Films (List)

A Dark Song


 “A smart and savvy example of horror’s new breed.” - Quiet Earth
 

SYNOPSIS

Sophia is grief-...

A Way of Life


Synopsis

Directoral debut of Amma Asante. At 17 LeighAnne Williams has a six month old baby to look after, with only the help of three teenage squatters who flog stolen gear to make ends meet. A Turkish neighbour across the street becomes a target to her growing paranoia that Social Services are going to take her daughter, Rebecca, away from her. Her behavior...

A Wonderful Christmas Time


"Earnest and authentic portrayal of romance and relationships... a truly accomplished offering"  - Stefan Pape - HeyUGuys


SYNOPSIS

Two weeks before Christmas, 22 year old Noel is left home alone by his parents, and dumped by his...

Alfred and Jakobine


Synopsis

In the summer of 1955, Alfred and Jakobine were crazy for adventure and each other. They married as impetuously as they decided to drive around the world in a beat up London taxicab. Their love, like their trip, was defined by passion, brushes with death and even stardom. Jakobine was certain they’d last forever—but without warning, Alfred left, breaking...

American Interior


"A hugely charming and visually gorgeous film. American Interior comes not to bury Evans but to praise his spirit of heroically romantic myth-making, fighting for the big dreams of small nations." - Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter...

Another Me


"As an authentic portrayal of feminine adolescence, and a rare example of a genre film told from a strong female perspective, Another Me is worth seeking out" - The List


SYNOPSIS

An all-star cast lead Isabel Coixet’s...

Bastards


"An intimate and moving portrait of poor single mothers in Morocco" - The Independent


Synopsis

In Morocco, as in all Muslim countries, sex outside marriage is illegal. Single mothers are despised, but what is the fate of their children? They are outcasts, condemned to a life of discrimination. Bastards is the first film...

Beacons

These six short films were supported by Ffilm Cymru Wales and the BFI NET.WORK, with the aim to develop bold and unique voices, explore diverse forms of cinematic storytelling and establish burgeoning careers. For more information and to book the films, contact tracy@ffilmcymruwales.com

 

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Benny and Jolene


"Filled with natural performances, the film is improvised for the majority - and the situations the pair find themselves in lead to hilarious and somewhat recognisable circumstances."Kathryn Williams, Wales Online


SYNOPSIS

Jamie Adams’...

Black Mountain Poets


"This shoe-string budgeted Welsh comedy sparks with brilliant moments of unhinged hilarity" - Wales Online
 

SYNOPSIS

A relationship comedy shot in just five days in the Black Mountains of Wales, director Jamie Adams’s film marks the culmination of his ‘Modern Romance Trilogy’ – which...

Blue Monday


Synopsis

Blue Monday the most challenging night of the year.

In Cardiff four people each with a life changing decision to make. A cabbie, a police officer, a nightclub bouncer and a nurse (who also works in the neighbourhood brothel)…

One prepares for a reunion with the daughter she gave away at birth, another will have to choose between...

BRANCHES: The Nature of Performance

 

SYNOPSIS

National Theatre Wales, renowned for innovative site-specific productions, commissioned Berlin-based, award winning, choreographer, Constanza Macras to create a live dance theatre event in Wepre Park, North Wales, UK.

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Britain on Film: Coast and Sea

The National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales’ special coastal film collection has a sharp tang of sea salt as it drops in on beaches and promenades, harbours and islands for a glimpse of Wales’ coastal life through the 20th century.

From Prestatyn to...

Bypass


"It could be that Bypass is more a true descendent of Ken Loach’s Kes than anything like these more recent trailblazers- or even Mike Leigh- his camera is as roving and as subjective as Hopkins’ but without the need for the occasional centre framing or fracturing of time and internal visual portraits." - Critics Associated 


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Campfire Story

Synposis

A young girl attempts to retell a classic campfire story, while her friends insist on adding their own unique perspective to the tale. Can she finish before they become the victims of a campfire slaying of their own? 

