The Library Suicides shoots in Wales
by Naman Ramachandran
- Adaptation of bestselling novel commences at National Library
Feature debutant Euros Lyn has commenced principal photography on The Library Suicides, based on Fflur Dafydd's bestselling novel Y Llyfrgell, at the National Library of Wales. The cast includes Ryland Teifi (television’s 35 Diwrnod) Catrin Stewart (Frail), Dyfan Dwyfor (Pride [+see also:
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When famous author Elena Wdig (Morgan) commits suicide, her twin daughters, librarians Nan and Ana, (Stewart) are lost without her. Elena’s final words suggest that her biographer, Eben (Teifi) murdered her. The twins set off on a murderous quest to avenge their mother’s death at the National Library of Wales, but are disrupted by night porter Dan (Dwyfor).
Lyn says, “As a huge fan of the genre, I’m very excited to be making a thriller in Welsh and what better place to set it than the wonderfully atmospheric National Library in mysterious Aberystwyth? Wales now has a host of world-class writers, actors and crew I’m very excited to be working alongside so many of them on The Library Suicides.”
Dafydd says, “I first envisaged this idea as a film, but ended up writing a book instead. Bringing these characters to the big screen feels like a dream come true.”