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Nominations announced for the British Academy Cymru Awards in 2017

1 September 2017
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Aberfan: The Green Hollow leads with seven nominations

Television drama Sherlock and feature film The Lighthouse each receive five nominations

Aberfan disaster anniversary dominates factual categories with The Aberfan Young Wives Club and Aberfan - The Fight for Justice each receiving four nominations

We have announced the nominations for the British Academy Cymru Awards, honouring excellence in broadcasting and production within film, games and television in Wales.

The announcement was made live for the first time on Facebook by Elin Fflur.

The 26th ceremony will take place on 8 October 2017 at St David’s Hall, Cardiff and will be presented by Huw Stephens for a third year.

The ceremony will feature special guest performances and celebrity award presenters representing the best of the UK’s creative and media industries.

This year a record 55 productions gain recognition with nominations across all production, performance, craft and game categories.

Aberfan: The Green Hollow leads with seven nominations across Television Drama, Director: Fiction (Pip Broughton), Actress (Eiry Thomas) and Actor (Michael Sheen, who won the award in 2013). The drama is also nominated for Writer (Owen Sheers), Photography and Lighting (Steve Lawes) and the Breakthrough Award for newcomer Jenna Robbins.

Returning series 35 Diwrnod and Parch complete the Television Drama category.

Thriller The Lighthouse receives five nominations, for Actor (2016 winner Mark Lewis Jones), Director (Chris Crow), Editing (John Gillanders), Photography and Lighting (Alex Metcalfe) and Special and Visual Effects, Titles and Graphic Identity.

Sherlock also receives five nominations this year:  Production Design (for previous winner Arwel Wyn Jones), Editing (Will Oswald), Special and Visual Effects, Titles and Graphic Identity and two nominations for Make Up (Claire Pritchard Jones).

The new, broader eligibility criteria for this year’s awards, which allow recognition for Welsh talent working on UK network productions, sees Kimberley Nixon receive a nomination for Actress for her role in Ordinary Lies. Euros Lyn and Catrin Meredydd also receive nominations for Director and Production Design respectively for their work on Damilola, Our Loved Boy.

In the factual categories, the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster dominates with The Aberfan Young Wives Club receiving nominations for Director: Factual (Marc Evans), Editing  (Joe Williams), Original Music (James Dean Bradfield) and Photography Factual (Baz Irvine). Aberfan – The Fight for Justice receives four nominations, for Single Documentary, Director: Factual (Iwan England), Photography Factual (Stephen Hart) and Presenter (Huw Edwards).

The remaining Actor nominations go to Jack Parry Jones (Moon Dogs) and Dyfan Dwyfor (Y Llyfrgell) and Actress to Carys Eleri (Parch) and Mali Jones (35 Diwrnod).

Nominations in the Feature/Television Film category are Ellen, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Albi a Noa yn Achub yr Iwnifyrs.

The nominations in the Game category, which returns to the main ceremony this year, are The Bunker (Wales Interactive/Green Man Gaming), Coffin Dodgers (Wales Interactive) and Creature Battle Lab (Dojo Arcade).

Recipients of the Siân Phillips Award, sponsored by Pinewood Studios Group, and the BAFTA Special Award for Outstanding Contribution to Film and Television, sponsored by Sony Technology, will be announced at a celebratory Nominees Party on 28 September. Both Awards will be presented on 8 October at the ceremony.

The ceremony will be live streamed once again this year, with a special event being held by New York Welsh at the Sunken Hundred Welsh bar in Brooklyn attended by Matthew Rhys and others for those in New York to celebrate alongside nominees and winners. For the first time this year, BAFTA will be live-streaming from the red carpet to Facebook with the public able to hear from guests as they arrive.

