Wales and Hollywood


Wales and Hollywood

Russell T Davies and Eve Myles look at the Hollywood films that have portrayed Wales over the years, visiting locations of classic films and taking a trip down the Walk of Fame.


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From the very beginnings of the film industry, Wales has had a relationship with Hollywood.

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And now filming on Welsh soil and in the US, home-grown show Torchwood is taking Wales to the world.

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It was a shock because the networks don't do it.

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It's unheard of that they've done this.

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Can Torchwood change some of Hollywood's misunderstandings and myths about Wales?

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People say, "My God, that's such a nice accent, where are you from?"

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I'll say "Wales," and they'll go, "OK."

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If you watch Clash Of The Titans, that modern remake of Clash Of The Titans,

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at the end it says on the credits, "filmed in Wales, England".

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On the credits! On the credits, twice!

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We take Torchwood writer and former Doctor Who supremo Russell T Davies

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to a Malibu park, which 70 years ago doubled up as a South Wales valley.

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You can't help wondering how many of these people knew all the extras.

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Did they know what Wales was?

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It must be like an Outer Mongolian tribe for them or something.

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We look at the films that have portrayed Wales ever since.

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Stereotypes, cliches and all.

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We discover how these two rabbit stealing men in Maesteg helped change the face of Hollywood movies.

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And Eve Myles takes trip down the walk of fame to find the Welsh stars

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who have made their mark in Tinseltown.

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-How are you?

-I'm very well, thank you.

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-Where you from?

-We're from Wales.

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We're doing a documentary from Wales.

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Oh, welcome, Wales, welcome to Hollywood. All right, awesome.

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The Welsh have been making an impact over the pond for quite some time.

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And this year home grown show Torchwood is set to fly the red dragon for Wales too.

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Filming in Wales and Hollywood, our hit show and our Welsh talent are making a big impression.

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There's all this buzz going on, this new production from Wales

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was here on the Warner Brothers.

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You can't talk about it because it's really exciting.

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'To take this stuff and to make it truly international is'

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just a compliment for Welsh work, Welsh imagination and Welsh power.

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This is stage 27A,

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constructed in 1935.

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And our Welsh show is on hallowed ground, filming in studios once

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graced by George Clooney, Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland.

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This is it, that's Swansea, there.

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This is inside a house in Swansea.

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They've done an amazing job of replicating it, very Welsh. They've done it spot on.

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But we're in Los Angeles.

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And of course no house in Wales should be without one.

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SPEAKS WELSH

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'Most people in America'

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still think of Britain as being people in Beefeater hats,

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so if they think that's what Britain's like, you can imagine what they think Wales is like.

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A lot of people even in the States, you say you're going to Wales, they don't know where it is

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and that's one thing that's great about doing what we're doing.

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It's going to put Wales more on the map, more so than ever.

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They may have trouble locating Wales on the map, but our influence in Hollywood goes back a long way.

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Way before Torchwood,

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even before the birth of Hollywood,

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one man from Wales was causing a bit of a stir in America.

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This entrepreneur was helping turn flickering images into a global industry.

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I don't want you lads worrying about the cost of enjoying yourselves.

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I offer you

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Haggar's magical world of dreams

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for one penny piece.

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Yep. William Haggar gave Welsh audiences just what they wanted.

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A penny for your dreams.

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And they flocked in their droves.

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Essex boy William Haggar moved to Wales to chase the growing wealth from coal.

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His family thought he'd lost the plot when he spent their

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hard earned savings on a new fangled movie camera.

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Audiences of the day were getting bored of the usual films,

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trains going through tunnels or even a wall falling down.

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So, this visionary showman filmed his own spectacular dramas,

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the likes of which had never been seen before.

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And he wasn't making film for the love of it.

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Like the Hollywood machine of today, it was all about the money.

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Peter Yorke, great grandson of William Haggar, works hard to keep

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the memory of this pioneering filmmaker alive today.

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So this is Desperate Poaching Affray,

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made in 1903 on the hills above Maesteg.

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The poachers have a butterfly net.

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They have two pet rabbits which they proceed to catch in the butterfly

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net and stuff into their pockets, so they bundle the butterfly net up and rush away into the bushes.