Original short film set and created in Wales. Available to watch on Vimeo


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Chevalier


"Chevalier” is an intelligent and dry entertainment that might also make a very telling date movie. " - RogerEbert.com


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SYNOPSIS

In the middle of the Aegean...

Crow


Synopsis

Crow is protector of the wood. He has lived there ever since the Crow tribe of travellers were brutally moved on from the farmstead nearby by ruthless developer, Tucker. Now Tucker wants the wood too and will stop at nothing to raze it to the ground. Crow must defend it with his life. The battle begins, but Tucker doesn’t realise that he must contend with...

Dan Y Wenallt / Under Milk Wood


"Kevin Allen's bold new adaptation shows tremendous visual imagination in places and has plenty of ghoulishness, scabrous humour and eroticism along the way, too." - The Independent
 

SYNOPSIS

A NEW CINEMATIC adaptation of legendary Welsh poet...

Daphne


"Quickly develops into something pretty remarkable, thanks mostly to the stunning performance at its center." - RogerEbert.com


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Dark Horse


"Dark Horse is a shuddering, but delicately handled, exploration of that most basic human desire: to leave a mark and to forge a legacy. The people of Cefn Fforest can rest assured – their story will not easily be forgotten." - The Telegraph


SYNOPSIS

Set in a former mining village in Wales, against the backdrop of the current...

Delight


“…intelligent, ambitious, and thought provoking.” - Buzzmag.co.uk


SYNOPSIS

Starring Jeanne Balibar (Grace of Monaco, Va Savoir, The Duchess of Langeais) in her first leading role in a British film, Tim Dutton (The...

Destination Unknown


Synopsis

Twelve survivors, twelve families torn apart by the Holocaust, twelve people striving to build a new future after the war.

Blending unique and intimate testimony with immersive archive, DESTINATION UNKNOWN unveils the human stories underlying the events of the Holocaust. These include one of the few escapees from the terror of Treblinka, and an...

Don't Knock Twice


"There's plenty here for pretty much anyone to enjoy. Whether you want a spooky new horror for a Friday night at home or an interesting look at a mother-daughter relationship trying to rebuild, Don't Knock Twice comes recommended." - Den of Geek


SYNOPSIS

In the vein of Candyman meets The Ring, Don’t Knock Twice is based...

Dydd Santes Dwynwen Day


Join Film Hub Wales in a Wales-wide celebration of the Patron Saint of Welsh lovers on Dydd Santes Dwynwen Day, with your Welsh love-themed screenings and events.

  • Applications will be accepted until mid-December of each year
  • We've curated a package of Welsh films with a 'love' theme (below) to help...
Eldra


"Jones gives Eldra some real moxie, and she grows on the viewer, as does the thoroughly cute Roberts." - Variety


Synopsis

Based on a true story, Eldra Jarman (Iona Jones) is a spirited young girl who cannot concentrate on her studies. Instead, her imagination focuses endlessly -- and fittingly -- on a fox she's seen running wild...

Image: © Lupus Films Ethel and Ernest


"This is a wonderfully evocative and well observed animated feature that plays like a cartoon equivalent of Noel Coward’s This Happy Breed." - The Independent
 

Synopsis

Based on Raymond Briggs' award-winning graphic novel 'Ethel & Ernest', a funny and touching tribute to his parents. An entertaining and heart-...

Gary Numan: Android in La La Land


"With his pop star years well behind him, Numan comes across as an interesting and entertaining figure doing his best to live a version of real life" - ...

Get Up and Go


Synposis

Get Up and Go tells the story of Coilin and Alex, two friends in Dublin at the wrong end of their 20’s whose dreams of artistic greatness haven’t quite worked out. When Alex discovers that his girlfriend is pregnant, he refuses to allow her derail his plans to leave Dublin for the bright lights of London. Meanwhile Coilin’s carefully...

