A film by The Glove Of Bones.
Taking it’s title from the Medieval text, The Mabinogion (a loose translation of this being Juvenile Distractions), this new work of film and original music takes on non-narrative considerations about passing time, the joy of travel & landscape, musings on history and our broader connection to our ancestors through reflection and our progeny through creative acts.
In recent years I’ve collected materials when taking the annual Summer break holidays. These often return as blog diaries with pictorial content, and more recently as associated songs & sounds. This year, on the 4 1/2 hour drive to Wales some vague project came to mind, fragments, ways of collecting content, some notional endpoint started whispering.
From the point of arrival, in the rain, with this sat-nav avoiding single track road as our entry point, it started to come together. The piece would directly connect to the place, the local elements, history and the joy of distraction that comes from being away from your natural home.
Filmed in August 2016 around Pembroke in Wales with some underlying sounds either recorded in the area or made during the trip.
Additional tone and texture in the soundtrack was provided by acclaimed ambient musician Cousin Silas.
As with the original text which has four ‘Branches’ or short stories (additional tales where added later), the film is split into three sections, each bearing a Welsh language title. These link to Earth, Water & Air in some ways.
This is the Mabinogi as dreamed by the Glove Of Bones
The piece is split into three sections, or branches.
1- Taith Hir (Long Road)
2- Tonnau Araf (Slow Wave)
3- Breuddwydion mewn carreg y Pentre Ifan (Stone Dreams at Pentre Ifan)
Please anticipate after thoughts to be added below.
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