Cosmic Colliery / Glofa'r Gofod

Cosmic Colliery [welsh translation - Glofa'r Gofod] involved working with communities in the Rhymney Valley in South Wales, to speculate on the possibility of their local abandoned Penallta Colliery becoming an underwater astronaut training centre. Through a series of performance-based activities, I worked with different people and groups surrounding the colliery and through a short film, documented the aspirations and tensions that had arisen in pursuit of the impossible. 
Acknowledging as a community, that this will likely never happen, I wanted to find out if there was a collective attitude to be able to achieve something like that.

A year after this project had happened, a radio documentary was produced with Hannah Loy for BBC Wales which features interviews with the people that were part of the project.

BBC Radio Documentary -  Wales in Space.

 

Cosmic Colliery documentary film. 27 minutes, 55 seconds.

 Film still, Cosmic Colliery documentary film.

Film still, Cosmic Colliery documentary film.

 Film still, Cosmic Colliery documentary film.

Film still, Cosmic Colliery documentary film.

 Film still, Cosmic Colliery documentary film.

Film still, Cosmic Colliery documentary film.

 Penallta Colliery Acid House Festival poster.   

Penallta Colliery Acid House Festival poster.

 

Credits

Director / Hefin Jones
Filmmaker / Liboni Munnings
Editor / Lara Garcia Reyne
Colourist / Ian Pinder
Sound Editor / Dion Thorpe
Location Sound / Sam Jones
Sound Composition / Tom Morgan
Second Camera /Thomas Davies
Supporting Camera / Alice Masters

Acknowledgments

Big Pit National Coal Museum
British Geological Survey
CISWO (Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation)
Dragon Divers
Gorilla Audio
Goldsmiths, University of London
La Bamba Barbershop at the Beach
Sony UK Technology Centre
Ysgol Gymraeg Penalltau
Ystrad Mynach Male Voice Choir
Ystrad Mynach Boys & Girls Club

Special Thanks

Alaa Alsaraji
Tuur Van Balen
Thomas Davies
Lisa Jones
Gary Morris
Sam Jones
Roma Levin
Tom Morgan
Liboni Munnings
Lara Garcia Reyne
Katinka Schaaf
Dion Thorpe