May 18, 2012
The hit martial-arts action movie, The Raid, written and directed by Glamorgan graduate Gareth Huw Evans, is released today (18 May 2012).
Evans, originally from Hirwaun in the Cynon Valley, studied on the MA Scriptwriting course at the University of Glamorgan’s Cardiff School of Creative and Cultural Industries before moving to Indonesia to pursue a film career.
His latest film The Raid is a thriller about an elite SWAT team battling to capture a crime lord from a tower block filled with criminals.
The film was written, directed, and produced by Evans on a budget of just over £1m.
The film has received glowing reviews from critics: being described as “like nothing else around” and “an instant cult hit” by the Guardian, who also gave the film a glowing 5-star review, as “a high-octane action film which will leave you breathless” by Metro and “the most exciting action movie of the year”, by Empire.
The Welsh born director gave a talk about the film, and his career, for students at the University on Wednesday 16 May.
Reflecting on his time studying at Glamorgan, Gareth Evans said: “Everything I’ve taken from my course I’ve actually ended up using in my profession. It’s been invaluable to me.”
The Raid won awards at the Toronto Film Festival and the 2012 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, and was a sold out hit at the Sundance and SXSW Festivals earlier this year.
Professor Richard Hand who taught Gareth said: “We are absolutely delighted that Gareth is enjoying such success as a film director. He was always an extremely hardworking student on the MA Scriptwriting and was really eager to learn and develop the craft of writing and filmmaking and to increase his knowledge of cinema history and theory.”