N21 Film Festival
Sleep Furiously

The Sleep Furiously screening took place on Thursday 21st June 2012, at the 3rd Southgate Scout Group HQ in Winchmore Hill. The presentation featured  

• Introduction and post-screening discussion hosted by Pamela Hutchinson, editor of Silent London.
• Licenced bar serving alcohol and soft drinks.
• Popcorn available to purchase courtesy of the Rotary Club of Enfield.
• Winning films from the MyStreet Film competition 2011 screened beforehand.

‘Sleep Furiously opens with an image that suggests another era, and in many ways this portrait of a village in west Wales has more to do with history than geography. In particular, that conflict between tradition and the march of progress that Henrietta Cresswell evokes so well in her book about the village of Winchmore Hill. The railways came to transform Winchmore Hill into a suburb, and so too modernity is encroaching on Trefeurig, the village in the film: the laptop in the library van, the threatened closure of the village school.’ Read more ..

Pamela Hutchinson


‘N21 events have taken over the area for the week, but this Thursday evening is quiet, the bunting and a lone sign the only proof of any festivities. Travelling where Google Maps cannot follow, signs point the way down a narrow tree-lined path to the 3rd Southgate Scout Group, the site of tonight’s screening – Gideon Koppel’s award-winning documentary, Sleep Furiously. The rustic scout cabin is a fitting place for this film about the rural Welsh village of Trefeurig. The strong smell of popcorn and wine which dominates the room feels an appropriate mix for this low-key screening.’ Read more ...

Lauren A. Forry, MyDylarama

Audience feedback - What did you enjoy most?

‘Main film and associated talks and discussions were really good.’

‘Meeting people from the community. Film (Sleep Furiously) extremely good.’

‘Film was great choice. Hall (3rd Scout HQ) was a lovely place to watch it.’

Before the event

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.

Date: Thursday 21st June 2012.
Venue: 3rd Southgate Scout Group, Wilson Street, The Green, Winchmore Hill, N21 1BL.
Time: Doors open at 6:45pm. Screening starts at 7:30pm.
Price: £5. £3 concession. (Concession tickets are available for the unemployed, full time students and senior citizens.)

Featuring an introduction and post screening discussion with Pamela Hutchinson, Editor of Silent London


Director: Gideon Koppel. Featuring music from Aphex Twin.
Certificate: U
Running time: 94 minutes.
Year: 2008.

Licensed bar by The Queens Head

Winner of Best First Film from the Guardian and an official selection of the Telluride, Locarno and Edinburgh film festivals.

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 simultaneously affectionate, moving and funny.

Watch the trailer here.

Sleep Furiously will be preceded by Short films from MyStreet

MyStreet is the first moving image archive of the UK. It’s your story told through film. Where you are, who you are and how you live. We’ll be screening winners of the 2011 MyStreet competition.

Purchase tickets online here.

Tickets can also be purchased directly through

Hunters Newsagents.
2 The Green,
Winchmore Hill,
N21 1AY

Atkinsons Chemists
20 The Grangeway
Grange Park
N21 2HG

The Red Carpet is sponsored by Russdales Flooring.

Freshly cooked popcorn provided by the Rotary Club of Enfield