I applaud the efforts made in recent years by Welsh Government to bolster the sector and note some considerable successes. I offer the following in the hope that they might add to the thinking around this important debate.

First I would like to raise the question of what seems to be a problematic anomaly, namely the position in Wales of film as an art form. Unlike the rest of the arts, responsibility for film as an art form is 'devolved' to a separate body, Film Cymru. I would suggest that his unfortunate and unintended consequences, mainly that film is not seen as 'art' on an equal footing with theatre, visual art and dance etc.

Related to the above is the question of how a vibrant distribution and exhibition sector is to develop in Wales. Currently some of this work is done by Ffilm Cymru and some by Film Hub Wales.

The latter is not mentioned in the briefing document for this inquiry despite bringing large amounts of BFI funding into Wales. I would suggest that the work that Film Hub Wales does across the whole country deserves greater attention, especially when considering the development of audiences and the distribution and exhibition of Welsh film productions.

I would urge the inquiry to look as extensively as possible at examples of good practice from other small nations, particularly those with similar relationships to larger nation states. The thriving film and television industries of the likes of Finland and Denmark offer excellent examples of good practice. The Centre for the Study of Media and Culture in Small Nations at the University of South Wales has experience of researching this kind of comparative practice.

The problem of a lack of Welsh-focused production in English has been recognised by many, including the BBC Director General. This does not mean that it is not worth raising again. I am among those who think that the establishment of a major TV production centre at Roath Lock has been a major boost not only for the Welsh television industry but for Welsh life. It creates the kind of confidence that has an impact well beyond the creative industries. However, it is undeniable that it has not, as yet, managed to also offer the space for the creation of Welsh-originated stories that explore life in contemporary Wales.