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O'r galon

O'r Galon: Y Bleiddiaid

This film documentary follows a unique gang of bikers from Dyffryn Nantlle, Gwynedd. 

A camera crew from Fflic production company followed the bikers over a period of six months in 2008 getting to know "a gang of Welsh bikers who have been riding and partying hard" since the mid 1970s.

The documentary is the latest work of producer Nia Parry – best-known, perhaps, as the presenter of S4C clothes and style show Cwpwrdd Dillad and as a bubbly Welsh language tutor - and director Mel Williams.

The pair were given exclusive permission to film the gang's surprisingly formal meetings at their secret 'clubhouse'. They also followed them along the roads of Snowdonia, to a tattoo convention in Llandudno and to their motorbike rally at the Owain Glyndŵr monument in Corwen.

Besides the gang's 'uniform' - weathered leather, huge beards, tattoos galore, cut-off jackets - and an obsession with motorbikes, Nia discovered that underneath the tough exterior the bikers are kind, friendly, generous people. 

 

According to Iago Blaidd, Y Bleiddiaid's current President, they are the only gang of bikers in the world that hold every meeting through the medium of Welsh. But that's not what makes them unique - they are all very original characters.

The film goes beneath the surface of the tattoos and oil and discovers characters fired by emotion, often brave, sometimes vulnerable.  We meet Iago and daughter Cadi who tells us what it's like to be the daughter of a young-at-heart middle-aged biker. We get to know 'Kev' who talks of his two lives, as a bale maker in a paper factory and as a biker. And then there's 'Wil', who works as a grave digger and who talks candidly about living life to the full, death and losing friends.

Wil says about the gang, "We like helping each other and being together, it's like being in a family, and for some of us, it is our family. Many of us are divorced and so this is our family. We all want some attention in life and the tattoos, the clothes and the motorbikes are the only way of life for us. It makes us unique and attracts like to like."

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    O Gymru / Made in Wales