Cwcw (Cuckoo)


Described by the Guardian as a 'quirky Welsh relationship drama,' Cwcw (Cuckoo) is the story of Jane Jones, a frustrated jobbing writer for soap opera 'Family Doctor' starring Dr Gareth, played by her incompatible, alcoholic husband.


Approaching forty, Jane is on the verge of a mental breakdown. With her marriage on the rocks and artistic streak stymied by her boss, Jane makes a decision to break away and reinvent herself, only to find that when you run from then past, it tends to follow, blurring the lines between fantasy and reality.

Cwcw is a dark satire on the world of Welsh media people, where unconscious irony rubs shoulders with real tragedy and terror, in stunningly strong performances from virtuoso lead actors.

Cwcw is directed by Delyth Jones, starring Eiry Thomas, Aneirin Hughes and Rhys Richards. The UK premiere of Cwcw took place on Friday 28 November in the Soundtrack International Film and Music Festival.

Stori Jane Jones (Eiry Thomas) yw Cwcw - sgriptwraig opera sebon o Gaerdydd yn briod a'r actor Sam Llywelyn (Rhys Richards) sy'n chwarae'r brif ran yn y sebon sef Dr Gareth. Yn dilyn cyfres o ddigwyddiadau annioddefol, mae hi'n rhedeg i ffwrdd gyda dieithryn llwyr (Aneirin Hughes) ac yn ail greu ei hun fel rhywun arall mewn pentre diarffordd. Er hynny, ni all ddianc oddiwrth ddryswch ei meddwl ei hun na chysgod y gorffennol yn enwedig pan ddaw doctor newydd i'r pentre!

John was presented with his fifth BAFTA Cymru award for Best Original Soundtrack Music for Cwcw by Connie Fisher at the awards ceremony held at Wales Millennium Centre on 23rd May 2010.

The drama also won the award for Best Actress (Eiry Thomas) and received two further nominations for Best Film/Drama and Best Design (Hayden Pearce).

Cwcw was awarded the Best International Feature Film Award at the International Film Festival of South Africa and Best Feature award at the Female Eye Film Festival in Montreal, Canada.

Cwcw is sublime
— Filmstock Festival organiser
An innovative script by a highly original writer. A memorable film which is sure to inspire.
— UK National Writers Union
A story that continues to unfold layer after layer right up until the very end.
— Kansas International Film Festival