Stars act out film drama against backdrop of university library

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SWANSEA University Library was the backdrop to a new short film featuring Gavin and Stacy’s, Melanie Walters and Game of Thrones’, Robert Pugh.

Directed and written by James Gillingham and former Swansea University lecturer and student, James Hay, ‘Ex Libris’ was filmed in two days in various sections of the library.

Melanie Walters, known for her role as Gwen in Gavin and Stacey, and Robert Pugh, Craster from the series Game of Thrones, played the troubled lovers and librarians, Iris and Thomas.

Long Arm Films, the production company founded by the pair also produced a debut feature film called High Tide over the summer, which also featured Melanie Walters, Sam Davies from Doctor Who and Claire Cage of Submarine and Casualty.

Students were involved with on-set over the weekend helping the actors and crew.

Director, James Hay said: “Working with actors the calibre of Mel and Bob was just fantastic.

“It raises everyone on the shoot when the performances that we are filming are so believable and so powerful.

“The crew worked unbelievably hard, and what was particularly pleasing being a former student and film lecturer at the University, was having three current students working on the shoot.

“Students Yaz Weston, Samantha Booth, and Sophie Wiggins were so professional and hardworking.

“If they choose to take that direction, I’m certain they’ve all got long careers in film ahead of them.”

Second year English and Media studies student, Sophie Wiggins said:

“It was an amazing experience working with a professional crew and actors. It was an important learning curve and has only inspired me further to work within the movie making industry.”

The short film is expected to be released this year alongside being entered into some of the top festivals in the country.

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