If you’re a fan of Super Furry Animals (I am) you’ll likely be interested in Separado!, a new documentary film directed by Dylan Goch and featuring SFA front man Gruff Rhys. The film looks like it features a lot of the colourful psychedelic imagery the band is known for (they’re basically a UK version of the Flaming Lips) and it’s got a road movie aspect to it, which I always love. The video I’ve embedded above isn’t really a trailer (an actual trailer can be found on the official website; unfortunately it’s not embeddable) but, rather, a look at the opening titles of the film. Looks pretty cool, right? But what is it about? Here’s the official synopsis:
Star Trek meets Buena Vista Social Club in this psychedelic western musical as Welsh pop legend GRUFF RHYS (Super Furry Animals) takes us on a pan continental road trip in search of his long lost Patagonian uncle, the poncho wearing guitarist RENE GRIFFITHS.
In 1880, following a controversial horse race that led to an unresolved death, Gruff Rhys’ family split as Dafydd Jones took his young family to join the burgeoning Welsh community in Patagonia, South America. There was to be no contact between the families for almost a century when in 1974 Rene Griffiths arrived in Wales with his Latin infused Welsh love songs and became an over night sensation.
Director Dylan Goch follows Gruff Rhys on a tour that takes in the theatres, nightclubs and desert teahouses of Wales, Brazil and the Argentine Andes as he discovers what became of his family, the Welsh Diaspora and its musical legacy.
I’m sold! The film will feature a soundtrack written by Rhys (which will also double as his next record) so that’s an added bonus. For those of you in the Los Angeles area, Separado! will be showing at the Los Angeles Film Festival June 24th and 26th. For the rest of us, we’ll just have to hope for a DVD release in the near future. Stay tuned!