Under Milk Wood (15)
A lovely and lyrical Under Milk Wood. Barnstorming and raunchy, ushered in by Verdi and a Welsh male voice choir, this is an utterly beautiful vision of Dylan Thomas’ masterpiece of magical prose poetry. Starring Rhys Ifans and Charlotte Church, the film is elegantly directed by Kevin Allen, who directed Ifans in the 1997 Welsh cult film, Twin Town. This lush, sexy, enthralling production beautifully compliments the lyricism of Thomas’ masterpiece with its bold, dreamlike imagery.
With a screenplay by Murray Lachlan Young, Michael Breen and director Kevin Allen, this erotic, surreal cinematic interpretation explores some of the more visceral elements of the funny, filthily fluid magical dreamscape of Thomas’ Welsh seaside village Llareggub (buggerall backwards) whilst staying faithful to Dylan Thomas’s original text.
This is the first cinematic dramatisation of Thomas’ text since Richard Burton’s 1972 version, and it truly brings the Welsh poet’s legacy into the 21st Century.
Director: Kevin Allen
Cast includes Rhys Ifans, Charlotte Church, Mark Lewis Jones
Running time: 1h 26m
Friday, February 10th 2017
Venue: Upstairs@The Town Hall
Llangollen Town Hall
Llangollen, LL20 8PW
Doors open at 7.30pm, film starts at 8pm
Tickets are £8 plus booking fee or £6 concessions – available online here. Tickets will also be available from Baileys Delicatessen Castle Street, Llangollen LL20 8NU.
What the critics say…
“With its energy and attack this is an Under Milk Wood that is funny and entertaining. Rhys Ifans has stepped bravely up to the plate for this hyperactive adaptation directed by Kevin Allen. A highly coloured fever dream.” The Guardian
“Part Carry On film, part surreal fantasy. How rarely does the cinema reverberate with meaty poetry like this? As a fresh interpretation, Allen’s comic effort stands alone.” The Times
“I like it very much. It’s lusty, romping, bawdy, fleshy and incredibly engaging… a fabulous visualization. I think it’s a film, and I don’t say this lightly, that shares something of the spirit of the great Ken Russell.” Mark Kermode Uncut
“Llareggub itself is a boggy, soggy dreamscape, decked out like a fifties nostalgia shop with an impressive ensemble of comic inhabitants who almost all get a moment to twinkle – especially when bursting into rambunctious musical numbers. It’s filthy, bonkers fun.” Empire