Verses and videos — Laugharne Festival of Poetry and Film unveiled

Monday 28 April 2014

As part of the Dylan Thomas 100 celebrations, Cadw is partnering with Chapter Arts Centre on this unique weekend of film screenings and stop-animation workshops set in the beautiful castle grounds.

Laugharne Castle

Laugharne Castle

Taking place within the ‘timeless, beautiful’ setting of Laugharne, the Laugharne Castle Poetry and Film Festival will unfold over the long weekend of Friday 6 June to Sunday 8 June 2014.

Our exciting and innovative festival programme will include:

  • A special outdoor screening of the 1972 film Under Milk Wood, starring Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor — presented by Chapter Arts Centre within the atmospheric castle walls
  • An introduction and Q&A session with the film’s director Andrew Sinclair and Hannah Ellis, Dylan Thomas's granddaughter
  • New programmes of the best selected contemporary poetry and film from around the UK
  • A stop-motion animation workshops for young people, featuring Aardman animators (famous for Wallace & Gromit)
  • Printmaking workshops with John Abell — runner-up Welsh artist of the year 2013

We have also secured funding for up to five new Welsh language contemporary poetry film commissions for the festival. Find out how you can submit your film by reading the full brief (below).

Daytime film screenings, workshops, poetry readings and talks will take place between 11am 4pm on 7 8 June.

Evening films

Under Milk Wood — Friday 6 June, 7.30pm

Wales/1972/87mins/NC

Dir: Andrew Sinclair. With Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Peter O’Toole

Featuring the brooding spell of Thomas’s verse across a day in the life of a small, Welsh fishing village called Llareggub where we meet a host of curious characters and ghosts through the eyes of Blind Captain Cat.  

Join us for a Q&A with Director Andrew Sinclair after the film

Tickets — Adult £12 / Reduced £10

Edge Of Love — Saturday 7 June, 7.30pm

UK/2008/110mins/15

Dir: John Maybury. With Sienna Miller, Keira Knightly

Two free-spirited women are connected by the brilliant, charismatic poet who loves them both.

Tickets — Adult £12 / Reduced £10

Tickets are available through Chapter Arts Centre. Adult £12 / Reduced £10. To book, call 02920 304400.

During the lead-in to the event, we have also involved three schools in a poetry project based on Thomas’s ‘Poem from October’, working to produce a new series of digital media projections that will be shown during the festival.

The Laugharne Castle Poetry and Film Festival has been jointly organised by Cadw, Chapter Arts Centre, the artist Paul Evans, Longbarrow Press, and PoetryFilm. It is supported by Film Hub Wales.

For further details, please contact Dr Ffion Reynolds.