Thieves Again, Sketches from the Black Mountains is an ongoing research and development project by filmmaker Siôn Marshall-Waters in collaboration with artist Stefhan Caddick and Peak.
It explores lived experiences and perspectives of the Black Mountains in South Wales, in Partrishow, Forest Coal Pit, Waun Fach and Abergavenny, piecing together a portrait of community and belonging in contemporary Welsh rural life.
Through a series of split-screen vignettes that focus on those working and living in the hills all year round, the film evokes the mundane and peculiar as much as the poetic and romantic aspects of life in this area. In turn, Thieves Again gives voice to a way of life challenged by globalisation and modern capitalism. Framed by a story about a shed and the birth of a lamb, the project follows people, processes and perspectives to question the subtle tension between decline and transition in culture and identity.
This phase of the research culminated in film screenings in Llangenny in the Black Mountains and Sull in Cardiff.
Composed with integrity and intimacy these snapshots of lives lived within the Black Mountains open up vistas of possibility that even Bruce Chatwin wouldhave applauded.
~ Andrew Kötting, Filmmaker
A vivid act of witness to often overlooked lives, labour and landscapes by a young film-maker whose sensitivity, combined with a subtle eye and ear, derive from the authority of a shared and common ground.
~ Gareth Evans, Adjunct Moving Image Curator, Whitechapel Gallery
Exhibition images by Jon Pountney
Siôn Marshall-Waters is a documentary filmmaker and photographer based in South Wales. A recent graduate from the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology at the University of Manchester, his projects explore people’s relationship with place; how notions of place are constructed, experienced and how they shape one’s sense of self. https://sionmarshallwaters.com/
Siôn is currently being mentored by artist filmmaker Andrew Kötting. http://www.andrewkotting.com/
The project is supported by the Arts Council of Wales http://www.arts.wales/