Post-production and facilities company Gorilla returns as Key Event Sponsor and returning sponsors and partners have been confirmed as Mad Dog Casting, Buzz Magazine, Cuebox, Deloitte, Ethos, Hotel Chocolat, Champagne Taittinger, Working Word, ELP, Ken Picton, Princes Gate, Villa Maria, AB Acoustics, Capital Law, Genero, Trosol, S4C, Aberystwyth University, Cardiff and Vale College, Cardiff Council, BBC Cymru Wales, University of South Wales, Audi, Sugar Creative, Pinewood Studios Group and University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

New sponsors for 2017 are Cardiff BID, Channel 4, Clarins, Curzon, DRESD, Iceland, Lexon Printing Group, Media Access Solutions and Tiny Rebel.

To find out more about all our partners and sponsors click here

Tickets to attend the Champagne Taittinger reception, Awards and After Party are priced £95 each and available to the public and industry professionals from the St David’s Hall Box Office on 029 20 878500 / www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk.

BAFTA Cymru members are able to purchase tickets at a reduced rate of £65 each and those wishing to join BAFTA Cymru should visit our website here for further information.


If there were fewer than six entries in a particular category for the Awards in 2016, then those entries/categories were not considered for Awards that year, and were carried over for consideration for the Awards in 2017. This may result in multiple nominations for individuals for the same programme but within a different series.

Nominations are correct at the time of going to print. BAFTA reserves the right to make changes to the names listed at any time up until 8 October 2017


Full list of British Academy Cymru Awards Nominees 2017

SIAN PHILLIPS AWARD (sponsored by Pinewood Studios Group)
Announced on 28 September

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO FILM AND TELEVISION (sponsored by Sony Technology)
Announced on 28 September

ACTOR (sponsored by AUDI)

DYFAN DWYFOR as Dan IN Y Llyfrgell/The Library Suicides
JACK PARRY JONES as Michael IN Moon Dogs
MARK LEWIS JONES as Thomas Griffiths IN The Lighthouse
MICHAEL SHEEN as Dave Evans IN Aberfan: The Green Hollow

ACTRESS (sponsored by Iceland)

CARYS ELERI as Myfanwy IN Parch
EIRY THOMAS as Anne (59) IN Aberfan: The Green Hollow
KIMBERLEY NIXON as Holly in Ordinary Lies
MALI JONES as Nia in 35 Diwrnod

BREAKTHROUGH (sponsored by Cardiff and Vale College)

JENNA ROBBINS for Aberfan: The Green Hollow
VIVIANE PEOC’H for Nain Stori Wir
SION JENKINS for Sion Jenkins

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMME (sponsored by Cardiff BID)

DEIAN A LOLI
LLOND CEG
TEULU NI

COSTUME DESIGN (sponsored by Bluestone)

DAWN THOMAS-MONDO for Y Llyrfgell/The Library Suicides
RAY HOLMAN for A Midsummer Night’s Dream
SARAH ARTHUR for Lady Chatterley’s Lover

DIRECTOR: FACTUAL (sponsored by Capital Law)

ARWYN EVANS for Iestyn Garlick: Stori Mabwysiadu
IWAN ENGLAND for Aberfan – The Fight for Justice
JONNY OWEN for Don’t Take Me Home
MARC EVANS for The Aberfan Young Wives Club

DIRECTOR: FICTION (sponsored by Champagne Taittinger)

CHRIS CROW for The Lighthouse
EUROS LYN for Damilola, Our Loved Boy
EUROS LYN for Y Llyfrgell/The Library Suicides
PIP BROUGHTON for Aberfan: The Green Hollow

EDITING (sponsored by Gorilla)

CAROLINE LYNCH-BLOSSE for Beti and David: Lost for Words
JOE WILLIAMS for The Aberfan Young Wives Club
JOHN GILLANDERS for The Lighthouse
WILL OSWALD for Sherlock

ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMME (sponsored by Sugar Creative)

CANTATA MEMORIA
CITY OF THE UNEXPECTED
TAITH BRYN TERFEL – GWLAD Y GÂN
Y SALON

FACTUAL SERIES (sponsored by Villa Maria)

