Under Milk Wood
Director: Kevin Allen
Stars: Rhys Ifans, Charlotte Church
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AGE Rating: Cert 15
A Welsh language version of the film, shot at the same time, is the UK’s nomination to go forward to the Oscars‘ foreign language category.
Ifans described the film as a “joyous alliterative tirade of erotica”.
Originally commissioned by the BBC, the “Play for Voices” as it was described, had its first reading in New York in 1953 and was first broadcast on the BBC in January 1954 – two months after Thomas died.
Shot in and around Solva in Pembrokeshire, it portrays the dreams and lives of those living in the fictional town of Llareggub.
Ifans takes the role of both narrator and the blind sea captain, Captain Cat.
He said the combination of roles created a sense of a character narrating their own demise, like “the life of a drowning man passing before him”.
Singer Church said acting in the role as young mother Polly Garter was “a totally new experience” and she “loved the challenge” of filming the Welsh language version – Dan y Wenallt – as a non-Welsh speaker.