Runtime: 46 mins Director: Osian Williams Produced: Osian Williams & Alex Bevan Music: Ed David Watkins
Any community is only as good, as the people within it
As times change and Britain seems to be stuck in a spiral of recession, communities and the youth within them are portrayed in a negative manner. Shows such as Geordie Shore and The Valleys, have brought a bad reputation to Newcastle and the Valleys. In South Wales a group called The Valleys Are Here have come out of this smog of smut, to show to Britain that there is much more to the valleys then drinking and basically being an idiot. The campaign that they have run has given them media attention nationally and now with SSP Media they are due to premier their documentary. That Movie Guy has been honoured with an exclusive look of The Valleys Are Here. In these 46 minutes of pride, we are blessed with the narration of Howell Thomas on various subjects on what makes the valleys great. We explore the rich culture that is developing and expanding, from music, literature and comedy. We meet various people that want to show their love for the valleys. We get two songs from very talented artists Peasant’s King and Kizzy Crawford. We also come across writer Rachel Trezise, Groggs owner Richard James Hughes, comedian Philip Cooper and the Young fire fighters of South Wales. Each individual has a strong sense of belonging to their community and their pride and love for the valleys
The Valleys are Here wouldn’t be nothing without the people. As mentioned during the music segment we meet Peasant’s King and Kizzy Crawford. These two young artists are a good example what young people can achieve if they apply themselves. I must add the view of Pontypridd during the Peasant’s King video is truly breath taking, I’m not from Ponty but I even felt proud. Prior to every segment Howell Thomas does give us and interesting and witty introduction to each topic, this man is the valleys! You feel the pride oozing from every word he says and every breath he takes. His pride is a shining example for any human being. We also meet Rachel Trezise an established author who has won the Dylan Thomas award and Richard James Hughes from Groggs. These two individuals are established in their respected fields but they still call the valleys their home. Even with the shining lights of the big cities, they still take pride from their homes. Richard does mention that no Grogg leaves his shop without Made in Wales is written on each statue. To me that really shows that people still really do love their nation even during these dark times. Philip Cooper really does provide that comic relief the valleys are here needed, this is all I will say on the matter. You need to witness it! Finally the strong sense on youth spirit is shown with the young fire fighters, they truly want to do well in the community and they are a shining light to the future of the valleys.
The Valleys Are Here is a very well-crafted documentary; each shot of the valleys is breath taking. With a luscious array of scenery and people the chemistry of The Valleys are Here gels into fine layers, and is unified in its message. Osian Williams and his team have done a fantastic job with no budget to speak of. A special mention to Ed David Watkins, his score for the documentary truly breath taking. The music just flows well with the content and gives it life. I remember watching a trailer to The Valleys and they were basically slating their homes, communities and friends. After you watch The Valleys Are Here, you will know that there is more to the place than just rugby, drink, coal and sheep. It has the spirit of a people that want to make more for themselves, even during uncertain times they want to prevail. It truly is a documentary to warm your heart and re-ignite your soul. The message I believe from this is that in every community we have a down side, but it’s up to each individual to give back to the community. We need to show to the younger generation that they can succeed in life and that starts with your community. It doesn’t matter where you are from Maesgeirchan, Bethesda, Pontypridd, Merthyr Tydfil. Just be proud of where you’re from and give back to your community.
If you are interested in attending the premier of The Valleys Are Here, you can register by using this link http://thevalleysarehere-es2002.eventbrite.com/?rank=1# It will be held on Friday the 15th of February at The Pop Factory in Porth. It’s a free event and a gig will follow after the screening.
For more information on The Valleys Are Here check out their website, http://valleysarehere.com/