National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales preserves and celebrates the sound and moving image heritage of Wales, making it accessible to a wide range of users for enjoyment and learning. Its film collection reflects every aspect of the nation’s social, cultural and working life across the 20th century, giving a fascinating insight into Welsh filmmaking, both amateur and professional.
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The Artist in Wales
Where would a world of movers and shakers be without the makers and soul-feeders? Long live the poets and musicians, artists and performers!
Documentary 1978 32 mins
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Handling the materials and musing on how to treat or turn the wood, the metal, the paint, the wool, the words and the notes are what spark life in artists and those who experience what they express. They are the essential antidote to the Mr Gradgrinds of the world who insist we should “Never Wonder”. Film-maker Richard Watkins focuses on sculptor David Petersen, poet Harri Webb, the Welsh Brass Consort and Theatr Powys performing Emlyn Williams’ drama ‘Night Must Fall’.
Richard Watkins, the film-maker, was born (1948) and brought up in Swansea, his family having moved from farm to city after WWII. His other films include ‘Milford Fishermen’ and ‘Memoirs of a Pit Orchestra’, both available on BFI Player. Harri Webb (1920-94), also from Swansea, was a nationalist poet and librarian. David Petersen (b.1944), son of boxer Jack Petersen, is from Cardiff and worked in the city’s GKN Steelworks before becoming a blacksmith/sculptor and father to 3 more blacksmiths. The Welsh Brass Consort was formed in 1974 and is still going strong. Theatr Powys, established in 1972, did not fare so well, falling victim to Arts Council of Wales funding cuts in 2011.
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Amateur film 1933 11 mins Silent Location: Swansea/Abertawe
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Promotional 1954 23 mins Location: Swansea/Abertawe
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Industry sponsored film 1929 86 mins Silent Location: Cardiff/Caerdydd
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Amateur film 1952 4 mins Silent Location: Craig-cefn-parc
Santa Claus – wearing the traditional robes and a black mask – arrives in the village of Craig Cefn Parc, near Clydach, Swansea, with a horse-drawn sleigh full of presents.
1950 21 mins Location: Panteg
This Ingot Pictorial – a quarterly review of life inside and outside RTB steelworks – brings back memories of summer events (carnival, tennis, singing cousins) in December.
Comedy 1896 1 mins Silent
A deft music hall act adapted for film, featuring the only known appearance of pioneer filmmaker Robert Paul
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1935 16 mins
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