God's Own Country


"This is one of the most assured, fully-formed British debuts of recent years." - Sight and Sound Magazine


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Gwaed Ar Y Sêr


Synopsis

A group of celebrities are scheduled to appear at a concert in a village hall. An elderly man and his choir of schoolchildren, fearing that the celebrities will steal their limelight, take drastic measures to stop their appearance, by murdering them. 

Made in 1975, this film was screened in the Sinemaes tent as part of the National Eisteddfod....

Happy Now


"Collie-Cousins shows a good grasp of atmosphere and setting, and draws fine perfs from most of her large cast" - Variety


Synopsis

All grown up and gunning for political power in a small North Wales community, Glen Marcus and his best mate harbour a...

Hedd Wyn


Synposis

A young poet in North Wales competes under his bardic name of Hedd Wyn for the Chair, the most coveted prize of all in the National Eisteddfod, but before the winner is announced he is sent to fight with the English in the trenches of the First World War. The wonderful cinematography that starkly contrasts the beauty of his home in Meirionnydd with the...

High Tide


SYNOPSIS

Bethan (Melanie Walters – Gavin and Stacey, Submarine) has one day left. One day to put things right. One day to repair the damage caused to her troubled son. One day to say sorry. One day to explain. Because tomorrow both of their lives will be changed forever.

HIGH TIDE tells the story of one final day during which a mother must mend the broken...

High-Rise
Hope Eternal


"What a passionate and intense film Hope Eternal is." - Mark Cousins, film critic and former director of Edinburgh Film Festival


Synopsis

Hope Eternal tells the story of a 40 year old Madagascan nurse called Hope. Hope and her rugby loving 13 yr old daughter Bantu help street kids who have been trafficked and abused, regain their self...

Hunky Dory


"Driver delivers a characteristic combination of savvy and likeability and the period and sun-dappled photography are nicely handled." - Time Out
 

Synposis

Set in a Welsh comprehensive school during the long hot summer of 1976, keen drama teacher Vivienne fights sweltering heat and general teenage apathy to...

I am Not a Witch

Director: Rungano Nyoni 

 

SYNOPSIS

After a minor incident in her village, nine-year-old Shula is exiled to a travelling witch camp where she is told that if she tries to escape she will be transformed into a white goat. As she navigates through her new life, she must decide whether to accept her fate or risk the consequences of...

I Am Not Your Negro


Synopsis

Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson and with unprecedented access to James Baldwin’s original work, award-winning filmmaker Raoul Peck (Murder in Pacot, Moloch Tropical, Sometimes in April, Lumumba), has completed the cinematic version of the book Baldwin never wrote - a radical narration about race in America that tracks the lives and...

I Am Slave


Synopsis

Malia, a 12-year-old girl from the Nuba Mountains, is snatched from the arms of her father during a Muharaleen raid on their village. Sold into slavery, she spends the next six years of her life working for a Sudanese family. Then, aged 18, she is sent to London where the brutality and inhumanity that she experiences continues, only under a different roof...

In the Dark Half


"Siddons maintains a threatening atmosphere and crafts suggestively with silence." - Time Out


Synopsis

The dark half of the year approaches, bad things are happening to Marie. It might be her fault or it might be related to the strange forces that seem to emanate from the ancient hill overlooking the estate where she lives.

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India On Film


India has one of the world's richest and most prolific film industries. Throughout 2017, the BFI are celebrating the diversity of Indian filmmaking and films about India, from Bollywood to Tollywood (home of Telugu and Bengali cinema) - in cinemas and online.


The season is a major cultural collaboration between the UK and India, with new films, independent cinema and...

Image: Bald Guy (12A) Iris Prize LOVE Bites

LOVE Bites – LGBT short films from the Iris Prize Archive

A selection of LGBT short films celebrating LOVE from the Iris Prize archive of 250 titles.

The key themes covered include: Coming out, Forbidden LOVE and Illegal LOVE. The best love stories have a timeless quality, but any history of romance on screen must reflect the transformations wrought by the sexual...

