Green Bay’s Small Country Goes Large

19th December 2006

Scripted by Stan Barstow, one of the greats of the British screen, the project was commissioned as a four-hour serial for television. But reaction in the cutting room has proved so positive that, with the support of S4C, Green Bay has produced a 35mm cinema film from the original HD rushes.

Producer Richard Staniforth said "There's huge interest in what we've been able to achieve with ‘Small Country' both from within the industry and from major international film festivals like Berlin. It's a testimony to the talent base in Wales that we can realise something of cinematic quality and scale in this way."

Directed by Ashley Way (Casualty, Torchwood), ‘Small Country' stars Mark Lewis Jones (Troy, Master and Commander), Tom Ellis (Vera Drake, EastEnders), Nia Roberts (Solomon and Gaenor) and Rhian Morgan (A Mind to Kill). It's a story of social change and family passion in rural Carmarthenshire on the eve of World War I.

Green Bay's turnover has tripled since the company took a venture capital investment in 2004 and for Creative Director John Geraint ‘Small Country' is just the beginning of Green Bay's drama ambitions: "We have a full slate of new drama ready to go, and with routes into television and cinema available, and the backing of bodies like the Wales Creative IP Fund and the new Film Agency for Wales, as well as the broadcasters here, we aim to make a real mark in drama in the coming year"

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