Friday 12 April 2013, 17:15
With the weeks flying by and Eurovision 2013 just over a month away, we joined a Swedish film crew in South Wales to see the making of the UK’s Eurovision postcard.
Now, as most of you will know, the postcards play an integral part in the proceedings of Eurovision, the short VTs allowing the acts to get on and off the stage without the TV audience of 120 million seeing the logistic chaos happening on stage.
Despite the UK being in the grips of a second Ice Age with blizzards and Siberian winds wreaking havoc elsewhere, the Eurovision Gods were definitely on our side as Swansea Bay was bathed in a golden light under a cloudless blue sky.
First port of call for the crew, consisting of Johan (Executive Director), Eric (Director/Cameraman) and Sebastian (Gaffer), was to Bonnie’s beautiful house in the Mumbles, or Tyler Towers (as it was christened on shoot).
Johan explained how a change in emphasis was on the cards for 2013 “this year’s postcards are a little different, they used to be about selling the country, we want them to be more personal, more about the artist.”
So there were plenty of shots of Bonnie in the kitchen and drinking tea with husband Robert in a sun-drenched lounge, along with some singing accompanied by her nephew Chris on piano.
After a short break for lunch the shoot decamped 10 minutes down the coast, to Langland Bay, a local beauty spot. With the Easter holidays in full swing, the beach was busy with families making the most of the good weather, many of the mums and dads surprised and delighted to see their local rock legend strolling along the sand.
Do you have any favourite Eurovision VTs? Share your thoughts on the unsung part of Eurovision -the postcard.
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