the main, shambolic character each time. They made Farmer John in 1930, Jack Reforms in 1931 and We Regret in 1932, each film more ambitious than the last. Then in 1935, Meredith worked with the local Reverend, HE Hughes, as director to produce a film entitled Gwylliaid Cochion Mawddwy/The Bandits of Mawddwy, which retold a legend from the area of lawlessness and mayhem and involved the whole community.
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