Silent films [ edit ]
, is the world's oldest extant soccer film, by Blackburn Rovers v West Bromwich Albion Arthur Cheetham.
Wales, England: Land of Castles and Waterfalls
, by The Foreman's Treachery Charles Brabin
was adapted from a novel by A Welsh Singer Allen Raine and starred Florence Turner.
The Life Story of David Lloyd George
Welsh-language films [ edit ]
( Y Chwarelwr The Quarryman), was the first Welsh language sound film, directed by Ifan ab Owen Edwards.
( Yr Etifeddiaeth The Heritage), a documentary by journalist John Roberts Williams
was directed by Wil Aaron and scripted by Gwyn Thomas. O'r Ddaear Hen
( Milwr Bychan Boy Soldier), directed by Karl Francis
( Rhosyn a Rhith ), directed by Coming Up Roses Stephen Bayly
, directed by Un Nos Ola Leuad Endaf Emlyn
was nominated for the Hedd Wyn Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1992. It won a BAFTA Award for Best Film in the year of its release. It was directed by Paul Turner.
( Cwm Hyfryd ), also directed by Paul Turner, concerns itself with a critique of My Pretty Valley Thatcherism, particularly as it relates to the closing of mines in Wales.
( Gadael Lenin Leaving Lenin), about a group of Welsh students and teachers who take a trip to Russia, was directed by Endaf Emlyn.
( Ymadawiad Arthur Arthur's Departure), was directed by Marc Evans and starred Llyr Ifans.
, directed by Y Mapiwr Endaf Emlyn
( Tylluan Wen A White Owl), directed by Alun Ffred Jones
( Pum Cynnig i Gymro ) was directed by Bride of War Peter Edwards. It was also in English, German and Polish.
starred Solomon & Gaenor Ioan Gruffudd. An English-language version was also filmed at the same time. It was directed by Paul Morrison.
, directed by Timothy Lyn, is about a Eldra Romani ("Gypsy") family living in North Wales.
, also featuring Y Mabinogi Ioan Gruffudd, is a combined live-action and animated version of Welsh collection of tales known as the , directed by Mabinogion Derek W. Hayes.
, directed by Y Lleill Emyr Glyn Williams
( Calon Gaeth Small Country), directed by Ashley Way
written and directed by Cwcw Delyth Jones
, directed by Patagonia Marc Evans, filmed in Welsh, English and Spanish.
Under Milk Wood , directed by Kevin Allen
2015: Yr Ymadawiad, directed by Gareth Bryn.
2016: Y Llyfrgell, directed by Fflur Dafydd.
English-language films set in Wales [ edit ]
, starring The Old Dark House Boris Karloff, was directed by James Whale.
Today We Live is a communist agitprop documentary by Ralph Bond concerning unemployed miners in Pentre, Rhondda.
, by Donald Alexander Eastern Valley
, set in a Welsh mining town, was directed by The Citadel King Vidor.
, concerning Welsh coal miners, was directed by The Proud Valley Pen Tennyson.
was a classic directed by How Green Was My Valley John Ford. It won five Academy Awards, including Best Director and Best Picture. However, the film is often criticised for the actors having Irish accents, as several of them were Irish, and for having a scene with an Irish jig instead of a traditional Welsh dance. Ford's response to these criticisms were simply, "It's a Celtic country, isn't it?" 
, featuring The Wolf Man Bela Lugosi, was directed by George Waggner.
, directed by The Halfway House Basil Dearden
, starring The Corn Is Green Bette Davis, was directed by Irving Rapper.
, directed by A Run for Your Money Charles Frend
, by Jill Craigie, is about the nationalisation of the coal industry in Wales. Blue Scar
, by The Undefeated Paul Dickson
, by Paul Dickson David
takes place in Tiger Bay Tiger Bay, Cardiff, Wales, and was directed by J. Lee Thompson.
was a short documentary on the poet featuring the narration of the Welsh actor Dylan Thomas Richard Burton. Directed by Jack Howells, it won the 1963 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short.
starred Only Two Can Play Peter Sellers as the Welsh character John Lewis, and was directed by Sidney Gilliat.
, directed by Jules Verne's Rocket to the Moon Don Sharp
was a film version of Under Milk Wood Dylan Thomas's "play for voices", starring Pontrhydyfen-born actor Richard Burton, then-wife Elizabeth Taylor and Peter O'Toole. It was directed by Andrew Sinclair.
is a once-banned documentary by Hang Up Your Brightest Colours Kenneth Griffith on Irish Republican Michael Collins.
