Blog posts by year and month August 2010

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  1. A script written by Screen Academy Wales students, on tackling the isolation of deafness, is to be made into a film starring Wrexham-born deaf actor David Bower, most recognisable for his role in British hit film Four Weddings And A Funeral. Little Voices, written by Chris McFall and to be produced by Chris Colton and Glen Biesker, tells the story of a bereaved and isolated deaf man struggling to cope with losing his partner. Bower is set to play the lead character in the micro-budget film after being impressed by the script, with the three postgraduate film students from the University of Glamorgan (a lead partner of Screen Academy Wales) having carefully researched pre-linguistic deafness. From left to right: Chris McFall, David Bower and Chris Colton Bower commented: "The research for this film has allowed a substantial philosophical underlying energy which underpins the story. A lot of film scripts concerning disability or deafness are 'well meaning pap', whereas this piece is unsentimental and uncompromising. "To me it is a strong metaphorical description of the semantic divide between deaf and hearing people and explores an interesting area of human perception and communication. The script is edgy, punky and gritty, and from an acting point of view should be fun to do." Writer and director Chris McFall said: "We are thrilled to have such a renowned British actor taking part in the film, but more importantly the right actor. "Regarding David's looks, attitude, and background but most importantly David's ability to express great depth of character, without needing to speak a single line, that is a rare talent." The postgraduate student crew plan to work closely with members of the deaf community throughout the process, and hope to show the film in local schools to increase awareness of hearing impediments. It is planned that Little Voices will start shooting in early August for four weeks, with a final completion date set for February 2011. Feel free to comment! If you want to have your say, on this or any other BBC blog, you will need to sign in to your BBC iD account. If you don't have a BBC iD account, you can register here - it'll allow you to contribute to a range of BBC sites and services using a single login. Need some assistance? Read about BBC iD, or get some help with registering.

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  2. Cardiff-based animation firm Calon has announced plans to go into voluntary liquidation. The company, which specialises in children's animation and has its current series Igam Ogam broadcasting on S4C and Five's Milkshake children's segment, has said the move was necessary after a hoped-for i...

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  3. People's Collection Wales, a major new bilingual website for the people of Wales, has been launched today at the 2010 National Eisteddfod of Wales by Heritage Minister Alun Ffred Jones. This groundbreaking project enables users to research, explore and share the cultural history of Wales. ...

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  4. Simon Fenoulhet and Natalia Dias have been awarded the Gold Medals for Fine Art and Craft and Design respectively at the 2010 National Eisteddfod of Wales. Artist Simon Fenoulhet from Cardiff scooped the medal plus £3,000 for his light installations Vivid Seam and Line Upon Line, having not p...

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  5. Sunday boasted high attendance figures at the Eisteddfod, largely due to the free ticket scheme financed by the Welsh Assembly. Just over 25,000 people walked through the gates of the old steel works, 10,000 more than last year at Bala. Monday sees the start of the ceremonies at the Pavilion be...

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  6. So after much anticipation and speculation, Sir Tom Jones has failed in his bid to become the oldest male ever to have a UK Number One album. His album Praise And Blame was beaten to the top spot yesterday by Eminem, who'll be a mere 38 this year, with Recovery. Unless Praise And Blame can rise up the chart, Sir Tom will remain behind Bob Dylan, who had a chart-topper last year at the age of 67. Tom Jones' last Number One came 11 years ago, with Reload. He lost out to the Detroit rapper this week by about 8,000 copies. Phil Matcham of the Official Charts Company believes there's a chance he may scoop the prize, providing more singles from the record are successful. "It's difficult to say," he says. "In the normal state of affairs the first couple of weeks is when an album picks up its highest chart positions. "It's definitely his most successful album for a while, the best since Reload. This is definitely shaping up to be one of his bigger hits. He likes to reinvent and take risks and it's this change of direction, to a more stripped sound, that's probably made this album so successful, rather than the leaked email and publicity a few weeks back. If the LP wasn't strong enough that story could have been detrimental." Watch Tom Jones talking about that leaked email on BBC Radio 4's Front Row. Feel free to comment! If you want to have your say, on this or any other BBC blog, you will need to sign in to your BBC iD account. If you don't have a BBC iD account, you can register here - it'll allow you to contribute to a range of BBC sites and services using a single login. Need some assistance? Read about BBC iD, or get some help with registering.

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  7. I made the mistake of leaving a book catalogue in the bag when I gave the children their new book from the Maes when I arrived back home in Cardiff. Now, I have a shopping list as long as my arm! Never mind, I really enjoy buying them books. They're all actually coming to the Eisteddfod later...

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  8. It's the Friday of Cardiff Big Weekend. It must be raining. The omens were, paradoxically, good. This time last year, as the rain streamed down, Kids in Glass Houses played a stormer in the gathering gloom of a Cardiff summer evening. The Blackout had nothing to worry about. The drizzle, now ...

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  9. Do you have a story about life in Wales that you want to share with the world? A new bilingual website, People's Collection Wales launches today and promises new ways to explore, share and engage with Welsh history and culture. This is an exciting online project that is truly groundbreaki...

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  10. If you haven't seen it already, there's a great story on the BBC Wales News website about a hidden gem in a mid Wales charity shop that seasoned bargain hunters could only dream of. An employee at the Red Cross shop in Aberaeron, Ceredigion discovered a limited edition print signed by artist LS Lowry of a framed scene of St Luke's Church in London. The artwork has since been auctioned for £400. Read the story in full on the BBC Wales News site.

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