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Why film crews and actors have been spotted in period costume in Gower, Swansea

Gower was once again turned into a film set.

Bracelet Bay was raided earlier this month by people in war fatigues working in freezing conditions three weeks prior to filming.

Sian Sullivan, 53, of Llansamlet, who snapped a picture of the shoot, said: “I was like, ‘What are they doing over there?’ It looked like there was a group of girls in sailor hats, ties, shirts and skirts. They took a picture of them sitting on the grass. All the people around her were jumping up and down because it was cold. It must have been absolutely freezing. They were coming over from Castellemare and I could see a man with his microphone. I haven’t had a chance to ask what they’re filming.”

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Production company World Media Rights is behind the World War II film called War Games, which will be shown on Curiosity Stream covering North America. There are also plans to sell War Games to Europe. Subscribe to our newsletter to get more Swansea stories straight to your inbox.



Filming takes place

Alan Griffiths, managing director of World Media Rights Ltd, got the picture from a scene where Vera Laughton Mathews, director of the Wrens, who also served in the First World War, was looking for accountant Jean Laidlaw. He said: β€œIt’s a story that takes place in Liverpool during the Second World War, in 1940 and 1941. The German U-boats sank a huge number of freighters. Churchill called a retired man, Gilbert Roberts, who was compulsorily retired because he had tuberculosis. He was charged with setting up a war margin, and the admirals didn’t think much of it.

“Gilbert said he needed men, but they weren’t available, so he was forced to recruit from the Wrens, who provided him with everything pertaining to intelligence. Gilbert and his team deciphered U-boat tactics and were so good at destroying half of the U-boat fleet.

“We managed to find the Wrens still alive – one is 102 and she told us how it was. We wrapped up shooting over the weekend after three weeks. Most of it was filmed at Bay Studios in Swansea. We really enjoyed working with Welsh Actors from the National Theater of Wales at Bay Studios. Bay Studios is one of the best I’ve seen.”



A still from the production of two of the main characters, played by Molly Vivers and Julie Barclay, discussing the establishment of a female wargaming unit in the Royal Navy

Mr Griffiths chose to shoot in Wales as he thought there would be financial support to work here. He added: “We thought there was a financial incentive to shoot in Wales but we were told they are not funding films in March and are focusing on April.”

Swansea has been home to a variety of film productions over the years. The city saw Netflix and Channel 4 adventure drama The End of the F***ing World, filmed here in April 2019, with crews focused on Port Tennant’s Rowberry fashion store. Here’s a recap of some of the best.

Also, the WWII drama Their Finest transformed the heart of downtown into scenes from the 1940s. Keeping Faith starring Eve Myles was also filmed in town along with The Accident which was released in October 2019 and which starred Sarah Lancashire.

Pictures from Wales’ past can be found here:

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