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'Homing Bird' takes flight in the Rhondda

'Homing Bird' takes flight in the Rhondda

People from across South Wales gained invaluable experience of film-making when production started in Rhondda Cynon Taf this month on a short film created through a unique training scheme.

As part of the successful ‘Made in Wales’ training programme entitled It’s My Shout, people across Wales have the opportunity to gain experience working in film and television, to further their careers and interests in the creative industries.

It’s My Shout is working in partnership with ArtsConnect on the film ‘The Homing Bird‘, the story of a local man and his son who keep pigeons. Filming took place in Pentre and Ton Pentre and the surrounding area in the Rhondda this month.

Trainees working on the film come from the ArtsConnect region of Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda Cynon Taf and the Vale of Glamorgan.

The training scheme is supported by the BBC, S4C and Arts Council Wales. The finished film will air on the BBC and be entered for film festivals internationally.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Cabinet Member for Safer Communities, Tourism and Heritage, Cllr Paul Cannon, said: “The It’s My Shout training programme provides a great platform for people taking those first steps into employment in the creative industries.

“People from across South Wales get the opportunity through this industry-acclaimed scheme to try acting, operate cameras and sound equipment, and learn other creative industry skills. It is a great example of the work being undertaken through the ArtsConnect partnership.”

Last year, many people from Rhondda Cynon Taf got involved in the project and benefited greatly from the experience which culminated in the production of a film called ‘It’s Now or Never’.

ArtsConnect is a collaboration between the arts services of Bridgend, Caerphilly, Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda Cynon Taf and the Vale of Glamorgan county borough councils. It is supported by the Arts Council of Wales (ACW), the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) and the Welsh Government (WG) Arts Policy Branch. The intention of ArtsConnect is to improve the range and quality of arts services available for those people living in and visiting our region.

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