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Do Not Go Gentle (Oed Yr Addewid)

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Synopsis

It is March 1997 after eighteen years of Tory rule, Britain is at a political cross-roads. The prime minister of a beleaguered government decides to go to the country in a vain attempt at persuading the electorate that his party is worthy of a fifth term in office. Meanwhile, one William Davies, widower and retired quarryman, has arrived at a cross-roads of his own. A lifelong socialist, he feels angry and resentful towards a government that has all but abandoned him in his old age. Having been persuaded by his children to buy his council house in the booming eighties, he discovers that this selfsame government, which made such a virtue of home ownership some ten years earlier, now expects him to sell the property in order to pay for his care should he ever have to go into a nursing home.

When William Davies walks out of his council house one morning, he is putting into action a desperate and hair-brained scheme which he thinks will outflank the system. But things go badly wrong when the old man realises that he has made a terrible mistake. As election day approaches, William Davies and his family learn some home truths - about one another and about their true feelings for home.

A film which addresses the subject of home and, in particular, one family's differing perceptions of it. The story is set in the remote Welsh-speaking heartland of north west Wales and takes place during the weeks leading up to the general election of 1997, when the Conservative party is finally removed from power after eighteen years in government.

Details

Year
2001
Type of film
Features
Running Time
90 mins
Format
35mm Kodak
Director
Emlyn Williams
Producer
Alun Ffred Jones
Editor
Willy Oswald
Screenwriter
Emlyn Williams
Director of Photography
Jimmy Dibbling
Sound
Tim Walker
Principal Cast
Stewart Jones, Gwenna Hodgkins, Arwel Gruffydd, Gwyn Valguan

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Production Company

Ffilmiau’r Nant
Contact: Alun Ffred Jones
Moreia
Penrallt Isaf
Caernarfon LL55 1NS
UK

T 01286 675722
F 01286 675159

nant@nant.co.uk

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Company

Ffilmiau’r Nant
Contact: Alun Ffred Jones
Moreia
Penrallt Isaf
Caernarfon LL55 1NS
UK

T 01286 675722
F 01286 675159

nant@nant.co.uk