The National Eisteddfod of Wales, Bodedern, Anglesey, LL65 3SS
Sinemaes returns to the National Eisteddfod of Wales for a second year. Following 2016’s successful debut, the cinema tent will set up in Anglesey from 4th-12th August with a full programme of screenings. The development is led by the BAFTA Cymru in partnership with Film Hub Wales, Chapter, Into Film, Ffilm Cymru Wales, the BFI NET.WORK, The Royal Television Society, ITV Wales, S4C and TAC.
Film Hub Wales brings a varied selection of screenings with members from across the country, including Canolfan Ucheldre Centre, Pontio, CELLB and Chapter. The tent will also be screening a selection of archive films from the Coastal Wales on Film programme throughout the festival.
Dan Y Wenallt
17.30 Saturday 5th August
In partnership with Canolfan Ucheldre Centre: A lavish, star-studded update of Dylan Thomas’ play for voices, Under Milk Wood. The inner lives of the residents of Llareggub are revealed as they pine for old loves and relive past triumphs +Live Q&A (to be confirmed).
17.00 Thursday 10th August
+ Live performance of a specially composed soundtrack by R.Seiliog. Dir: Aleksandr Dovzhenko’s silent poetic masterpiece depicting an idealistic vision of the possibilities of Communism, made just before Stalinism changed the focus of the Revolution. Depicting the Ukrainian peasant’s journey into the age of collectivization, examining natural cycles through his epic montage, this highly innovative new electronic musical commission brings a modern edge to this timeless humanist masterpiece. Originally commissioned by Pontio.
Coastal Wales on Film
Daily from Saturday 5th – Saturday 12th August
This selection of films from the National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales collection has a sharp tang of sea salt as we drop in on beaches and promenades, harbours and islands for a glimpse of Wales’s coastal life through the 20th century. From Prestatyn to Penclawdd, from Bardsey to Barmouth, we will see how Welsh waters have sustained fishing, global trading and whole summers of unforgettable holidays – so shake the sand from your sandwiches and join us for a fascinating coastal cruise!
16.00 Sunday 6th August
With Q&A (to be confirmed). A theatre performance beamed ‘live’ from the past. Originally commissioned as somewhat of a cultural experiment, T. Gwynn Jones’ adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth was broadcast live on national television in 1964, an elaborately-filmed studio-bound theatrical performance well before the ‘professional’ Welsh language theatre as we know it was in existence. The film survives and transcends its strange birth because it has been blessed by T. Gwynn Jones’ magnificent Welsh language script and has been shot with a keen director’s eye and the undoubted quality of performance within it carries the message of the play down the decades. We would like to express thanks to the BBC and Mrs Nonn Davies and family and to our partners at Pontio for their support on this event.
14:30 Saturday 12th August
In partnership with CELLB. With a huge rise in home-made videos due to iPhones and editing app’s, we’ve seen a return to the 80’s/90’s homemade video revolution. Think MTV and Fideo 9. For this event, young skate filmmakers and musicians from Blaenau Ffestiniog have come together to screen Welsh music videos from the Video 9, I-dot and Garij archives, and to offer a special live score to a video of their choice. Fideo Hud will travel as part of Welsh music video film festival across Wales.