Jack to a King


SYNOPSIS

Acclaimed director Marc Evans (Hinterland, Patagonia), Academy Award-winning associate producer James Marsh (Man on Wire), executive producers Mal Pope and Edward Thomas and producer and documentary-maker Gwenllian Hughes present Jack to a King, a documentary film that recounts the remarkable tale of how a 'rag tag' band of builders, housewives, teachers...

Julieta


"Ravishing and extremely moving…exquisite" **** - Time Out


Synposis

Julieta is a middle-aged woman living in Madrid with her boyfriend Lorenzo. After a chance encounter with her lost daughter's best friend, Julieta moves back to her old home in the hope that her...

Just Jim


"Roberts is already a singular screen presence, and here acquits himself confidently behind the camera, handling the film's shifting tones with nicely cracked off-kilter humour." - Mark Kermode, The Observer


SYNOPSIS

This is the story of a loner. Jim, 16,...

Kelly + Victor


"A very well shot and well acted drama." 4* - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian


Synopsis

Kelly and Victor meet on the dance floor of a Liverpool nightclub, both of them on illegal highs. They spend the night together, experiencing an intense sexual relationship. These are two characters struggling to get by as best they can while the...

Kicking Off


SYNOPSIS

KICKING OFF starts with the most important game of the season. Loyal fans Wigsy and Cliff watch in trepidation as their football team score the goal that will save them from relegation. Victory is bliss as a chorus of supporters chant and cry with elation. However, this frenzy of...

Letters Home


Synopsis

Letters Home is a short film project, aimed at commemorating and remembering the Welsh soldiers who gave their lives during the First World War. The film has been written and produced by Jacqueline (Jaye) Swift of Llantwit Major, who was inspired to bring her idea to life after attending a World War One Battlefield Tour in Flanders in 2014.

The...

LGBT50: Gross Indecency


The BFI is marking 50 years since a major landmark in human rights - the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales - with a number of screenings and events at BFI Southbank, on BFI Player and in cinemas across the UK.


Gross Indecency is a season exploring the pioneering - and sometimes problematic - depictions of LGBT life in British film and TV in the years...

Life, Animated


Synopsis

Life, Animated tells the remarkable story of how Owen found in Disney animation a pathway to language and a framework for making sense of the world. By evocatively interweaving classic Disney sequences with verite scenes from Owen’s life, the film explores how identification and empathy with characters like Simba, Jafar, and Ariel forge a conduit for him...

Love is Thicker Than Water


"LOVE IS THICKER THAN WATER gives us the treat of acting that is beautifully on point and a cast of characters that live with you for long after the lights come up. Matchless film-making and story-telling." - Stephen Fry


Synopsis

Taking its cue from Romeo and Juliet, LOVE IS THICKER THAN WATER is a tale of lovers from different...

Made in My Town - Urban Wales on Film


Made in My Town is a collection of archive films organised by Film Hub Wales. It is part of the BFI’s hugely successful Britain on Film project, launched last summer to make 10,000 newly digitised film and TV titles from the UK’s national and regional film and TV archives available to view online at BFI Player.
 

Films available include:...

Memory Lanes - Rural Wales on Film


A selection of films from the National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales

These films have been digitised as part of the British Film Institute’s ‘Unlocking Film Heritage’ project, with National Lottery funding. In this selection, we catch a rare glimpse of the characters and communities of 20th century Wales. From rural and village life to community celebration, we...

Mom and Me


"A devastating study of motherly love in US's 'manliest state'" - The Guardian
 

Synopsis

Oklahoma has recently been voted the manliest state in the US. With Mother’s Day coming soon, radio show host Joe Cristiano wants to investigate if the manliest men are willing to call in and discuss their mothers on air.

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Moon Dogs


"Familiar-sounding ingredients come to together in a surprisingly delightful manner in Moon Dogs, a deft blend of mismatched-buddy road movie, coming-of-age comedy and youthful love triangle." - ScreenDaily


SYNOPSIS

Michael lives with his step brother and music genius Thor in Shetland a small island far north of Scotland....