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It may not look much by today's standards

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but William Haggar was helping start a revolution in cinema.

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I think his films were entertaining because he put into them all the movement, all the violence, all the

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shockingness that the fairground audience would find attractive.

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The USA couldn't get enough of these shocking films.

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Within weeks of making them in Wales they were hitting screens across

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America, and were widely emulated by Thomas Edison and others.

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His gamble had paid off and was making him very rich.

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And believe it or not, this piece of film is a milestone in cinema history.

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It's one of the first ever camera pans.

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And yes, it was shot here in Wales.

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Haggar's poacher chase was so popular it was emulated

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in the American film The Great Train Robbery.

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His films were inspiring a new generation of movie makers.

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And even today we still have all the excitement of a Haggar chase

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on location in Rhossili Bay, Gower, with Torchwood.

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With a foot on both sides of the Atlantic, the series fuses the best of Wales and America.

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OK, OK! Who the hell are you people?

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Torchwood.

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SCREAMING

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Action.

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Welsh writer Russell T Davies is on a mission to break the mould

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of how Wales and the Welsh are portrayed on screen.

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'I can remember when a Welsh person appearing on television was like a miracle.'

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I used to put Welsh characters in things, the stuff I wrote in Manchester, and they'd get

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taken out because they'd change the surname. People say, "Just cast a local girl, Ennis or something."

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You'd go, "Oh, all right." I always was passionate about

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getting this stuff. You just shouldn't give up.

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There's plenty of people telling you it can't be done and they're the people who never do anything.

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It's always been a struggle to get Wales on screen

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and when we did see ourselves, many of the cliches and stereotypes were there for all to see.

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Torchwood looks set to change some of these ideas, but where did these images of Wales come from?

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A look back in cinema history will shed light on some long established myths.

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Back in the 1930s

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Wales and its landscape was in demand in Hollywood.

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They didn't actually film in Wales, but influenced by documentaries showing bleak landscapes,

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coal mines and depression, what better place could there be to set dark thrillers?

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There were several Welsh gothic films made at this time.

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And one of them, a favourite of Dylan Thomas, was The Old Dark House.

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Oh now, for heaven's sake, stop.

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Let's look at a map or something.

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Oh you look, I can't see anything.

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It's all a stupid puddle.

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It seems to represent this country very well.

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Everything here is under water.

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Hollywood was painting a picture of Wales and this was just the start.

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Some powerful images were being created. It always rained in Wales.

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Black faced miners would sing on their way to work.

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And our tight-knit communities saw outsiders arriving to experience,

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and sometimes try to change, this rather strange place.

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They burst into song on the slightest provocation.

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You mustn't take any notice.

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In The Corn Is Green, we see Bette Davies playing an outsider crossing

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the border into Wales to improve the lot of us simple Welsh folk.

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I'm going to start a school.

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-A school! What for?

-What for?

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You see these books, hundreds of them. These nippers are to be cut off from that forever, are they? Why?

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Just because they happen to be born penniless in an uncivilised country.

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But I couldn't teach those children, I couldn't. They... They smell.

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Well, if we'd never been taught to wash, so would we.

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Was this American makeover of Emlyn Williams' stage play

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giving audiences a positive image of Wales and its language?

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IN DIALECT

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That was obviously said for my benefit.

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Would you mind translating it for me?

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I said, "Teacher, can I stay in after school?"

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-You don't like the idea of the school.

-We do not.

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I hardly expected that you would.

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# All through the night... #

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The Proud Valley saw yet another outsider coming to Wales.

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But this film, featuring American actor and civil rights activist,

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Paul Robeson, created a much more favourable picture.

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Even so we still had miners and hardship, and another stereotype was being strengthened.

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This was the land of song.

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# All through the night

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# We're singing. #

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And we kept singing.

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SINGING

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And singing.

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SINGING

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And singing.

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Yes, you can always rely on us for a song.

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And we sang all the way from the mines to the Oscars with this classic.

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How Green Was My Valley.

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Clint Eastwood's favourite film.

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This thoroughly American epic, for better or worse, was to shine the glitzy Hollywood spotlight on Wales.

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Filmed in America, here was a movie painting a rather romanticised

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picture of our nation, that was set to stick.

