Newport Film School returned to Milgi on City Road in Cardiff for their Documentary Film & TV School graduation show. In a change to previous years – where the work was displayed on plasma screens around the café – Milgi pulled out
the stops, and some of the furniture, to convert one of their toilets into a make-shift cinema, which will be showing the work of Newport graduates over the next couple of weeks.
Newport Film School has built up a sterling reputation for factual work over the years, stretching back to its early days under the auspices of the pioneering documentary filmmaker John Grierson, and this year’s graduates didn’t disappoint. Lucy Liddel and Sam Smith Higgins’s Vince and Cherry’s Greatest Hits begins with a DJ declaring that the station – Mountain FM – now has five listeners, but as this engaging documentary shows Mountain’s FMs stars, Dale and John Curtis, are no novices to the music business.
Mourning of the Valley made by Andrew Gough, Paris Palmer, Ian Morley, James Earing & John Shand intersperses convincing docu-drama footage with talking heads to tell a familiar, but still affecting, story of the lives lived down the Welsh mines.
Kate Owen and Ezra Byrne’s Ben captures Ben Nevis in all its glory in this beautifully shot documentary, which stands out for the way in which the filmmakers obviously put their interviewees at ease so that they deliver unaffected, warm, and humorous tales of life on the mountain.
Other films showing as part of the exhibition include Lucy Liddel, Sam Smith Higgins, and Ezra Byrne’s Owl Man of Ebbw Vale, Chris Beard and Sam Workmeister’s Cross Man, and Ali Albion & Ashleigh Holland’s Less than Nothing – these films are currently unavailable online, but we’ll update the story as soon as they are, or you can pay a visit to Milgi and see all the work in the comfort of a converted loo whilst treating yourself to one of Milgi’s sumptuous cocktails (we recommend the raspberry mojito!)