Moonlight


"Exquisite. The reason we go to the movies." 5* - Time Out


Synopsis

A timeless story of human connection and self-discovery, MOONLIGHT chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighbourhood of Miami.

At once a vital...

Mr Calzaghe


SYNOPSIS

This feature documentary will bring the story of Welsh-Italian Boxer Joe Calzaghe, his father and trainer Enzo and their incredible career to a global audience. Packed with cameos from famous international boxing fans and Joe’s previous opponents, the film will document his 46-times undefeated career, culminating with his entry into the Boxing Hall of Fame...

Mugabe and the White African


"Mugabe and the White African plays to the strengths of the screen as a human interest story" - The Guardian


Synopsis

A determined white Zimbabwean farmer takes Robert Mugabe to the court of human rights to challenge the land seizure programme in this multi award-winning feature documentary. The film documents the lives...

Mustang


"Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s debut is an accomplished study of what it means to be young and female in Turkey" 5* - The Guardian


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My Brief Eternity: Ar Awyr Le


Synopsis

To support the opening of a new Maggie's Centre in Velindre Cancer Centre South East Wales in 2017, Maggie’s Centres is partnering with Brightest Films, led by award-winning director Clare Sturges, and University of Wales Trinity Saint David to celebrate the work of the late artist Osi Rhys Osmond: through an artwork commission...

NG83: When We Were B Boys


“Life affirming and moving.” - VICE
 

Synposis

Five former breakdancers reflect on their youthful rites of passage through the vibrant UK Hip Hop scene of the early 1980s and how it allowed them to escape the confines of life on inner city council estates. As the wild energy of the scene burned out their adolescent dreams met...

Orion - The Man Who Would be King


"The one film to watch this week." 4 stars - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
 

SYNOPSIS 

The Rollercoaster rise and tragic fall of the mystery masked man with the voice of a legend. 

ORION: The Man Who Would Be King, a film by Jeanie Finlay tells the story of Jimmy Ellis – an unknown singer plucked from obscurity...

Patagonia


"If previous features My Little Eye, Trauma and Snow Cake belied Evans' filmmaking voice, Patagonia is a loudhailer that announces the Carmarthen son as one of British cinema's most promising talents." - Little White Lies


Synopsis

Marc Evans' ('My Little Eye') visually stunning and inspirational film about the journey of two...

Prevenge


"Gruesomely successful” – 4 stars, The Guardian


Synopsis

A pitch black, wryly British comedy from the mind of Alice Lowe, Prevenge follows Ruth, a pregnant woman on a killing spree. It's her misanthropic...

Pride


"I laughed, I cried, and frankly I would have raised a clenched fist were both hands not already occupied wiping away the bittersweet tears of joy." - Mark Kermode, The Observer
 

Synopsis

Its the summer of 1984 Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is on strike. At the Gay Pride March in...

Queerama


Synopsis

Queerama is the anticipated new film from award-winning documentary maker Daisy Asquith and Welsh producer Catryn Ramasut. Created from the treasure trove of the BFI archive, the story traverses a century of gay experiences, encompassing persecution and prosecution, injustice, love and desire, identity, secrets, forbidden encounters, sexual liberation and...

Raw


Synopsis

Stringent vegetarian Justine encounters a decadent, merciless and dangerously seductive world during her first week at veterinary school. Desperate to fit in, she strays from her principles and eats raw meat for the first time. The young woman soon experiences terrible and unexpe...

Resistance


"Beautifully shot, eloquently acted (by Andrea Riseborough above all) and directed with great emotional reserve by first-timer Amit Gupta." - The Telegraph


Synopsis

After all the women in a remote valley on the Welsh border awaken to find their husbands have left to serve in the covert British Resistance, German occupiers...

