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Tides of Kilpeck

A short film by Matthew-Robert Hughes

"The Tides of Kilpeck" is a visionary short film that delves into the depths of imagined ancient history, intertwining the spirits and gods tethered to Kilpeck with the distant echoes of the older religions of our lands.


Nestled within the Hereford-Wales borderlands, with views of the Black Mountains and the Malvern Hills, Kilpeck Church stands as one of the UK's most enigmatic and mystical sacred sites. Constructed in the late 9th century, like many religious sites, it is a speculative  example of  the age-old tradition of erecting churches upon ancient grounds where communities once convened for rituals and gatherings.


Today, pilgrims from around the globe embark on journeys to this hallowed ground, drawn to the intricately carved stonework of the Romanesque style by the Hereford School of Stone carvers.This Stonework  adorns Kilopecks façade. The entrance, reminiscent of a doorway from Rivendell, beckons with its ornate detailing, while the stone corbel table bears witness to a myriad of mythical creatures, earthly beasts, and performers who once graced local fairs.


Among the cherished carvings lies the revered Sheela-na-gig, a symbol steeped in the cycles of life—birth, death, fertility, and protection. She embodies the essence of the Mother, the Maiden, the Crone, and the divine Feminine.


Standing in counterpart to the Sheela is the Green Man, etched into Kilpeck's southern  doorway—a harbinger of rejuvenation and the eternal cycle of renewal. He embodies the untamed essence of nature, invoking echoes of the Horned God, Celtic Cernunnos, and Greek Pan.


In this cinematic journey, Eccelia, a personification of the Church, emerges as a conduit to Kilpeck's mysteries—a guardian of its ancient wisdom and a bridge to nature-based religions of yore.


She calls the Sheela - la -nig, She calls The Green Man; was Kipeck a place where they once danced under the moon, echoing tales of old loves and timeless friendship?  Within Eccelaisa  embrace dwell the remnants of old gods, goddesses, and mythical beings, Carved in clay and sandstone, these mysteries of Kilpeck endure.

Supported by Arts Council Wales 


Ecclesia  Isabel Jones

Sheela na gig  Blue Firth

Green Man  Matthew-Robert Hughes

Wyven Martha Hand

Ram  Ashligh Fisk

Bear  Rachel Bowen


Written and Directed by Matthew Robert Hughes 

Director of Photography Rebekah Lowei Llweln 

Costumes by Her Mother the Mountain
Music  Stephen Crowe,  Last track Isabel Jones

Voices Isabel Jones, Stephen Crowe and Blue Firth

Hair and Makeup Ashliegh Fisk

Editor Rebekah Lowri Llewelyn

Music Stephen Crowe,  Isabel Jones, Blue Firth

Ceramics Matthew-Robert Hughes

Masks Ashleigh Fish & Her Mother the Mountain

Flowers Layla Robison

Adapted from an original poem by Hannah Louise Saunders (read below)


Tides of Kilpeck Artist Editions 

Her  Mother The Mountain

As part of this project, Her Mother the Mountain made three beautiful habbits. These are hand dyed using nateral materials including madder and are hand painted inspired by the designs ands symbolism in and around Kilpeck 

The Tides of Kilpeck

Ceramic stoneware objects made by Matthew are available as one of a kind editions, including a a chalice, a plate, a vase, a jug and a candlestick.

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