In a glittering ceremony on Sunday 30 October at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay, BAFTA in Wales hosted its landmark 21st annual British Academy Cymru Awards to celebrate the very best of the television, film and interactive industry in Wales.
The One Show’s Alex Jones hosted the ceremony which saw 29 programme, crafts and performance categories in all being awarded. Marc Evans’ film Patagonia, swept the board winning 4 categories including Director: Fiction (Marc Evans), Editor: Fiction, Sound and Hair and Make-Up.
The Best Actor Award went to Craig Roberts for his role as the young 15 year old Oliver Tate in Swansea-shot film Submarine, a performance has already won him the Young British Performer of the year at the London Critic’s Circle Film Awards. Sharon Morgan firmly established her reputation as one of Wales' finest performers winning Best Actress for the third time - on this occasion for her role in the film adaptation of Owen Sheer's novel Resistance. The award for Best Presenter went to Lowri Morgan for S4C’s Ras yn Erbyn Amser produced by Pop1. The programme, which charted Lowri's gruelling journey as she ran 350 miles over the Arctic, also received the award for Best Factual Series.
Best Feature/Television film was awarded to Submarine while the BBC2 biopic of Dame Shirley Bassey's early life by Prospect Pictures - Shirley won the Television Drama award.
Eddie Butler was crowned Best Writer for Lions ’71 - a Green Bay production for BBC Cymru Wales. The programme which revisited the scenes of the British Lions victorious tour of New Zealand in 1971, also received the Gwyn Alf Williams award for its contribution to the understanding of the history of Wales. In a fitting tribute to the late Wales manager and footballer Gary Speed, the Best Sports Programme went to BBC Cymru Wales' Sport Wales: A Tribute to Gary Speed.
The Welsh film and television actor Robert Pugh was presented with The Siân Phillips award in recognition of his work in major films and network television programmes.
In a very special presentation, television producer John Hefin was honoured with the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Special Award for Outstanding Contribution to Television Drama. John Hefin is best known as the creator of the UK's longest running soap opera - Pobol y Cwm but during his time as Head of Drama at BBC Wales, he was also responsible for producing Bus to Bosworth, The Life and Times of David Lloyd George and the unforgettable film, Grand Slam. In 2009, John was awarded an MBE for his services to film in Wales and, more recently, received the 2012 Cyfrwng award for his exceptional contribution to the media in Wales.