, directed by At the Earth's Core Kevin Conner, takes place in the Welsh mountains.
, by Karl Francis Above Us the Earth
, a documentary by Curious Journey Kenneth Griffith
is about Dylan Dylan Thomas's final visit to America, concluding with his death in New York on 9 November 1953, and directed by Richard Lewis.
is a Grand Slam BBC Wales film about Welsh rugby fans travelling to Paris for the Grand Slam of Wales vs. France.
is a documentary by Kenneth Griffith. Black As Hell, Thick As Grass
was written by Ivan Davis (Emlyn Williams wrote the play), and starred The Corn Is Green Katharine Hepburn, Bill Fraser, Patricia Hayes, Artro Morris, Dorothea Phillips and Toyah Willcox.
, by Karl Francis Giro City
was directed by House of the Long Shadows Pete Walker. It comments on the nationalism of the Welsh, especially the older generation, who hate the English; the American jokes that he should wear a leek to show he's a friend. Vincent Price, who has a Welsh surname, plays a character who describes Wales as his ancestral homeland. His character's family appears to be English, however.
, by Karl Francis Ms Rhymney Valley
is an Girls' Night Out S4C film by Joanna Quinn.
is a TV-movie based on Dylan Thomas's work of the same name, starring A Child's Christmas in Wales Denholm Elliott and directed by Don McBrearty.
is about Welsh identical twins, and was directed by On the Black Hill Andrew Grieve.
is a one-man show featuring Dylan Thomas: Return Journey Bob Kingdom as Thomas and directed by Anthony Hopkins.
, concerning a woman of Italian descent living in Wales, was directed by Elenya Steve Gough.
is an animated adaptation of the Dylan Thomas play. Under Milk Wood
, starring Second Best William Hurt, Alan Cumming and Chris Cleary Miles, was directed by Chris Menges.
, starring The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain Hugh Grant, was directed by Christopher Monger.
, starring Streetlife Rhys Ifans, was directed by Karl Francis.
, directed by August Margam, Wales-born actor/director Anthony Hopkins, is an adaptation of Chekov's , set in Uncle Vanya North Wales.
, concerning Druidic cults, was directed by Darklands Julian Richards.
, starring brothers Rhys Ifans and Twin Town Llyr Ifans, was directed by Kevin Allen.
, starring House of America Siân Phillips and Matthew Rhys, was directed by Marc Evans.
was directed by Prince Valiant Anthony Hickox, and based on the comic strip series. It was partially filmed in Wales, and certain sequences surround the Welsh Princess Ilene (who is Valiant's love interest) are set in Wales. However, King Arthur is depicted as leader of the forces of England and ruler of Britain, rather than being in accordance with the original Welsh mythology of Arthur or with the Monty Python depiction of Arthur as ruler of the Britons.
, directed by The Proposition Strathford Hamilton
, directed by Human Traffic Justin Kerrigan
, by Famous Fred Joanna Quinn
starred Solomon & Gaenor Cardiff-born actor Ioan Gruffudd. A Welsh-language version was also filmed at the same time. It was directed by Paul Morrison.
, a short film directed by The Funeral of the Last Gypsy King Jane Rogoyska
(aka The Testimony of Taliesin Jones ), starred Small Miracles John-Paul Macleod and Jonathan Pryce, and was directed by Martin Duffy.
, about Bingo rivalries in House! South Wales, starred Kelly Macdonald and was directed by Julian Kemp.
, starring Very Annie Mary Rachel Griffiths, Holywell-born Jonathan Pryce and Ioan Gruffudd, was directed by Sara Sugarman.
, starring Happy Now Ioan Gruffudd, was directed by Philippa Cousins.
was directed by Endgame Gary Wicks; much of the film takes place at the main character's Welsh cottage.
was directed by Geoff Evans and written by On All Floors Craig Handley.
(aka: Plots with a View Undertaking Betty), was directed by Nick Hurran and starred Brenda Blethyn, Alfred Molina, Christopher Walken, and Lee Evans. This brilliant, but commercially unsuccessful, black comedy about competing undertakers in the small fictional Welsh village of Wrottin Powys won the BAFTA Cymru Award in 2003. It is not yet released in the UK.
