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Teulu Owain Owain: Tywyn, Castell Powys, Morfa Bychan
The summer holiday starts with a traffic jam – in the rain - but things improve!
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At least towing a caravan you have somewhere to sit and play draughts when the traffic comes to a complete standsill! The Owain family’s holiday improves, with visits to Powis Castle and pony trekking for the boys on sunny days. During the break from school they also visit the beach at home – Tywyn – and that at Morfa Bychan, near Cricieth, where there is an ice-cream van. Footage shot by Owain Owain – nuclear scientist, teacher, artist, writer and political activist.
Born in Pwllheli, the son of a quarryman, Owain married Eira [Mary Louise Eira Owain, nee Lloyd], daughter of a Carmarthenshire farmer, in 1954. She was a primary teacher who continued her career, after 4 children [Geraint, Robin, Nia and Gwenllian], at schools in Corris, Llanegryn and Tywyn. Owain worked at Windscale (Sellafield) nuclear power plant from which he turned to teaching chemistry, art and maths at school and university level in London, Bala, Pwllheli, Bangor and Tywyn. He was the first full-time head of the Urdd Gobaith Cymru camp at Glan-llyn, deputy director of education in Gwynedd (1977-85) and designer of the logo for Cymdeithas Yr Iaith Gymraeg (the Welsh Language Society).
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Home movie 1972 10 mins Silent Location: Tywyn
Summer is for canoeing and climbing the Anglesey Column; autumn features netball, and winter the warmth of a family Christmas.
Home movie 1969 10 mins Silent Location: Tywyn
1969: a year in which many protested against the imposition of a non-Welsh Prince of Wales.
Documentary 1957 13 mins Silent Location: Talyllyn Railway
P B Whitehouse, an authority on railways, extols the virtues of “the little railway” – the Talyllyn - that runs from Rhydyronen to Abergynolwyn and beyond.
Documentary 1965 15 mins Location: Talyllyn Railway
At the heart of the Talyllyn Railway are the volunteers – e.g. schoolboys, bus drivers, actors – whose commitment ensures the line’s continuance, despite the odd derailment.
Amateur film 1949 10 mins Silent Location: Talyllyn Railway
The engine ‘Dolgoch’ bumps and bounces its coaches – and two teapots - along the line from Tywyn Wharf Station to Abergynolwyn, before its closure in 1950.
Action and Adventure 1923 28 mins Silent Location: Tilbury
Plotting world domination, Devil Doctor Fu-Manchu steals plans for a new aero-torpedo in this earliest surviving thrill-a-minute serial instalment.
Inside Film 2024 16 mins
Filmmakers Jane Giles and Ali Catterall discuss their documentary Scala!!!, revisiting the legendary and inspirational cinema venue and some of the most notorious films that screened there.
Drama 2023 2 mins
A group of young Black boys run into a building. One of them is about to do the unimaginable.
Romance 2023 2 mins
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Charity appeal 1939 10 mins
Long thought lost, this Powell-directed promotional short for a veteran’s charity was only rediscovered in 2003.
Documentary 1941 6 mins
A poignant, stirring letter from a recently deceased pilot to his mother is read by John Gielgud.