A NEW CINEMATIC adaptation of legendary Welsh poet Dylan Thomas’ classic radio play will premiere in cinemas across Wales on December 11th.
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.
The film will then screen on S4C at 21:00 on 27th December. The Welsh broadcaster co-financed the project in partnership with Ffilm Cymru Wales and Goldfinch Pictures, with fFatti fFilms producing.
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.
Dan Y Wenallt will premiere on December 11th at Cardiff’s Chapter Arts Centre and will open simultaneously in cinemas and arts centres across Wales.
Shot back-to-back with Dan Y Wenallt, an English-language version, Under Milk Wood, will be released in UK cinemas in Spring 2015.