A NEW CINEMATIC adaptation of legendary Welsh poet Dylan Thomas’ classic radio play. The radically surreal and erotic Welsh-language film reunites director Kevin Allen with Rhys Ifans over 15 years after the release of their cult classic Twin Town. An ensemble cast of familiar Welsh faces is led by Ifans as First Voice and Captain Cat, alongside Charlotte Church as Polly Garter.
Adapted into Welsh by T. James Jones, and with a screenplay by Murray Lachlan Young, Michael Breen and director Kevin Allen, Dan Y Wenallt explores the rich imagery of Thomas’ dreamlike verse. Allen notes of his visceral and visual interpretation “I was determined to craft a cinematic rendition that challenged the common perception; that poetry should remain in the domain of the reader.”
This is the first cinematic dramatization of Thomas’ text since Richard Burton’s 1972 version, and it will truly bring the Welsh poet’s legacy into the 21st Century on the 100th anniversary of his birth.
Shot back-to-back with Dan Y Wenallt, an English-language version, Under Milk Wood.
WELSH CONNECTIONS / PRODUCTION DETAILS
Director / Producer: Kevin Allen
Writer: Dylan Thomas
Filming location: Solva, Pembrokeshire
Set in: Llareggub (fictional)
Production Company: Fatti Films
Supported by: Ffilm Cymru Wales
Cast: Carlton Bunce, Charlotte Church, Gareth Edwards, Carwyn Glyn, Rhys Ifans, Mark Lewis Jones, Sara Lloyd-Gregory, Sharon Morgan, Matthew Owen, Nia Roberts, William Thomas
Running time: 87 minutes
Language: Welsh / English
Format: DCP, DVD
FILM HUB WALES PROJECTS
Theatr Gwaun held an Under Milk Wood-themed weekend, including Welsh film screenings and tours of filming locations. This was part of FHW’s Made in Wales scheme. It was also screened for exhibitors at one of our Welsh Film Preview Days.
Press materials can be downloaded here.
“Kevin Allen’s bold new adaptation shows tremendous visual imagination in places and has plenty of ghoulishness, scabrous humour and eroticism along the way, too.” – The Independent