2 items from 2013
Alighting at Borth station, it's easy to imagine you've arrived at the edge of the world. A single track stretches north and south, out towards infinite horizons. Beneath endless skies, miles of scrubby peat fields unfold before the Cambrian Mountains. Beyond them, the Green Desert. Look eastwards and this could easily be the American interior, the sprawling vista a muted, colourised version of the Last Picture Show's Texas. Stepping back through the station, bilingual signage is the only thing to remind you that you're actually in the midwest of Wales.
Even with 50 miles of picture-perfect coastline, sparsely populated Ceredigion is truly unsung Britain. That status might be about to change when Y Gwyll/Hinterland begins. A groundbreaking dual-language detective show funded by S4C and the BBC, all »
- Robin Turner
We reveal the 10 debut films in the frame, which include a documentary that doubles as a thriller, an urban drama set in east London, and a postmodern horror
Each year, the Guardian does its bit to contribute to the annual hysteria that is the movie awards season; though ours steers clear of glitzy dance routines, on-camera meltdowns and off-colour jokes about interpersonal relationships.
The Guardian first film award is designed to reward debut directors whose films went on release during 2012 in UK cinemas (festival screenings don't count), and the rollcall of previous winners comprises Joanna Hogg's Unrelated, Gideon Koppel's Sleep Furiously, Clio Barnard's The Arbor and, last year, The Guard, directed by John Michael McDonagh. There may have been a preponderance of British films there, but Britishness is certainly not a requirement: we are looking for ambition of theme, originality of vision, and proficiency of achievement. In other words, »
- Andrew Pulver
2 items from 2013
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