Last month, we received an important and substantial film accession.
This arrived by lorry from S4C in Cardiff. It roughly consists of around 400 cans of 35mm & 16mm prints of film and animation which date predominantly from the 1980s and 1990s. The first task after un-loading the shrink wrapped collection of 10 pallets was to make an inventory and then this information will be input into our library’s database.
By now, the collection sits safely in our film vault where the next step will be to inspect, re-can and number it for access purposes. Here follows a selection of just a few of the titles: Leaving Lenin, Coming Up Roses, Gogwana, multiple titles from the Superted series, Solomon & Gaenor, Arthur’s Departure, Otherworld, My Pretty Valley, Boy Soldier…
This year, the Cyfrwng Conference will be held at The ATRiuM, University of Glamorgan in Cardiff on the 16th and 17th of June. Cyfrwng aims to provide a forum for the presentation of research and scholarly discussion concerning the media in Wales, namely film, television, new media, radio, journalism, theatre and performance studies.
As I represent the Archive on the management committee for Cyfrwng, I’m looking forward to the conference. The theme this year is media and culture in small nations.
Excellent speakers have been confirmed, and personally, I’m looking forward to the interview with Marc Evans, and the round table session on the future of S4C.
This year will see the launch of the Dave Berry Memorial Lecture, and Chris Williams from Swansea University will give a lecture on Hwyl a Hiraeth: Richard Burton and Wales. This will also be one of my personal highlights.
Registration for the conference is now open, so make sure you’re there!
We get requests for frame enlargements of film titles held here at the Archive for usage in printed matter and for broadcast on television. A few weeks ago, John captured several frames from the 1980s Joni Jones series for the production company Cwmni Da. This flagship S4C series was directed by Stephen Bayley and starred Richard Love and Iola Gregory.
The high resolution jpeg enlargements will be used in a programme called ‘ Lle Aeth Pawb?’, translated as ‘Where Are They Now?’, which traces the actors, almost 30 years on.
‘Lle Aeth Pawb? Joni Jones’, can be viewed on S4C this Thursday evening at 9pm
Image copyright – S4C
An interesting afternoon was had today in the Drwm, with S4C launching their new series ‘Pen Talar’, which is a 9 part drama starting on Sunday, 12 September. Eleri Twynog from S4C presented the launch, along with director Gethin Scourfield and actor Ryland Teifi.
Half an hour of the first episode was screened along with clips of the other episodes. The response from the audience was very positive, and it looks like the series will be a very popular!
Practically a full – and lively! – house for our afternoon screening of children’s cartoons on Tuesday.
We showed many of the classic cartoons that were made in Wales during the 1980’s and 90’s, including Superted and Sam Tân (Fireman Sam) and of course owr own Jerry the Tyke, from the 1920’s.
Jerry first appeared on screen before the era of sound and we were delighted to welcome Stephen Briggs who came in to provide piano accompaniment in the original style.
Today there are more Welsh language children’s cartoons than ever, many of them to be seen on S4C’s children’s service ‘Cyw’, but the experience of coming to a cinema to see them along with other children will always remain special, I’m sure.
The "pethe" production team filming at the Archive
We had another visit from the production crew of “pethe” today, this time they were here to record a series of interviews regarding our collection of sound recordings. Look out for the programme on the S4C schedule.
We had lively debate and Q/A session about “what is culture” at the Drwm yesterday evening
during the S4C launch of their new arts and culture slot “pethe“. The series is produced by Cwmni Da.
Discussion panel led by Rhun and Nia