A bilingual television thriller starring Eve Myles and Matthew Gravelle is the latest high-profile drama to utilise south Wales’s scenery and specialist studios for filming.
Keeping Faith, which has been co-commissioned by the BBC and S4C, has been set and shot entirely in Wales, with on-location filming in the Vale of Glamorgan, Carmarthenshire and near Laugharne.
Studio scenes have been filmed in south Wales, with Sony UK Technology Centre’s Ffilm Factory 35 in Pencoed welcoming the production.
The eight-part thriller, written by Matthew Hall and adapted into Welsh by Anwen Huws, stars Myles as lawyer, wife, and mother, Faith, who, after the disappearance of her husband, is left fighting for answers and discovers the dark secrets behind her idyllic hometown’s façade.
The show, produced by Vox Productions, reunites Myles with her Broadchurch co-star Gravelle, along with Hinterland actress Mali Harries, and Stella actor Mark Lewis Jones.
The talented cast shot the production twice back-to-back in English and Welsh with Un Bore Mercher set to premiere on S4C this autumn, and Keeping Faith on BBC One Wales early next year.
This is the latest in a prestigious line-up of shows which have recently chosen to film in Wales.
Doctor Who, historical drama Will, and Jack Whitehall period series Decline and Fall, also recently set up at locations across south Wales, with Sony UK TEC’s Ffilm Factory 35 being used for studio scenes.
The Pencoed facility’s 30,000sq ft facility has enjoyed increasing success since its launch in 2015, with director of professional services Gerald Kelly saying it is an “honour” to play a role in Wales’s flourishing film industry.
Sony UK TEC’s commitment to supporting the British film industry is also highlighted through its sponsorship of the 2017 Bafta Cymru Awards. This is the third year the manufacturing facility has sponsored the awards, which celebrate and promote art forms of the moving image and reward excellence in the industry. Vox Productions, which has brought Keeping Faith to Wales, also saw its latest production Aberfan: The Green Hollow win Best Television Drama, Writer, and Breakthrough.
Director of professional services Mr Kelly said: “We are delighted with the growing interest in our specialist Ffilm Factory 35, which has welcomed a number of high-profile shows over the past year.
“Keeping Faith looks set to be another groundbreaking show, championing Wales not only as a filming site, but also its culture and wealth of talent too.
“We are honoured to continue to play a role in helping to establish Wales as a filming hotspot, something we feel will not only bring more talent here, but will also provide a significant boost to our economy.
“We were delighted to welcome the cast and crew of this fantastic new show.”
Sony UK TEC, which produces thousands of professional HD and 4K broadcast cameras annually boasts easy access to the M4, on-site security 24 hours seven days a week, access via four loading bays, a variety of on-site services including a canteen for catering, space to house unit base and crew parking, a cinema room for screening, and on-site post-production facilities.