Hedd Wyn is an oscar-nominated epic biopic on the life of a promising poet.
Synopsis: A young poet living in the North Wales countryside competes for the most coveted prize of all in Welsh Poetry - that of the chair of the National Eisteddfod, a tradition dating back a hundred years. Before the winner is announced Hedd Wyn gets sent to fight with the English in the trenches of the First World War.
(Gavin Adams, IMDb)
Directed by Paul Turner, Hedd Wyn was the first Welsh-language film to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1994. The film won seven awards including the Royal Television Society Television Award for Best Single Drama in 1993 and BAFTA Cymru awards in 1994 for Best Original Music, Best Drama in Welsh, Best Editor, Best Screenwriter in Welsh, Best Design and Best Director, with a further nomination for Best Make-Up.
The film has been exhibited in cinemas through the UK, Europe and the USA and has been broadcast on Channel 4 and S4C in the UK.
The soundtrack for Hedd Wyn is scored for full orchestra, with the addition of an operatic mezzo soprano voice (Penelope Walker) in a battle scene, and a young child’s voice during the end credits.
“John Hardy’s symphonic score… reinforces the mystical atmosphere.”
Derek Elley, Variety, 5 October 1992
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