SET FIRE TO THE STARS (15) and Q & A with Celyn Jones
The screening will be followed by a Q & A with Celyn Jones, who plays Dylan Thomas and also co-wrote the Set Fire To The Stars script
Director: Andy Goddard
Starring: Celyn Jones; Elijah Wood; Shirley Henderson; Kelly Reilly; Steven Mackintosh; Kevin Eldon
Running time: 97 mins
SET FIRE TO THE STARS is a playful, humorous and moving snapshot of one of the world’s most beloved poets. In 1950, John Malcolm Brinnin invited the highly acclaimed and infamous Welshman Dylan Thomas to New York for a series of poetry readings, touring around the most prestigious college campuses of the United States. Ignoring persistent rumours of the Thomas’ frivolities back home, Brinnin has his hands full when the poet arrives on US shores. Mesmerising and moving when reciting his masterpieces on stage, Thomas displays a flamboyant and direct approach when it comes to charming the pants off his admiring female fanbase.
Desperate to get his watchful university chaplains off his back, Brinnin takes Thomas to his family retreat in the woods of Connecticut. But even in the middle of nowhere, the resourceful and cantankerous Thomas finds an audience for his art, his passion, love and aggression. Shot stunningly in Black and White, SET FIRE TO THE STARS invites the audience to spend a week with the force of nature that is Dylan Thomas, brought to life beautifully by Goddard’s deft direction and exceptional performances by Celyn Jones and Elijah Wood.
Total Film ****
“Their strained relationship and shared torment compel throughout, complemented by Goddard’s deft direction and Gruff Rhys score that mixes jazz and chamber music to ace effect”
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