Set Fire to the Stars


"Gorgeous, evocative and well performed." - Los Angeles Times
 

SYNOPSIS

Celebrating Dylan Thomas' centenary, this intriguing semi-biographical drama - beautifully shot in black-and-white - focusses on a week in the life of the great poet as he prepares for a series of performed readings in the US...

Sleep Furiously


"The film has richness and an unshowy compassion, its grammar and pace adjusting to the tempo of the countryside." 4* - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
 

Synopsis 

Sleep Furiously became a critical discovery at the 2008 Edinburgh Film Festival, and then became one of the most critically acclaimed new British films of the...

Sol Cinema - Art Car Bootique 2017


On Sunday 28th May 2017, we brought the revolution to Chapter's Art Car Bootique.


The programme of short films was curated by Sol Cinema, Film Hub Wales and Chapter Cinema as part of R17 - an arts season celebrating the Russian Revolution centenary.


Using revolution as inspiration, this series of shorts explores the different ways we can politically, socially and...

Sol Cinema - Art Car Boutique 2016

On Sunday 29th May 2016, Film Hub Wales teamed with Sol Cinema to bring a unique mobile cinema experience (in a vintage caravan) to audiences at Chapter's Art Car Bootique. These are the films that were featured:
 

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Solomon & Gaenor


"The technical credits are superb. The valley groans under heavy clouds and snowfall. The houses are dark caves. We can feel the wet and cold underfoot." - Roger Ebert


Synopsis

A young Orthodox Jew (Ioan Gruffudd) in 1911 South Wales tries to make his living by peddling fabrics door to door in the South...

Sonita


“An intimate portrait of creativity and womanhood, Sonita highlights the rarely seen intricacies and shifting contrasts of Iranian society through the lens of an artist who is defining the next generation” - Sundance Film Festival


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Submarine


Synopsis

One boy must fight to save his mother from the advances of a mystic, and simultaneously lure his girlfriend into the bedroom, armed only with a wide vocabulary and near-total self belief. His name is Oliver Tate.


Welsh connections

Shot in Wales: Barry

Set in Wales: Barry

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Svengali

 

SYNOPSIS

Svengali tells the story of Dixie (Jonny Owen), a postman from South Wales, and a music fanatic. All his life he’s dreamed of discovering a great band and then one day, trawling through YouTube, he finds them… ‘The Premature Congratulations’. He hunts them down and offers them his management services. They are young, arrogant, sexy and...

Tan Ar Y Comin


Synopsis

Based on the novel by T. Llew Jones, Tan ar y Comin is the story of Tim Boswel, a young gypsy who lives an idyllic life travelling around Wales with his grandfather. When Tim’s grandfather dies, however, his life is turned upside down and his very identity is called into question. After finding work as a servant in a local farm, Tim discovers his...

The British Guide to Showing Off


Synposis

British artist and living legend Andrew Logan, loved the world over by celebrities and misfits alike, takes us under his glittering wing and inside his outrageous, anarchic and spectacular costume pageant: the Alternative Miss World Show. As the show's Master of Ceremonies and Ringmaster, Logan is the high priest of an esteemed congregation. He describes...

The Canal


Synposis

Cinema Archivist David Williams lives with his wife, Alice, and their 6-year-old son. All seems well until David begins to suspect that Alice is cheating on him. His anxiety is then compounded by a bizarre coincidence at work: cataloguing a filmreel from 1902, he learns that his home was the site of a brutal series of murders by an occultist named William...

The Chamber


"Director Ben Parker crams plenty of drama into a small space and clipped running time." - Screen Daily
 

SYNOPSIS

THE CHAMBER stars Swedish actor Johannes Bah Kuhnke in his first film role since his international breakthrough performance in...

Image: Ian Dickson/ian@late20thcenturyboy.com The Damned: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead


"The U.K.'s oldest extant punk band gets a suitably entertaining, fractious documentary tribute." VARIETY 


SYNOPSIS

From Lemmy filmmaker Wes Orshoski comes the story of the long-ignored pioneers of punk: The Damned, the first U.K. punks on wax and the first to cross the Atlantic. Interviewing a host of their...

