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'Resistance' is a new film coming out filmed on the Welsh Borders based on a book by Owen Sheers. A number of Welsh Pony and Cob Society members and registered animals were involved in the making of this film.

One of its stars is a Welsh Cob stallion (ie Llanarth Seldom Seen) There is also a 'show' filmed with a Welsh Cob stallion class of SS, Llanarth Prince of Wales and a Janton stallion. Len Bigley spent some weeks teaching the 'Germans' to handle a cob stallion and also gave lessons to some of the actors/actresses.

Resistance is due to launch on 25th November. A list of the cinemas where it is going to screen will be on the Resistance Facebook page.

There are also arrangements for the charity premieres for Resistance. Three events will be held to raise money for local charities. One in London on Sunday 20th November at the Curzon Mayfair (£40). Michael Sheen and Andrea Riseborough have both confirmed they can come along. Then on 21st November the film will be shown in Hereford Cathedral to raise money for the Mappa Mundi fund (£20) and in Abergavenny the same night to raise money for the Abergavenny Museum (£40).

As you may know there is currently an exhibition in the Abergavenny Museum inspired by Owen's book and the film and we are holding a lunch there from 11 - 1.15 on 21st November (£20) with Owen and Amit (again to raise money for the Abergavenny Museum). This will also include a ticket to see the film after it has been released. 

If you would like to come to any of these events then please contact Peter Mallett or phone him on 07939 335 080.

Owen Sheers

Owen's debut novel, Resistance is published in the UK by Faber & Faber, available in paperback in the UK from March 1st. In the U.S. it is published by Nan A. Talese, available January 2008.

In the months afterwards all of the women, at some point, said they’d known the men were leaving the valley…

1944. After the fall of Russia and the failed D-Day landings, a German counter-attack lands on British soil. Within a month, half of Britain is occupied.

Sarah Lewis, a 26-year-old farmer’s wife, wakes to find her husband Tom has disappeared. She is not alone. All the other women in the isolated Welsh border valley of Olchon also wake to find their husbands gone. With this sudden and unexplained absence the women regroup as an isolated, all-female community and wait, hoping for news.

A German patrol arrives in the valley, the purpose of their mission a mystery. When a severe winter forces the two groups into co-operation, a fragile mutual dependency develops. Sarah begins a faltering acquaintance with the patrol’s commanding officer, Albrecht Wolfram. But as the pressure of the war beyond presses in on them, the valley’s delicate state of harmony is increasingly threatened, before being broken completely, with devastating consequences.

Imbued with immense imaginative breadth and confidence, Owen Sheers’ debut novel unfolds with the pace and intensity of a thriller. A hymn to the glorious landscape of the border territories and a gripping portrait of a community under siege, Resistance is a first novel of considerable grace and power.

"Congratulations to Owen Sheers and Amit Gupta for their very successful portrayal of the Black Mountains and The Welsh Cob in a fantastic film - anyone involved with Welsh Ponies and Cobs should make every effort to see this film" - Dr Glyn Jones

Dr Glyn Jones, Gwarchod Stud on the film location at Llanthony Show


Dr Glyn Jones, Gwarchod Stud on the film location at Llanthony Show with traps loaned to the film crew

22nd Nov 2011