Film at Art16: Of time and the Railway

May 12, 2016 3:38PM

Presented by GBS Fine Art (Stand F3), join us at Art16 for screenings of Of time and the railway a film by Robert Davies.

Looped screenings begin at:

Thursday 19 May, 2:00pm
Friday 20 May, 4:30pm
Saturday 21 May, 4:30pm


The final section of the railway between Birmingham and Aberystwyth was completed in 1863. Since then the line has been a crucial artery between the industrial West Midlands and mid & west Wales.

This is a film about that journey recorded from the drivers’ cab of the train. Filmed between October 2013 and February 2015 on 86 different days it has been edited into a single trip that takes in more than a year. It captures the changing human geography adjacent to the track, but also a landscape that is sustained and twisted by the weather and the coming and going of the seasons. The film also represents a single day – entering Birmingham at night and leaving at dawn, going to Shrewsbury in the morning and on to Newtown and the mountains in the afternoon, before dropping down towards the sea as the sun starts to set and we reach journey’s end at Aberystwyth.

A film by Robert Davies
Soundtrack by Peter Pavli/Robert Davies Edited by Siencyn Langham/Robert Davies
Running time: 1hr 54min