Welsh documentary company Cwmni Da approached me in late 2015 to make a snow globe, for use in an upcoming documentary about the Welsh town of Dolwyddelan, titled “Dolig Gwyn Dolwyddelan” (Christmas in Dolwyddelan). In particular, the documentary was about a very rare film that was made in Dolwyddelan in 1961 titled “A Child’s Christmas In Wales”.
Made up entirely of black and white photographs, with the audio of Dylan Thomas reading his famous poem “A Child’s Christmas In Wales”, this rare film was the first of its kind, and evokes a nostalgic atmosphere of Christmas in times gone by.
The snow globe was to be taken on a trip of discovery from San Francisco and back to Dolwyddelan again, to uncover information about this magical film.
In the process, the documentary’s host meets men and women who featured in the film as children.
Given my Dad is a Welshman, I was particularly pleased to be a part of this documentary, and watching it some months later was quite an experience.
It was exciting to see the snow globe again, and represented so beautifully on film.
Having studied the landscape in great detail to make the globe, it was quite surreal to see it on film. But even more so, I was fascinated to hear about this extremely rare film, and to watch the journey taken by the film makers to uncover more information, and to find the now grown children who appeared in it.
Hi Leah, the snow globe is even better than I was expecting. Everyone at the office is quite taken with it! Thank you so much…Euros
Thanks to Euros and Cwmni Da for giving me the honour of being a part of this documentary.