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Emotional stories of Aberfan reap rewards at Baftas.

Byline: Kathryn Williams Reporter

IT was a night of glitz and glamour on the red carpet - but the Bafta Cymru Awards 2017 belonged to the dedicated film-makers and families who commemorated the Aberfan disaster with sensitivity and skill last autumn.

An audience of 1,000 and many more joining via a live stream, saw Aberfan: The Green Hollow receiving three awards - for Television Drama, Writer (Owen Sheers) and the Breakthrough Award (Jenna Robbins). In the performance categories, Huw Edwards won his seventh Bafta Cymru Award as Presenter of Aberfan - The Fight for Justice, which also won the award for Single Documentary, presented in memory of multiple Bafta Cymru winner Gwyn Alf Williams.

The 50-year anniversary of the Aberfan disaster featured across a high number of nominations this year and, in addition to the awards for Aberfan: The Green Hollow, other productions relating to the anniversary received awards for Director Factual (previous winner of five Cymru Awards, Marc Evans) and Photography: Factual (Baz Irvine) for Aberfan Young Wives Club.

First-time nominees Jack Parry Jones and Kimberley Nixon won the Awards for Actor (Moon Dogs) and Actress (Ordinary Lies) respectively.

And Hollywood star Michael Sheen picked up the News and Current Affairs gong for Michael Sheen: The Fight for my Steel Town.

The ceremony was hosted once again by BBC Radio 1 presenter, Huw Stephens, at St David's Hall, Cardiff, where presenters included No Offence's Alexandra Roach, Line of Duty's Vicky McClure , Downton Abbey's Tom Cullen and outgoing Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi.

Hannah Raybould, director of Bafta Cymru, said: "This year's ceremony has been a fantastic, vibrant and exciting celebration of the industry excellence we exist to acknowledge.

"We hope that those attending the ceremony and watching the live stream around the world now appreciate the talented individuals who are either working in Wales or those from Wales working on productions across the UK."

? Children's Programme - Deian a Loli ? Photography: Factual - Baz Irvine for The Aberfan Young Wives Club ? Editing - Will Oswald for Sherlock ? Factual Series - The Greatest Gift ? Special and Visual Effects - David The Lighthouse ? Television Drama - Aberfan: The Green Hollow ? Single Documentary - Aberfan - The Fight for Justice ? Writer - Owen Sheers for Aberfan: The Green Hollow ? Sound - Production Team for ? Original Music - Benjamin Talbott and Victoria Ashfield for Galesa ? Actress - Kimberley Nixon for Ordinary Lies ? Short Film - This Far Up ? Director: Fiction - Euros Lyn for Y Llyfrgell / The Library Suicides ? Sian Phillips Award - Abi Morgan ? Director: Factual -Marc Evans for The Aberfan Young Wives Club ? Breakthrough Award -Jenna Robbins for Aberfan: The Green Hollow ? News and Current Affairs - My Steel Town ? Presenter - Huw Edwards for Aberfan - The Fight for Justice (Cynyrchiadau Alpha Productions) ? Production Design - Catrin Meredydd for Damilola, Our Loved Boy (Minnow Films) ? Costume Design - Sarah Arthur for Lady Chatterley's Lover (Hartswood Films/Serena Cullen Prods) ? Actor - Jack Parry Jones for Moon Dogs (Up Helly Aa Films) ? Feature / Television Film - Ellen (Touchpaper Television) ? Outstanding Contribution to Film and Television Award - > Best Actor: Jack Parry Jones

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Oct 10, 2017
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