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Winners of the 2018 British Academy Cymru Awards

14 October 2018
British Academy Cymru Awards, St David's Hall, Cardiff, Wales, UK - 14 Oct 2018James Gourley/BAFTA/REX/Shutterstock

Keeping Faith/Un Bore Mercher picks up three Awards

9 first time winners announced across craft categories recognising new talent

The British Academy Cymru awards honour excellence in broadcasting and production within film, games and television in Wales and inspire the next generation of creative talent.

The ceremony was hosted once again by BBC Radio 1 presenter, Huw Stephens, at St David’s Hall, Cardiff, where presenters included producers Barbara Broccoli OBE and Michael G. Wilson OBE; actress Elen Rhys (Apostle, Ordinary Lies) Aimee-Ffion Edwards (Detectorists, Peaky Blinders, Troy: Fall of a City); presenter Sean Fletcher; actor Jason Hughes (Marcella, Midsummer Murders, Three Girls); new Doctor Who companion Mandip Gill and Sion Alun Davies (Craith/Hidden and Requiem). 

Other guests included actor and singer Shaheen Jafargholi (EastEnders and Casualty), Joe Hurst (Wanderlust, The Casual Vacancy) and Dino Fetscher (Humans, Paranoid, Banana, Cucumber), Saran Morgan (Gwaith/Cartref), actress Elinor Crawley (Vikings, The White Queen) and soprano Elin Manahan Thomas.

22 Awards were presented during the ceremony in front of an audience of 850 guests and others joining via a live stream to special viewing events in Carmarthen, Caernarfon and New York.

Keeping Faith / Un Bore Mercher received three awards – for Actress (Eve Myles), Original Music (Amy Wadge and Laurence Love Greed) and Writer (Matthew Hall).

In the other performance categories, first time nominee Gareth ‘Alfie’ Thomas won his 1st BAFTA Cymru award as Presenter of Alfie v Homophobia: Hate in the Beautiful Game. The Actor award was also won by a first-time BAFTA Cymru nominee, Jack Rowan for his role in Born to Kill.

Members of the Joio team collected the Television Drama award for Bang, which was shot on location in Port Talbot and Dafydd Hunt picked up his third BAFTA Cymru award for Editing on the same series.

Welsh individuals working on UK productions also collected awards this year. Sian Jenkins won her first BAFTA Cymru award for the Costume Design category for her work on BBC One Requiem, which was shot in Wales. Euros Lyn collected his 6th BAFTA for directing another Channel 4 series Kiri.

Laura Martin-Robinson and Clare Hill won the Director: Factual award for Richard and Jaco : Life with Autism, which also won the Single Documentary award.

The Game award category, which returned to the BAFTA Cymru Awards last year, was collected by Wales Interactive and CTRL Movie for Late Shift.

The Children’s Programme award was won by Cic and the Entertainment Programme award by Salon while Stuart Biddlecombe won his first BAFTA Cymru award for Photography and Lighing: Fiction for his work on Craith / Hidden.

Huw Talfryn Walters won his third BAFTA Cymru award for Photography: Factual on Frank Lloyd Wright: The Man who Build America and John Markham won his second BAFTA Cymru for Sound on Band Cymru 2018.

The Short Film award was won by Geraint Huw Reynolds for Helfa’r Heli. The Factual Series  category was won by Surgeons: At the Edge of Life and Week in Week Out won the award for News and Current Affairs.

Hannah Raybould, Director of BAFTA Cymru, said: “Tonight has been a fantastic, vibrant and exciting celebration of the industry excellence we exist to acknowledge. We hope that those attending the ceremony and watching the live stream around the world now appreciate the talented individuals who are either working in Wales or those from Wales working on productions across the UK. They are truly inspiring and we look forward to working with them to engage with the next generation at our events over the coming year.

We have received more entries, welcomed more guests, engaged with more partners and worked with our dedicated committee to ensure that these awards, the pinnacle of the year of production, are a must-attend event and enjoyed by all. We look forward to seeing them grow from strength to strength.”

Post-production and facilities company Gorilla returns as Key Event Sponsor and returning sponsors and partners have been confirmed as AB Acoustics, Aberystwyth University, Audi UK, Bad Wolf, BBC Cymru Wales, Bluestone Brewery, Buzz Magazine, Capital Law, Cardiff Council, Champagne Taittinger, Channel 4, Clarins, Cuebox, Da Mhile Gin, Deloitte, DRESD, Elstree Light and Power, FOR Cardiff, Genero, Glyndŵr University, Hotel Chocolat, Iceland, ITV Wales, Ken Picton Salon, Mad Dog 2020 Casting, Pinewood, Radisson Blu, San Pellegrino/Acqua Panna, S4C, St Davids Hall, Taylor Bloxham, The Social Club, Agency, Trosol, University of South Wales, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Villa Maria, Waterstone Homes, Welsh Government, Working Word and Yr Egin.


WINNERS OF BRITISH ACADEMY CYMRU AWARDS IN 2018

(listed in order of presentation)

PRESENTER (sponsored by Deloitte)

GARETH ‘ALFIE’ THOMAS IN Alfie v Homophobia: Hate in the Beautiful Game

GAME (sponsored by Games Design at Glyndŵr University)

LATE SHIFT

SHORT FILM (sponsored by University of South Wales)

HELFA’R HELI

EDITING (sponsored by Gorilla)

DAFYDD HUNT for Bang

SINGLE DOCUMENTARY (sponsored by Aberystwyth University)

RICHARD AND JACO: LIFE WITH AUTISM

SOUND (sponsored by AB Acoustics)

JOHN MARKHAM for Band Cymru 2018

ORIGINAL MUSIC (sponsored by Yr Egin)

AMY WADGE / LAURENCE LOVE GREED for Keeping Faith/Un Bore Mercher

WRITER (sponsored by The Social Club. Agency)

MATTHEW HALL for Keeping Faith/Un Bore Mercher

DIRECTOR: FICTION (sponsored by Champagne Taittinger)

EUROS LYN for Kiri

SIAN PHILLIPS AWARD (sponsored by Pinewood Studios Group)

Lindy Hemming

PHOTOGRAPHY AND LIGHTING (sponsored by ELP)

STUART BIDDLECOMBE Craith

COSTUME DESIGN (sponsored by DRESD)

SIAN JENKINS for Reqiuem

PHOTOGRAPHY FACTUAL (sponsored by Genero)

HUW TALFRYN WALTERS for Frank Lloyd Wright: The Man Who Built America

NEWS AND CURRENT AFFAIRS (sponsored by Working Word)

WEEK IN WEEK OUT

DIRECTOR: FACTUAL (sponsored by Capital Law)

LAURA MARTIN-ROBINSON and CLAIRE HILL for Richard and Jaco: Life with Autism

FACTUAL SERIES

SURGEONS: AT THE EDGE OF LIFE

ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMME (sponsored by University of Wales Trinity Saint David)

SALON

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMME (sponsored by FOR Cardiff)

CIC

TELEVISION DRAMA (sponsored by Bad Wolf)

BANG

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO TELEVISION

Mavis Nicholson

ACTOR (sponsored by AUDI)

JACK ROWAN as Sam IN Born to Kill

ACTRESS (sponsored by Waterstone Homes)

EVE MYLES as Faith Howells IN Keeping Faith/Un Bore Mercher