Independent Welsh documentary film-making collective Anywhere But Here have just released a brand new short film focusing on Datblygu frontman David R Edwards. Favoured by Peel and trailblazers in the alternative Welsh language scene of the 80’s and 90’s, Datblygu remain an inspiration to many and whom still release albums to this very day. 

Filmed in Carmarthen, ‘Dave Datblygu: Death To Welsh Culture It’s Meat and Tradition’ follows Edwards around the town and at home reading from his recently released book of poetry in English, ‘Dave Datblygu’s Search In English For The House Of Tolerance‘  and musing on his past, present and future.

The film is an unflinching, often uncomfortable yet vital watch laced with David’s trademark dark humour. With the avant-garde score (by Ash Cooke) taken from the accompanying audio to Edwards’ poetry book you are placed squarely into the mind of the subject matter. A constant stream of contrasts in lighting and internal and external scenes help add a sense of conflict to the narrative, a conflict that highlights the true nature of mental health issues.

A riveting watch and one that manages to keep its subject matter at all times the centre of the story, ‘Dave Datblygu: Death To Welsh Culture It’s Meat and Tradition’ is a raw tale that even in its bleakest moments manages to show Edwards’ incredible way with language and his inherent love for words in all their forms.


To find out more or to order a limited edition copy of Edwards book of poetry visit Recordiau Prin

Anywhere But Here can be found via their website  or via Twitter where they tweet as @anywherewales

All words by Simon Tucker. More writing by Simon on Louder Than War can be found at his author’s archive. You can also find Simon on twitter as @simontucker1979

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Raised by music obsessive parents on a diet of Ska, Bowie, Queen… and the Bay City Rollers. Discovered dance music and heavy metal at the same time making for a strange brew of taste. I do this for the love of an art form which welcomes all types and speaks to us all. Find me on twitter @simontucker1979.


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