The Fits


"A dreamy, beautifully syncopated coming-of-age tale" - The New York Times


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Synopsis

Eleven-year-old tomboy Toni (a showstopping Royalty Hightower) is bewitched by the...

The Gospel of Us

Synposis

Easter. Port Talbot is in a battle for its life. Authoritarian forces have taken over and the town is in thrall to ICU, a sinister and merciless corporation depleting the town of its resources with scant regard for the residents. The atmosphere is explosive. Resistance is inevitable. 


When a company man and suicide bomber clash on the beach...

The King and Dai


Synopsis

The King and Dai tells the story of the Porthcawl Elvis Festival, Europe’s largest Elvis Tribute Festival. For one weekend every year, the otherwise sleepy seaside town turns into a celebration of all things Elvis, attracting fans and Elvis impersonators all around the world, culminating in a fascinating stew of cheesy kitsch and utter sincerity.

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The Lighthouse


"The Lighthouse is a welcome beacon of quality in a genre that is often happy to rely on cheap tricks and easy scares, and offers much more, amply rewarding those who are willing to embrace its blunt and brittle world" 8/10 - Starburst Magazine


SYNOPSIS

At the end of the 19th century, off...

The Machine


'Perfect, heartbreaking... the closest to Blade Runner that any film has come since 1981' – Sound on Sight
 

SYNOPSIS

The Machine is set in an impoeverished world plunged into a cold war with a new enemy, Britain's Ministry of Defence is on the brink of developing a game-changing weapon. Lead...

The Messenger


"The arguments are persuasive, the message from the birds powerful, and the film a rich and satisfying call to action that is presented with some novel ideas for how to restore the ecological balance" - Critics' Pick, The New York Times


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The Orchard


SYNOPSIS

Six actors are brought together in a country house to put on an improvised version of The Cherry Orchard. As the old friends joyfully reunite all bodes well. But as they cast themselves in the play cracks begin to appear. They discuss the themes of the play which...

The Passerby


SYNOPSIS

The Passerby is a short film about coming of age, written and directed by Efa Blosse-Mason. 

It tells us about Helen, (played by Efa Blosse-Mason), a washed-up teenager, volunteering as a rubbish collector on a beach over the summer holidays. Helen has stopped seeing beauty in everyday things, and despite her age, is cynical and uninspired by...

The Pearl Button


"Patricio Guzmán’s study of the political killings of the 1970s, as well as the country’s history of violence, enhances his reputation as one of the great documentarians" - The Guardian


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The Quarryman


Synopsis

Y Chwarelwr' ('The Quarryman') was the first ever talkie in Welsh made by Sir Ifan ab Owen Edwards and John Ellis Williams.


Background

Although the first three reels of the original film were safe in the National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales the fourth reel was missing so television director Ifor ap Glyn set...

The Rhythm of Fatigue


SYNOPSIS

"Society as we thought we knew it is in ruins, it's bones out in the open for all to see, buzzed by helicopters and surveillance drones. Survivors wait in the rubble for something to change - exhausted, confused, bored..."

The Rhythm of Fatigue takes the form of a series of sparse, minimalist tableau. It was...

The Silent Storm


"A daring and exquisitely filmed debut" - The Times
 

SYNOPSIS

On a wild and remote Scottish island, the respected local minister, Balor, fights to keep his disappearing community together. His beautiful, enigmatic wife Aislin is more in tune with nature than she is with her husband or the villagers. It’s clear she...

The Sleeping Room


SYNOPSIS

When 19 year-old call girl Blue (LEILA MIMMACK) is sent by her violent pimp Freddie (DAVID SIBLEY) and his blowsy partner, Cynthia (JULIE GRAHAM) to meet a new punter in Brighton, little does the sexy young professional know the horrifying impact it will have on her wayward life. Because while she’s unusually...

