Under Milk Wood (15) | Home Ents Review

There’s a certain level of charm, rarely seen on the big screen today, which wholly encapsulates Under Milk Wood – the latest adaptation of Dylan Thomas’ infamous 1954 radio play. Adaptations can be something of a risk, more often than not the predecessor is looked on more favourably that its successor. And yet, following on from Andrew Sinclair’s 1972 effort, Kevin Allen brings the fun, warmth and Charlotte Church to his version.

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Under Milk Wood (15) | Close-Up Film Review

Shortly before his death in 1953 Dylan Thomas’s “play for voices” received its first public reading at the Poetry Centre in New York with Thomas himself narrating. It was then produced on the BBC Third Programme in 1954 with an all Welsh cast led by Richard Burton, whose rich tones became identified with the narrator role. Burton later reprised the role in the 1972 film which also featured Peter O’Toole and Elizabeth Taylor. There have been many stage productions over the years throughout the world and a recent UK television version with Michael Sheen but this is the first cinema version since the seventies.

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