Wales - Movies/TV/Radio
I have started this page with a series of Welsh Movies available on YouTube. You can view them from this site:
A Child’s Christmas in Wales (Dylan Thomas Story)
The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill and Came Down a Mountain. (Hugh Grant, WW1 period) – NOTE THIS IS A TRAILER
How Green was my Valley (Coal Mining Village set in early 20th Century – story form perspective of an adult Huw, played by Rodney McDowell as a child)
Blue Scar (A critical commentary on the nationalism of the coal industry – addresses safety and working conditions)
Owain, the Prince of Wales (1983 SC4 Movie about 15th Century Welsh leader Owain Glendower)
The Three Weird Sisters (1947 film about 3 elderly sisters who live in a decaying mansion. Their male secretary thinks they are trying to kill him)
Hedd Wyn (Blessed Peace) – (A WW1 War Story about a Welsh language poet Ellis Humphrey Evans killed in the war at age 30. This is a Welsh language film with English subtitles.
Branwen (2018 – A music video in Welsh by singer and actress Carys Eleri)
There are a number of Welsh YouTube videos. These are great when trying to learn the language. I especially like the film clips from the Welsh movie Eldra. This story of a Gypsy family who settled in North Wales has very clear dialect.
There are many, many movies and TV productions staring Welsh actors and actresses. I see no reason to list them here. I am interested, however, in movies that are either about Wales or have been made in Wales. These are listed below, the source is a Wikipedia list:
- 1898: Conway Castle
- 1898: Blackburn Rovers v West Bromwich Albion, is the world’s oldest extant soccer film, by Arthur Cheetham.
- 1913: The Foreman’s Treachery, by Charles Brabin.
- 1915: A Welsh Singer was adapted from a novel by Allen Raine and starred Florence Turner.
- 1918: The Life Story of David Lloyd George
2015: Yr Ymadawiad, directed by Gareth Bryn.
2016: Y Llyfrgell, directed by Fflur Dafydd.
English-language films set in Wales
1941: How Green Was My Valley was a classic directed by John Ford. It won five Academy Awards, including Best Director and Best Picture. However, the film is often criticised for the actors having Irish accents, as several of them were Irish, and for having a scene with an Irish jig instead of a traditional Welsh dance. Ford’s response to these criticisms were simply, “It’s a Celtic country, isn’t it?”
1950: The Undefeated, by Paul Dickson.
1950: David, by Paul Dickson.
1952: Girdle of Gold, a comedy set in Wales about Evans the milk and Griffith the hearse searching for a pair of corsets. Directed by Montgomery Tully.
1972: Under Milk Wood was a film version of Dylan Thomas‘s “play for voices”, starring Pontrhydyfen-born actor Richard Burton, then-wife Elizabeth Taylor and Peter O’Toole. It was directed by Andrew Sinclair.
1976: Whispers of Fear A woman inherits an old house in Wales, but is driven to madness and murder by jealous locals. Directed by Harry Bromley Davenport.
1979: Black As Hell, Thick As Grass is a documentary by Kenneth Griffith.
1980: The Mouse and the Woman was filmed at Lampeter House, directed by Karl Francis.
1982: Giro City, by Karl Francis.
1983: House of the Long Shadows was directed by Pete Walker. It comments on the nationalism of the Welsh, especially the older generation, who hate the English; the American jokes that he should wear a leek to show he’s a friend. Vincent Price, who has a Welsh surname, plays a character who describes Wales as his ancestral homeland. His character’s family appears to be English, however.
1985: Ms Rhymney Valley, by Karl Francis
1995: The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain, starring Hugh Grant, was directed by Christopher Monger.
2002: On All Floors was directed by Geoff Evans and written by Craig Handley.
2002: Plots with a View (aka: Undertaking Betty), was directed by Nick Hurran and starred Brenda Blethyn, Alfred Molina, Christopher Walken, and Lee Evans. This brilliant, but commercially unsuccessful, black comedy about competing undertakers in the small fictional Welsh village of Wrottin Powys won the BAFTA Cymru Award in 2003. It is not yet released in the UK.
