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BAFTA Cymru to host celebration of Welsh creative media talent as part of Wales Week in London

27 February 2018

Michael Sheen, Mark Lewis Jones, Elen Rhys and Gareth Evans join panel guests, hosted by film critic Jason Solomons

Tickets now on sale for the public to attend

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) in Wales, BAFTA Cymru, has announced further details of a special celebration of Welsh creative media talent as part of the growing Wales Week in London programme. The event will be held on 2 March at BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly.

Following popular events held in the capital city, which have celebrated Sherlock; Magnum photographer Philip Jones Griffiths; 25 years of the BAFTA Cymru Awards and the Star Wars: Rogue Ones director Gareth Edwards in recent years, the focus this year turns to the Welsh film industry and the first Netflix funded feature to be shot in Wales – Apostle.

Those attending the event will be offered the chance to see the first screening of selected excerpts from the film, which was shot at Margam Park in 2017.

A guest panel will then join film critic Jason Solomons to discuss the film’s inception through to distribution plans, including actors Michael Sheen, Elen Rhys (Broadchurch, Ordinary Lies, Hinterland), Mark Lewis Jones (Star Wars The Last Jedi, National Treasure, Stella, Hidden/Craith), Director Gareth Evans, Producer Ed Talfan and DOP Matt Flannery.

The film sees Welsh director Gareth Evans, best known for bringing the Indonesian martial art pencak silat into world cinema through his films Merantau, The Raid, and The Raid 2 return to Wales to make his first UK feature. The film is produced by Severn Screen’s Ed Talfan, known for co-producing Hinterland, and American company XYZ films.

“We are very much looking forward to this celebration of Welsh creative media talent in the heart of London,” said Hannah Raybould, Director of BAFTA Cymru. “Previous similar events we have hosted have helped raise the profile of the projects coming out of Wales, the talented individuals working in all areas of our industry and offered the chance for those based in London with a passion for Wales to engage with our charitable work.”

“For the first time this year, we will be hosting a Gala Dinner fundraiser to coincide with the Q&A event, where guests can enjoy a Welsh menu prepared by BAFTA’s chef in the beautiful surroundings of the David Lean room at BAFTA’s HQ alongside the guest speakers.

Those joining us will also be offered the chance to take part in a silent auction of items, including mounted film posters signed by Bill Nighy and Asa Butterfield; mounted TV premiere posters signed by James Norton and Adrian Edmonson and Champagne Taittinger Jeraboams signed by Michael Palin, Sian Phillips, Aneurin Barnard, John Rhys Davies, Eve Myles, Alex Jones, Peter Capaldi and many more. We will also be offering unique access to bid for an EE Film Awards Nominees Bag and a specilly-created table centrepiece for Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri. It promises to be a fantastic evening.”

The evening is being supported BAFTA Cymru partners DRESD, who provide the broadcast industry with a viable, cost-effective and sustainable alternative to set waste being sent to landfill.

The film will be available on Netflix in September 2018.

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Our organisation was borne through the principle of recycling. We operated in the creative industry for a number of years before starting Dresd, where we worked with colleges and art departments to encourage the reuse of materials. We set up private workshops to enable students and creatives to explore the use of reclaimed materials in both their planning and the execution of their work.

Our creative awareness of materials being made available in industry waste led us to explore the wider field. Working alongside organisations such as Ford Motor Company, we started to design and create reusable furniture items.  

We also worked in the event industry, promoting sustainability within event building and have worked on a number of projects, notably the Guardian Observer Ethical Awards. We were commissioned for creative sustainable builds by private clients, and we were subsequently introduced to the film industry.

The processes taking place in the UK production and broadcast industry came as a surprise to us. Sending whole sets to landfill is one of the main solutions for productions. It is believed to be the easiest or quickest method for productions, and has become a commonplace process for members and crew. We realised that the materials being sent to landfill were being wasted, we wanted to do something to change this practice.

We organised meetings with leading production companies and visited various sets to see what was happening and how we could practically implement our services into the production process. We set about to support teams in a cost-effective and sustainable way. We introduced our services to the broadcast industry in 2012. Since then, we have tackled some big problems involving waste.

We strive to continue this important work, to deliver film and TV industry organisations a cost-effective, unique and ethical service, putting sustainable practice at the heart of what we do. Our aim is to provide a viable alternative to sets going to landfill or waste to energy, and to promote the reuse of materials wherever possible.

We understand the impact the production process can have on the environment, so we work to reduce waste as much as we can, and aim to recycle up to 99% of production sets. We work in collaboration with productions, and help them to adopt best practice methods for the recycling of materials from concept to delivery. We repurpose sets, making it possible to reduce the impact of media production. We have a successful track record of supporting a number of productions, both large scale and low budget, in this way for a number of years. We are recommended by the BBC and our services have been recognised by Albert, which supports an environmentally sustainable future for the TV and film industries.

We continue to tap into, and to support other industries who seek to achieve ethical and sustainable practice, and to lower their carbon footprint. Where possible, we also donate suitable materials from productions to various charities and non-profit organisations, helping organisations to achieve their Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR).

We are now moving into a new phase of our work. A staple for us in terms of being able to provide a new, sustainable hub for the recycling of production sets.