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Singing and dancing in traditional Welsh manner all the way down the red carpet.

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Here we are driving through Malibu, looking at Wales,

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which is the perfect way to spend an afternoon really.

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Exactly 70 years since it hit the big screen, Russell T Davies is

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taking the freeway to the original location of How Green Was My Valley.

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Look at that, it's classic, isn't it? The thing is, that's not just an

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American view of Wales, it's an English view of Wales as well.

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It's how people see the place.

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It's kind of beautiful.

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That could be Swansea.

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I suppose these are meant to be miners' cottages.

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They're quite spacious! They're not doing too badly, these people.

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That house is enormous!

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I don't think they got their research quite right here with humble miners' cottages.

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-Mr Mike Malone.

-Hello, good morning, Russell.

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So good to meet you, finally.

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This, in 1941, was Wales here.

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Brilliant. Because I'm a Welshman.

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It's not quite like this at home.

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Right. There was a vision that Zanuck, head of 20th Century Fox,

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-had to actually go to Wales.

-Yes.

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However there was something going on in Europe

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called World War Two, at least the early beginnings.

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That small detail got in the way.

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That made them rethink it.

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I'm sad now for a moment, I'm sad they didn't bring Hollywood to Wales. People don't realise.

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You look at photos, you think they've put up a few bits of hardboard and stuff like that.

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-They built a village.

-Right, exactly.

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They built an entire village, for real, out of stone on this hill.

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Some 150 men laboured over about three months creating and building this village here.

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The streets were strewn with rubble and stone.

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-This hillside right in front of us actually was littered with slag.

-This was turned into a slag heap.

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Exactly, it was even black stained, to make it have a sheen.

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-They painted rock.

-Right, right.

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At the time this was the most expensive outdoor set ever created.

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And for over ten years it was redressed for many more films.

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Down this hill they got Welsh extras apparently, so they say, to walk.

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Exactly.

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Many of the background actors, or extras, were Welshmen.

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-I wonder where they found them. Did they advertise in Los Angeles for Welsh people?

-Exactly.

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Back then, Welsh actors seldom had lead roles,

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even in films set in Wales.

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The main characters were often played by English or Americans,

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but How Green Was My Valley

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marked the debut of a real life Welshman,

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proper Welsh accent and all.

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Could I have your attention, boys and girls?

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Rhys Williams was originally hired as an accent coach.

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But director John Ford gave him a role as a prizefighter,

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helping start a career as a supporting actor that lasted for 27 years.

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Now Matthew Rhys is one of the latest crop of Welsh actors making a career in Hollywood.

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I'm very glad that there was a film 70 years ago about Wales,

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because there was a little confusion as to where or what Wales was.

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People went, "Wow, I didn't know your country's the same size as Connecticut."

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I heard that so many times.

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Oh yes! Oh, this is like St Mary Street on a Saturday night.

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And the folksy style Irish dancing was as confused as the accents.

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-Have you been down the collieries?

-Ten years.

-Ten years?

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While I was studying.

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-A bit of soap now.

-Oh, don't bother, please.

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He's not even trying. "Oh, don't bother, please."

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There are a number of us here playing Americans, Russians - we play anything.

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However, when it comes to the press, we're always very proud

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when we say where we're from.

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It was actors from Wales that basked in the spotlight in the 50s and 60s.

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We were starting to make a name for ourselves.

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We saw Stanley Baker, and some of the greatest female actresses,

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Rachel Roberts and Rachel Thomas, making their mark.

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But it was one man from Pontrhydyfen who dominated the era.

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You look at Richard Burton's films,

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even though he's not playing a Welsh character,

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there's still something particularly Welsh about the work he does in it.

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And in 1959, a Welsh legend from Anglesey

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Hugh Griffith, was proud to share his accent with the world

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in his portrayal of an Arab sheikh in the epic, Ben Hur.

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One wife? One God, that I can understand,

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but one wife, that is not civilised. It is not generous.

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HE BELCHES

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He managed to bag an Oscar for this larger than life performance.

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-HE BELCHES

-Thank you, thank you!

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It may have been a golden era for some of our actors in Hollywood,

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but a familiar theme was still present.

