J U LY 2017
three projects progress t o c i n e m at i c s u c c e s s + M O O N D O G S U N L EASHE D IN THE U K + W IN D ING SNA K E â€™ S AM Y MORRIS TA L K S RANGO L I + A D A R K S O N G HA U NTS HOMES + L OTS MORE
SUCCESS Feature film projects from three teams of burgeoning Welsh talent have been selected to progress into production through Ffilm Cymru Wales’ Cinematic scheme. N U C L EAR 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.
CA D I Cadi (previously Gwrach) is a contemporary Welshlanguage horror, set in the beautiful yet brutal landscape of Snowdonia, 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 TO L L 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 Film Festival Talent Lab alumnus Matt Redd and will be directed by Ryan Hooper, who recently secured Royal Shakespeare Company veteran Simon Russell Beale as the lead in the BFI NETWORK Walessupported short film precursor to this feature. Producer Vaughan Sivell (Third Star) is the founder of Western Edge Pictures, whose recent credits include Alice Lowe’s critically-acclaimed horror Prevenge.
Congratulating the selected teams, Ffilm Cymru Wales’ Adam Partridge (right) 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.” The three projects will now start pre-production, with principal photography due to commence later this year. Ffilm Cymru Wales’ Cinematic scheme produces three films from emerging Welsh filmmakers with bold and unique voices, showcasing creative appeal, commercial potential and market focus. This second iteration of Cinematic is financed in partnership with the BFI and S4C, with additional support from Fields Park Media Partners and Warner Music Supervision.
The Toll producer Vaughan Sivell
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 maximizing 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 awardwinning 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 awardwinning adaptation of Fflur Dafydd’s Welsh-language novel Y Llyfrgell / The Library Suicides, and Chris Crow’s historical chiller The Lighthouse.
Producer Stella Nwimo and writer-director Catherine Linstrum develop Nuclear during one of our Magnifier sessions.
Amber Content are delighted to announce that UK/Irish co-production Moon Dogs will be released in UK and Irish cinemas from 1st September. Starring up and coming Celtic talent from Ireland, Scotland and Wales: Welsh actor Jack Parry-Jones (Da Vinci’s Demons, Back to Zero); Irish actress and talented singer/ songwriter Tara Lee (The Fall, Raw, Jimi: All Is by My Side, The Odd Life of Timothy Green) and Scottish actor and musician Christy O’Donnell (Clique) it was selected as Best of the Fest at EIFF 2016 and won Best International First Feature at Galway Film Fleadh 2016. It has also garnered standout support from Irvine Welsh “Not one, not two but three stars are born in this beautiful movie” and Screen Daily: “Delightful...Coming-of-Age Comedy.” A Celtic road trip following teenage step-brothers Michael (Jack Parry-Jones) and Thor (Christy O’Donnell) as they journey from Shetland to Glasgow for very different reasons. Aspiring Irish singer Caitlin (Tara Lee) beguiles both boys and passions come to a head with a music festival and an ancient Norse ceremony as the backdrop.
Moon Dogs is directed by multi BAFTA nominated, multiaward-winning director / screenwriter from South Wales Philip John, written by Derek Boyle and Raymond Friel, produced by Kathy Speirs and Co-Produced by Suzanne Reid, Dominic Wright and Jacqueline Kerrin, with the support of Creative Scotland, Ffilm Cymru Wales and the Irish Film Board. Brian Jonestown Massacre’s Anton Newcombe became involved in the film’s journey in February 2014 and not only composed Thor’s music but also the original soundtrack for the film and is responsible for providing a score which is both exciting and moving, and is an embodiment of the celebration of the spirit of rebellion. Director Philip John said “Making a film is like bringing up a child. You love her, you dress her well, you teach her honesty then you boot her out the door so she can spread the word that rebellion is good.”
