Wales on film resembles Star Wars without special effects. A long time ago or, frequently, far, far away - a fantasy realm inhabited by sometimes grotesque but redeemable aliens or victim rebels against a destructive dark Empire - it is the stuff of myth. Though a Welsh cinematic canon barely exists, a legacy of limited representations endures, reproduced or consciously "flipped, twisted, mauled, satirised or [...I completely ignore[d]" by younger directors (Woodward 2003: 189). Welsh-language films particularly have proposed alternatives. Wales provides a case study of a national cinema and its function, and highlights relationships between media, culture and nationality, and contemporary links between cinema and broadcasting
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