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Set Fire to the Stars

Set Fire to the Stars
  • 2014
  • UK
  • 90 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Andy Goddard
  • Written by: Andy Goddard/Celyn Jones
  • Cast: Kelly Reilly, Elijah Wood, Shirley Henderson

An aspiring poet in 1950s New York has his ordered world shaken when he embarks on a week-long retreat to save his hell raising hero, Dylan Thomas.

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Dylan Thomas battles his demons in 1950s New York.

Celebrating Dylan Thomas' centenary, this intriguing semi-biographical drama – beautifully shot in black-and-white – focusses on a week in the life of the great poet as he prepares for a series of performed readings in the US. Featuring stellar performances from co-writer Celyn Jones as Thomas and Elijah Wood as John Malcolm Brinnin, and an accomplished original score by Gruff Rhys (Super Furry Animals), this is a playful, humorous and moving snapshot of one of the world's most beloved poets.

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Set Fire to the Stars

23 Jun 20143 stars

Elijah Wood and Celyn Jones star in this often overwrought portrayal of Dylan Thomas

Writer-director Andy Goddard has enlisted some world class assistance in creating his debut feature film, an account of Dylan Thomas’ 1950 visit to the United States at the behest of literary academic John Malcolm Brinnin. Cinematographer Chris Seager…

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