Black Mountain Poets

Black Mountain Poets

Jamie Adams (2015)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Two scatterbrained con artists pose as poets in this slight but entertaining offering from British writer/director Jamie Adams. The duo in question are sisters (played by Alice Lowe and Dolly Wells) who are on the run after attempting to steal a JCB. They assume the identity of a pair of siblings who are heading to a poetry retreat in the Black Mountains of Wales. There, they have their sights set on a big cash prize. Although it lacks context and never really rises above sitcom-style farce, the film is lifted by its leads - a neurotic, subtly sorrowful Wells and an amusingly demented Lowe. They are ably supported by Tom Cullen, playing the bemused love interest of both women, and by the stunning work of cinematographer Ryan Eddleston, who imbues proceedings with a somewhat unearned poignancy. The event's social awkwardness is mined effectively and the largely improvised interactions have a breezy appeal, not least given Lowe's comic brio, but the absence of depth and structure means it flails in tandem with its heroines, eventually feeling more flyaway than loose.


Lisa and Claire Walker go on the run after bodging the attempted theft of a JCB from an industrial estate and end up stealing a car belonging to Alys and Terri Wilding, performance poets who were on their way to a competition and retreat in the Brecon Beacons. Lisa and Claire adopt the sisters' identities and decide to lie low at the event until the heat has died down. Comedy drama, starring Alice Lowe and Dolly Wells.

Cast & Crew

Lisa Walker Alice Lowe
Claire Walker Dolly Wells
Richard Tom Cullen
Louise Cabaye Rosa Robson
Gareth Richard Elis
Stacey Laura Patch
David Griffiths Roger Evans
Cliff Ben McGregor
Alys Wilding Hannah Daniel
Terri Wilding Claire Cage
Director Jamie Adams
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: MetrodomeGuidance: Swearing.Available on: DVDReleased on: 1 Apr 2016