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Paul Turner (director)

Paul Turner (December 1945 – 1 November 2019) was a Welsh film director. His film Hedd Wyn (1992) became the first Welsh film to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.[1]

Born in Devon, Turner learned Welsh while working at the BBC in the early 1980s and was a vocal supporter of Plaid Cymru. He was reportedly "blacklisted" from the BBC for his nationalist views (reported in an article in The Observer).[2][3] S4C director called him "a man with vision and a fire in his heart for all things Welsh and the Welsh language and his desire to portray that on film".[4]

Paul had two daughters during his first marriage to Sheila Ford, He had 3 grandchildren. His second marriage was to Welsh actress Sue Roderick. He died in November 2019 at the age of 73.[4]

AwardsEdit

He won several international awards[citation needed] as well as having his film Hedd Wyn nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.[1]

FilmEdit

  • Hedd Wyn (1992)
  • Cwm Hyfryd (1993)
  • Dial (Wild Justice)

TelevisionEdit

English languageEdit

Welsh languageEdit

  • Derfydd Aur (Fools Gold)
  • Trisgel
  • Porc Pei (1998)
  • Wil Six
  • Arswyd y Byd / Tales From Wales

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "The 66th Academy Awards (1994) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  2. ^ http://www.cambridgeclarion.org/press_cuttings/mi5.bbc.page9_obs_18aug1985.html
  3. ^ https://vimeo.com/119331662
  4. ^ a b "Oscar-nominated film director Paul Turner dies". BBC News. 3 November 2019.

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