Wales in Film

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A selection of films/movies which might help researchers understand something about the social history of Wales. But be aware that many of the films do tend to perpetuate stereotypes!

Title Released Description Link
The Citidal 1938 Filmed in the industrial valleys at Treherbert, Glamorgan and Abertillery, Monmouthshire. IMDb
The Proud Valley 1940 A pit disaster in a coal mining valley in the south-east. Featuring Paul Robeson. IMDb
How Green Was My Valley 1941 A Hollywood version of life in the mining communities of the valleys of the south-east in Victorian times. Adapted from Richard Llewellyn's novel. Winner of five Hollywood Oscars. IMDb
The Corn is Green 1945 A new schoolteacher arrives in a mining community but finds opposition to her plans. Adapted from Emlyn Williams' play. IMDb
Last Days of Dolwyn 1949 The struggle of a small community fighting to save their valley from being drowned to provide a reservoir for England. Adapted from an Emlyn Williams play. IMDb
The Blue Scar 1949 Drama set during the nationalisation of the coal industry in 1947. Filmed in Abergwynfi, Glamorgan. IMDb
Valley of Song 1953 A valley's male voice choir, not always in harmony! IMDb
Tiger Bay 1959 Drama set in the old docklands area of Cardiff. IMDb
Under Milk Wood 1973 A day in the life of a small Welsh fishing village as seen by Dylan Thomas. An adaption of the original radio play and filmed in the Fishguard area of Pembrokeshire. IMDb
Hedd Wynn 1992 The life of the shepherd poet, Ellis Evans, of Trawsfynydd, Merionethshire who died in the battlefields of France in 1917. IMDb
Rebecca's Daughters 1992 A comedy set during the Rebecca Riots in 19th century Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire. Adapted from a Dylan Thomas story. IMDb
The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain 1995 Comedy set in the village of Taff's Well in rural Glamorgan in 1917, but filmed in the more picturesque villages of Llanrhaeadr ym Mochnant and Llansilin in north Powys. IMDb
Resistance 2011 Drama set in the Black Mountains of rural Monmouthshire. Resistance fighters in a 1940s Nazi-occupied Wales. IMDb