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Another 1959 film, Tiger Bay,

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a critically acclaimed thriller set in Cardiff,

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was yet again offset by the lack of big lead roles for Welsh actors.

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But sometimes we can forgive such lapses.

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Only Two Can Play, filmed in Swansea, saw Peter Sellers

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portray a Welsh librarian - with a very convincing accent.

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-You wouldn't do anything violent, would you?

-Mmm, violent.

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Only I'd like to kiss you, you see, because...

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I'm a great believer in first impressions myself.

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Our greatest acting export, Richard Burton,

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helped Cardiff filmmaker Jack Howells win an Oscar

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for this documentary on Dylan Thomas in 1963.

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Death wouldn't bother him.

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After the first death, he said, "There is no other.

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"Pity the living who are last alone.

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"The dead in Hades have their host of friends."

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Well, wherever he is, and somehow it can't be Hades...

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you can bet that Dylan has his host of friends.

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And it was Burton's unmistakable Welsh tones

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that opened this epic, Zulu.

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The Secretary of State for War has received the following despatch from Lord Chelmsford.

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Actor and producer Stanley Baker sweated and laboured to create

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this moving and heartfelt picture of a Welsh regiment

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in the midst of the Anglo-Zulu war.

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# ...spear points gleaming, see their warrior... #

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Now we were fighting back using song as a weapon,

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and Zulu is remembered as one of the greatest war films ever made.

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-SINGING

-Come on, sing!

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Back in modern day Hollywood, Torchwood's Eve Myles

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is out to find the Welsh acting talent formally recognised on the Walk of Fame.

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Spotted in London, one actor was whisked off to Hollywood

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to give us our first ever red carpet victory.

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Best Actor in 1946 for the film, The Lost Weekend.

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This is Ray Milland's star. He was the first Welsh actor to ever win an Oscar.

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He was born in Neath. So he came a long way.

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And the land of song has produced some stars in the world of music.

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This is Alec Templeton.

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He was a blind composer and pianist from Cardiff who came over to America with his own show.

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He memorised his scripts by having them repeated to him 20 times. Grafter.

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And our biggest singing sensation seems to have made a bit of a name for himself.

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-Finally...

-Tom Jones.

-Tom Jones. Do you know Tom Jones?

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-Great singer, good Welsh singer.

-OK, very good.

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# Delilah! #

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That's it, that's the one!

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This is Anthony Hopkins' hand prints and feet prints.

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He has huge feet. My God, he's got hands like a shovel!

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Fantastic to see.

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Oh, Elizabeth Taylor! Oh, oh, oh!

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There's no Richard Burton star, which I can't quite understand or believe.

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I'm looking around and I'm really impressed. It's quite phenomenal.

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But there simply isn't enough Welsh names on this walk.

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Where's the Bassey? Where's the Bassey, I ask?

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Honest to God. Where's Catherine Zeta Jones?

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Where's Eve Myles?

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Back in the 1970s and 80s, Hollywood was largely ignoring Wales.

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But by now we were set to forge our own path,

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making the films we wanted to make about ourselves.

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And one man was determined to throw off the past

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and project a stark new view of modern Welsh life.

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The man in charge is Karl Francis, the Welsh director,

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one of the busiest and most versatile filmmakers of the moment.

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Carl Francis broke away from the stereotypes.

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He cast non-actors to portray real people.

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Using Welsh farmers, coalminers and the unemployed,

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his films projected a sense of realism and integrity that hadn't been seen before.

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I think it's a damn shame we're not awarded the same benefits as other nations.

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And there was one film that didn't figure on the Hollywood radar,

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but showed that, despite the harsh realism of the era,

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Wales hadn't lost its funny bone.

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-Grand Slam.

-Grand Slam.

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The Grand Slam.

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I mean, that was a huge cultural moment, that show.

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To see Welsh people be funny and, you know,

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larger than life.

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That's nice, that is, innit? Madame Rochas.

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-What do you want that for?

-Maldwyn.

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-Buy it in France, man.

-What, waste drinking time? You must be joking.

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I was asked to rewrite it a few years ago and I wouldn't touch it.

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Were you? Oh, it's a classic. It's a classic.

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-What I want you to remember is that we are ambassadors of Wales.

-Quite right.

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Wales!

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Wales had to keep shouting through the 80s to even get a look in.

