A special screening of the new feature documentary Separado
took place at Cineworld Cinema in Cardiff as
part of the Media Academy Wales Welcome Event for representative students from Media Academy’s
twenty six courses for an evening of inspiration and networking.
The film Separado, which was co-directed by Dylan Goch and
Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals fame, is about Gryff’s quest to travel to Patagonia to find his ‘long lost’ uncle, the poncho
wearing Rene Griffiths. The film has been described in various ways from ‘Star
Trek meets Buena Vista’, a ‘Psychedelic
Folktale’ to a ‘Postmodern Pseudo Documentary’. In 1974 Rene came to Wales becoming
an overnight sensation with his Welsh love songs accompanied by South American
Flamenco, something unheard of at that time.
Separado tells the story of Gryff’s ancestral family who
were torn apart after a horse race in 1880 which led to the unexplained death
of a family member of Gryff’s ancestors. Following this incident a part of the
family moved to Patagonia in South America where
they settled and made their home. There was already a Welsh settlement in
Patagonia at a place known as Bahia
Blanca. The Argentine Government had agreed to the
original settlement which was first occupied by 200 Welsh immigrants in 1865. At
the time it suited the Argentinean Government, who were in dispute with the
Chilean Government over the land and so this Welsh settlement put them in
control of a large tract of land.
In the film, Rhys travels to Patagonia via Brazil and Southern
Argentina as part of his ‘solo’ South American Tour. However, this
is not a typical tour and the documentary is not a typical road movie. Naturally,
bearing in mind the family connections to Patagonia
and Rene Griffiths there is a certain amount of self-indulgence but this adds
interest to the film rather than detract from it. Rhys, although no stranger to
experimental music still encountered some new musical experiences along the
The evening in Cardiff
started with a session of advice and anecdotes from the Industry Panel which
consists of Directors, Producers, Designers, Actors, Business Development
Managers, Screenwriters, Animators, Sound Engineers and Writers. This was
chaired by director and acting coach, Stephen Bailey, with VFX artist Jon
Rennie, production designer Venita Gribble, producer Richard Staniforth,
interactive media specialist Huw Owen, scriptwriter Sam Snape and film & TV
composer John Rea.
This was followed by a networking drinks reception which
included other students and members of the Industry Panel and BAFTA Cymru along
with the sponsors, Dischromatics whose representatives were on hand throughout
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runs. Students received a free printed DVDR in Digipaks which can be
personalised and used for future course work along with a discount voucher.
After the screening of Separado, there followed a question
and answer session with directors Gruff Rhys and Dylan Goch chaired by Tim
Morley, sales and distribution specialist. There was also an opportunity to
meet industry representatives and BAFTA Cymru.
BAFTA Cymru is of course a branch of BAFTA and was formed
over twenty years ago. It was established in response to a desire by the Academy
to guarantee that the values and reach of BAFTA and its operations extended to
creative communities throughout the United Kingdom. A common set of
standards and values operates across the Academy.
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