This won’t be to everyone’s taste, but I thought I’d post this music video up because I think it’s really striking and powerful.
A lot of my childhood was spent in mid Wales, where the barren craggy landscapes and tumbledown slate ruins seem to hold a memory of generations of hardship. Where small Welsh mining communities once toiled, often there is now emptiness. A distant echo of long dead industry. A silence broken only by sheep, wind and small avalanches of scree. Finding a mouldy sheep skull among nettles in a rocky pile that used to be someone’s fireplace, you wonder how people ever called this place home. How did they ever make ends meet, and huddle here against the cold?
Nothing happens in this video, yet still it stirs up all these thoughts and memories.
Or rather, a lot happens in this video, but all of it is played out on the face of a lone woman.
The music video is for a track by Keaton Henson, titled You Don’t Know How Lucky You Are.
That’s pretty mesmerising isn’t it?
I do really like the song, but I have to say I admire the director, David Wilson, for pulling off so much in a single shot. And I think Sophie Thompson gives an acting masterclass. She does so much with so little. Whatever you may think her character’s story is, you can’t deny how extremely moving she is to watch.
The video was filmed not in Wales, but in Dartmoor, where in the nineteenth century my ancestors would have been living. Yet still it speaks to me of life on those harsh Welsh mountainsides.
We don’t know how lucky we are, indeed.