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And when it did, a familiar theme from the past re-emerged.

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All I need is somewhere

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I can have total isolation,

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and above all, atmosphere.

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Well, there's a friend of mine with a property in Wales.

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We were back to the same plot as The Old Dark House 50 years earlier.

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Go on Mr Kendall, I'm not easily frightened.

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We were still seeing outsiders

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coming to our dark, rain-soaked land,

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and Wales was still a rather scary place to come.

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-I seem to be lost.

-Hardly surprising in this godforsaken part of the world.

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My husband's idea of a holiday.

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I've almost forgotten what civilisation is like.

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They're all like that around here.

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And had the portrayal of the Welsh moved on? Possibly not.

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I think that Wales and Welsh people in particular have always been

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portrayed in quite a silly way sometimes.

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It used to pain me that there were so few Welsh characters on screen,

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never mind Welsh drama, just Welsh characters in other things.

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They'd be very rare. And if they did appear,

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they'd be stupid like Huw in EastEnders and things like that.

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There's something wrong with this yoghurt.

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It's not yoghurt. It's mayonnaise.

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Oh, right. There we are then.

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There may have been the odd exception,

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but in the 1990s, Wales and the Welsh were on the up.

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A Welshman, Anthony Hopkins, won an Oscar for this chilling performance.

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A census taker once tried to test me.

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I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti. HE SLURPS

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In 1994, we received our first Oscar nomination

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for a Welsh language film, Hedd Wyn.

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With all this newfound confidence in our culture,

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it was time to explode the myths once and for all.

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Now it was cool to be Welsh.

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Were these homegrown hits helping demolish the stereotypes?

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Boom-shanka!

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Or were these films building more new ones about the youth of Wales?

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Every club is different, but in the Asylum it's the manager.

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He has a string of home boys

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dealing the pukka Es to the party people in the club.

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Justin Kerrigan's Human Traffic was set in Cardiff,

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but could easily have been set anywhere.

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It simply told a story of urban youth,

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capturing the zeitgeist of the time.

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And the film didn't get hung up on whether it was being Welsh or not.

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And a film starring Matthew Rhys, House Of America,

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was to create a mash-up of Wales's past and reinvent it as cool Cumbria.

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THEY CHEER

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Here was disaffected Welsh youth

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mocking stereotypes

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'that they had been burdened with.'

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On Monday morning. You and me, boyo, we'll be getting up very early,

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getting on the Harley and, with the rest of the rabble in the village,

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we'll be going up to the opencast...

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..to sign up for jobs as labourers.

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We may have been mocking, but were we reinforcing old stereotypes?

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You know, you had the miners and Tom Jones

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'and there was that conflict of identity.'

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Right, five pints of lager, two whiskies, five Scampi Fries.

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'You have to get away from stereotypes of singing miners. They don't exist now.'

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There's a new stereotype one battles against,

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which is the depressed heroin-ridden,

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post-industrial Society.

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That's the one that seems to be more prevalent now, in a way.

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And there's a huge nostalgia for singing miners.

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Whether they sang to that extent or not, I do not know.

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At the turn of the new millennium,

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we saw the stereotypes repackaged.

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Once again, a lead character was not played by a Welsh actor.

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And the bad accents were back...

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Hello. Can't stop. Father sent me out for our supper.

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..along with the singing.

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SINGING

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And we sang...

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SINGING

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..and we sang.

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And we sang some more.

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HE SINGS

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So, can we change some of the stereotypes that have stuck with us

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since How Green Was My Valley?

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And do we want to?

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To be honest, 70 years ago, I would not expect an accurate representation.

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Ten, 15 years ago, we were still getting cliched representations and probably will continue to.

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It's the writers who will break those cliches.

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They ultimately will give us our identity.

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'There was an awful lot of people who think Welsh drama should be something called Daffodil,

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'that explores the lives of Welsh people been Welsh all day long.'

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-Some of that should exist. I'll write something like that one day.

-Absolutely.

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You can't focus on one thing and say that is what Welsh drama is.

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You have got to look at the whole thing. The whole picture and the picture is massive.

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In the last few years, Wales, in all its variety,

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has found its way onto the big screen.

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Mr Nice followed the life of a notorious Welshman.

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Welcome to California.

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And here we had our very own Howard Marks played by, yes,

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a real-live Welshman, Rhys Ifans.

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I can hear you the other end of the field, man. It's not even on, Jim.

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And in 2006, it was Howard Marks himself

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who voiced the opening to this film

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in true Richard Burton tradition.

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With new digital methods of production,

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anybody can make a movie and the Welsh did just that.

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It may be crass, but these boys were representing a new generation to a worldwide audience.

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Today, the internet and television are now having an even wider impact

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than traditional cinema.

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And Torchword is exploding across television screens in America and all around the world.

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Wales is insane!

0:25:400:25:43

-If you're the best England has to offer, God help you.

-I'm Welsh.

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With more and more TV and film now being made in Wales,

0:25:490:25:53

and new drama studios set to open in Cardiff Bay,

0:25:530:25:56

the film and TV production industry seems to be moving at a pace.

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'We're working with Welsh actors,

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'we're working with Welsh technical crews.'

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It is a very well-oiled machine in South Wales, which is a good thing.

0:26:050:26:09

Kicked off by Doctor Who, Torchwood and other TV dramas,

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there is a tangible impact on the ground and on screen.

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Bring it on. The Doctor Who effect is amazing. It is providing an infrastructure,

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it's providing technicians, it's providing a critical mass.

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And is proving that we can make stuff of quality. It's a helluva thing.

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All those jobs and departments, they are in Wales.

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You don't have to think you have to travel. I think that is vital.

0:26:310:26:35

Yes, I think it is becoming the hub, which I am very proud of. And why not?

0:26:350:26:40

'I would love to see more stories actually about Wales'

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and for us to actually put our life

0:26:450:26:46

'and our modern life on the screen in a way that is obviously Welsh.'

0:26:460:26:51

I'm not sure that Doctor Who and Torchwood are going to change things

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in any way in that respect, but it is fantastic

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that such a successful and high-quality production is associated with Wales.

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And, since 1991, we have been celebrating our Welsh talent

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at Bafta Cymru, our own Oscars.

0:27:060:27:10

What does the future hold for Wales on screen?

0:27:110:27:13

I saw a film recently called Submarine,

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which I thought was probably one of the most beautiful depictions

0:27:150:27:19

of Wales. It was the Swansea Bay area and Barry and beautifully done.

0:27:190:27:23

'I think that is going to be a milestone in terms of Wales on film.'

0:27:230:27:26

You must be chuffed to bits with the film. It has done ready well.

0:27:260:27:30

Yes. It has done ready well. It has opened in America.

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With Submarine's lead actor Craig Roberts also taking Wales to America

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and Welsh locations featured in blockbusters like Harry Potter, Robin Hood and Ironclad,

0:27:360:27:42

it seems Wales does figure on the global radar.

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And the future looks bright in Hollywood, too.

0:27:460:27:48

Martin Scorsese is planning to make a film about our own Richard Burton,

0:27:480:27:52

who at last looks set to get the recognition he deserves with a star on the Walk Of Fame.

0:27:520:27:58

Pioneered by William Haggar and continued by Torchwood,

0:27:580:28:02

we are making an impact across the pond and all around the world.

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And, 100 years on, what can Wales learn from the original film pioneer?

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It needs to embrace a very commercial, popcorn attitude.

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We have to start adhering to what people want - make some money.

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Make some money to make the other stuff.

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# Get away from me

0:28:240:28:28

# Get away from you

0:28:280:28:30

# What I want to see

0:28:300:28:33

# What I want to do

0:28:330:28:36

# I'm going to live in Hollywood

0:28:360:28:39

# Bet you thought I never could

0:28:390:28:41

# Went to the neighbourhood

0:28:410:28:44

# I want to live in Hollywood. #

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As Torchwood gets the Hollywood treatment, a look back at the films that have portrayed Wales over the years, stereotypes, cliches and all. Russell T Davies visits the Malibu Park which 70 years ago doubled as South Wales in How Green Was My Valley. Eve Myles takes a trip down the Walk of Fame to find the Welsh stars who have made their mark in Hollywood. Plus two rabbit-stealing men from Maesteg who helped change the face of Hollywood movies.


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