See special preview screenings of director Daisy Asquithâ€™s feature documentary at festivals and cinemas this summer. Produced by Catryn Ramasut, of Welsh company ie ie Productions (American Interior), Queerama has been mined from the treasure trove of the BFI National Archive, capturing the relationships, desires, fears and expressions of gay men and women in the 20th century. The film opened Sheffield Doc/Fest in June, marking the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK, and features a soundtrack by John Grant, Goldfrapp and Hercules & Love Affair. Queerama is supported by Ffilm Cymru Wales in partnership with BBC Storyville and the BFI.
Chapter Arts Centre
Queens Film Theatre
Dukeâ€™s at Komedia
Gaze LGBT Film Festival Dublin
Chapter Arts Centre
Chapter Arts Centre
W IN D ING SNA K E CONNECTS W A L ES TO IN D IA We spoke to Amy Morris, Managing Director of Welsh animation company Winding Snake Productions, about their latest project Rangoli: Art That Binds.
What inspired you to work with rangoli?
Can you tell us a bit about your current project?
Rangoli or kollam, is a decorative art form designed and placed on the forefront of homes, businesses, places of worship and at special events. It is a practice handed down from generation to generation. It’s different in every state, but the materials used are all natural. I love it, the idea that every day, a new piece of art is created, that making art is a daily ritual.
Rangoli: Art That Binds is a project about friendship - a friendship between women and girls; between art, film and culture; between international artists and international arts organisations; a friendship between India and Wales. Between 2017 and 2018 the team at Winding Snake Productions will explore the relationship between rangoli folk art and women’s friendships in India, and introduce and celebrate the practice with women and girls in Wales. Working with female artists in both India and Wales, Dr Beena Jain of Rajasthan University and Rajni Kiran-Jha will collaborate with the Welsh animation studio to create animated rangoli designs. The digital artwork produced will be available on the project website in March 2018. Who are you working with? This work is supported by Wales Arts International, the British Council, First Campus at the University of South Wales, Winding Snake Productions, Ffilm Cymru Wales and the World Association of Girl Guiding. At the end of the project there will be a live event at the project partner venues, Chapter (Cardiff), Small World Theatre (Cardigan), Jawahar Kala Kendra (Jaipur) and the India Habitat Centre (Delhi), and groups of women and girls will get together at these four arts venues across Wales and India to spend the day making rangoli together. The work created by professional artists and women from local communities at this event will be documented through photography and video, and through an animated film created by professional animators at Winding Snake Productions.
I became interested in rangoli after a trip to India. What inspired me the most is that it is an art form specifically for women, all women, across all divides. It doesn’t exclude men either, I’ve seen men create kollam too.
How can people get involved? On August 15th at Small World Theatre in Cardigan we will be launching the project in West Wales, with a special guest visiting from Delhi, visual artist Rajni Kiran-Jha. Tickets to the family friendly rangoli workshop are available at www.smallworld.org.uk. What’s next for Winding Snake? We are woking on a few other exciting projects; a new participatory internet show called Gwbert & Grace. Working with schools in Wales, the team are developing a pilot animated series with a twist... look out for it online in the autumn. Also in 2017, a new direction for the studio - Winding Snake’s Lauren Orme has written and is directing an animated short called Creepy Pasta Salad. It’s a wonderful dark comedy about being anxious. This project is supported by BFI NETWORK and Ffilm Cymru Wales’s Beacons scheme. The film is due for completion soon and will be released in 2018. Keep an eye out for a teaser trailer this Halloween! Visit www.artthatbinds.org to find out more.
Director Lauren Orme making rangoli in India
Creepy Pasta Salad
C ardiff B I D sponsors the 2017 Iris Prize Festival “This partnership allows Iris to celebrate Cardiff as a vibrant centre for LGBT creativity to the world.”
