On the Black Hill

  • CERT 15
  • 1988
  • 1 HR 57 MINS
  • 0 RATINGS
On the Black Hill

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"On the Black Hill is a relatively faithful adaptation of the celebrated novel by Bruce Chatwin, although its introduction of characters with little explanation might confuse those unfamiliar with the book. But as a project that enjoyed the active support and involvement of the community it depicted, the film is unrivalled; Chatwin's novel was already popular with the people of Brecon, Hay-on-Wye and the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains.

Thaddeus O'Sullivan's photography impressively captures the bleak ('Black') higher land and the harshness of living on it and from it, but also highlights its beauty. Director Andrew Grieve's own screenplay and Bob Peck's often frightening performance convey the explosive, brutal temper of tenant farmer Amos - a man literally worked to death by the land - but also his tenderness, despair, and the conflicts between his Chapel belief and family experiences. The film portrays both the austerity and the benevolence of Chapel life.

CAST AND CREW

Aled Baker Rhys Baker Andrew Grieve

GENRE

Drama

CERTIFICATE

Suitable only for 15 years and over.

RUN TIME

1 hour 57 minutes

RELEASED

1988

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