Filming took place in various locations across South Wales including the historic Margam Park in Neath Port Talbot, the scenic Jackson’s Bay in the Vale of Glamorgan, the Heritage Railway in Brecon Beacons National Park, and the oldest working theatre site in Wales, the Savoy Theatre in Monmouth.
The series, a family drama intertwined with a murder mystery, boasts a diverse cast and a global setting. Based on the NY Times best-selling novel by Charmaine Wilkerson, the storyline spans from the late 1960s in Jamaica to present-day California. When Eleanor Bennett passes away, she leaves behind a flash drive with untold stories of her journey from the Caribbean to America. This legacy is a shock to her estranged children; challenging their understanding of the family's origin.
The support from Creative Wales helped a total of 25 trainees and two apprentices from Wales who were provided with valuable on-set opportunities, spanning departments such as Hair and Make-up, Costume, Art, and Production. This collaborative effort ensures that Black Cake is not just a visually captivating series but also a testament to the thriving Welsh screen industry.
Gerwyn Evans, Deputy Director at Creative Wales, says: 'Black Cake is an excellent example of how support from Creative Wales can attract major production companies to Wales to create original content for major streaming services and reach global audiences.
“We offer stunning and diverse locations, world-class studio facilities, experienced crew and an impressive cohort of new talent coming through. I’m very proud that Black Cake generated some 27 opportunities locally across so many different departments. This valuable experience will ensure that Wales’ screen industry can continue to generate sustainable careers for people working in Film and TV.
“On behalf of Creative Wales, we are delighted that Harpo Films and Kapital Entertainment chose Wales, and we look forward to welcoming more major productions in the future.'