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John Evans' Acid Real to première in Cardiff

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Laura Chamberlain Laura Chamberlain | 11:00 UK time, Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Acid Real, a new film by the former frontman of one of Wales' 1970s punk bands, premières at the Cardiff Arts Institute next week.

John Evans

John Evans was the lead singer with south Wales punk group The Tax Exiles, and has also recorded as a solo artist. He is now a writer and film-maker.

The Acid Real was filmed in Cardiff and the south Wales valleys. It has an original soundtrack by experimental composer Mike Kennedy, was filmed and edited by Hywel Griffith with readings and voice over by writer/director Evans.

Themes in this complex work include global warming, war on terror, vivisection, unemployment, social deprivation, wildlife and the natural world, loneliness and loss, and beauty and love.

Evans said: "The film is a postmodern documentary, a journey through Cardiff and the south Wales valleys. The Acid Real juxtaposes urbanisation with the natural world, and hopelessness and alienation against beauty and the power of love."

"The film is the product of an exciting collaboration, bringing together word, music and image in a way I've not seen before... It's contemporary art, for contemporary Wales."

The Acid Real screens at the Cardiff Arts Institute on Tuesday 10 August.

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