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Gideon Koppel, 2008


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Film Details

Directed by Gideon Koppel

Produced in 2008

Main Language - English

Countries & Regions - British Film

MovieMail's Review

Generous in its allowance of natural rhythms, sleep furiously is a subtle, elegaic documentary portrait of a community in west Wales, etiolated through farm sales and the closure of the local school.

Director Gideon Koppel was raised in the place that he pictures. His film is that of an incomer (even if born in a place one can be a lifelong incomer), taking refuge in an aesthetic born of exquisite reticence, and noting mundane and usually overlooked textures – breeze block kennels in concrete yards, rain dropping from a clothes line – and actions, such as a shearer replacing a comb on his sheep shears, a farmer shaking out straw bedding in a winter barn, or tracing arcs and serpentine curves in winter sheep feed, patterns discernible only from a distance.

Appropriately, this is a film haunted by shades. Koppel talks of Dylan Thomas as an influence, and his film is a sort of diurnal counterpart to Thomas's intermingled and rumbustious dream lives. It seems to me that sleep furiously portrays a place that - like much of the countryside in Britain - now needs re-dreaming.

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Film Description

A poetically-rendered portrait of a small farming community in mid-Wales, Trefeurig, where director Gideon Koppel grew up. On a practical level, the isolated rural community struggles for survival as the local primary school is threatened with closure, traditional farming methods are rendered unviable and key services disappear - but the community spirit and strong connection with nature ensure that many of the more intrinsic aspects of the old way of life are kept alive.

A subtle portrayal of rural life, the film combines striking cinematography with an ambient electronic soundtrack by Aphex Twin, and pays homage to a way of life on the verge of disappearance.

DVD Details

Certificate: U

Publisher: New Wave Films

Length: 94 mins

Format: DVD Colour

Region: 2

Released: 5th October 2009

Cat No: NW007

DVD Extras

  • Sketchbook for the Library Van (50 minute pilot for the film)
  • Theatrical Trailer.

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