Samuel Powys

The Aftermath

The Aftermath is a short film implemented with a poetic narrative that visually transcribes and addresses the environmental issues caused by deliberate forest fires in the South Wales Valleys.  These fires regularly set the once scenic Valley alight, drastically changing the visual appearance of the surrounding landscape, turning the land into ash and dust. The poetic narration also touches upon other appropriate topics that are relevant to the context of the film. These topics include lockdown conditions, as well as the ongoing lack of jobs and activities for youngsters in the Valleys. The film stylistically mimics promotional travel material and tourist advertising, but the narrative contrasts with this and provides a new perspective of the landscape. Through its visual approach, it gives the sense that there is a higher power able to observe the change in the landscape and the diminishment of its once unmistakable identity.

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Above-the-destruction
Ariel-Shot-2
Fire-Station
Fire-Station-Sign-still-2
Ariel-Shot-of-farm-animals
Inside-the-forest
Bryn-Forest
Ariel-Shot-of-Burnt-Forest-Landscape-1
Maesteg-Landscape
Miner-Statue-Maesteg
Nanty-Forest-in-Background
Old-Revlon-Industrial-Estate-Maesteg
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