Organizers of the Iris Prize have announced a new sponsorship deal with Cardiff BID – Business Improvement District. The new partnership will allow the annual LGBT film festival to highlight Cardiff as a vibrant centre for LGBT creativity. Carolyn Brownell, Marketing and Communications Manager Cardiff BID, commented: “Surely there is no better time than LGBT pride month to announce that Cardiff BID are sponsoring this year’s Iris Festival. Iris is the world’s largest LGBT film festival and we’re delighted that this award-winning festival continues to take place in Cardiff and has for the last 11 years. The six-day event showcases Cardiff to a worldwide audience and proves that Cardiff can deliver on the highest cultural level, the festival team have a strong commitment to our wonderful city and ensure they work with a variety of local businesses including Cardiff’s plethora of dedicated LGBT spaces, the main hub of the festival is in Cineworld, ensuring that visitors are drawn right into central Cardiff.” Andrew Pierce, Iris Prize Chair, commented: “Cardiff has been home to the world’s largest LGBT short film prize and we want everybody to know about it. There is no doubt in my mind that Cardiff has been one of the secret ingredients
in the success of the Iris Prize Festival.” “I understand that many of the visiting film makers have come because of the £30,000 Iris Prize, but many return year after year even though they are not in competition. One of the many reasons they give for returning is Cardiff, which they cite as a friendly place full of cafes, restaurants and amazing nightlife.” “We’ve seen a steady increase in the number of people coming to Cardiff for the Iris Prize Festival but we want even more people to join us. We are delighted to have secured this sponsorship from Cardiff BID, it will allow us to be even more creative with our marketing.” Over the coming months the festival team will be revealing a new marketing strategy which will include a new cinema advert, printed advertising in Attitude, Diva, Winq and Buzz Magazines, and a more focused approach to highlighting the role of Cardiff during the 6-day event in October across all our communications. The main festival sponsors are: The Michael Bishop Foundation, Welsh Government, BFI, Ffilm Cymru Wales, Pinewood Studios Group, Cardiff University, Cardiff BID, Gorilla Group, Cineworld, Pride Cymru, and BAFTA Cymru.
A D ark S ong s u m m o n e d for UK release Kaleidoscope will release the film on DVD and digital download on 7th August. Writer-director Liam Gavinâ€™s debut feature sees a determined young woman and a damaged occultist risk their lives and souls to perform a dangerous ritual that threatens to blur the boundaries between this world, and the next. Starring Steve Oram (Sightseers, The Canal) and Catherine Walker (Leap Year, Patrickâ€™s Day) A Dark Song was produced by David Collins, Tim Dennison and Cormac Fox with the support of Ffilm Cymru Wales and the Irish Film Board. With shades of cult horrors Kill List and Wake Wood, A Dark Song is nevertheless fiercely original and innovative. After a slot at the London Film Festival, and winning Gavin the New Visions award at the 2016 Sitges Festival, A Dark Song is brooding, brutal and brilliant, and now ready to scare audiences at home!
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ACCESS In May, BFI NETWORK Wales presented a Launchpad training event in partnership with Hijinx Theatre and Vital Xposure. The one-day training event at the Urdd focussed on deaf and disabled filmmakers, cast and crew, and explored how to improve inclusivity both on screen and behind the camera. Activities included case studies on Jane Gullâ€™s My Feral Heart and Ted Evansâ€™ Retreat, a selection of short films featuring disabled cast and crew, shared learning from the Hijinx Filmmaker Cohort, practical group workshops with Diverse Cymru, and a networking drinks reception. The day also featured guest speakers and specialists including Sandra Alland, Ben Owen Jones, Caglar Kimyoncu and Alex Usborne. Following the event, Ffilm Cymru Wales and BFI NETWORK Wales are developing a digital toolkit for deaf and disabled people working in the film sector, to include tips, case studies, and links to helpful organisations and resources. If there is anything that you think should be included, we want to hear from you! Let us know of any suggestions by contacting us on firstname.lastname@example.org
D ATES F OR Y O U R D IAR Y 19th July
Queerama screening at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff
Application deadline for Ffilm Cymru Wales Audience Access Funding
Queerama screening at Pontio, Bangor
A Dark Song released on DVD and digital download
Rangoli: Art That Binds launch event at Small World Theatre, Cardigan
1st September Moon Dogs released in cinemas 29th September Ffilm Cymru Wales Magnifier event 8th October
BAFTA Cymru awards
Iris Prize Film Festival
14 November Abertoir Horror Festival th
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