More American success for Osian

A documentary film on which Bangor University student Osian Williams worked as both cameraman and sound recordist has won a prize at the New York Festivals Awards this week. The Boom Pictures Cymru/S4C production ‘Fy chwaer a fi’ (My sister and I) was awarded a World Gold Medal in the Human Interest category.

Fy chwaer a fi” is a documentary film originating from the television series Beautiful Lives about the children’s hospice, Tŷ Hafan. The film is by 18 year-old twins Catherine and Kirstie Fields from Llanelli who suffer from a unique illness which has left them in wheelchairs and speechless. After years of silence, came the advent of electronic machinery and a chance for the twins to explain about their lives and share their fears and hopes with the world.

Osian said:

"It was a great opportunity for me to work with experienced producers. Having worked on " Fy chwaer a fi ", this has helped my dissertation and other aspects in my academic life. It was such a pleasure to be a part of this film that tells a very unique story. The twins and their family deserve all the praise they get."

This isn’t the first time that 20 year old Osian, a third year BA in Media and Communication student, has gained recognition for his work in the United States. His films have also been used as part of an innovative rehabilitation programme for injured soldiers at the renowned Walter Reed National Military Medical Centre in Bethesda, Maryland.

Fy chwaer a fi’ is currently available to watch on S4C’s website (www.S4c.co.uk/clic).

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Publication date: 12 April 2013