A low-budget drama about Welsh hill farmers may not sound broadly appealing, but Andrew Grieve’s On the Black Hill is a remarkably moving and entertaining film [from the novel by Bruce Chatwin] offering a fascinating view of life in the border country between Wales and England.
Pic follows the Jones family from 1895 – 1980, but mainly centers around twin brothers Benjamin and Lewis Jones (played by brothers Mike and Robert Gwilym). It is through their inseparability, and the traumas and humor that inspires, that the story is told.
Bob Peck and Gemma Jones are excellent as the Welsh farming couple, and the pic ably displays the hardship of their life. The Gwilyms perform well and are especially good in the twins’ later years.