Fantasy film's Welsh premiere at Glyndŵr centre opening

An image from the film Hawk Hawk draws on the legend of the antlered god

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A film directed by a graduate of Glyndŵr University has received its Welsh premiere.

Hawk was shown at the opening of the university's new centre for the creative industries.

Film director Michael McMahon, who is originally from Rhyl, said: "I feel quietly proud and creatively relieved."

The film is about a boy who retreats into a world of fantasy based on Celtic folklore and features the figure of the antlered god, Gwyn ap Nudd.

The short film was shot in the Snowdonia mountains over 14 days and features actor Philip Madoc.

Mr McMahon said: "As a north Wales boy I wanted to make sure there were Welsh actors, playing Welsh characters with Welsh scenery behind them."


The film received its premiere at London's Bafta Piccadilly on 1 March but Thursday was the first screening in Wales.

Mr McMahon studied at the Wrexham university and said he was pleased to be able to show the film at the opening of the creative centre.

"It's like coming home," he said. "I studied here and it was the start of learning my craft.

"Glyndŵr have continued to support me as an ex-student and their involvement was crucial in the development of this film."

The film's soundtrack features Welsh artists including harpist Catrin Finch and is to be released in physical format and via iTunes.

"We think it's the first time the soundtrack for a short film has been released in this way," Mr McMahon said.

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