2005: The Dark starred Sean Bean and Maria Bello. While taking place in Wales, it reinvisions the Otherworld (from The Mabinogion) as being a place of hellish torment. It was directed by John Fawcett.
2008: The Edge of Love starred Matthew Rhys as Dylan Thomas, Keira Knightley, Sienna Miller (as Dylan’s wife, Caitlin Macnamara) and Cillian Murphy. Directed by John Maybury, this film is about part of Thomas’ life in Swansea during World War II.
2009: Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story mentions that Eddie tried to learn a bit of the Welsh language before playing a gig in Pwllheli, Wales. He also lived in Skewen, Wales, as a child. The documentary also mentions that Eddie is the favourite comedian of Anthony Hopkins.
2010: Devil’s bridge was filmed in Cardiff and pembrokeshire , directed by Chris Crow
2018: Say My Name was set on a Welsh island but filmed around Cardiff, directed by Deborah Frances-White.
2018: Last Summer, four boys roam free through a neglected rural paradise in Wales, until a tragedy strikes, directed by Jon Jones.
WELSH TV PRODUCTIONS
Welsh TV is like TV everywhere. It is a mixture of made for TV movies, and both live and previously recorded TV shows. These shows include News, Weather, Comedy, Soap Opera, Drama, Crime Shows,etc. The English language stations are no different than stations in other parts of the British Isles and in the Americas. Of course, the topics often are local, especially news and weather and ofttimes comedy. BBC is the main TV Company.
Wales has Welsh Language TV Station SC4, which presents news, documentaries, children’s programs, dramas, sports and films in the Welsh language as does Cyw, a branch of SC4 which is a satellite children’s station with home-produced and foreign dubbed programs. Bay TV out of Swansea is a private TV station called “That’s TV” bringing local news and channels both in English and Welsh.
With BBC, there are many TV shows, BBC is also available in the United States. Many are very popular. Examples are
Hinterland (2013–2016) This thriller is a crime drama set in Aberystwyth, with a dectective solving murders while searching for his own redemption. It also has an underlying police coverup.
Keeping Faith (TV series) – This thriller set in Carmarthenshire, Wales, and filmed back-to-back in Welsh and English, tells the story of a small-town Welsh lawyer, wife and mother, Faith, whose maternity leave is cut short when her husband and business partner, Evan, suddenly goes missing.
Doctor Who – This science fiction series had some episodes filmed in Cardiff, Swansea, Barry and Bridgend. This series on BBC, has been running since 1963! Doctor Who, the eccentric Time Lord battles injustice across the universe operating out of the Tardis, a converted British Phone Box. He always has a beautiful actress companion. The doctor and his assistant have been played by a series of actors and actresses over the years. Supposedly the Time Lords are normally male, but can occasionally change sex. This allows for the 13th Doctor Who to be portrayed by the English actress Jodie Whittaker.
Torchwood is a science fiction programme, a spinoff of Doctor Who. Its fictional locations include Torchwood Institute Three in Cardiff. It was supposedly established in 1879 by Queen Victoria to defend Earth from supernatural and extraterrestrial threats, and to return the British Empire to its former glory.
Sc4 of course has many shows. One in particular, a bilingual program has a wider audience
Bang – This bilingual crime drama TV series was in Welsh with English subtitles. It is also available on BBC. It is set in Port Talbot and is the story of a loner who becomes entangled in a web of lies and about his sister who is a police detective.
It There are a number of radio stations in Wales, some in English, others in Welsh or mixed. Rather than list them all, I have included a link that accomplishes that along with information about the genre of the stations. That link is: https:///www.radio-uk.co.uk/radio/wales.
The link has a filter that lets you choose all stations in the U.K. or choose by country (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland)
For the republic of Ireland link to: