Sleep Furiously

By FHW Roald Dahl Admin



"The film has richness and an unshowy compassion, its grammar and pace adjusting to the tempo of the countryside." 4* - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian


Sleep Furiously became a critical discovery at the 2008 Edinburgh Film Festival, and then became one of the most critically acclaimed new British films of the year. It was described in the Independent on Sunday by Jonathan Romney as “sublime” and one of the signs of a British art cinema resurgence (along with HUNGER, and other New Wave releases UNRELATED and HELEN).

The film is a meditative study of a small farming community in mid-Wales that observes the rhythms of country life, and the rhythms of the monthly visits of the mobile library. But it is a life that is changing – the village school is about to close, mechanisation is replacing many of the old ways, congregations are dwindling, but the village show and the sheepdog trials carry on.  Koppel’s interest in the eccentricities of life is simultan eously affectionate, moving and very funny.

The Guardian First Film Award

Welsh Connections

Welsh director: Gideon Koppel

Shot in Wales: Trefeurig

Set in Wales: Trefeurig

Supported by Ffilm Cymru Wales

Welsh language


Date: 29th May 2009

Running time: 92 minutes

Certificate: U

Booking details

Contact: New Wave Films

Film Hub Wales projects

Sleep Furiously was screened with a Q&A as part of FHW's Welsh Film Support.



This is film is covered by our Made In Wales strategy, which means if you an a Welsh exhibitor you may be eliable to submit a proposal for support. For more information click here