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Anorac (15*) + ScreenTalk with Huw Stephens

Doc’n Roll Film Festival


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'?

A cinematic document of Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens’ musical road trip across his native land. Travelling by train, bus and taxi from Cardiff to Ceredigion, Clwyd to Caernarfon, and the Eisteddfod to Portmeirion’s Festival No.6, he meets the artists who opt for a minority language over the music industry’s anglophone default setting.

Via detours to vinyl racks and venues, Stephens uncovers a world of bards and beatboxers, Sixties trailblazers and creative superstars, folk duos and restless troubadours, rock bands, punks and sonic 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.

This London premiere screening will feature a Q&A with the director and Huw Stephens.

UK 2018 Dir Gruffydd Davies 99 min

*This film has been locally classified by the City of London Corporation

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In an empty Theatre, Satu Vänskä, Principal Violinist of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, performs JS Bach's ‘Allemande’ from Partita II in D minor.

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