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Welsh film classic David on show at Big Pit

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Laura Chamberlain Laura Chamberlain | 12:00 UK time, Thursday, 12 May 2011

There's a rare opportunity to watch a Welsh film classic at Big Pit, the National Coal Museum in Blaenafon, next week.

The museum has recently established the Big Pit Film Club, which will showcase some of the forgotten Welsh film classics. The first film to be screened is the 1951 Welsh mining drama-documentary David, directed by Paul Dickson.

David was the Welsh selection for the 1951 Festival of Britain screenings in London. Filmed in Ammanford with a cast of local people, David tells the life story of DR Griffiths, ex-miner and caretaker of Amman Valley Grammar School in Ammanford.

It is hoped that the Big Pit Film Club will show three films per year. The next is scheduled for September, though dates and future films are yet to be confirmed.

David will be screened at 1.30pm on Wednesday 18 May and will be followed by a chance to discuss the issues and themes raised by the film. The cost is £1.50 per person, which includes refreshments. For more information call 01495 790311 or visit the Big Pit website.

You can read more about David in an article written for the BBC Wales Arts website by the late film critic and historian Dave Berry: Top 10 Welsh films: David.


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