Two guys, one camera… and a world of stories
DocShed is a bilingual TV production company in North Wales, creating factual content in both Welsh and English.
Founded by filmmaker Rhys Edwards and producer Gwion Tegid, we’re telling human stories with local and global appeal - aided by world-class facilities and a wealth of local talent.
This is our story. Including how our debut project won BAFTA Cymru’s award for Best Single Documentary in 2022.
Everyone in our part of the world knows the legend of Emyr Owen - the notorious vicar in Gwynedd who removed the private parts of his male parishioners after death, believing they'd be free of shame and fit for a place in heaven.
Growing up here, it was folklore. The subject of childish jokes, and myths that kept on edging further from reality. And yet, beyond North Wales, the story has barely been heard. That made no sense to us. Here was a tortured soul, driven by self-loathing to perform unspeakable deeds. A story of repressed sexuality that strikes a universal chord. But the world was none the wiser.
We wanted to share Emyr’s story with a wider audience – but without the judgement or shock value that’s dogged him in the past. So in 2019, we founded DocShed and successfully pitched the idea to S4C.
We had both worked our way up from the shop floor, honing technical and creative skills through decades of productions: Rhys as a cameraman, and Gwion as an actor who built a second career behind the scenes. As we discovered when working together, we shared a passion for authentic story-telling, and we agreed - Emyr’s tale gave us a perfect start. Our research was revealing. We secured the original court papers, read through press cuttings and psychological profiles from Emyr’s time in prison. And we soon realised his crimes were widely misreported. Journalists had been sucked into the rumour mill. Sensationalising the issue with absurd, unchallenged claims that spurred hearsay and innuendo. It was time to set the record straight - not to defend Emyr, but to understand the psychological scars that led to his downfall.
Then came lockdown.
This is our Story...
We shut ourselves away. Combing through official papers and press reports, to separate fact from fiction. Until soon, we were filming, still under covid restrictions. Then back to base, to our edit suite here at Shed Felinheli.
Finally, in February ’22, Y Parchedig Emyr Ddrwg went out on S4C.
Plaudits followed, including a BAFTA Cymru - Best Single Documentary.
And so we set to work on an English language version, The Rev - a feature-length adaptation that will hit the festival circuit in spring of ‘23.
And that's our story so far.
Of course, this production is not our sole endeavour. We’ve also put out a series of football documentaries, in the build-up to Wales’ appearance at the World Cup in Qatar. And there's work in the pipeline too - we’ll be sharing details soon.
But here and now, we're a young production house built on years of experience, best known for our award-winning debut.
As a camerman, Rhys has won a string of awards and gained three BAFTA Cymru nominations for Best Factual Photography.
He started with Tinopolis, filming in 40 countries and shooting over 1000 items for magazine programme Heno. Since then, as a freelancer, he’s filmed hundreds of factual and entertainment programmes, and built a reputation as a documentary filmmaker.
The transition began in 2014, when Rhys’s first documentary A Good Bitch won the prestigious Reed.co.uk Short Film Competition – at the time, the biggest prize of its kind in Europe.
Since then, his short films have been screened at festivals aroud the world, from New York to Helsinki. And in 2019 he won Best Documentary at the Celtic Media Festival for Chdi, Fi ac IVF – a film he directed, shot and edited, charting the hopes and heartaches of a couple going through a whole cycle of IVF treatment.
The same year, he joined forces with Gwion to form DocShed, with a host of new projects in the offing
As an actor, Gwion is a familiar face on S4C. Viewers know him as Rownd a Rownd’s Barry Hardy, a role he’s played for 17 years - and for his recent appearance in the channel’s flagship drama Yr Amgueddfa.
Soon he’ll play Barry again in a spin-off that will follow the character’s time in prison. Meanwhile behind the camera, he’s recently directed two series of Rondo Media’s Copsan.
These are busy times!
It all started back in 1997, when 6-year-old Gwion took his first acting role with Ffilmiau’r Nant. Growing up surrounded by actors, writers and technicians, he immersed himself in the ways of production and tried out every discipline. He worked as a Runner, then moved onto crew work from Grip to Cameras and Lighting. All while studying the creative process, to work on scripts and storylines.
Soon, he was a Second AD, then First AD, then Director, until finally, teaming up with Rhys as a Producer: a role that draws on his full range of skills, gained from 26 years in the industry
Real life is stranger than fiction
If DocShed has a mantra, it’s that fiction will never match real life for gritty human drama.
So as we develop new titles, we look to the world around us. Every life lived is a black box recording, filled with incredible snapshots.
Adding new perspectives on events that shaped the world, and revealing human stories of tragedy and triumph.
We’re curators. Sifting back through time, to share a few unmissable highlights.
Watch this space for news of our upcoming productions.