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Former Cardiff University student wins Oscar

Cardiff University graduate Joanna Natasegara has won an Oscar for Netflix documentary, The White Helmets.

Producer Joanna Natasegara and director Orlando von Einsiede at the Oscars last night. Credit: PA

The film is set amidst the Syrian Civil War.

Joanna produced the documentary, which follows a group of volunteer rescue workers of the Syrian Civil Defence – also known as the White Helmets – who try to rescue civilians trapped and injured in the country’s conflict.

The film offers an insight into the daily lives of the rescue workers, who were nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2016.

I would like to congratulate Joanna, on behalf of the University, for her tremendous achievement in winning an Oscar.

It’s fantastic to hear that Joanna credits Cardiff University for playing a part in her journey to the very top of her profession.

We’re extremely proud of Cardiff alumni like Joanna who go on to achieve great things.

– TJ Rawlinson, Director of Development and Alumni Relations at Cardiff University


Welsh Star Wars director Edwards to discuss movies at Bafta HQ

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Star Wars director Gareth Edwards will discuss his films at the Bafta headquarters in London to mark St David's Day.

A Bafta winner himself, Edwards, whose family is from Pontypool, South Wales, will discuss his work with actor, writer and producer Celyn Jones before taking part in a question and answer session at the event on March 1, which will be open to Bafta members and members of the public.

Edwards won a Bafta for visual effects in 2006 for docu-drama Hiroshima, and in 2011, he was named a Bafta Brit To Watch and was nominated in the Outstanding Debut category of the British Academy Film Awards for Monsters.

He went on to direct the 2014 reboot of Godzilla and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the first in the Star Wars Anthology series.

Kinnock Spitting Image puppets fetch £3,400 at auction

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Puppets from ITV's Spitting Image of Neil Kinnock and his wife Glenys have sold at auction today for £3,400.

Former Labour leader and his wife were a regular sight on the programme in the 1990s.

Spitting image was a popular puppet show that poked fun at the politicians of the day. It ran from 1984 until 1996


Sir Tom Jones 'dating' Elvis Presley's ex-wife Priscilla

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Singer and Judge on ITV's The Voice Sir Tom Jones is dating Elvis Presley's ex-wife Priscilla, according to reports.

The 76-year-old Welsh star was devastated when his wife of 59 years, Linda, died of cancer last year.

A friend told the Sun newspaper that Priscilla had been a "support" for Sir Tom in "a difficult year", and that the pair are "courting" but that it "is early days".

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The Voice coach told the newspaper: "We have been friends for a long time. She's a lovely lady. We do enjoy our nights out together."

The It's Not Unusual singer and 71-year-old Priscilla were spotted going out for dinner together at a Hollywood restaurant in a Rolls-Royce last month.

The actress, who starred in the Naked Gun films, and Elvis divorced in 1973, four years before the Hound Dog singer died, aged 42.

Sir Tom has previously said of his marriage: "It was solid. We had a solid marriage that nothing could shake and we both felt that.

"I felt very lucky to have fallen in love at an early age. We were teenagers, we fell in love, not just in lust."

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