American Interior is a lot of things at the same time: a documentary, a record, a PowerPoint conference, an app, and a book. The trans-media dimension of this piece, which also rummages through the remains of a minority language and culture (the Welsh one, in this case), is what made it so worthy of grants and institutional pats in the back. It may sound boring, if it weren’t for the fact that American Interior is also an odyssey of delirious pop, an extravagant road movie, and an almost bromance tale between a musician and…a muppet. Such bizarre rockumentaries are hard to come by (maybe Separado!, Dylan Goch and Gruff Rhys’ previous adventure). Because, in the end –and apart from the fact that it tracks down the journey of Welsh explorer John Evans through the US in the 18 th century– the film is a testimony of the pop perception of a country and a specific landscape. The moments in which that external pop image matches the one Gruff Rhys brings from home (and what marvelous songs he carries in his luggage, by the way) are the ones that show the true meaning of this journey. JP
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He was born in Haverfordwest, Wales, in 1970. He’s the singer and guitarist of the band Super Furry Animals. He co-directed Separado! (Bafici ‘11) with Goch.
He was born in North Wales, and he has been involved in many film and TV productions, as cameraman, editor or director. He’s a long time collaborator of the Super Furry Animals.