14 events held over 3 days in tepee on Barry Island beachfront
Audiences enjoy a varied programme of workshops and screenings
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts in Wales, BAFTA Cymru and Vale of Glamorgan Council celebrate inaugural tepee cinema on Barry Island beachfront.
Following the success of the Sinemaes tepee at the National Eisteddfod, BAFTA Cymru and partners Film Hub Wales, Into Film Cymru and the National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales joined together to create a special programme to offer free events for visitors to the Vale of Glamorgan to engage in a celebration of Welsh film and those with a sea and South Wales theme.
Created as part of the Year of the Sea, the screening programme included The Edge of Love, Human Traffic, Very Annie Mary and Tiger Bay as well as daily screenings of a selected collection of seaside-themed archive films, including some showing Barry Island in the 1960s.
“We have loved being on the Island for a weekend of screenings and workshops for families – a chance for us to reach out to film fans and encourage them to discover gems from the BAFTA Cymru winners archive and take part in workshops to find out more about roles in the industry including directing, animating and composing,” said Hannah Raybould, Director of BAFTA Cymru.
“It has been so heartening to hear people’s joyous reactions to the cinema in a tepee, which has captured their imagination and lured them in from the wind and rain. A highlight was the On Directing masterclass with Worst Witch director Delyth Thomas, hosted with an all-female audience from 6 to 40. We are really grateful to the Vale of Glamorgan Council for supporting the weekend as part of their Barry Island Weekenders and putting film at the heart of their summer programme.”
Delyth, BAFTA-nominated Director of The Worst Witch, Dumping Ground and Hetty Feather said of her experience: “BAFTA at the seaside… what a great idea, film and a swim. Perfect.”
This has been one of the events in the BAFTA Cymru annual programme of 100 events around Wales that has attracted the most diverse audiences, with 20% of those attending from BAME communities. Statistics from the feedback forms received showed that the ages of those engaging ranged from 2 to 78 and were 65% female.
Feedback from those attending suggested audiences enjoyed their experiences:
Eirwen (64) from Pontypool said of the archive programme; “Very interesting and very good, brought back many memories.”
Megan (35) from Cadoxton said of Song of the Sea “What a dreamy way to spend a Sunday afternoon! What a treat to watch it with the sound of seagulls through the tepee and the sea breeze wafting in.”
Jason (29), Ella (5) and Delilah (2) said “Amazing! Had great fun and think it is a good idea to encourage people into animation.”
Viv (64) from Barry agreed “The show and venue were first class. Da iawn!”
Alexandra (21) from Peterston Super Ely gave the tepee 5 stars!
BAFTA winning composer John Rea, who took part in the programme of events as a speaker said: “I thoroughly enjoyed presenting the 20's animated films Jerry The Troublesome Tyke in the Cinemor tent this year, it's always a pleasure to give these old films an airing, in memory of film historian Dave Berry who discovered them in the Pathe archives.
It was especially pleasing that the film-maker Sid Griffiths was a born in South Wales, and to have such a young audience playing along to the music of these old films 90 or so years after they were first shown was quite special, and I'd like to think that there may be a future film composer in their midst!”
The tepee now moves on to a second location as part of the National Eisteddfod in Cardiff Bay. Sinemaes, which starts on Saturday 4 August, will offer 40 events at the cinema tepee, Millennium Centre and Norwegian Church.