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Sleep Furiously

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Sleep Furiously is set in a small farming community in mid Wales, about 50 miles north of Dylan Thomas’ fictional village of Llareggub, a place where Koppel’s parents – both refugees – found a home. This is a landscape and population that is changing rapidly as small scale agriculture is disappearing and the generation who inhabited a pre-mechanised world is dying out.

The central character in the film is John Jones who, once-a-month, drives the library van around the Trefeurig community, from farm to farm, collecting and delivering books. This bright yellow van becomes both literally and metaphorically a vehicle of stories – stories which take us on a poetic and profound journey into a world of endings and beginnings; a world of stuffed owls, sheep and fire. Allied to a soundtrack by the revered electronic musician Aphex Twin Sleep Furiously has been described as 'lyrical film making at its best'.


Type of film
Running Time
94 mins
super 16mm - 35mm
Gideon Koppel 1st Feature
Serge Lalou, Mike Figgis
Mario Battistel
Director of Photography
Gideon Koppel
Chris King
Aphex Twin
Location Sound Supervisor
Joakim Sundström

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Last updated 8th October 2009

Production Company

Bard Entertainments Ltd
Van Film Ltd