Directed by Ian Bucknole | Produced by Luke Martin
‘Once upon a time, in a dole queue in Cornwall, three young people from very different walks of life will discover they have something in common…. [cue music]
It’s the end of a busy summer season in a small seaside town — and we follow the fortunes of a lifeguard, a busker and an ice cream seller as they try to navigate the bureaucratic minefield of signing on after their seasonal jobs have ended.
Skynt is a Kernewek musical set not in a grand location, but in a job centre. It’s an intimate, character-driven story in a familiar and relatable world. Like any musical, songs will be sung by the film’s characters to advance the story and give us a window into their feelings — with the difference that the characters will sing in the Cornish language
The songs combine the talents of musical director Phil Innes with Cornish lyrics by Pol Hodge. The film also features renowned guest artists from different genres who create new material in the Cornish language.
Skynt An Ilowek is the Govyn Kernewek film for 2010 and will premiere at the Cornwall Film Festival, with screenings both Friday and Saturday evenings.’
“. . . .to navigate the bureaucratic minefield of signing on after their seasonal jobs have ended.”
It should be obvious to most that tourism has done nothing to raise Cornwall’s standing economically over the last 30-40 years. Yet those with a tourist agenda continue to promote this part-time, low paid ‘industry’ as somehow being Cornwall’s jewel in the crown. “Cornwall needs more than just “tourism, ice cream and deckchairs” warned the late, and much respected Lib Dem MP David Penhaligon and it’s about time Cornwall Council became aware of the fact.