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The Testimony of Taliesin Jones

Synopsis

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



Seventh Son.



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.

Details

Year
2000
Type of film
Features
Director
Martin Duffy
Music
Mark Thomas.
Dir
Martin Duffy.
Exec prod
Michael Ryan.
Prods
Ben Goddard, Louise Goddard, Helena Mackenzie, Kevin Marcy.
Scr
Maureen Tilyou, based on the novel by Rhidian Brook.
DoP
Tony Imi.
Prod des
Hayden Pearce.
Ed
Jonathan Rudd.
Main cast
Jonathan Pryce, Ian Bannen, Griff Rhys Jones, Geraldine James, John Paul McLeod, Matthew Rhys, Robert Pugh.
Budget
$5m.
Funding
Private sources.

Genre

Production Company

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