Gritty are working with Head4Arts to produce two short animations that explore the global impact of the First World War as part of the WW1:A Valleys View project. The films will focus on the stories of two local men from Abertillery who experienced the war beyond the Western Front and will be made with young people from Abertillery and Pontypool.
Gritty Films have worked with Arts Connection and Mid Wales Music Trust to produce animated sequences to accompany the music of Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals. The animation will be screened at venues alongside live performances by Sinfonia Cymru. The animation was produced by young people from Maes yr Handir School in Newtown working with animators Gerald Conn and Chris Elliott and the concerts will take place at a number of venues including Theatr Brycheiniog Brecon.
Gerald will be presenting a paper about Gritty’s work at MINA a conference focussing on filmmaking with mobile technologies at Auckland University this month. He will be taking two case-studies one of which will be the latest film made for the Film in Afan project.
Gritty has produced two new films on the theme of war ‘The Stories We Carry’ and “The Man Who Was‘. One concerns reminiscences of war by veterans and civilians from the South Wales Valleys and the other tells the story of a man from Aberbargoed who was involved in one of the greatest deceptions of the Second World War.
Shadows of Senghenydd was screened in competition at the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival last week following on from its successful showing at the San Francisco Film Festival earlier in the year.