“Under Milk Wood stands up on the screen as a rich and valuable record of a group of performers whose own notoriety makes them witnesses to their cinema era – and whose spoken talents create the incantatory spell that makes this ‘memory film’ so timeless.” Alexander Walker
Andrew Sinclair’s classic film adaptation of Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood remastered to mark centenary of poet’s birth
In 1972, writer and first-time director Andrew Sinclair persuaded the three biggest Hollywood stars of their day to appear in his adaptation of Dylan Thomas’s celebrated play for voices, Under Milk Wood.
It was, as Andrew Sinclair recalls, “like fixing a weekend between Howard Hughes, Queen Elizabeth II and Puck”.
Starring Peter O’Toole as the blind seafarer Captain Cat, Elizabeth Taylor as his lover Rosie Probert, and Richard Burton as the narrator or ‘First Man’, the film is widely regarded as a classic. The legendary film critic, Alexander Walker, wrote,
“Under Milk Wood stands up on the screen as a rich and valuable record of a group of performers whose own notoriety makes them witnesses to their cinema era – and whose spoken talents create the incantatory spell that makes this ‘memory film’ so timeless.”
To mark the centenary of Dylan Thomas’s birth, Andrew Sinclair’s screen adaptation of Under Milk Wood is being re-released on DVD and Blu-ray.
A special screening of the film will take place on Saturday 25 October at 6.00pm at London’s Curzon Soho cinema, followed by a discussion between Melvyn Bragg and Andrew Sinclair to mark the conclusion of the Dylan in Fitzrovia Festival.
About Andrew Sinclair
Dr Andrew Sinclair is a leading novelist, historian and film-maker. He did his graduate work at Harvard and Columbia University and then taught at the Universities of Cambridge and London. He lectures on history, English literature and cinema with a particular knowledge of Dylan Thomas.
His biography of Dylan Thomas, Dylan the Bard, is published by Timon Films. He has also adapted Thomas’s Adventures in the Skin Trade for the stage. His ‘informative, immensely entertaining’ (Philip French) account of his lifelong involvement with Thomas’s work, Down Under Milk Wood was published in 2013.
Notes to Editors
Andrew Sinclair is available for interview. Please contact James Douglas at Four Colman Getty on 020 3697 4267; firstname.lastname@example.org
CINEGALLERIA, DEAN CLOUGH, HALIFAX: Screening and illustrated lecture Richard Burton: Lion of the Welsh – February 26, 2015, 7.30pm.
St. JAMES THEATRE, LONDON: Screening – January 15, 2015, 5pm.
NATIONAL LIBRARY OF WALES, ABERYSTWYTH: Screening and interview with Andrew Sinclair – December 5, 2014
LAWRENCE BATLEY THEATRE, HUDDERSFIELD: Screening and interview with Andrew Sinclair – November 13, 2014.
FLEAPIT CINEMA CLUB, KENT: Screening – November 7, 2014.
OFF THE SHELF FESTIVAL OF WORDS, SHEFFIELD: Screening and interview with Andrew Sinclair – November 1, 2014, starts at 1.30pm.
RICHARD BOOTH’S BOOKSHOP CINEMA, HAY-ON-WYE: Screening – October 30, 2014.
ARTS PICTUREHOUSE, CAMBRIDGE: Screening – October 27, 2014.
SHERINGHAM LITTLE THEATRE, NORFOLK: Screening – October 25, 2014.
CURZON SOHO, LONDON: Screening plus Andrew Sinclair in conversation with Melvyn Bragg – October 25, 2014.
CURWEN GALLERY, LONDON: Lecture by Andrew Sinclair – October 23, 2014.
BELMONT FILMHOUSE, ABERDEEN: Screening – October 2, 2014.
THE LIGHT CINEMA, NEW BRIGHTON, WALLASEY: Screening on October 5, 2014.
BEVERLEY LITERATURE FESTIVAL, BEVERLEY MASONIC HALL: Screening and interview with Andrew Sinclair – October 5, 2014, starting at 7pm.
EDGE HILL UNIVERSITY, ORMSKIRK: Screening plus lecture by Andrew Sinclair – October 8/9, 2014, starts at 6.30pm.
THEATR GWAUN, FISHGUARD: Screenings and interviews with Andrew Sinclair as part of the Fishguard Festival – September 26-28, 2014.
TENBY ARTS FESTIVAL: Screening – September 27, 2014.
EDEN COURT THEATRE, INVERNESS: Screening – September 21, 2014, starting at 1.30pm.
FILMHOUSE, EDINBURGH: Screening – September 14, 2014.
CAMBRIDGE FILM FESTIVAL: Season of Sinclair films including The Breaking of Bumbo and Under Milk Wood – August 28 – September 7 2014. Under Milk Wood screens on September 1 (at 6.30pm) and September 2 (at 11am). Includes interview with Andrew Sinclair.
ABBEYGATE CINEMA, BURY ST. EDMUNDS: Screening and interview with Andrew Sinclair – August 31, 2014, at 2.30pm.
CHICHESTER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: Screening and interview with Andrew Sinclair – August 19, 2014.
ABERYSTWYTH ARTS CENTRE: Screening and interview with Andrew Sinclair – August 16, 2014. Also Lion of the Welsh, an illustrated lecture on Richard Burton by Tony Earnshaw.
SAVOY CINEMA, PENZANCE: Screening – July 15, 2014.
LAUGHARNE CASTLE, LAUGHARNE: Screening and interview with Andrew Sinclair as part of ongoing celebrations for DT100 – June 6, 2014.
ORIEL Y PARC GALLERY, St. DAVID’S, WALES: Screening – June 5, 2014.
RICHARD BOOTH’S BOOKSHOP CINEMA, HAY FESTIVAL: Screening and interview with Andrew Sinclair as part of the Hay Festival, May 29, 2014.
HOLMFIRTH FILM FESTIVAL: Screening – May 29, 2014.
CURZON CINEMA, KNUTSFORD: Screening – May 12, 2014.
LLAREGGUB: National Museum Cardiff. Peter Blake illustrates Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood – until March 16, 2014.
FLICKS IN THE STICKS: Various venues including St Mary’s Church Hall, Ross-on-Wye (Jan 25); The Simpson Hall, Burghill (Feb 7); Stoke Prior Village Hall (Feb 28).
ENGLISH PEN: Tricycle Cinema, London – January 12, 2014. Andrew Sinclair was interviewed by Cerys Matthews.
STARLESS AND BIBLE-BLACK: A global event organised by the British Council. Screenings taking place in the UK, the US, Canada, Australia and South America. Dates throughout 2014.