, the English-language version of the film Otherworld , is listed above in the Welsh-language section. Y Mabinogi
was written and directed by Scottish comedian I'll Be There Craig Ferguson and featured Welsh singer Charlotte Church.
starred The Dark Sean Bean and Maria Bello. While taking place in Wales, it reinvisions the Otherworld (from ) as being a place of hellish torment. It was directed by The Mabinogion John Fawcett.
takes place on the Welsh island of Scallad, and was directed by Evil Aliens Jake West.
, an animated short directed by Ramble On Tom Parkinson
is the Welsh equivalent of Dirty Sanchez: The Movie , but arguably raunchier. It was directed by Jackass: The Movie Jim Hickey.
, directed by Little White Lies Caradog W. James
, a short directed by Love You, Joseff Hughes Dan Hartley
2006: In the film adaptation of
, Stormbreaker Alex Rider receives military training in the Brecon Beacons.
starred The Haunted Airman Robert Pattinson as an injured aviator who convalesces in Wales.
, AKA The Baker Assassin in Love was directed by Gareth Lewis, about a hitman who retires to a rural Welsh village as a baker.
starred The Edge of Love Matthew Rhys as Dylan Thomas, Keira Knightley, Sienna Miller (as Dylan's wife, Caitlin Macnamara) and Cillian Murphy. Directed by John Maybury, this film is about part of Thomas' life in Swansea during World War II.
, starred Amelia Hilary Swank, Richard Gere and Ewan McGregor. As Amelia crosses the Atlantic, she arrives in Wales (thinking it's Ireland), and the locals sing the hymn " Calon Lân".
mentions that Eddie tried to learn a bit of the Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story Welsh language before playing a gig in Pwllheli, Wales. He also lived in Skewen, Wales, as a child. The documentary also mentions that Eddie is the favorite comedian of Anthony Hopkins.
is a feature about two students completing a psychology essay in one night. The film was all shot in Cathays in Cardiff. Big Font. Large Spacing
is set in Swansea and starred Welsh actor Submarine Craig Roberts.
is a biopic of Welsh champion boxer Risen Howard Winstone.
the directorial debut of Just Jim, Craig Roberts, is set and filmed in the actor's home village of Maesycwmmer
Films with Welsh characters (but not set in Wales) [ edit ]
is a film in which the main character's mother is Welsh. It was directed by Cosh Boy Lewis Gilbert.
, directed by The Searchers John Ford, the character Martin Pawly claims that he is 1/8 Cherokee, and the rest is English and Welsh.
, starred Welsh actor Look Back in Anger Richard Burton and featuring the Welsh character, Cliff. It was directed by Tony Richardson.
has The Vikings Rhodri Mawr as a character, and his daughter Morgana (played by Janet Leigh).
starred I'm All Right, Jack Peter Sellers and featured a Welsh worker named Dai. It was directed by John Boulting.
features a Welsh female character, and was directed by Upstairs and Downstairs Ralph Thomas.
, starring Zulu Michael Caine, depicts the struggle of a detachment of a Welsh regiment against Zulu warriors. It was directed by Cy Endfield.
, features Candy Richard Burton as a Welsh alcoholic poet, MacPhisto.
, directed by The Molly Maguires Martin Ritt and starring Sean Connery, tells the story of the Irish labor troubles in the anthracite coal mines of Schuylkill county, Pennsylvania. Several characters, including the police chief Davies (played by Englishman Frank Finlay), and a miner Jenkins (played by Englishman John Alderson), are Welsh.
( Two English Girls Les Deux anglaises et le continent) was directed by François Truffaut. Despite the title, the titular "English girls" are actually both Welsh.
, directed by 10 Rillington Place Richard Fleischer, stars John Hurt as a Welshman living in London.
, oe of the final scenes features a minor character nicknamed Taff. A Bridge Too Far
features The Hound of the Baskervilles Dudley Moore portraying a Welsh Doctor Watson, reusing a version of his Welsh accent from the 1967 film . Bedazzled
, a film by The Life of Brian Monty Python, features a character named Judith (played by Sue Jones-Davies) who is referred to by Brian's mother as a "Welsh tart." Several other references to Welsh characters can be gleaned from the screenplay. 
, directed by Welsh-born filmmaker The Falls Peter Greenaway, references the Welsh-born character Tulse Luper.
1983: 'In 'Taking Tiger Mountain
, militant feminist scientists brainwash a research subject to assassinate the Welsh Minister of Prostitution. It was directed by Tom Huckabee, with a story by William S. Burroughs.
