The Testimony of Taliesin Jones
When Tal Jones' mother leaves home to live with her hairdresser, the 12-year-old boy is left to deal with his uncommunicative father (Jonathan Pryce) and bitter older brother (Matthew Rhys), as well as all the other problems of growing up in a Welsh farming community, such as bullying, piano lessons and warts.
The Testimony Of Taliesin Jones takes an unexpected turn, when Tal finds out his elderly piano teacher Billy Evans (Ian Bannen, in one of his last roles before his death last year) is a faith healer. Billy heals Tal's warts, inspiring him to form his own gang, the Believers, who land in trouble when they try to cure a school mate with diabetes. The result is a story about God, belief and miracles.
Based on Welsh writer Rhidian Brook's first novel, which won the Somerset Maugham Award in 1997 and was shortlisted for Welsh Novel of the Year, the material had particular appeal for director Martin Duffy, who had worked with healer Finbarr Nolan on his autobiography Seventh Son Of A
Unknown actor John-Paul Macleod was chosen from hundreds of hopefuls for the title role.
Duffy's first feature, The Boy From Mercury, won several awards, including three of the main prizes at the Giffoni children's film festival in Italy. His next film is The Bumblebee Flies Anyway, starring Elijah Wood and Janeane Garofalo. The Testimony Of Taliesin Jones had its first screening in the Cannes market in May.
- Type of film
- Martin Duffy
- Mark Thomas.
- Martin Duffy.
- Exec prod
- Michael Ryan.
- Ben Goddard, Louise Goddard, Helena Mackenzie, Kevin Marcy.
- Maureen Tilyou, based on the novel by Rhidian Brook.
- Tony Imi.
- Prod des
- Hayden Pearce.
- Jonathan Rudd.
- Main cast
- Jonathan Pryce, Ian Bannen, Griff Rhys Jones, Geraldine James, John Paul McLeod, Matthew Rhys, Robert Pugh.
- Private sources.