#SWN10
ARFORDIR CYMRU: BAE CEREDIGION
COAST & COUNTRY
THE GREATEST GIFT

FEATURE/TELEVISION FILM (sponsored by Curzon)

ALBI A NOA YN ACHUB YR IWNIFYRS
ELLEN
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

GAME (sponsored by Games Design at Glyndŵr University)

THE BUNKER
COFFIN DODGERS
CREATURE BATTLE LAB

LIVE BROADCAST

BBC YOUNG MUSICIAN 2016 GRAND FINAL
CATCHING THE ABUSERS: A CRIMEWATCH SPECIAL
FFEINAL BAND CYMRU 2016

MAKE UP AND HAIR (sponsored by Ken Picton)

CLAIRE PRITCHARD-JONES for Lady Chatterley’s Lover
CLAIRE PRITCHARD-JONES for Sherlock (The Abominable Bride)
CLAIRE PRITCHARD-JONES for Sherlock (The Lying Detective)

NEWS AND CURRENT AFFAIRS (sponsored by Working Word)

CYSGOD CHERNOBYL/THE SHADOW OF CHERNOBYL (Y BYD AR BEDWAR)
LIVING WITH DEMENTIA – CHRIS’S STORY
MICHAEL SHEEN: THE FIGHT FOR MY STEEL TOWN
WALES AT SIX (21/10/2016)

ORIGINAL MUSIC (sponsored by Lexon Printing)

BENJAMIN TALBOTT AND VICTORIA ASHFIELD - Galesa
JOHN HARDY MUSIC - Y Gwyll
JAMES DEAN BRADFIELD – The Aberfan Young Wives Club

PHOTOGRAPHY AND LIGHTING (sponsored by ELP)

ALEX METCALFE - The Lighthouse
RICHARD STODDARD – Yr Ymadawiad
STEVE LAWES – Aberfan: The Green Hollow

PHOTOGRAPHY FACTUAL (sponsored by Genero)

BAZ IRVINE – The Aberfan Young Wives Club
PRODUCTION TEAM – Police 24/7
ROB TAYLOR – Extreme Wales with Richard Parks
STEPHEN HART – Aberfan – The Fight for Justice

PRESENTER (sponsored by Deloitte)

BETI GEORGE – Beti and David: Lost for Words
HUW EDWARDS – Aberfan – The Fight for Justice
IESTYN GARLICK – Iestyn Garlick: Stori Mabwysiadu
RICHARD PARKS – Extreme Wales with Richard Parks

PRODUCTION DESIGN (sponsored by DRESD)

ARWEL WYN JONES - Sherlock
CATRIN MEREDYDD – Damilola, Our Loved Boy
RICHARD CAMPLING – Don’t Knock Twice

SHORT FILM (sponsored by University of South Wales)

THE CORPSE SERIES
LOCKED IN MY BODY
MEAT ON BONES
THIS FAR UP

SINGLE DOCUMENTARY (sponsored by Aberystwyth University)

ABERFAN – THE FIGHT FOR JUSTICE
DAN SNOW ON LLOYD GEORGE: MY GREAT-GREAT-GRANDFATHER
HILLSBOROUGH: YR HUNLLEF HIR
IESTYN GARLICK: STORI MABWYSIADU

SOUND (sponsored by AB Acoustics)

PRODUCTION TEAM – Damilola, Our Loved Boy
PRODUCTION TEAM – Decline and Fall
PRODUCTION TEAM – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

SPECIAL AND VISUAL EFFECTS (sponsored by University of Wales Trinity Saint David)

DOGS OF ANNWN LTD – The Lighthouse
PAUL WRIGHT – The Chamber
PRODUCTION TEAM – Sherlock

TELEVISION DRAMA (sponsored by Media Access Solutions)

35 DIWRNOD
ABERFAN: The Green Hollow
PARCH

WRITER (sponsored by The Social Club. Agency)

FFLUR DAFYDD – Y Llyfrgell/The Library Suicides
JAMES BUTTON – The Corpse Series
OWEN SHEERS – Aberfan: The Green Hollow