“In The Shadow Of The Mountain”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film In Wales Directed By Ben Cox (2017)

“Lost But Not Forgotten – In The Shadow Of The Mountain” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film In Wales Featuring Poet R. S. Thomas Directed By Ben Cox.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by: Ben Cox

Aerial Cinematography by: Stuart Hackshaw, Ben Cox and Joe Bidmead
Produced by: The Progress Film Company


“This conceptual film explores the decline of rural agricultural communities in North Wales. The area of Snowdonia has seen a sharp reduction in the number of people working the land over the last 50 years as international competition, rural urban migration and the harsh conditions of North Wales’ countryside have made farming less attractive for new generations.

Featuring the work of Welsh poet, R. S. Thomas, this film champions the work of the National Trust and Wales YFC. Each year, their Llyndy Isaf Scholarship gives a young farmer the opportunity to manage the Llyndy Isaf Estate in the heart of Snowdonia, encouraging the transference of knowledge, the protection of the local environment and the conservation of an integral part of the Welsh heritage.

Produced by The Progress Film Company, Lost But Not Forgotten shines light on a host of unique and compelling stories that share the common themes of memory, time and loss.”


“The Welsh Hill Country” by R. S. Thomas

Too far for you to see
The fluke and the foot-rot and the fat maggot
Gnawing the skin from the small bones,
The sheep are grazing at Bwlch-y-Fedwen,
Arranged romantically in the usual manner
On a bleak background of bald stone.

Too far for you to see
The moss and the mould on the cold chimneys,
The nettles growing through the cracked doors,
The houses stand empty at Nant-yr-Eira,
There are holes in the roofs that are thatched with sunlight,
And the fields are reverting to the bare moor.

Too far, too far to see
The set of his eyes and the slow pthisis
Wasting his frame under the ripped coat,
There’s a man still farming at Ty’n-y-Fawnog,
Contributing grimly to the accepted pattern,
The embryo music dead in his throat.


Website:  https://thelostbutnotforgottenseries.com/


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