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Hedd Wyn (1992)

Unrated | | Drama, Romance, War | 12 January 1996 (USA)
A young poet living in the North Wales countryside competes for the most coveted prize of all in Welsh Poetry - that of the chair of the National Eisteddfod, a tradition dating back a ... See full summary »

Director:

Paul Turner

Writer:

Alan Llwyd
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 8 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Huw Garmon Huw Garmon ... Ellis Evans / Hedd Wyn
Catrin Fychan Catrin Fychan ... Magi Evans
Ceri Cunnington Ceri Cunnington ... Bob Evans
Llio Silyn Llio Silyn ... Mary Evans
Grey Evans Grey Evans ... Evan Evans
Gwen Ellis Gwen Ellis ... Mary Evans
Emma Kelly Emma Kelly ... Enid Evans
Sioned Jones Williams Sioned Jones Williams ... Cati Evans
Llyr Joshua Llyr Joshua ... Ifan Evans
Angharad Roberts Angharad Roberts ... Ann Evans
Geraint Roberts Geraint Roberts ... R. Williams Parry
Emlyn Gomer Emlyn Gomer ... Morris Davies - Moi
Guto Roberts Guto Roberts ... Eisteddfod Leader
Manon Prysor Manon Prysor ... Girl
Gruffudd Aled Gruffudd Aled ... Griff Jones
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A young poet living in the North Wales countryside competes for the most coveted prize of all in Welsh Poetry - that of the chair of the National Eisteddfod, a tradition dating back a hundred years. Before the winner is announced Hedd Wyn gets sent to fight with the English in the trenches of the First World War Written by Gavin Adams <g.adams@rhbnc.ac.uk>

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Drama | Romance | War

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This was the first Welsh language film nominated for an Academy Award (Best Foreign Film category). See more »

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Welsh magic
1 December 2007 | by gardiner_lizSee all my reviews

This Welsh-language film directed by Paul Turner is based on the true story of Ellis Evans - a young poet living in North Wales at the start of WW1. Huw Garmon is excellent as Evans - the young lover; the poet; the farm boy and, ultimately, as a young soldier sent to his death at the Somme. Evans competes in the National Eisteddfod - a cultural competition which includes the awarding of a Bardic chair to the winner of the poetry competition but, before the winner is announced Evans, whose bardic name was Hedd Wyn, is sent to the front. This film captures perfectly the Welsh traditions bound up with the Chapel and the family. It also shows vividly the young lives wasted in the conflict. The countryside of North Wales is shown in glorious colour,contrasting with the grey mud of the trenches. There is one scene where the Major is leading his troops down a country road. As they approach the camera the scene shifts to the side of the road and one sees the faces of these boys who are marching off to what we now know was almost certain death. The troops were played by young army cadets and it helps us to remember that few of those who died were old men - they were young boys - "they shall not grow old as we that are left grow old". The final scene where the Bardic chair is brought, swathed in black, to the Evans' farmhouse is so moving. The parents, grieving for their lost son, accept it with dignity knowing that he will never see his prize. A beautifully acted, directed and photographed film worthy of its Oscar nomination.


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UK

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Welsh | English

Release Date:

12 January 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Egy walesi bárd See more »

Filming Locations:

Snowdonia, Gwynedd, Wales, UK See more »

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