Welsh Films to Watch out for in Cinemas in 2023″
Tuesday, 31st January 2023
Welcome in 2023 with a host of Welsh films for your cinema diary. Film Hub Wales has put together a selection of the most anticipated releases with Welsh connections, coming to a cinema near you this year.
First up is Timestalker. Produced by Pembrokeshire born Vaughan Sivell, the film tells the story of a time-travelling hopeless romantic (Alice Lowe) as she deals with love, death and reincarnation.
If biopics are more your thing, then look out for Y Sŵn from the Welsh creatives behind 2022 success Gwledd (Roger Williams and Lee Haven Jones), which tells the story of iconic politician Gwynfor Evans and the rise of S4C during the Thatcher era.
Also highly anticipated is The Almond and the Seahorse. Written by Llanarth based Kaite O’Reilly, with directorial debut from Anglesey born Celyn Jones and a soundtrack from Gruff Rhys (Super Furry Animals). The film stars Rebel Wilson as Sarah, an aspiring archaeologist, who is coming to terms with her partners traumatic brain injury.
Audiences can also look forward to international stories from Welsh storytellers, from South African apartheid (London Recruits) to the first transgender model agency (Being Hijra). These films offer crucial representation for minoritised communities, within a Welsh context, giving us a platform to shape how we see ourselves as a nation and how others see us from across the world.
Radha Patel, Film Hub Wales’ Made in Wales Officer explains:
“Our local cinemas need us, just as much as we need them. All of these films say something about Wales whether they’re directly about our country or not. The most important thing is that we – as audiences – watch them, talk about them, voice what they say to us with our friends and online and continue to support local, independent, cinemas so that they can keep showing films that explore Wales’ cultural identity as times change.”
Audiences can keep up to date with news of the upcoming Welsh releases on the Made in Wales section of Film Hub Wales’ website, or by following @Filmhubwales on social media.
MIW is made possible thanks to funding from Creative Wales and the BFI Film Audience Network (FAN), awarding funds from the National Lottery. BFI FAN offers support to exhibitors across the whole of the UK, to boost cultural programming and engage diverse audiences. In Wales, activity is led by Film Hub Wales, managed by Chapter.
At the height of apartheid, late sixties/early 70’s, an international group of working-class students and workers living in London answered Oliver Tambo’s secret call for undercover agents. This film tells the story of Tambo’s daring, non violent strategy to bring hope to his embattled people in South Africa.
Director: Gordon Main
Producers: Geoff Arbourne, John Giwa-Amu, Peter Edwards, Gordon Main
Funding: Ffilm Cymru Wales
Cast: Tom Evans, Alex Gwyther, Jack Ayres
Locations: Pembrokeshire (Haverfordwest and Roch), Cardiff, Cwmbran, Mamhilad
Length: 1 hour 50 minutes
Format: DCP, MOV / MP4
Accessibility: English audio description and subtitles
Distributor: Barefoot Rascals
This article is from Welsh Film Hub and is republished under a creative commons license.