On the buses - mobile cinema arrives in Hay-on-Wye

By Twm Owen in Local People

A community transport minibus has been converted to a temporary cinema - to show a film about the service.

The Brecon and Hay Dial-a-Ride Service transports elderly and disabled people across the district throughout the year.

It caught the imagination of film makers Tom Huntingford and George Cowie who wanted to make a film showcasing a community transport service and challenge perceptions of older people.

The film Dial-A-Ride is being shown this week in one of the service’s buses which is parked up outside the Cartref Care Home in Brecon Road, Hay-on-Wye - the main route from the Hay Festival site to the town centre.

The 17 minute film has already won awards at film festivals and Tom said: "We had always wanted to make a film on board a dial-a-ride bus and explore some of the issues around that in a rural area such as loneliness and also wanted a ’Postman Pat’ landscape so it would pretty much be the Brecon Beacons or the Yorkshire Dales.

"We did some research and Brecon Dial-a-Ride seemed to have a good community and also a good website.

"We spent two days on board without our cameras getting to know the people and the drivers.

"The film celebrates old age and we wanted people to know what the world is like inside the bus but also debunk some of the myths about older people."

Dial-A-Ride is being shown in the Dial-A-Cinema bus, which is outside the Cartref Care Home, Brecon Road, Hay-on-Wye until Saturday.