Greed The Movie

Posted: October 27, 2016 in Uncategorized

We started filming Greed The Movie a year ago and it’s finally coming to a close with only a few shots left to do.

With no real budget to speak of, I’ve recently discovered the term ‘shreditor’. A shreditor shoots, edits, writes and sometimes performs in front of the camera in the film making process. Well, that’s me I suppose, not through any desire to control the whole thing. Okay, that’s a barefaced lie. I am a control freak.

It does mean though that along the way, I’ve learned how to make a movie. I’ve learned the difference between a panning and a tracking shot. How to frame shots like Stanly Kubrick would. And about the job of the colourist. And how to synch sound, which is quite important seeing as Greed is a musical really.

Without sounding like I’m already making my Oscar acceptance speech, it could not have been done without the actors, singers and musicians from Greed donating their valuable time. Everyone is so busy, it’s a busy world nowadays, so I appreciate it when they’ve given up their time to be pushed around on a child’s roundabout (Dan James) or be put in a red rowing boat on a small pond (Ian Milton).

Mind you, during the last year, Ian has walked around Brecon as Rotkin wearing a builder’s dust mask, he has laid out flat on his back on a tombstone in Cradoc Cemetery, he’s danced in Free Street (ironically) and sung on The Bulwark. All for art, all for the camera (it loves you, Ian) and all for Greed.

And now this, seemingly random at times, collection of scenes and performances is begining to look like a film. There is a logical order from the stage show, a skeleton of a story, to follow of course but this isn’t the stage show. It’s a film and maybe there should be some semblance of a story. I had a screenplay at one stage. However, that developed on an almost daily basis and morphed. Filmmaker blogs say that you should ‘show’ the story and not ‘tell’ it anyway. I’m relying on the intelligent, curious and inquisitive mind of mankind to fathom it out. That’s the plan anyway. It’s art after all.

So we have bishops driving around in souped up BMWs, poor Jenni as Elin braving cobwebs in a dark, dank shop basement, doubling as a Parasite prison, David Luther Jones the cab driver playing the part of a mad poet cab driver (Stanavlaski style) and the wonderful Scrachans and Choir Boys doing their bizarre thing. No one has really questioned why. I’m grateful that no one’s really done a movie actor diva thing. ‘What’s my motivation here? Why am I stood on the Beacons in the freezing cold? Why exactly am I singing this song doing the washing up?’ Everyone has just gone along with it. I thank you for that.

The next stage is a final edit. This filmmaking malarky is still quite new to me and I believe the best route after its final cut, is to enter Greed into film festivals. It’s political, it’s a musical, it’s Welsh, it’s topical, it has a backstory, made on a shoestring by a bunch of friends. It’s got legs as they say. It hasn’t got any car chases, no elves. There’s no swearing. It’s not quite the Hollywood template. Matt Damon’s not in it. Nor is Adam Sandler. Sadly, it’s not set in Norway or Denmark but it is set in Wales. It’s Welsh Noir.

It could be tempting to put scenes on social media, chuck a song or two on YouTube but no, not for now. Of course, you’ll see production stills. I read that early on – always take pictures while you’re filming. I’ve tried. It’s not always possible when you’re worried that the light is terrible or the camera’s battery is flagging or the memory card is almost full and you didn’t bring another one. Thanks to Karin and Jamie for pointing iPhones at people.

Greed started as a recording thing and people will remember coming to the space above Canter Happy to record their bit, in the middle of the night mostly. Then the idea of a stage show. After Billy did his guitar sessions, he said: “If you take it on the road, say the word and I’ll be there.” Greed The Rock Opera on stage was mad and very difficult to do really. So much rehearsing. But I’m sure the 15 people who were at our last performance enjoyed it.

And that’s why a film was made. To reach more people. It’s the logical combination of sentiment, story, music and visuals. Areas that I’ve dabbled in all my life. All brought together. Greed The Movie. It’ll actually be called just Greed. Everone understands Greed. Greed will make the world grind to a halt one day. Can a film put a stop to that? Who knows. We can only try.

Nigel Evans



Book Greed The Rock Opera. There I’ve said it. That’s pretty direct. It’s a rock opera, it’s a night out. If you care about your world, hassle your local venue (biggish) now.

