It may only be small, but Wales has always punched above its weight in Hollywood . So here’s our list of the 50 best Welsh films through the ages – some you may have forgotten, some you may never have heard of and others you’ve watched more times than you can remember.
The titles on the list were either shot here, set here, written and/or directed by a Welsh person or starred a famous Welsh actor.
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Jeremy Vine has been accused of ‘insulting’ the Welsh after a listener suggested people in Wales should speak English instead of their mother tongue.
Earlier this year the BBC star interviewed a man from Pontypridd in South Wales who said: ‘I don’t want to speak [Welsh], it’s a horrible language.
“My first memory is being allowed to walk to the shop on my own. I was quite young, but I remember being proud my parents trusted me to do things for them, to pop out and get things they needed. I was lucky with family really. I had a big brother and sister. They had loads of records and guitars in the house.I formed my first band aged six. My parents took me to gigs when I was very young. I remember them taking me to see the Welsh language folk band Ac Eraill in 1974. I was four. By the time I was six, I was fully committed to a life in music.Welsh identity has always been important to me. I grew up in a Welsh-speaking community in a quarry town in Gwynedd in north Wales. I was taught everything in Welsh at school and all my friends and family spoke Welsh. There’s a big Welsh language pop culture, which is particularly politicised because of the precarious nature of the numbers who speak the language. I became very engaged with it politically. I went on rallies continually…” [ . . . ]
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Hit show’s writer “dazed” by the popularity of drama – staring Eve Myles – and her yellow raincoat.
The BBC Wales production has become the broadcaster’s most successful non-network drama in over 20 years.
It has attracted audiences of more than 300,000 on television, with about 9 million BBC iPlayer downloads.
A second series is in development, but has not yet been commissioned. The BBC has yet to confirm if the drama will be shown on network TV across the UK.
Matthew Hall, the Monmouthshire author responsible for the story, said the team behind the drama had been stunned by the audience reaction on social media.
He said: “We’ve all been kind of surprised and a bit dazed by it really.
“The wonderful thing about it is that the most you ever hope for as a writer, or indeed as an actor or director, is to forge an emotional connection with some of the audience. And that is what it seems to have done.
“I think we’re still trying to work out what that is, what they’re responding to.”
While the series has only been shown on television in Wales, audiences across the UK have been watching on the BBC iPlayer.
It has attracted celebrity support, particularly on social media, while the main character Faith’s yellow mac has prompted people with similar coats to post selfies. It even has its own Twitter account, and was worn by BBC Breakfast presenters to celebrate the show’s success.
The series, which was produced by Vox Pictures, was jointly commissioned by the BBC and S4C. It was first broadcast in Welsh with the title Un Bore Mercher on S4C.
Eve Myles learnt Welsh in order to appear in both the English and Welsh language versions of the series, while the action is set around the west Wales village of Laugharne.
Matthew Hall said he had attempted to capture Welsh traits in the show’s characters.
He said: “There’s a sort of Welsh way of conducting yourself which is different to the English way, and we tried to capture that.
“Certainly the Welsh bits of my family are far more emotionally expressive, are more inclined to tell you how they feel. They’re more Mediterranean in temperament almost, and I wanted Faith to be like that. To have this emotional honesty, so what she was feeling came out of her mouth almost.
“So she gives voice to all her insecurities, and to her anger, and I think the audience likes that about her.”
The programme was due to end its run on the iPlayer on 4 May, but the BBC extended its availability across the May bank holiday weekend following increased publicity for the show.