UWTSD supports Bollywood film Jungle Cry premiere in Llanelli


10.03.2020

A premiere screening of the new Bollywood film, Jungle Cry, supported by University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) will take place at Y Ffwrnes in Llanelli, this evening (March 10).

A premier screening of the new Bollywood film, Jungle Cry, supported by University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) will take place at Y Ffwrnes in Llanelli, this evening (March 10).

UWTSD together with Carmarthenshire County Council and the Scarlets are brand partners of the project which tells the true story of 12 underprivileged and orphaned children from Kalinga Institute in India’s Odisha region who come together to learn rugby and go on to play in the International Junior Rugby Tournament in the UK.

The film’s final scenes were shot at Parc y Scarlets and there are cameo appearances from Scarlets' president Phil Bennett and world-renowned referee Nigel Owens.

Barry Liles, OBE, Pro-Vice Chancellor at UWTSD said: “The University is pleased to support the premiere of Jungle Cry and looks forward to further collaboration with the production team.  The Creative Industries are worth over £100 billion to the UK economy every year, yet there is an acute skills shortage, particularly in South West Wales.  The University Group, which includes Coleg Sir Gâr and Coleg Ceredigion, is well placed to address such skills needs and by doing so attracting investment into the region and ultimately high-value jobs.  With our Creative Carmarthen initiative, we are working with employers to ensure that there is a pipeline of industry-ready graduates in this region.  This is the vision for Yr Egin, based on our Carmarthen Campus, and the creative and digital media offer across the UWTSD Group.” 

UWTSD Swansea College of Art BA Film and Digital Media students will also be attending tonight’s event to photograph and film it as well as posting updates on social media.

A production crew from India spent around a month at the home of the Scarlets in November 2018. The film stars Bollywood sensation Abhay Deol and Emily Shah and also includes Scarlets fan Julian Lewis Jones, who is no stranger to rugby cinema roles having been part of the cast of Invictus - the story of the South African World Cup-winning side of 1995.

Producer Prashant Shah, who has also produced the likes of My Name is Khan, and The Bruce Lee Project said: “Jungle Cry is truly an inspiring film that promotes education and sports.....and we are very excited to release it to a global audience of cinemagoers in April.”