The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill and Came Down a Mountain by Christopher Monger1917. The peace of a remote Welsh village, nestling comfortably in the shadow of what the inhabitants reverently call their mountain, is rudely shatterred by the arrival of two English mapmakers who have the temerity to announce that the mountain is merely a hill in geographical terms.
It is a difference of only twenty feet - but a greater injustice than the villagers can bear. With smarting pride they band together to keep the mapmakers occupied whilst they set about putting the situation to rights... whatever it takes.
Written and directed by Christopher Monger, The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain is a beautifully observed romantic comedy, which proves that mind over matter is still a powerful force for change...
The Englishman Who Went up a Hill But Came Down A Mountain
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The story, which concerned Welsh villagers building up the local mountain to the required feet so that English surveyors who had previously measured it and called it a hill would record it as a mountain, purportedly was based upon a true incident. I was going to Wales in July and decided it would be interesting to locate the village, find the mountain and climb it. Ffynnon Garw was a fictional name. That area, near Cardiff, was too built up to portray village life in The actual filming was done in northern Wales at Llanrhaeadr-yn-Mochnant, located 10 miles west of Owestry.
The film is based on a story heard by Christopher Monger from his grandfather about the real village of Taff's Well , in the old county of Glamorgan, and its neighbouring Garth Hill. Due to 20th century urbanisation of the area, it was filmed in the more rural Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant and Llansilin in Powys. The film is set in , with World War I in the background, and revolves around two English cartographers , the pompous George Garrad and his junior Reginald Anson. The villagers, aided and abetted by wily local Morgan the Goat and the Reverend Mr Jones who after initially opposing the scheme, grasps its symbolism in restoring the community's war-damaged self-esteem , conspire to delay the cartographers' departure while they build an earth mound on top of the hill and make it high enough to be considered a mountain. In regard to its humorous and affectionate description of the locals, the film has often been compared with Waking Ned , a comedy film written and directed by Kirk Jones. The movie has resulted in a stream of visitors climbing to the summit of The Garth , and the Pentyrch History Society and the local community council have erected a notice on the mountain to explain its real historical significance.