‘Catch of the Day’ (Helfa’r Heli) opens with a beautiful sunrise on a Welsh coast, and a man staring longingly towards the breathtaking landscape that unfolds before him. His wife jokingly declares herself jealous given his centre of attention, but we later learn that she has nothing to fear. The short film which constitutes Geraint Huw Reynolds’ first venture into directing is an exploration of many themes, the main ones being love, longing and sacrifice – all interrelated on both real and mystical dimensions.
The project’s plot carefully masks some of its key elements, without the act ever feeling annoying in its process of withholding information from the audience. Thematically speaking, the love affair on display here transcends normal conventions in terms of structure, but also in terms of nature. Parallels can be easily traced with the romantic 19th century Romanian poet Mihai Eminescu’s poem ‘Lucifer’, and its own transcendence of one’s nature in the name of love, although ‘Catch of the Day’ acts as a sort of reverse in terms of its resolution.