This volume explores how and why Wales and the Welsh were depicted in films of the period 1935-51, by examining different genres of film produced from within and without Wales. The work is based on comprehensive empirical research, including archival material (particularly from the US) that hasn't been used before. A short introduction introduces the historical and cultural context of the period, and the text then proceeds chronologically. The main films discussed in detail are Y Chwarelwr, Yr Etifeddiaeth, Noson Lawen, Today We Live, Eastern Valley, Our Country, The Three Weird Sisters, The Citadel, the Proud Valley, How Green was My Valley, The Corn is Green, The Last Days of Dolwyn, Blue Scar and David. The author discusses the social and historical context of each film, the scripting style, plot, contribution of producers and main actors, intervention by the studio or censor, visual and technical strengths and weaknesses and audience reaction.
Gwenno Ffrancon Jenkins is a lecturer in film in the Department of Communication and the Media at the University of Wales, Bangor.