Director of Welsh language horror scoops international award
Director Lee Haven-Jones has won the best director award for the Welsh language horror movie, The Feast.
The accolade comes after the film received its world premiere at Asia’s largest genre movie festival, the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (Bifan) in South Korea.
Gwledd / The Feast is a debut feature for director Lee Haven-Jones and was written and produced by Roger Williams of the Joio production company.
The movie, described as a contemporary horror, tells the story of the weird happenings that occur when an MP returns to his luxurious home in Wales for a dinner party with his family.
Reacting to the award, Lee said it was an honour to have been recognised in a nation that has become known for its horror genre:
🎊 🎥 Diolch am y wobr, @bifan! Thanks for the award – nobody does horror better than Korea, so delighted to be honoured by the masters themselves! #gwledd #thefeast https://t.co/av8VpV8XWm
— Lee Haven Jones (@LeeHavenJones) July 15, 2021
Born in Mountain Ash, Lee studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art with past projects having included The Indian Doctor, Casualty and Pobol y Cwm.
The 25th Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival featured more than 250 films from 47 different countries. The festival was held as a ‘hybrid’ event with a mixture of offline and online screenings.
The Feast has been produced through Ffilm Cymru’s Cinematic scheme with funding from S4C, Ffilm Cymru Wales and the BFI.
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Interesting scenario…I would like to know where it is set?
A hearty congratulations from this household.
I found an article that said Eryri. (Well they named it wrong but you know what I mean).
I also found a short clip. But to my uneducated ears it sounded more like Ceredigion Welsh rather than Gwynedd
Wasn’t he in Pam Fi Duw? Married another teacher in a pagan ceremony up a mountain. My kids watched it, when they were actual kids!
I was hoping to watch this, but following the global prem in March, there seems to be no distribution of it in cinemas or digitally in UKBIN.
Although a US distributor has snapped it up.
If anyone knows where I can catch this legally and ensuring the makers get their cut, I’d be glad to know.
It’s a point of continuous frustration to me that there is no streaming site set up for cinema/TV made in Cymru. Apart from the sole exception of Hedd Wyn, which is available to stream free on the BFI Player site we’re reduced to poor digitalised copies of VHS recordings on YouTube, and even so, that yields a mere two extra titles, Rhosyn a Rhith and Soloman & Gaenor. It may be that our film offerings aren’t Hollywood blockbuster standard, (and thank the stars for that!) but this doesn’t mean we should be denied access to important aspect of our modern… Read more »
It’s due to be released by Picturehouse (they own Cineworld etc) in cinemas later this year. It will then be available for streaming as well as shown on S4C.
Thank you. I’ll look out for it.