Men Who Sing
Dylan Williams’ hugely entertaining documentary started out as a film about his father, but transformed into a portrait of the choir he sings with.
When nonagenarian Ed tells his son that he wants to sell up and sort out his funeral, Dylan feels it’s time to pop back to north Wales. He follows his father round on his weekly chores, constitutionals and practice with Côr Meibion Trelawnyd, the Welsh-language all-male choir he belongs to. It’s there that Dylan gets to grips with a problem affecting this venerated institution: the passage of time, the deaths of choir members and the dearth of younger singers to fill their ranks.
So the hunt begins to find ‘brown haired men’ in their 40s and 50s who can take the choir forward. As the search intensifies Dylan reveals more about these singers’ lives. And the mission changes the tune of the choir; Ed finds new meaning through the search, Merv deals with his own bad news by focusing on the groups future and Gwyn laughs in the face of prostate cancer diagnosis, walking on the wing of a plane to raise money. Unashamedly sentimental, Williams’ film is also a fascinating portrait of a small community and the power derived from it.