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Welsh Students in Meeting Deadline Shocker

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Despite a reputation for being lazy drunkards, at least a small percentage of the student population in Cardiff have been hard at work writing about the film industry in Wales, and Cardiff specifically, recently. Take a look at these two articles –

Capturing Cardiff by Matt Tozer features interviews with Antony, Karl Francis and serial concept pitcher Iwan Benneyworth.

Melanie Hall’s Lights, Camera, Cardiff! discusses the recent Soundtrack festival and ‘Valleywood‘, and includes interviews with Penny Skuse from the Wales Screen Commission, the Film Agency’s Keith Potter and the delightful star of Avoiding Christian Bale, Amy Morgan. A choice quote from myself also makes it onto the page.

Both articles are worth reading – the post-graduate journalism course at Cardiff has a great reputation and these articles show why.

Regular readers will be glad to know that Role Models is definitely worth watching if you’re a fan of the current wave of American comedy led by Judd Apatow and others.

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Holding Back The Tears

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According to The Western Mail, a performance poet from Cardiff has described the omission of Michael Sheen from the BAFTA nominations “another example of anti-Welsh bias”. Michael’s been nominated for three different awards in the past, but is yet to win – whether he cares about it or not, I have no idea. I haven’t seen Frost/Nixon as yet, and to be honest, I think I’ll give it a miss and see Role Models instead. Hopefully that doesn’t make me anti-Welsh.

Imagine if shed lost

Imagine if she'd lost

It’s awards season in the film world. The Oscar nominations are announced soon, and unfortunately Karl Francis’ latest film didn’t make it into the most recent shortlist for the Best Foreign Language Film award. Surprisingly, neither did Gomorrah.

As we know, the voting and nominations in all of these events are hugely influenced by the politics of the various factions within the industry, and of course the internal politics of the organisation hosting the ceremony. The Golden Globes (still weirdly described as “a barometer for potential Oscar contenders” despite rarely picking the same winners) was torn apart by Nikki Finke in her blog, where she described the event as “a completely meaningless awards show by a scandal-riddled organization”. Half the Oscars seem to go to whoever ran the best campaign and it’s been that for a long time.

That said, I look forward to any nominations for awards that I might receive in the future, regardless of who is dishing them out. Hopefully being a Welshman won’t stand in my way.

Written by Matthew Redd

January 16, 2009 at 4:56 pm