Film Hub Wales Recommends: Saint David’s Day Edition

In celebration of Saint David’s Day coming up, the Film Hub Wales team have picked just a handful of films with welsh connections to watch at home. See below for our personal recommendations, but you can also find our full Made in Wales film catalogue, and an extensive list of films with Welsh connections that can be watched while at home yma.

Hana recommends:

I Am Not A Witch

Welsh connection: Directed by Rungano Nyoni who grew up in Cardiff.

After a minor incident in her village, nine-year-old Shula is exiled to a travelling witch camp where she is told that if she tries to escape she will be transformed into a white goat. As she navigates through her new life, she must decide whether to accept her fate or risk the consequences of seeking freedom.

Genre: Drama

Watch: BFI Player, Amazon

Lisa recommends:

Body Beautiful

Welsh connection: Directed by Joanna Quinn, produced by Les Mills and starring welsh legends, Menna Tussler, Rob Brydon and many more!

Beryl and her friends work in a Japanese factory in Wales. She is overweight and consequently ridiculed remorselessly by macho supervisor, Vince, who is the bane of her life. However the time comes for Beryl to get even.

Genre: Animation, Short

Watch: Vimeo

Look out for Joanna’s latest short, Affairs of the Art, coming soon!

Radha recommends:

I Choose 

Welsh connection: Directed by Tina Pasotra, produced by Alice Lusher and filmed in Cardiff

A story of empowerment and resilience. Longing for a life of choice, Rupi sacrifices all that she has ever known and escapes to Wales with her two young daughters.

Genre: Short

Watch: BBC iPlayer

Toki recommends:

Rare Beasts

Welsh connection: Produced by welsh production company, Western Edge Pictures

Mandy is a modern woman in a crisis. Raising a son in the midst of a female revolution, mining the pain of her parents’ separation and professionally writing about a love that no longer exists, she falls upon a troubled man, Pete, who’s searching for a sense of worth, belonging and ‘restored’ male identity.

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Watch: Trailer (Releasing May 7th 2021)

Meg recommends:

Eternal Beauty

Welsh connection: Directed by Craig Roberts and partly filmed in Meg’s hometown, Port Talbot

When Jane (Sally Hawkins) is dumped at the altar she has a breakdown and spirals into a chaotic world, where love (both real and imagined) and family relationships collide with both touching and humorous consequences.

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Watch: BFI Player, Amazon, Curzon, Virtual Cinema (support an indie cinema)

You can find a full catalogue of welsh films yma.

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