The Storms Of August

  • 1988
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy

This is a bittersweet coming-of-age story set against the introduction of television in the fictional Welsh town of Aberheli in 1957. The local newspaper editor hates the new medium and finds it so distasteful that he gets his own transmitter and secretly begins jamming the broadcasts. His son, Gruffydd, harbors no such hatred against television, and gets...read more

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This is a bittersweet coming-of-age story set against the introduction of television in the fictional Welsh town of Aberheli in 1957. The local newspaper editor hates the new medium and finds it so distasteful that he gets his own transmitter and secretly begins jamming the broadcasts. His

son, Gruffydd, harbors no such hatred against television, and gets a job installing TV antennas for his father's chief nemesis, the owner of Excelsior Electronics. From the town's rooftops Gruffydd observes the secret goings-on of his neighbors, and assembles an impressive array of dirt on many of

the townspeople, information he soon puts to comic use. After starting out like a Welsh AMERICAN GRAFFITI, this well-acted and -directed film takes a dark turn in the direction of Sinclair Lewis' Main Street. Benefiting from nicely drawn characters and engaging situations, both the whimsical first

two-thirds of the movie and the somber final third work well. Director Endaf Emlyn, a veteran of Welsh TV, has managed to make a picture that works both as an entertaining, often very funny tale of one boy's coming of age and as an indictment of English cultural imperialism. (In Welsh; English

subtitles.)

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  • Released: 1988
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: This is a bittersweet coming-of-age story set against the introduction of television in the fictional Welsh town of Aberheli in 1957. The local newspaper editor hates the new medium and finds it so distasteful that he gets his own transmitter and secretly… (more)

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