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Pobl Bachyn

Pobl Bachyn is a new short comedy-horror film from Tarot about the triple threat of Welsh folklore, English tourists and (to a lesser degree) being hungover, all set on a farm on Ynys Môn in North Wales.

When Adam goes to visit his friends Ed and Kath after a recent break-up, he is hoping for some consolation. What he hasn't realised is that he has turned up during Pobl Bachyn, a long-standing tradition in the town of Twll.

If a guest is found in the house when midnight strikes, the folkloric hookmen will arrive and all hell will break loose. But it's just a fun tradition, isn't it?

As midnight draws near and Adam is too hungover to leave, Ed and Kath need to choose between friendship and superstition. Perhaps, after all, it's safer to believe than not...

Pobl Bachyn is the directorial debut of Kiri Pritchard-McLean.

  • Kiri Pritchard McLean
  • Adam Drake
  • Ed Easton
  • Kath Hughes
  • Kiri Pritchard-McLean
  • Ben Rowse
  • Hal Branson
  • Alastair Hope-Morley
  • Katy Wix
    Key Cast
  • Dean Fagan
    Key Cast
  • Adam Drake
    Key Cast
  • Ed Easton
    Key Cast
  • Kath Hughes
    Key Cast
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  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 16 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 23, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    80,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
    English, Welsh
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Cardiff
    United Kingdom
    May 24, 2023
    World Premiere
    BBC Comedy Festival 2023 (official selection)
Director Biography - Kiri Pritchard McLean

Kiri Pritchard McLean is an awed wining stand up comedian, writer and director.

She is the host of BBC Radio 4's "Best Medicine”, and has appeared on leading UK shows such as Live at the Apollo, QI and Have I Got News For You.

In 2020 her writing was recognised as she became the recipient of the prestigious Caroline Aherne Bursary.

She was a founder member and writer/director of Edinburgh comedy award nominee Gein's Family Giftshop. In 2019, she formed sketch group Tarot and once more fulfilling an offstage role. In a few short years the group have made a BBC radio series, three short films, and three one-hour live shows. These have all been greeted with critical acclaim.

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Director Statement

Pobl Bachyn is a folkloric story inspired by traditional Welsh cautionary tales, and a desire to satirise the Anglocentric representation of Wales, its customs and language.

North Wales is rarely represented authentically in English speaking media. Taking the traditional Mabinogion story (with a sprinkling of Struwwelpeter), I wanted to create an original piece of folklore that highlights modern indifference shown by visitors attitudes to Welsh history.

We filmed in an 800 year old Welsh farmhouse with an almost entirely Welsh cast. It would have been easy to indulge in the breathtaking natural surroundings to add production value. However, a sense of silent isolation also resides in these mountains, and that is the story I wanted Pobl Bachyn to nod to. I wanted low lights and deep colours to tell a story of a place that is cosy and familiar but with things hiding in the darkness.

As a horror enthusiast what a joy to create your own monster! Inspired by nature's resting face, the Pobl Bachyn were designed to seem otherworldly but familiar. They are futuristic but nostalgic. They have butterfly inspired heads and hook hands, both familiar shapes to anyone growing up in rural North Wales. Local dancers were hired to play the Pobl Bachyn to deliver a smooth, gliding movement.

In the writing, I wanted a naturalistic yet bouncy script. Tarot are a sketch group with their eye firmly on the funny, and it was important the script lead with it's clown shoe first. However, we decided that from the moment the Pobl Bachyn enter the house, we were no longer making a naturalistic comedy, the audience should now be watching a horror film. Comedy and horror thrive on building and releasing tension. The final line is an homage to an unsung, underfunded area that faces an uncertain future besides being a large holiday park for England.