Contact me via Facebook (Greed The Rock Opera), Twitter (@greedrockopera), email me or call me on 07926 196714. Or you can fill in the snazzy form below…

Hey watch the trailer here —–

It’s a live show about greed. The 1% who are in the lap of luxury and the 99% who are exploited and generally conned. It’s got a storyline and everything. 16 people on stage at any one time, though mainly it’s five or six.

Greed is also an album which you can download for free at

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The out of season period has provided a new bass player for Greed. We found ourselves inside a transfer window with Philip Jones from Merthyr. He was snapped up in a record breaking transfer deal. (Note: I’m not sure whether any of these football terms are actually correct.)

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Phil is pictured in rehearsals at The Muse, Brecon with a five string Musicman bass. He tells us that he can play all five though not necessarily at once. Phew!

A bag of food to get in – what a bargain! The whole Greed set and with our new bass player, Phil Jones. It was in a barn (not refurbished or anything) and by the end our gear was covered in a fine layer of earth. And we were. Here’s some pictures taken by Julie Bell. She runs the Griffin and was organiser, projection screen mover, host and all round beautiful person.

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There were over 20 bags of food donated in aid of Brecon Foodbank and £58 in cash.

It’s Feed The Rock Opera

Posted: September 2, 2015 in Uncategorized

Greed: Next gig – Griffin Felinfach, Sat Sept 12 – in aid of Brecon Foodbank – entry fee: A bag of food!

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Glad you asked. It’s a live show about greed. The 1% who are in the lap of luxury and the 99% who are exploited and generally conned. It’s got a storyline and everything.

It’s also an album which you can download for free at

Great songs (well, I would say that) and a cast of 16 Brecon singers, actors and musicians. Greed isn’t a band playing in a pub. It’s not a Broadway show either. It’s kind of like nothing else really. Come see for yourself.

Next Show: Wow! The next show is in a barn behind the Felinfach Griffin on Saturday September 12. It’s in aid of Brecon Foodbank and entry fee is a bag of food. See what we did there? Contact and she will send you an e-ticket. (well there’s posh.) Incidentally, the Foodbank show will be a bit stripped back so it won’t be too loud. Nige

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The Greed The Rock Opera-mobile rolled on over the weekend with an acoustic version at Alan McGee’s Tabernacle in Talgarth (it’s near Brecon in Mid Wales). The story goes that Alan ‘Creation Records’ McGee bought the 1837 chapel for his wife Kate Holmes and hey presto! – they turn it into a groovy live venue.

Our good friend Annie Dierikx from hot and happening local website fyi Talgarth showed up with a long lens and snapped some of the action. My favourite is the one below of The Scrachans (our lovely backing vocalists). It was taken after the show in one of the chapel’s spooky stairwells.

Hey, huge thanks to Geraint Brown who stepped in at the last moment to operate our projections!

The audience in the tiny venue was a chic 30 odd – appreciative and intent on following the story of small town revolution. It being unplugged and all, we broke the fourth wall for this outing and explained some of the goings on.

Most strange but true moment of the night was when Tim our drummer disappeared for ‘99%’. It turned out that he thought we were at ‘The Money Song’, where it’s just me and Jenni. And he does the set lists! God help us. On his return to the drumkit, he got the biggest cheer of the show.

Today Talgarth, tomorrow the world! Well, it looks like Aberystwyth is in the pipeline anyway. Nige

The Scrachans                                                                         Only Really Happy

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Jenni Davies as Elin                                                            Rotkin and Maxencala

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Nicola Bickerton                                   The Scrachans

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Greed writer Nigel Evans                                Ian Milton as Rotkin


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Jamie Huish

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The next Greed show is at Alan McGee’s Tabernacle in Talgarth. It’s a special show for the converted chapel with an acoustic take on the Greed story. A full cast but unplugged. Anti-banker, anti-austerity, anti-corporate.

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Tickets are an incredible £3 each, though space is limited to 65 lucky people. Pick one up from The Hours Cafe & Bookshop in Brecon or The Baker’s Table in Talgarth. You can also reserve a ticket by calling 07926 196714 or emailing

Mallyfest 2015

Posted: June 26, 2015 in Uncategorized

Greed The Rock Opera was played out at Mallyfest 2015 at Baskerville Hall on June 20. The festival is in its second year and celebrates the life of legendary musician and singer Mally Powell.

Mallyfest 2015 poster flyer


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Watch the Greed Trailer here: