The Sin-Eater

The Sin-Eater (2024)

Kelly Holmes’ The Sin-Eater opens with young Jemima (Carly-Sophia Davies) and her older husband Richard (Gareth Jewell) facing the unimaginable: the death rites for their newborn son Benjamin. Yet in this god-fearing mid-1850s Welsh setting, amid all the harrowing grief and guilt, there is another concern.  “Is he safe?”, Jemima asks the young Scottish priest Samuel…

The Wyrm of Bwlch Pen Barras

The Wyrm of Bwlch Pen Barras (2023)

At the beginning of first-time writer/director Craig Williams’ Welsh-language short film The Wyrm of Bwlch Pen Barras, Gwyn (Bryn Fôn) is woken early in bed by a phone call. “It’s happening again – today,” he tells his wife Anwen (Victoria Pugh). “It’s not that long since last time,” she replies, clearly anxious. Later, after Gwyn…

Toll

The Toll (2021)

“This had better be fucking good,” says police officer Catrin (Annes Elwy) at the beginning of Ryan Andrew Hooper’s feature debut The Toll, as she steps into the portable cabin where the Toll Booth Man (Michael Smiley) conducts his business. The latter – a dry, taciturn anonym – has been leading an equally anonymous life,…

Canaries

Canaries (aka Alien Party Crashers) (2017)

Canaries (aka Alien Party Crashers) first published by SciFiNow As often as not the key to low-budget filmmaking is to think globally but act locally. So while Peter Stray’s feature debut Canaries (aka Alien Party Crashers) eventually settles into a parochial alien invasion comedy on New Year’s Eve, 2014 in the lower half of the…

The Passing (2015)

First published by Sight & Sound, May, 2016 Review: Welsh-language feature The Passing (Yr Ymadawiad) opens with Stanley (Mark Lewis Jones) literally down a hole. He is deep in the well that he is building by hand, shovelling mud into an old bucket that he then painstakingly hoists up into the rainy, wintry farmstead above….