The Stranger


"Engrossing, intriguing and very stylish. A debut film that stays with you long after it ends." Rob Gittins (Writer, Eastenders / Casualty)

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Third Star


Synopsis

James and his three closest lifelong friends go on an ill-advised trip to the stunning coastal area of Barafundle Bay in West Wales. What follows is a touching and comical adventure dealing with friendship, heroism and love.


Welsh connections

Welsh writer / producer: Vaughan Sivell

Shot in...

Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present


"Hubby's film captures Conrad in all his facets, as longtime Buffalo, N.Y., media professor, and more broadly as a man determined to make "abstract art funny, happy, energetic, joyful."" - Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune


Synposis...

Vampire Guitar



SYNOPSIS

The film is a black comedy. It follows the murderous progress of a killer guitar and its attendant roadie ...

We Went to War


Synopsis

In 1970, Michael Grigsby made the award winning, I WAS A SOLDIER, which focused on David, Dennis and Lamar, recently returned veterans from Vietnam. WE WENT TO WAR picks up their story over 40 years later.


Welsh connections

Welsh producer: Rebekah Tolley

Supported by Ffilm Cymru Wales

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Welsh Heritage Shorts

Still from ‘Taking the Plunge’ (The Wales Empire Pool, Cardiff, with models Eira and Virgina] (c.1968)

 

UNLOCKING FILM HERITAGE
(2014-2017/18)

The British Film Institute (BFI) and national archives across the UK are digitising 10,000 heritage titles, making these available in the cinema, through DVD or online...

Image: The Lost Weekend Welsh Legends: Ray Milland Season

In August and September 2015, Chapter held a season celebrating the first Welshman to win an Academy Award, Ray Milland. 

Born Reginald Truscott-Jones in Neath, Ray worked as a horse trainer in Cardiff until he took up acting. He tried his luck in Hollywood, where he became a star and later took the reins himself and became a director, making some cult classics in...

Welsh Legends: Stanley Baker Retrospective

Celebrating 50 years since the release of Zulu. Born in the mining community of Ferndale, Stanley Baker, alongside lifelong friend Richard Burton, went on to Hollywood stardom as a character actor rather than romantic lead. Proving an enduring and powerful presence as an actor and later as a producer, he made some of the great films of the era. Over the summer, Chapter ...

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"There’s plenty to admire about this nifty, twisty Welsh-language thriller from director Euros Lyn." - Little White Lies
 

SYNOPSIS

When famous author Elena Wdig commits suicide, her twin daughters, librarians Nan and Ana, are lost without her. As Elena’s final words suggest that her biographer, Eben murdered her, the twins...

Y Mabinogi (Otherworld)


Synopsis

Based on a series of Welsh tales written in the Middle Ages, Y Mabinogi follows friends moving from their world in West Wales to the setting of the mythological Four Brances of the Mabinogi. They encounter some problems with medieval life and have to deal with the conflict between fate, personal choice and magic.


Welsh connections...

Y Milwr Bychan


Synopsis

Based in Northern Ireland, it stars Richard Lynch as Private William Thomas, a Welsh soldier. When Private Thomas shoots a terrorist in self-defense, he’s accused of murder and used as a scapegoat by the political system. When he’s caught between his love for a local girl who belongs to 'the enemy' and his loyalty to the army, Tomas’s dilemma reaches...

Y Syrcas


Synopsis

When a Victorian travelling circus visits Tregaron in Ceredigion, they offer much more than entertainment for Sara, a young girl who is trapped by her grieving father’s strict rules and religion in a village seeped in superstition. Director Kevin Allen (Twin Town) tells this heart-warming and often funny tale about the town’s relationship with the troupe...

Yr Ymadawiad / The Passing


"Bryn's quiet confidence earns him a place on filmakers to watch lists." - The Hollywood Reporter


Synopsis

When two young lovers crash their car into a ravine in the remote mountains of Wales, they are plunged into a lost world. Dragged from the river by a mysterious figure, they are taken to a ramshackle farm, a place untouched...