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Thursday, February 9, 2023

Young film-makers of Ysgol Y Gwernant take a bow

* The film-making team from Ysgol Y Gwernant are presented with the framed poster by Cllr Win Mullen-Davies (far left).

Llangollen Town Hall took on the appearance of Hollywood on Tuesday evening when a group of young film-makers from Ysgol Y Gwernant made their glittering debut at a Night on the Red Carpet.

Under the guidance of experts, a group of talented pupils from the Year 6 class recently made a short film entitled 'A Time Travel Adventure: Discovering Castell Dinas BrĂ¢n’s Camera Obscura, 1869 - 1910' which tells the fascinating tale of how Llangollen's ancient castle developed into a popular tourist area during the Victorian and Edwardian eras.

The team worked hard to research, film and act in the movie that was made in collaboration with the Your Picturesque Landscape team of the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). It has both English and Welsh language versions.

Howard Sutcliffe, lead officer of the AONB, said that ever since it was set up 10 years ago it had been their ambition to have a project like this and it was great that it had now gone ahead.

He added that the Ysgol Y Gwernant team had done an "absolutely fantastic job" on every aspect of the film.

Councillor Win Mullen-James, Denbighshire County Council cabinet member for the AONB, said the film showed what a talented group of people Llangollen has.

And she presented the whole group with a framed poster depicting highlights of the AONB - one of six, copies of which are available in Llangollen Tourist Information Centre.

The evening also saw the launch of the AONB's own short film, "An Animated History of the Dee Valley" which tells the story of our picturesque landscape by sweeping across the valley, depicting the changes to the landscape and historic features through the centuries.

* A briefing from a man from the past is one scene from the film.

* A black and white sequence shows how the film dips back into Victorian times.

  * Pupils of the present-day discover details of Castell Dinas Bran's rich past.

* A top-hatted character helps tell the tale.

* A bearded Llangollen resident knows a thing or two about the castle.

* ... and so does this local workman from a different time.

* Edwardian children at play near the castle in another scene from the film.

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