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Set Fire To The Stars
November 17, 2014 @ 7:00 pm£6.00 – £8.00
Dylan Thomas goes to the States in 1950 for a reading tour and his American minder (Elijah Wood) struggles to keep him on the straight and narrow
Dylan Thomas was born almost exactly 100 years ago, so it is appropriate that we are screening a brand new film telling the story of his adventures in America, when he went there on a book tour in 1950. Given Thomas’s capacity to drink to excess, it’s easy to imagine the difficulty of the job faced by John Brinnin, the poet who invited Thomas to New York and tried to act as his minder during the visit. Would he turn up to a reading? How drunk would he be? Would he fall over? Welsh actor Celyn Jones gives a brilliant performance as the unhinged genius, with Elijah Wood as the infinitely long-suffering Brinnin, trying to steer his charge in a straight line from one location to another. The film’s strength lies in this central relationship, between two men who manage to generate a friendship despite the challenges they face.