A Season in Talgarreg
About the film
Monty, a Nigerian widower, has inherited a dairy farm in rural Ceredigion and with his two young daughters, moves to Wales for the very first time. He encourages his daughters to speak only English, decreeing a complete break from their old life as the fastest route to adjustment. However, his non-compliant daughters frequently display the opposite. With a business close to ruin, mounting resentment of his ownership of the farm and his inability to acknowledge his still grieving daughters, Monty’s attempt at a fresh new start crumbles when the family's beloved pet rabbit dies, escalating tensions to breaking point. The arrival of his mother-in-law forces Monty’s hand in finally dealing with his grief and the consequences of his actions.
From the director
"A Season in Talgarreg (previously Bird of Truth) explores the cultural divide between minority-ethnic people and Welsh locals, against the backdrop of a rural farming environment and in the relationship of a grieving father and his daughters.
Influenced by Gideon Koppel’s Sleep Furiously and tonally by the work of British rural photographer James Ravilious, the film allows the audience to envision a full artistic exploitation of the amazing rural Welsh landscape as well as show the significance and simplicity of community."
Meet the team
Writer/Director Onyinye Egenti
Onyinye holds an undergraduate degree in Law and graduated from the London Film School with a Distinction in her Filmmaking MA. Her graduation film Waking at Dawn was longlisted in the 35th Student Academy Awards. She is an alumna of the 2013 Berlinale Talent Campus and is currently in development on a short and TV pilot. Onyinye has recently been awarded a place on the BBC’s Continuing Drama Series Introduction workshop.
Producer Linda Biney
Qualifying as a Drama, English and Media teacher, Linda taught for six years before pursuing a career in the film industry. Obtaining an MA in Filmmaking from the London Film School she has produced many student films and an award winning Student Kodak Commercial. Linda produced the Creative England iShort Cruelty by writer director Anna Blandford that screened at Encounters and Aesthetica in 2015, and the London Short Film Festival in 2016. She’s an alumna of the 2015 Edinburgh International Film Festival Talent Lab and currently a participant on the NFTS Script Diploma course.
Watch the short Waking at Dawn.