January: Visit to Gorilla Post Production
For our first event for this year, we visited their new HQ on the 31st January, which provided a behind the scenes look at one of Wales' leading Post Production facilities, and included a brief presentation by Paul Owen, Gorilla's Operations Director.
February: #swn10 Screening
The 9th of February saw RTS Wales screen the much anticipated two-part documentary #swn10, celebrating the beloved multi-venue Cardiff music festival SWN - the creation of BBC Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens and promoter John Rostron.
February: An Evening with Clive Myrie
We were pleased to welcome one of the BBC’s most experienced foreign correspondents, Clive Myrie, to RTS Wales for a fascinating evening ‘In Conversation’ with Tim Hartley. This was on Thursday, 16th February, in the ATRiuM building of the University of South Wales.
May: RTS Wales at the Ffresh Festival
On the 3rd May, RTS Wales Administrator, Hywel Wiliam, gave a talk under the title "Seeing Is Believing, The Challenge of Fake News", in which he gave his own account of the challenges posed by fake news in a converged, multi-platform age.
May: RTS Wales at the Carmarthen Bay Film Festival
For our second May event, Euryn Ogwen spoke to the accomplished writer and director Gareth Jones, who has recently completed his D-Trilogy, conceived as a personal exploration of the creative/erotic psyche. That was at the Stradey Park Hotel, Llanelli, on the 11th May.
August: RTS Wales at the National Eisteddfod 2017
Following its success last year, RTS Wales again partnered with a number of Wales-based film and TV organisations in August to hold events in Sinemaes at the National Eisteddfod in Bodedern, Anglesey. There was also a visit to the set of Rownd a Rownd.
September: A Transgender Story
RTS Wales hosted a panel discussion on transgender representation in the media, following a screening of Sweet Sixteen: A Transgender Story, an intimate coming-of-age film about a Welsh transgender teenager, Llyr Jones, who comes from a farming family in rural West Wales.
October: RTS Wales Annual Lecture 2017
"Facebook should be regulated like a utility", former Welsh Government Minister Leighton Andrews told RTS members in his lecture on the 19th October, presented by Bethan Jenkins AM, Chair of Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee.
December: Amanda Rees, S4C’s Creative Content Director
For our last event of 2017, Amanda Rees set out her vision for the year ahead. She said that S4C, “aims to create the conversation, touch the heart, and fire the imagination”. Rees acknowledged that the channel’s core audience is changing, and her strategy for 2018 is to reach new viewers.