, set in New Zealand, is about a former Welsh rugby star. It was directed by Old Scores Alan Clayton.
was directed by Au Pair Angelika Weber. The main character and her boyfriend are Welsh.
,features The Replacements Rhys Ifans as a Welsh soccer player who is recruited to play American football. When called a "Mick" by teammates, he asserts that he is Welsh, not Irish. It was directed by Howard Deutch.
, features Notting Hill Rhys Ifans as a Welsh character called Spike.
, about a Jewish girl who leaves the Soviet Union to be raised in England, utilizes a Welsh music teacher to help aid in the girl's assimilation to English culture. As he was not allowed to speak Welsh but succeeded professionally after learning English, so will she succeed if she abandons her native tongue. The Man Who Cried
2003 and following:
is a multimedia project by Welsh-born filmmaker Peter Greenaway concerning the Welsh-born character Tulse Luper. The Tulse Luper Suitcases
, starring Heights Glenn Close, features Andrew Howard as the Welsh character, Ian. It was directed by Chris Terrio.
, a documentary about the Welsh Patrick St. Patrick who became the patron saint of Ireland, was directed by Pamela Mason Wagner.
features The Rite Anthony Hopkins as Father Lucas, a Welsh exorcist, living in Rome.
Filmed on location in Wales, but set elsewhere [ edit ]
, featuring The Inn of the Sixth Happiness Ingrid Bergman, Curd Jurgens, and Robert Donat, was filmed on location in Wales in Gwynedd and Beddgelert, but is set in China.
, featuring Welsh actors The Lion in Winter Anthony Hopkins and Timothy Dalton in their first feature films, was filmed on location in Wales but is set in France.
is the sixteenth Carry on up the Khyber , released in 1968. It stars Carry On film Carry On regulars Sid James, Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey, Joan Sims, Bernard Bresslaw and Peter Butterworth. The film is, in part, a spoof of " Kiplingesque" movies and television series about life in the British Empire, both contemporary and from earlier, Hollywood, periods. Scenes on the North West Frontier were filmed beneath the summit of Snowdon in North Wales.
An American Werewolf in London 's early scenes set in Yorkshire were filmed in the Brecon Beacons.
is set in Romania, but was actually shot in The Keep Llanberis and Blaenau Ffestiniog in Gwynedd, North Wales.
was the first animated featured produced in Wales. It was jointly a Hungarian animated film. The Princess and the Goblin
starring Sean Connery, Richard Gere and Julia Ormond, was directed by Jerry Zucker. It is the story of King Arthur filmed in Snowdonia. First Knight
1997: Part of
was filmed on location at Mortal Kombat: Annihilation Parys Mountain on the island of Anglesey.
, starring The Miracle Maker Ralph Fiennes as Jesus, was filmed in Cardiff, Wales. It was directed by Derek W. Hayes and Stanislav Sokolov.
, starring Half Light Demi Moore and directed by Craig Rosenberg, is set in Scotland but was shot on location in Wales.
, starring Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft, was shot on location in the mountains of Snowdonia but set in China.
was the first film to be shot at Ironclad Dragon International Film Studios in Llanilid.
Miscellaneous [ edit ]
, when Bedazzled Dudley Moore's character wishes for intellectualism, he develops a Welsh accent.
1968: In the film
, a few characters use Barbarella Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch as a password.
, directed by Sam Peckinpah, a Straw Dogs Cornish vicar uses the Welsh place name Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch as the magic word in a magic trick he performs.
, directed by Alan Metter, Back to School Rodney Dangerfield's character recites " Do not go gentle into that good night" for his oral exam.
, directed by Before Sunrise Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke's character mimics Dylan Thomas's voice, reading a fragment from " As I Walked Out One Evening", written by W.H. Auden.
, directed by The Weight of Water Kathryn Bigelow, features the Dylan Thomas poem " And death shall have no dominion".
Steven Soderbergh remake of also features the Dylan Thomas poem "And death shall have no dominion"; Solaris George Clooney's character reads the first stanza of the poem.
features the Welsh-language folk song " Crash Lisa Lân", sung by Carol Ensley.
Welsh actors and directors [ edit ]
See also [ edit ]
Cinema of Wales
Scholarly resources [ edit ]
Wales on Screen, edited by Steve Blandford
Wales and Cinema: The First Hundred Years, by Dave Berry
External links [ edit ]