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On The Black Hill in March

Film First have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of On The Black Hill on 31st March 2008 priced at £12.99. Winner of the Golden Seashell for Best Film at the 1988 San Sebastian International Film Festival, On The Black Hill is centred on the extraordinary bond between twin brothers Lewis and Benjamin Jones, and shows the history of their family over the course of the 20th century.

Bob Peck and Gemma Jones play husband and wife Amos and Mary Jones, bound to each other despite resentment and social inequalities. Into this tense environment, identical twins Lewis and Benjamin - played by real-life brothers Mike and Robert Gwilym - are born. The brothers grow, live and die together, sharing the same bed through 80 years of war, romance and loss.

Featuring stunning photography of the Welsh-English border, On The Black Hill was shot in only seven weeks on a tight budget. Locals and livestock were recruited to the film, most of the props were borrowed, and even the local Women's Institute was enlisted to create knitting patterns of the correct period. This firmly locates the film in its region, and gives it a strong sense of reality.

On DVD for the first time, this release includes an introductory booklet written by writer/director Andrew Grieves. DVD extras include Pinny Grylls touching short film Peter and Ben, a profound and moving tale of friendship between the reclusive Peter and his sheep Ben, filmed in 2007 in the same location as On The Black Hill.

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