Feature film projects from three teams of burgeoning Welsh talent have been selected to progress into production through Ffilm Cymru Wales’ Cinematic scheme.
Congratulating the selected teams, Ffilm Cymru Wales’ Adam Partridge noted that “choosing just three films from such a high quality crop of projects was a difficult decision, but those we’ve selected reflect the distinctive and diverse voices and visions that talent from Wales has to offer. We’re excited to see how all the filmmakers involved will progress along the bright paths ahead of them.”
Nuclear is a supernatural thriller and directorial feature debut from writer-director Catherine Linstrum. In a small village under the shadow of a nuclear power station, a toxic family with a combustible past must face the ghosts that threaten their future. Linstrum, whose writing credits include Dreaming of Joseph Lees and California Dreamin’, has co-written the script with David John Newman, while Stella Nwimo will produce. The three had previously collaborated on the short film Things That Fall from the Sky, starring Ophelia Lovibond and Steve Waddington, through BFI NETWORK Wales’ Beacons scheme.
Cadi (previously Gwrach) is a contemporary Welsh-language horror, set in the beautiful yet brutal landscape of Snowdonia, about a young woman returning home under mysterious circumstances. Produced by Roger Williams of Welsh production company Joio, written by Siwan Jones and directed by Lee Haven Jones, Cadi will be the feature film debut of this team, which has extensive experience in Welsh language television, including Alys, Tir, and 35 Diwrnod.
The Toll is a darkly-comic thriller about a lone toll-booth operator with a past that is fast catching up with him. The film is written by Edinburgh International Film Festival Talent Lab alumnus Matt Redd and will be directed by BAFTA Cymru nominated Ryan Hooper. Producer Vaughan Sivell (Third Star) is the founder of Western Edge Pictures, whose recent credits include Alice Lowe’s critically-acclaimed horror Prevenge.
The three projects will now start pre-production, with principal photography due to commence later this year.
The second iteration of Ffilm Cymru Wales’ Cinematic scheme will produce three films from emerging Welsh filmmakers with bold and unique voices, showcasing creative appeal, commercial potential and market focus. It is financed through a partnership with the BFI, using National Lottery funding, and S4C, with additional support from Fields Park Media Partners and Warner Music Supervision.
Ten teams of Welsh writers, directors and producers were shortlisted for the feature film scheme in December 2016, before embarking on a period of intensive development and training. Supported by Creative Skillset, the training explored innovative distribution models, audience development, environmental sustainability, and maximising the value of intellectual property through Ffilm Cymru Wales’ Magnifier approach. The filmmakers were also connected with expert mentors including Billy O’Brien (I Am Not a Serial Killer), Dan Mazer (Borat, Brüno), and Samantha Taylor (Tom of Finland, Return to Montauk).
BFI Senior Production and Development Executive, Mary Burke, comments “The BFI’s mission to support talent from across the whole of the UK is only possible through effective partnerships, and we are delighted to work with Ffilm Cymru Wales to back these three distinctive filmmaking voices. Cinematic backs filmmakers at a critical point of their careers and we are confident the teams behind these three exciting projects will flourish.”
Amanda Rees, S4C Creative Content Director adds: "It's fantastic that talented writers and producers have the opportunity to nurture and develop their skills with the support of Cinematic, and S4C are very proud to be a part of it once again. We have already been treated to award-winning high-quality feature-length films, and the hopes are high for the next three stories to come through the process."
Previous films produced through Cinematic comprise Craig Roberts’ directorial debut Just Jim, Euros Lyn’s award-winning adaptation of Fflur Dafydd’s Welsh-language novel Y Llyfrgell / The Library Suicides, and Chris Crow’s historical chiller The Lighthouse.
Ten teams of Welsh writers, directors and producers have been shortlisted for Ffilm Cymru Wales’ Cinematic feature film scheme, financed in partnership with the BFI and S4C, with additional support from Fields Park Entertainment and Warner Music Supervision.
The slate demonstrates both the diversity of supported talent, and the scope of their stories and styles. Ffilm Cymru Wales representative Adam Partridge remarks, “It really is encouraging to see the breadth of talent from Wales, and to be able to support a wide range of voices and perspectives. The projects range from comedy capers to elevated horror, and even an opera film. We hope there’s something here for everyone!”
The selected projects and teams are:
Director: Prano Bailey-Bond
Writer: Emma Millions
Producer: Helen Jones
A woman’s unexpected pregnancy triggers the haunting memories of a past life that was violently ended at the hands of psychiatric doctors.
Director: Lee Haven Jones
Writer: Siwan Jones
Producer: Roger Williams
A mysterious young woman terrorises her colleagues at a supermarket in this Welsh language horror about the power of nature.
Writer-Director: Guymon Cheung
Vastly different lives collide in interweaving tales of race, loss and retribution
Writer/Director: Margaret Constantas
Composer: Judith Weir
Producers: Margaret Constantas and Philip Cowan
A cinematic opera made up of three allegorical tales set in contemporary Cardiff.
