A Dream of Edwin Drummond: The Great Wall Fri Night Vid

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This week's Friday Night Video is a clip from Paul Diffley/Hot Aches Productions' latest feature: A Dream of Edwin Drummond. The commentary in the film comes from Ed's wonderful essay, 'Great Wall', which was published in Ken Wilson's 'Hard Rock' and is considered to be one of the finest climbing essays ever written. The essay describes Ed's internal monologue as he struggles to make an early repeat of one of the hardest routes of the day, Great Wall, on the mighty Welsh cliff of Clogwyn Du'r Arddu.

Watch our interview with filmmaker Paul Diffley where he discusses his chance encounter with Ed Drummond whilst making The Long Hope, the themes throughout his latest film, along with the ascents, poetry and political activism that shaped one of British Climbing's finest.

Watch the trailer and rent or buy the film below:

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26 Mar

Superb - really brought out an era.

It's very well done, but I simply cannot believe the howler at 1:10: Clogwyn d'ur Arddu pronounced 'Ardoo'. The kind of way that ignorant southerners (including myself) would say it in c.1966. I cannot believe for one second that Ed Drummond would have pronounced it incorrectly in 1974 having spent so much time in North Wales among local climbers. It's as weird to my (English) ears as hearing Craig Ddu in the Pass pronounced Craig Doo, or Lliwedd 'Lilly-wed' (I actually heard that once!)

28 Mar

I felt guilty for thinking exactly the same thing.

And on the subject of howlers, the hook he is shown carrying is a very, very modern one, and nothing like any that were available at the time. I'm disappointed to realise what a pedant I am, but these two inaccuracies did take some of the edge off for me.

28 Mar

Hi Gordon, I am sorry about the errors in pronunciation, I was made aware of them after I had recorded the audio with the voice over actor, but I didn't have the budget to re-record. So apologies to any Welsh speakers or folk whose ears maybe offended by this piece. And a big thanks to yourself for highlighting this error to the world. ;-)


28 Mar

Dear Derek, I am deeply sorry that the use of the modern rurp / peg thing ruined your enjoyment of the piece. What surprised me most is that no one has yet spotted the modern DMM Dragon cam hanging off Caff's harness.

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