Cwch Deilen (Leaf Boat) is now available to watch on iplayer
Follow the link to watch: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000mpl0/beacons-short-films-from-wales-series-1-6-leaf-boat
"Love is also a driving force in Blosse-Mason’s Cwch Deilen, a Welsh-language animated short tracing the excitement, emotional obstacles, and anxieties of a new relationship. Cwch Deilen opens with Heledd and Celyn, watching the day pass by in a seaside town. The town, they decide, would be too small for them to live in. That, or their wings are too big – an observation that could serve as a salient commentary on how same-sex desire necessarily breaches the moorings of heteronormative culture. Like Rupi in Pasotra’s I Choose, Heledd and Celyn refuse to accept their environment as it and, instead, carve their own space in the world. Selecting elements within their reach – a leaf for a boat, a lamppost for a mast, and a blanket for a sail – Heledd and Celyn build their aquatic vessel and take to the seas.
Their journey is not always smooth sailing, with the escalating waves reflecting the delight and tumult of getting to know another person, a process which leads to the revelation of insecurities which threaten to capsize the relationship. Monsters rise from the watery depths, but, luckily, they’re easily placated with a cuppa. Discovered in the teapot some time later, the monster is small and timid, signifying how early disputes become endearing, cute even, despite how monumental they might have seemed in the greener years of a long-term relationship. Life might be wobbly and uncertain at times, but Heledd and Celyn are together and, like Rupi and her daughters, their love equips them with all of the strength and resilience that they could need." - Rosie Couch reviews Beacons, a selection of short films created by Wales-based filmmakers which explores themes of bereavement, familial tension and love.
Read all the reviews of the beacons films here: https://www.walesartsreview.org/films-the-beacons-series/?fbclid=IwAR2FBEelNUtYAX3ES9KZaccVJKL6BMTFBvoCfC8tzSP1HvH0qSQw1U_iEQA
Read an interview with Efa Blosse-Mason on the BFI Network here: https://network.bfi.org.uk/news-and-features/industry-insights/meet-beacons-filmmakers-efa-blosse-mason
I am an animator and film-maker from Cardiff, I speak Welsh and am part of the LGBTQ+ community. I studied animation at Bristol School of Animation. In 2019 my film 'Earthly Delights' won the Royal Television Society Award for best undergraduate animation.