Britain on Film: Rural – Sinemaes

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“I hope to see Sinemaes every year – and increasing in size – with a bigger tent one day.”– Sinemaes audience member

Film came to the National Eisteddfod of Wales for the first time, with a full programme of Welsh language features, special events and archive at the world renowned cultural festival, on 30th July to 6th August 2016.

Sinemaes was located in the drama village area of the Maes, offering a full programme of screenings from the National Screen and Sound Archive, new feature films from Ffilm Cymru Wales and S4C; masterclasses and workshops for all ages and the chance to find out more about working in the film and television industry in Wales.

The project was led by BAFTA Cymru in partnership with Film Hub Wales, ChapterInto FilmFfilm Cymru WalesThe Royal Television SocietyWales ScreenBFI Net.WorkITV Cymru WalesS4C and TAC.

Film Hub Wales screened the following films (with subtitles):

Every day: Memory Lanes – Rural Wales on Film in partnership with the National Screen and Sound Archive for Wales

Saturday 30th July: Y Syrcas in partnership with Abergavenny Film Society

Tuesday 2nd August: Hedd Wyn, with Q&A and live performance from Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog

Thursday 4th August: The Quarryman with introduction from national poet of Wales Ifor Ap Glyn

Thursday 4th August: Gwaed ar y Sêr (no subtitles) with live performance from H.Hawkline

Sinemaes was part of the BFI’s Britain on Film Rural Life project, which saw the release of over 750 films from 1900 to 1999, many unseen since they were first shown. Hidden histories and forgotten stories of people and places from every corner of Great Britain from the UK’s key film and TV archives are available for free on BFI Player via an interactive map. The archive films also visited over 125 locations around the country for special screenings and events.



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These films, and many more related titles from around the UK, are available to watch for free on BFI Player via an interactive map for Britain on Film.  |  #BritainOnFilm