Trend towards filming Welsh language productions in English as well ‘bizarre’ says The Feast actress
The recent trend towards filming Welsh language productions in English as well in order to sell them to an international market is “bizarre” according to the star of a new horror movie.
The Feast, or Gwledd in Welsh, which has just opened in cinemas in the United States to positive reviews, is filmed entirely through the Welsh language.
Actress Annes Elwy, who stars as Cadi in the production, told the US press that she thought more Welsh language films and TV shows should exported in the original language rather than filmed in English as well.
Some recent S4C shows, such as Y Gwyll / Hinterland and Un Bore Mercher / Keeping Faith have been produced in Welsh and English.
“Quite often when you’re filming things in Welsh at the moment, there’s still that feeling that the rest of the world won’t want to hear it if it’s in Welsh, so you film it twice,” Annes Elwy told Pop Horror.
“And so the rest of the world will watch the English version, even though we’ve already filmed a Welsh language version. And it’s bizarre that tradition is trending, because we’re so open to watching foreign language productions.
“And I think that was partly why I was so excited by the script because it wasn’t going to just bow down to that idea that English will make it more interesting and just embrace the fact that we live in a country and we speak a language, so why not act in our language and create stories in our language and spread them?
“Share them with the world, who I’m sure are much more open to hearing things in Welsh than we have given them credit to.”
The Pop Horror interviewer, Chris Filipowicz, expressed his surprise that the cast and crew spoke Welsh and “no one had to be trained to learn or anything”.
Director Lee Haven Jones responded: “No, no, no. I’ll just give you a very brief idea of how it is in Wales. There are about 600,000 Welsh speakers in Wales.
“And within that, it’s quite a performative tradition. So we have some rather fabulous singers and actors.
“There’s a really significant and talented pool of Welsh actors who work through the medium of the Welsh language, of which I was fortunate to have the cream of the crop.”
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