Under Milk Wood director brings film classic to Swansea
It featured some of the greatest stars of its day - and the man behind the film version of Under Milk Wood will reveal some of the secrets and stories behind the classic in Swansea this week.
In 1972, Andrew Sinclair directed the Richard Burton and Liz Taylor in the adaptation of Dylan Thomas’ last major work, which affectionately examines life in the small Welsh coastal village, Llareggub.
The film also featured Peter O’Toole, Victor Spinetti, Ruth Madoc and Angharad Rees, as well as David Jason in his first major film role, and will be shown at The Garage venue in Uplands, at the start of this weekend’s Do Not Go Gentle Festival.
And viewers will have a rare opportunity to quiz the man who pulled the strings behind the camera.
Mr Sinclair said: “Next year, with the centenary celebrations of Dylan’s birth, I have been invited to fifteen major festivals to show the film and answer questions.
“But I wanted to kick it off in Swansea, because this is Dylan’s birthplace, and that is the place that he used to write about.
“It will be a great opportunity also to promote Wales and Welsh culture”.
The film was shot on location in Fishguard, and is based on the original radio play for voices by Dylan. Mr Sinclair recently announced he is gifting the film, and related media rights, the screenplay and all the physical artefacts related to the making of the film, to the Welsh nation.
Drinking sessions with Richard Burton and fleeing from Elizabeth Taylor are just some of the memories of Under Milk Wood director Andrew Sinclair.
And three decades on he admits it was a “miracle” was ever made.
He said: “We only had seven weeks to shoot it, and odds against us doing it were a thousand to one.
“The film is stuck in time, the style of the acting is gone, and it is a seaside Wales that it totally different to as it is today.
“But Dylan was a genius, and his wife Caitlin loved the film.
“Richard Burton said it was a film about religion, sex and death, and it is, but it is also wildly fun.
“I am sure people will be wanting to hear stories about him.
“Life is about story telling, and I am looking forward to coming to Swansea”.
Following a screening of the film, Mr Sinclair will be joined by Dylan expert Jeff Towns in a Q&A session.
It kicks off a weekend of events for the second Do Not Go Gentle Festival, at venues around Uplands.