Welsh films headed for SXSW

Two new features funded by Ffilm Cymru are on their way to Austin, Texas for the SXSW film and music festival.

Rockfield: The Studio on the Farm will premiere at the iconic festival in March. The feature-length music documentary tells the unlikely tale of two Welsh brothers that turned their dairy farm into one of the most successful recording studios of all time, producing four decades of legendary rock music. 

Produced by ie ie Productions’ Catryn Ramasut (Separado!, American Interior) and directed by Hannah Berryman (Can We Live with Robots?), Rockfield sees Black Sabbath, Oasis, Coldplay, Stone Roses, Robert Plant, Simple Minds and more recall the mayhem and music they made there over the decades.

Joining Rockfield at SXSW is fellow Ffilm Cymru-funded film Rare Beasts, following its screenings at Venice Film Festival and BFI London Film Festival in 2019.

The unhinged romantic comedy is the directorial debut of Billie Piper, who also stars as Mandy, a mother, a writer, a nihilist. Mandy is a modern woman in a crisis. Raising a son, Larch (Toby Woolf) in the midst of a female revolution, mining the pain of her parents' separation and professionally writing about a love that no longer exists, she falls upon a troubled man, Pete (Leo Bill), who is searching for a sense of worth, belonging and ‘restored’ male identity.

Rare Beasts is produced by Welsh filmmaker Vaughan Sivell (Prevenge) for Western Edge Pictures in association with Ffilm Cymru Wales, 42MP, Fields Park Media Partners and Great Point Media.

Rhys Marc Jones’ short film Father of the Bride, funded and produced through our BFI NETWORK Wales Beacons programme, will also have its world premiere at SXSW. Jay Lycurgo stars as a best man who attempts to keep face and deliver his speech at his brother’s wedding, following an encounter in the hotel bathroom with the father of the bride.

Running from 13th to 22nd March, the SXSW Film Festival celebrates raw innovation and emerging talent from both behind and in front of the camera. Featuring provocative dramas, documentaries, comedies, genre standouts, and more, the festival has become known for the high calibre and diversity of films presented, and for its smart, enthusiastic audiences.