Matthew Rhys film Patagonia picks up five Bafta Cymru nominations
S4C drama series Gwaith/ Cartref leads the way with six nominations, while Marc Evans’ film Patagonia – starring heartthrob Matthew Rhys – picked up five.
Documentary Code Breakers: Bletchley Park’s Lost Heroes, produced by BBC Cymru Wales, also landed five nominations.
The winners in all 29 categories will be announced at a glitzy awards ceremony hosted by One Show presenter Alex Jones at the Wales Millennium Centre (WMC) in Cardiff on Sunday, September 30.
Television drama series Gwaith/Cartref, which follows a group of teachers at Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bro Taf, scooped nominations in six categories including television drama, where it goes up against Dame Shirley Bassey biopic Shirley and Doctor Who episode The Impossible Astronaut.
Marc Evans’ film Patagonia secured five nominations, including the coveted feature/ television film category alongside Submarine and Burton: Y Gyfrinach.
Evans himself is up for the award for director: fiction, where he will go head to Alys’ Gareth Bryn and Being Human’s Philip John.
The best actor category features Submarine star Craig Roberts, Baker Boys actor Mark Lewis Jones and Burton: Y Gyfrinach’s Richard Harrington for his portrayal of Hollywood star Richard Burton.
Sharon Morgan, star of 2011 alternate-reality thriller Resistance, has been nominated in the best actress category, along with Eve Myles from Baker Boys and Rhian Morgan from Gwaith/Cartref.
The nominations were announced by television presenter Lucy Owen at Cardiff’s Cineworld cinema.
Nominees for presenter of the year were named as newsreader Huw Edwards for programme Fire in the West, about the Llanelli riots of 1911, Lowri Morgan for Ras Yn Erbyn Amser and comedian Rhod Gilbert for his show Rhod Gilbert’s Work Experience.
The Siân Phillips Award – presented to a Welsh man or woman who has made a significant contribution in either a major feature film or network television programme – will this year be given to Robert Pugh, whose extensive film and television credits include movie Master and Commander and shows such as Torchwood and Doctor Who.
Three programmes – Fishlock’s Wales, Wyneb Glyndwr and Lions ’71 – were nominated for the Gwobr Gwyn Alf Williams Award which recognises shows or series which have contributed most to the understanding and appreciation of the history in Wales.
There will also be a special lifetime achievement award given on the night.
The evening will feature a special guest performance from Phantom of the Opera star John Owen Jones.
Carmarthenshire-born Alex Jones, who will preside over the awards, said: “I’m very much looking forward to presenting this prestigious awards ceremony and celebrating the best of Welsh talent in film, television and interactive media.”
Bafta in Wales interim director Allison Dowzell said: “This is a landmark year for Bafta Cymru and we have some exciting plans and a few surprises up our sleeve for this year’s special event.
“What better way to celebrate our 21st birthday other than to recognise all the time, energy, determination and hard work that goes in to making and producing creative media, TV and film programmes in Wales.”
Tickets for the event will go on sale from the WMC Friday, priced at £75 per person or £50 for members.
Ms Dowzell added: “The 2012 ticket price makes the awards accessible to all those who have made a contribution to the industry.
“Bafta in Wales is also aware that a significant proportion of the film and television industry in Wales are small businesses and freelancers, who often pay out of their own pockets to attend.”
There are also a limited number of tickets available to members of the public. For more information and to book call 029 2063 6464.