This is Not a True Story
Writer-Director: Ozgur Uyanik
Producers: Gareth I. Davies and Ozgur Uyanik
A Turkish writer estranged from his family and wife holes up in a friend’s apartment in Wales after running away from his personal demons back home.
Director: Catherine Linstrum
Writers: Catherine Linstrum and David John Newman
Producer: Stella Nwimo
In a small village under the shadow of a nuclear power station, a mother and her teenage daughter seek refuge from a brutal attack. But they soon discover that their sanctuary is full of ghosts that threaten to destroy them from the inside out.
Director: Gareth Bryn
Writer: Caryl Lewis
Producers: Ed Talfan and Mark Andrew
A young girl endures a bleak and punishing existence in an isolated Welsh community at the end of the 19th century. Finding her prayers to God falling on deaf ears, she turns instead to the Devil.
Writer-Director: Keri Collins
Producer: Sarah Brocklehurst
In this comedy caper, two young women trying to pay off their student debt with minimum-wage jobs at the mail sorting office find opportunity in a parcel containing guns and an incriminating photograph of a local politician.
Take Me Home
Writer-Director: David Howard
Producer: Rik Hall
A woman discovers the frozen body of a Martian in her basement, and embarks upon a journey to return him to his home planet.
Director: Ryan Hooper
Writer: Matt Redd
Producer: Tom Betts
A darkly-comic thriller about a lone toll-booth operator with a past that is fast catching up with him.
The teams will now progress into the development phase, including training supported by the sector skills council Creative Skillset, and led by experienced facilitator Angus Finney, who manages the annual Production Funding Market and Micromarkets in London. The focus will be on both creatively progressing the work, and carefully considering the market opportunities for the supported projects. Training providers include a range of industry experts, including experienced producers Julie Baines (Creep, Triangle) and Emily Leo (Under the Shadow), director Ben Parker (The Chamber, OTM Entertainment), and sales and distribution representatives Jezz Vernon (Port Royal London, formerly of Metrodome) and Deborah Rowland (We are the Tonic).
Senior BFI executive, Mary Burke comments “The BFI are happy to continue our support for strong Welsh talent through Cinematic, and we're looking forward to seeing how the projects unfold over the course of development from the teams selected.”
S4C’s Drama Content Commissioner, Gwawr Martha Lloyd adds; "Having taken great pride in the films born out the first Cinematic scheme, S4C is very excited to embark on the second round of stories. Cinematic is an opportunity to bring forward talents in the field of film and I am in no doubt that we will continue to build writing relationships with new and emerging talent, as well as encouraging more experienced writers to step in to world of film for the first time. I can't wait to see the results."
The Cinematic programme will culminate in the selection and production of three of the features that go through development. But as Partridge notes, “The scheme generates more value than the final three films – as it looks to build relationships and ways of working across the pool of talent.” Previous films produced through Cinematic comprise Craig Roberts’ directorial debut Just Jim, Euros Lyn and Fflur Dafydd’s adaptation of Welsh-language novel Y Llyfgrell / The Library Suicides, and Chris Crow’s historical chiller The Lighthouse.
Ffilm Cymru Wales is seeking a Production Co-ordinator to manage the logistics and administration of the recently launched Cinematic scheme, and the training programme that will run alongside it.
Role: Cinematic Project Co-ordinator
Organisation: Ffilm Cymru Wales
Contract: Freelance contract of services
Location: Working from home, Ffilm Cymru Wales’ offices in Llanishen Cardiff and varied meeting places in Wales, as relevant.
Term: October 2016 – October 2017 (est. 2.5 days per week, as needed)
Fee: £15,000 inclusive of VAT, if applicable. Paid in stages against agreed milestones.
Application Deadline: 12:00, 26th September
Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination
Ffilm Cymru Wales is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and non – discrimination in its recruitment and employment practices, and in the support provided to individuals and companies that approach or are funded by us. Our equal opportunities policy and Welsh Language Plan can be accessed here.
Please apply in writing outlining your experience and skills against those detailed, and enclosing your CV to:
Ffilm Cymru Wales
S4C Media Centre
Parc Ty Glas
Alternatively, applications can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
With applications for rising talent scheme Cinematic now open, Ffilm Cymru Wales will be hosting a number of events giving you the opportunity to find out more.
Cinematic produces three films from Welsh directors showcasing creative appeal, commercial potential and market focus. The scheme supports emerging filmmakers with bold and unique voices through intensive training, development and funding. The first iteration of Cinematic launched the feature film directorial debuts of Craig Roberts and Euros Lyn with their films Just Jim and Y Llyfrgell / The Library Suicides.
At the information events in September, Q&A sessions will follow presentations from Production & Special Project Manager Adam Partridge, where you will be able to discuss your applications and projects. These sessions are free, but places must be registered below.
Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff
10th September, 10:30.
Aberystwyth Arts Centre
16th September, 13:00.
For those that can’t attend, there will be an interactive online session that can be joined through your computer, tablet or smartphone. Once you have reserved a place, a link to join the session will be emailed to you.
12th September, 11:00.
You can also book a one-to-one meeting to discuss potential application on the following dates:
Encounters Short Film Festival
Wicked Wales Film Festival
Stephen Street, London
Please email email@example.com to arrange a suitable time.
