As cult Cardi Noir phenomenon Y Gwyll / Hinterland returns to our screens for a second series the allure of Ceredigion as a filming location is once again in the spotlight as a new film, based on an award-winning novel, is to begin shooting at one of Wales’s most iconic buildings.
The Library Suicides, the debut feature from award-winning director Euros Lyn, and based on Fflur Dafydd’s bestselling novel Y Llyfrgell, is an offbeat thriller, set in the National Library of Wales, and explores the secrets and lies at the heart of storytelling, and asks who has the right to tell the story. The cast includes Ryland Teifi (35 Diwrnod, Tir) Catrin Stewart (Stella, Doctor Who), Dyfan Dwyfor (Pride, Y Gwyll/ Hinterland) and Sharon Morgan (Resistance, Torchwood).
The Library Suicides is the third film to go into production from Ffilm Cymru Wales’ emerging talent scheme Cinematic. Cinematic was devised and developed in partnership with the BFI Film Fund, BBC Films, Creative Skillset, Edicis, Soda Pictures and S4C. The scheme supports emerging filmmaking talent from Wales, in creating contemporary, dynamic and distinctive features. The Library Suicides is the first of these to be filmed in the Welsh language. Soda Pictures have distribution in the UK and Ireland, and S4C will broadcast the film at a future date.
When famous author Elena Wdig (Sharon Morgan) commits suicide, her twin daughters, librarians Nan and Ana, (Catrin Stewart) are lost without her. Elena’s final words suggest that her biographer, Eben (Ryland Teifi) murdered her. During one night shift, the twins set off on a murderous quest to avenge their mother’s death at the National Library of Wales, but are soon disrupted by night porter Dan, (Dyfan Dwyfor), who is unwillingly caught up in the saga.
Acclaimed director Euros Lyn can’t wait to get started on his first feature film:
As a huge fan of the genre, I’m very excited to be making a thriller in Welsh and what better place to set it than the wonderfully atmospheric National Library of Wales in mysterious Aberystwyth? Wales now has a host of world class writers, actors and crew I’m very excited to be working alongside so many of them on The Library Suicides”.
Having worked on popular Welsh language programmes Pam Fi Duw, Diwrnod Hollol Mindblowing Heddiw, Gwyfyn as well as Belonging, Lyn has also directed many episodes of Doctor Who including the Hugo award-winning The Girl In The Fireplace, Torchwood: Children Of Earth, also Sherlock, Last Tango In Halifax, Broadchurch, Black Mirror, Happy Valley and Daredevil which between them have won five BAFTA Best Drama Series awards, three BAFTA Cymru Best Director awards and an International Emmy.
Fflur Dafydd is a bilingual (Welsh/ English) screenwriter, producer, singer-songwriter and multi award-winning novelist. Y Llyfrgell, on which this film is based, won her the Daniel Owen Memorial Prize at the 2009 National Eisteddfod,
“I first envisaged this idea as a film, but ended up writing a book instead. Bringing these characters to the big screen feels like a dream come true, and I feel very lucky to be working with such an incredibly talented director and a fabulous cast, who all bring their own unique vision to the project.”
She is the author of five novels and one collection of short stories, and won the Oxfam Hay Emerging Writer Award at the Hay Festival in 2009 for her novel Twenty Thousand Saints. As well as adapting The Library Suicides for screen Dafydd will co-produce the film alongside Lyn.
While the National Library of Wales at Aberystwyth has a significant national and international profile this is the first time it has opened its doors to such a project as Avril E.Jones, Director of Collections and Public Programmes at the Library explains,
“The nature of our work and the profile of the building itself means that we have many programme makers who come here to record but this is the first time a feature film has been set here. The architecture of the building naturally lends an aura of mystery to such a project and we very much look forward to seeing the completed film.”