Bafta Cymru returns for 25th anniversary

Stars such as Michael Palin and Terry Jones attended the ceremony last weekend.

By Gabriella Mansell

Sunday 2nd October saw the return of the Annual Bafta Cymru awards night, this year held at St David’s Hall, Cardiff. The red carpet was rolled out along The Hayes for the 25th Anniversary of the awards ceremony. Huw Edwards returned as host, accompanied by a line-up of the finest in Welsh TV and Film.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts in Wales, Bafta Cymru was created as a branch of BAFTA in 1987 and established alongside BAFTA Scotland and Ireland to ensure the values and principles of BAFTA are extended to all creative communities within the UK.

The evening is one of the most prestigious of its kind in Wales and an opportunity to showcase the best of the Television and Film Industries that Wales has to offer.

Reflecting on the festival, this years host and Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens said (in an interview with Cardiff Uni Media) “There’s a lot of talent across the whole of wales, from the North to the South, there’s a massive TV and Film industry here and there’s a lot of really talented people up for awards tonight so its very exciting”. Aneurin Barnard who was nominated for best actor, also commented saying that the night is “an opportunity to celebrate our individual content of talent we have here [in Wales]”.

BAFTA-winning makeup artist Sian Grigg was the 12th recipient of the prestigious Sian Phillips award, awarded to a Welsh person who has made a significant contribution to international filmmaking. Previous winners include; writer Russell T Davies, actor Michael Sheen, actor Rob Brydon and journalist Jeremy Bowen. This is the first time a make-up artist has received this respected award. On the night Sian gave some advice for young women wanting to get into the industry. She said “Do the jobs no one wants to do, to make yourself indispensable, making tea is a good place to start”.

Actress Catrin Stewart gave similar advice telling women “don’t apologise for putting your point across, be straight, direct strong and know your worth”.

The ceremony closed with Monty Python’s Terry Jones greeted by a standing ovation after receiving the BAFTA Cymru for Outstanding Contribution to Film and Television. The award was presented by friend and fellow Monty Python actor, Michael Palin who said the award was “hugely deserved”. Jones was joined onstage by his son Bill, who accepted the award on his behalf just days after it was announced that Jones was suffering with a progressive form of dementia.