Chapter and Film Hub Wales at Sinemaes, National Eisteddfod of Wales, Abergavenny

Posted on: 22 Jul 2016

Sat 30 July — Sat 6 Aug

Join us to celebrate our Welsh film culture and inspire the next generation of filmmakers at a brand new venue on the Maes at the National Eisteddfod, our national festival of Welsh life. As part of Chapter and Film Hub Wales’ collaboration with BFI Britain on Film we are telling our stories through Welsh language film and celebrating the talent that made them, from feature films to home movies. All these events will be in the Welsh language, some with English subtitles. Highlights from our programme include Gwaed ar y Sêr with musical accompaniment from H Hawkline, a package of archive shorts with NSSAW and a screening of Hedd Wyn with Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog. Joining us in the Sinemaes will be BAFTA Cymru, S4C, ITV Wales, Into Film, Abergavenny Film Society, Royal TV Society and others.

Events at Sinemaes are free, but you will need a ticket to the Eisteddfod Maes (field) to attend. See for details.

Memory Lanes — Rural Wales on Film

Sat 30 July — Sat 6 Aug (various times)

From rural and village life to community celebration, from the fun of the fair to the buzz of the ‘Eisteddfod’, Welsh cameras from Anglesey to Monmouthshire captured aspects of life that were untouched by the newsreels or Hollywood. A selection of films from the National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales collection, this is a rare glimpse of the characters and communities of 20th century Wales.

Abergavenny Film Society Presents: Y Syrcas

Sat 30 Jul 5.30pm

Wales/2013/107mins/PG. Dir: Kevin Allen. With: Saran Morgan, Damola Adelaja, Aneirin Hughes.

A travelling circus visits 19th century Tregaron, offering much more then entertainment for Sara, a young girl who is trapped by her grieving father’s strict rules and religion in a village steeped in superstition. A heart-warming and often funny tale about the town’s relationship with the troupe and Jwmbi, an elephant who died and was reputedly laid to rest behind the town’s Talbot Hotel in 1848.

+ Popeth yn Gymraeg (13mins)

An episode of the popular programme which follows poet Ifor ap Glyn to Abergavenny, as he takes on unusual linguistic challenge to travel the length and breadth of Wales speaking nothing but Welsh.

Hedd Wyn

Tue 2 Aug 6pm

Wales/1993/123mins/12A. Dir: Paul Turner. With: Huw Garmon, Sue Roderick, Judith Humphreys.

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 horrors of Passchendaele demonstrates the futility of war in this, the first film from Wales to be nominated as Best Foreign Language film at the Academy Awards.

+ Join us for an introduction from Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog and Mari Lloyd Pritchard discussing the Hedd Wyn music project which will be the opening concert at the 2017 Eisteddfod.

The Quarryman

Thu 4 Aug 12.30pm

Wales/1935/60mins/advPG. Dir: Ifan ab Owen Edwards, Ifor ap Glyn. With: Robert Jones.

The first ‘talkie’ made in the Welsh language was preserved incomplete as the final reel was lost, but in 2006 filmmaker Ifor ap Glyn recreated the missing pieces using contemporary actors and a new musical score to bring the film alive for new audiences.

+ Join us for an introduction to the screening with Ifor ap Glyn.

Gwaed ar y Sêr

Thu 4 Aug 4pm

Wales/1975/60mins/adv15. Dir: Wil Aaron. With: Grey Evans, Hywel Gwynfryn, Dafydd Iwan, Barry John.

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.

This film in the Welsh language will appear without subtitles, and with a live interpretation with music from H.Hawkline.

“Wicker Man meets Celebrity Big Brother cum slasher movie” - Gruff Rhys

Britain on Film is supported by Unlocking Film Heritage awarding funds from The National Lottery. Part of BFI Britain on Film -

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