Adlais is a film made in the Dyffryn Nantlle Valley, Gwynedd Wales. It seeks to explore the visual and sonic potential of the now abandoned Dorothea and Pen-Yr-Orsedd Slate Quarries.

"James Davoll’s Adlais (2017), an excellent place-portrait of the disused Dorothea and Pen-Yr-Orsedd slate quarries in Wales’s Dyffryn Nantlle Valley, is a document of the artist’s own walking itineraries as much as it is an imaginative – and yes, tripod-fixed – response to landscape."

Pattinson (2018), Steady-stare surveillance, or the spatial turn in nonfiction films,
Sight and Sound

Still from screening at Skeiðaráhlaup Festival 2019 
Screenings and Performances
Best Experimental, Wales International Film Festival, Swansea, 2019
Skeiðaráhlaup Festival, Iceland, 2019
Finalist, Carmarthen Bay Film Festival, 2019
Mountain, Nature, Adventure Film Festival, Spain, 2019
Wales International Documentary Film Festival, Wales, 2019
Short to the Point Film Festival, 2018
Culture Lab, Material Potential 2018


As part of the project a collaboration with Tim Shaw was formed to create Chwarel Soundwalks.

These augmented sound walks explored the echoes of Dorothea’ Slate Quarries industrial past and its landscape. Creating a juxtaposition between past and present, provoking reflections and posing questions about the past and its resonance to the present.

Copyright: James Davoll