Contemporary horror feature Gwledd (The Feast) has completed principal photography in mid-Wales.
The Welsh-language film is the sixth feature born of Ffilm Cymru Wales’ Cinematic scheme, and is directed by BAFTA Cymru award winning director Lee Haven-Jones (The Bay, Shetland).
Annes Elwy (Yr Ymadawiad / The Passing, Little Women) plays a young woman hired to waitress at a dinner party hosted in the remote home of socialites played by Nia Roberts (Hidden, Patagonia) and Julian Lewis Jones (Justice League, Invictus). Her arrival precipitates trouble for the couple’s directionless sons Steffan Cennydd (Last Summer, Enid & Lucy) and Sion Alun Davies (Hidden, 35 Diwrnod), and forces the family to confront their personal failures and responsibility to the environment. Dinner guests, played by Rhodri Meilir (Pride, Hidden) and Lisa Palfrey (Sex Education, Hinterland), intensify the pressure and the revelation of the apparently innocent waitress’ true identity leads to a devastating conclusion.
Gwledd is a showcase for off-screen Welsh talent too. Written by screenwriter Roger Williams, whose crime drama series Bang won the BAFTA Cymru award for Best Drama Series and Celtic Media Festival award for Best Drama Series in 2018, the film is being line-produced by Gareth I. Davies (Just Jim, Yr Ymadawiad / The Passing) and Bjørn Bratberg (Craith/Hidden, 35 Diwrnod) is the director of photography.
Roger Williams, who is also producing, says “Gwledd is a bold and striking film that will satisfy the appetite of horror fans and world-cinema devotees alike. We’ve assembled a talented team to realise a film with a strong identity that will provoke and inspire.”
Ffilm Cymru’s Cinematic scheme is produced through a partnership with the BFI, using National Lottery funding, S4C and Melville Media Limited, with additional support from Great Point Media, Fields Park Media Partners and Warner Music Supervision. Two other films produced through the scheme, Catherine Linstrum’s supernatural thriller Nuclear and Ryan Andrew Hooper’s modern Welsh western The Toll, have recently completed production.
Ffilm Cymru’s Head of Production, Kimberley Warner, welcomed the latest Cinematic production commenting that “The Cinematic scheme has proven to be an invaluable launchpad for Welsh filmmakers. This year, two previous participants of the scheme completed their second features: Euros Lyn’s Dream Horse starring Toni Collette, Damian Lewis and Owen Teale, and Craig Roberts’ Eternal Beauty, starring Sally Hawkins, Alice Lowe and David Thewlis. We’re certain that Gwledd will be the start of a promising feature career for Lee and Roger too.”