EXCLUSIVE: Rhys Ifans and singer Charlotte Church star in Edinburgh-bound drama.
Metrodome Distribution has acquired UK and Ireland rights to the feature version of Dylan Thomas classic Under Milk Wood from Metro International.
Rhys Ifans (The Amazing Spider-Man) and singer Charlotte Church star in the drama, which will debut at this month’s Edinburgh International Film Festival.
Kevin Allen (Twin Town) directs the surreal story in which Blind Captain Cat (Rhys Ifans) is tormented in his dreams by his drowned shipmates, and the innermost thoughts of the inhabitants of a fictional small Welsh fishing village Llareggub.
The deal was negotiated by Metrodome MD Jezz Vernon and Metro International’s head of sales Natalie Brenner.
The film adaptation, from wrtiers Murray Lachlan Young, Michael Breen and Allen, is the first of Thomas’ classic 1954 radio drama since Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton’s 1972 feature.
Under Milk Wood is presented by fFatti fFilms and Metro International, in association with S4C, Tinopolis, Goldfinch Pictures and Ffilm Cymru Wales.
The film is also booked into a number of specialist UK summer festivals including Latitude, Festival No. 6, Port Eliot and The Green Man before Metrodome releases theatrically on October 27, Dylan Thomas’ birth date.
Jezz Vernon, Metrodome MD, said: “It’s just an amazing filmic experience – we’re delighted to work with the team to bring it to UK and Irish audiences.
“It’s a wonderful piece of work – entirely its own entity, a brilliant contemporary adaptation of the original work.”