Private Project

The Fairytale of Water

Beneath the west Welsh waters are stories - flood myths - that tell of a time when you could walk across Cardigan Bay to Ireland. Above the sea are forgotten fairytales that tell of dreamers who built utopian lands, old ladies who made love potions with well water, and rivers who were seen as people. Using old methods of visual storytelling that gave rise to the fledgling film industry, filmmaker and sound artist Jacob Whittaker and storyteller and illustrator Peter Stevenson take a journey through time to hear these lost voices in the water, and their echoes with native people across the world. Specially commissioned for WOW.

  • Peter Stevenson
  • Jacob Whittaker
  • Peter Stevenson
  • Peter Stevenson
  • Peter Stevenson
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Chwedl Dŵr
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Documentary, Experimental
  • Genres:
    folk tale, storytelling, fairy tale
  • Runtime:
    40 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    September 19, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
    English, Welsh
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • WOW
    Aberystwyth, Wales / Cymru
    United Kingdom
    September 19, 2021
    International premiere
    Commissioned by Wales One World Film Festival
  • Kendal Mountain Festival
    United Kingdom
    November 20, 2021
    Official selection
  • Native Spirit Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    November 16, 2021
    Official Selection
Distribution Information
  • Film makers
    Country: United Kingdom
    Rights: All Rights
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Peter Stevenson, Jacob Whittaker

Peter Stevenson is a storyteller, illustrator, writer, artist, folklorist, film-maker, crankie-maker, lecturer on the art of visual storytelling, organiser of Aberystwyth Storytelling Festival, Stories@Medina, and Y Mabinogi Project. He has illustrated many children's books for Labybird and other publishers, and written and illustrated several collections of Welsh Folk Tales, and in 2021, 'Boggarts Trolls & Tylwyth Teg, Folk Tales of Hidden People and Lost Lands. He tours storytelling shows such as 'The lost fairytales of west Wales', 'The Crow and the Canary' based on the fairytale life of Dylan Thomas, 'The Frolic' the life of Welsh Romany storyteller and harper John Roberts, and many more. He frequently wanders around Appalachia and Aotearoa telling tales, and in 2019 organised an exhibition and festival of Welsh Appalachian Folk Art and Storytelling at the Monongahela Arts Center in Morgantown WV, to coincide with the publication of the Moon-eyed People, Folk Tales from Welsh America. He has performed at the Provincetown Playhouse in Greenwich Village, the Hans Christian Andersen statue in Central Park, in a Māori marae in New Zealand, and often at Beyond the Border, Wales' International Storytelling Festival. He continues to wander the old Welsh tramping roads with a pack on his back, sketchbook in pocket, head in the clouds and feet in the mud.

Jacob Whittaker lives and works in Cardigan, Ceredigion. Co-founder of sonic arts group GWRANDO and Capel Y Graig art space, work includes sound and video installation, as well as documentary film for artists, local groups and community organisations.

Jacob graduated in 2003 with a 1st in Fine art, his work is primarily concerned with documentary, recording and re-presentation often combining history and art, recording everyday personal experiences of the people of Wales and their relationships to changing landscapes and culture.

Born and raised in Ceredigion, Jacob was influenced by the natural world and those around him to explore the world creatively, to seek to connect the local and the universal. Through his formative years, Jacob’s mother was an astrologer and psychic and encouraged a study of arts which extended into the more esoteric areas of sacred geometry and astrology, influencing his early work and instilling a sense of interconnection between all things, and a pursuit of understanding the interactions between thought and life, the real and the imagined.

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Director Statement

Chwedl Dŵr / The Fairytale of Water is a series of folk tales from west Wales that explain how water has come to define a people with a unique culture and living languages.