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Rhys Ifans to commence shooting Under Milk Wood in the summer

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Story by Jack Foley

A NEW film version of Dylan Thomas’s iconic work Under Milk Wood is to begin shooting this summer (2014) with Rhys Ifans in the lead role.

The production will be filmed back to back, in English and Welsh, and will find Ifans playing the role of First Voice, originally played by Richard Burton, alongside Elizabeth Taylor, in the only existing feature film rendition of Thomas’s fabulous dreamscape, back in 1972.

According to Kevin Allen & fFATTI fFILMS, who secured the rights to the film after a lengthy negotiating process, “the ambitious production will veer away from delivering a one dimensional, literal reflection of Thomas’s original work, intending instead to explore some of the darker, visceral elements of what they describe as a richly funny, filthily fluid dystopian dreamscape – whilst not stooping to mess with Thomas’s original text”.

A seven week shoot is scheduled for this summer under the direction of Kevin Allen (brother of Keith), who intends to engage much of the production infrastructure on Y Syrcas ( The Circus) – the period family feature he shot last year in mid-Wales.

The production will be partly financed by Welsh broadcaster S4C and will be accompanied by a documentary film about Thomas, recently shot for the Dylan 100 Centenary celebrations, with Ifans presenting.

The previous film version, in 1972, starred Burton alongside Taylor, Peter O’Toole and Vivien Leigh. It was first performed as a radio “play for voices” in 1954.

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