At 9.15 on the morning of the 21st October, 1966 'Tip Seven' rushed down the mountain engulfing everything in its path, including Pant Glas Junior School. The catastrophic collapse of a National Coal Board colliery spoil tip in the Welsh village of Aberfan tragically killed 144 people that day. 116 of those were children.
My screenplay is based around the story of a surviving teacher, whom I know personally, and the stories of others in the community at the time of The Aberfan Disaster. It's a poignant story of hope, love and a need for justice.
I originally wrote the first draft at drama school 7 years ago, but kept it to myself until now. Since the 50th anniversary of The Aberfan Disaster last year, more people affected by the tragedy have started to open up and talk about it when they’ve felt unable to do so previously. I felt it was time I revisited my script and being from Blackwood in South Wales, not too far away from Aberfan, it is a subject that is close to my heart. With all the awful events that have happened in recent times, a story of how this small community, who tragically lost almost a whole generation, managed to pull together and gather the strength to keep going would inspire others.
David Evan Giles (Co-writer of the film ‘Paradise Road’ and Australian Academy Award nominee) has agreed to mentor me and help me develop my script further. This is a huge opportunity for me, however the mentoring and script editing etc. would cost approximately just over £1000 to begin with. At the moment I am just looking for some help towards script development funding, but once that is underway, I would later look for funding to produce my film.
My ultimate aim, if I manage to make anything from the film, is to be able to give back to the community of Aberfan in memory of its lost generation and to also help various projects throughout the Valleys. If you could help in any way towards this goal, I would be incredibly grateful. Thank you for taking the time to read about my project!