With this second round of Cinematic, Ffilm Cymru Wales will work again with co-founders BFI and S4C, with additional support from Fields Park Entertainment and Warner Music Supervision. Cinematic is supported by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, with BFI’s Film Forever National Lottery funds.
The rising talent scheme that launched the feature film directorial debuts of Craig Roberts and Euros Lyn is to return for a second round. Ffilm Cymru Wales will work again with co-founders BFI and S4C, with additional support from Fields Park Entertainment and Warner Music Supervision.
Cinematic produces three films from Welsh directors showcasing creative appeal, commercial potential and market focus. The scheme supports emerging filmmakers with bold and unique voices through intensive training, development and funding.
The first round of the scheme helped to launch Submarine star Craig Robert’s directing career with Just Jim, a dark comedy drama starring Emile Hirsch that premiered at SXSW in 2015. He is now in development on his second feature as writer-director of In My Oils, which is produced by Pip Broughton and Adrian Bate of Vox Pictures and co-funded by Ffilm Cymru Wales and the BFI. Meanwhile, the second film from Cinematic, Chris Crow’s historical chiller The Lighthouse is currently on release through Soda Pictures.
Known for his work on television hits Broadchurch, Happy Valley and Marvel’s Daredevil, director Euros Lyn made his feature film debut with the Cinematic-supported Y Llyfrgell / The Library Suicides. Adapted from Fflur Dafydd’s novel, this Welsh-language thriller sees twin daughters set a deadly trap for their mother’s murderer in the National Library of Wales. The film premiered at Edinburgh International Film Festival earlier this year, and earned its lead Catrin Stewart (Doctor Who) the award for Best Performance in a British Feature Film for her dual portrayal of both Ana and Nan. Y Llyfrgell / The Library Suicides will be released in select UK cinemas on 5th August through Soda Pictures. Following the theatrical release, production partners S4C will broadcast the film next year.
The next round of Cinematic is now open, with an application deadline of 30th September. The scheme will support the development of 10 projects and their teams, as well as committing funding to the production and market preparation of three of the films.
The Welsh-language thriller will be released on 5th August through Soda Pictures.
The Library Suicides (Y Llyfrgell), the debut feature from award-winning director Euros Lyn, and based on Fflur Dafydd’s bestselling novel Y Llyfrgell, is an offbeat thriller set in the National Library of Wales that explores the secrets and lies at the heart of storytelling, and asks who has the right to tell the story.
Produced through Ffilm Cymru Wales’ Cinematic scheme, The Library Suicides stars Catrin Stewart (Doctor Who, Stella), who won the Best Performance in a British Feature Film award following the film's premiere at last month's Edinburgh Film Festival.
Here's where you can see the film in Wales from 5th August.
Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff
5th - 11th August
Q&A on 5th August
Aberystwyth Arts Centre
5th - 8th, 10th - 11th August
Q&A on 6th August
5th - 11th August
Q&A 10th August
CellB, Blaenau Ffestiniog
National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth
16th September + Q&A
Neuadd Ogwen, Bethesda
Torch Theatre, Milford Haven
Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea
Y Llyfrgell / The Library Suicides is one of three Ffilm Cymru Wales-supported films selected for this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival.
Adapted from Fflur Dafydd’s award-winning novel, the Welsh-language tale of revenge sees twin daughters set a trap for their mother’s murderer in the National Library of Wales. The film marks the feature debut of director Euros Lyn, who has forged an impressive career on hit television shows such as Broadchurch, Doctor Who and Marvel’s Netflix phenomenon Daredevil.
Produced through Ffilm Cymru Wales’ Cinematic scheme, Y Llyfrgell / The Library Suicides stars Catrin Stewart (Doctor Who, Stella) and Dyfan Dwyfor (Pride, The Passing), and will be released in cinemas this August through Soda Pictures.
Downton Abbey director Philip John’s new film Moon Dogs has also been selected to screen at the festival. The coming-of-age comedy-drama features a host of fresh screen talent as two teenage brothers and the enigmatic girl they both fall for. Produced by Kathy Speirs, Moon Dogs was co-funded by Ffilm Cymru Wales, Creative Scotland and the Irish Film Board / Bord Scannán na hÉireann.
Another Celtic co-production, between Ireland’s Venom Films and Wales’ Bulb Films (a part of Boom Cymru), Ken Wardrop’s documentary Mom and Me will also feature at the festival. This intimate insight into masculinity and motherhood premiered at last year’s Telluride film festival to critical acclaim. Mom and Me is due for release in the UK and Ireland through Element Pictures this summer, and was also co-funded by the Irish Film Board / Bord Scannán na hÉireann.
Established in 1947, Edinburgh International Film Festival is renowned around the world for discovering and promoting the very best in international cinema - and for heralding and debating changes in global filmmaking. Intimate in its scale, ambitious in its scope, and fuelled by pure passion for cinema in all its manifestations, EIFF seeks to spotlight the most exciting and innovative new film talent, in a setting steeped in history. 2016 marks the 70th edition of the Festival making it the longest continually running film festival in the world.
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