A warm welcome to our first Filmmaker in Residence | Welsh National Opera

A warm welcome to our first Filmmaker in Residence

3 October 2017

We are delighted to welcome Writer and Director Carys Lewis to Welsh National Opera as our Filmmaker in Residence in collaboration with Ffilm Cymru Wales. We’ll be hosting and supporting Carys as she develops a film project that will be responding to our three Russian Season operas that we are performing this Autumn. 

Carys is a Cardiff and Toronto based filmmaker. She has recently finished post production on a comedy short, Stuffed, a BFI NET.WORK funded film, which she wrote and directed.  Her short film Afiach (Sick) premiered at the Iris Prize Festival and was screened on S4C. Her documentary short, Ernest, premiered at the Wales International Documentary Festival and is now making the festival circuit. Carys is also in pre-production on a short film that has been optioned and funded by Erika Lust Films.

As a writer, she is developing a feature screenplay with support of the Ffilm Cymru Wales and is co-writing a feature film with playwright Trey Anthony called How Black Mothers Say I Love You, which will be directed by acclaimed director, Clement Virgo. As an advocate for equal representation of women in front of and behind the camera, Carys is the founder of FEM Script Lab, a writing lab for female-identifying screenwriters. 

While she is at WNO, Carys will be creating and directing a trilogy of short narrative films, each based around the themes highlighted in Eugene Onegin, Khovanshchina and From the House of the Dead. She will be focusing her work around the idea of ‘modern day revolution’ with her goal to make the themes of these entire operas ring true to a modern audience, making them more accessible through the lens of film.  

For the next month, Carys will be documenting her journey with us through our Instagram page @WNOtweet and you can follow her adventures with her personalised hashtag #WNOfilmmaker

Carys’ adventures will take her out and about with WNO, from backstage of rehearsals to location hunting for her own shoots. With a selection of surprises up her sleeve and her inquisitive personality, we can’t wait to see what Carys has planned for the next few weeks. 

If you would like to find out more about Carys, or view some of her previous work, visit caryslewis.com or follow her on twitter @CarysL