Centennial Film Ltd - Heart of the Dragon - the Welsh Guards
A new Ogmore-based company, Centennial Film marks the centenary of
the Welsh Guards with the most imaginative film projects ever to
come out of Wales.
The Heart of the Dragon – the Welsh Guards Story is a cinema
documentary that will tell the story of this world-famous regiment,
whose Colonel is, of course, Prince Charles.
Heart of the Dragon is privately financed by investors from xénos,
the Wales Business Angels Network – and by former members of the
The 90-minute film will tell the story of the Regiment from its
birth in the Great War – while still catching its centenary events
on St. David’s Day 2015. In between, viewers will learn
of the Welsh Guards’ heroic actions in two world wars and in Aden,
Northern Ireland, the Falklands and, more recently,
The film deftly interlaces testimony of regimental veterans with
scenes of life in today’s Welsh Guards. Initial filming has
focused on the last of the ‘World War 2 generation’, men who left
their homes after 1939 to fight in places they never expected to
visit, such as Tunisia, Italy and Belgium. Their
stories are inspiring yet often poignant.
They also whisk the viewer back to a different Wales, one where
going down the mine at 14 was commonplace. Yet the Welsh
Guards offered a way out, as Eric ‘Whacky’ Jones will tell in the
film. Not many men can recall mounting guard for a royal
wedding in 1934 – but he did that year, for the Duke of Kent.
Set against a backdrop of Wales, the film will expose its beautiful
scenery to a wide audience outside it. And coming from Wales,
the film will naturally have a haunting soundtrack, as it reveals
how successions of Welsh Guardsmen made their native music integral
to life in their Regiment.
Backing for the film came from 2 business angels and was
facilitated by xénos, the Wales Business Angel Network.