Dan Y Wenallt / Under Milk Wood

By Film Hub Wales
Image: Under Milk Wood/Dan Y Wenallt
Image: Under Milk Wood/Dan Y Wenallt



A NEW CINEMATIC adaptation of legendary Welsh poet Dylan Thomas’ classic radio play. The radically surreal and erotic Welsh-language film reunites director Kevin Allen with Rhys Ifans over 15 years after the release of their cult classic Twin Town. An ensemble cast of familiar Welsh faces is led by Ifans as First Voice and Captain Cat, alongside Charlotte Church as Polly Garter.

Adapted into Welsh by T. James Jones, and with a screenplay by Murray Lachlan Young, Michael Breen and director Kevin Allen, Dan Y Wenallt explores the rich imagery of Thomas’ dreamlike verse. Allen notes of his visceral and visual interpretation “I was determined to craft a cinematic rendition that challenged the common perception; that poetry should remain in the domain of the reader.”

This is the first cinematic dramatization of Thomas’ text since Richard Burton’s 1972 version, and it will truly bring the Welsh poet’s legacy into the 21st Century on the 100th anniversary of his birth.

Shot back-to-back with Dan Y Wenallt, an English-language version, Under Milk Wood.


Welsh Director: Kevin Allen

Welsh writer: Dylan Thomas

Shot in Wales: Solva, Pembrokeshire

Set in Wales: Llareggub (fictional)

Welsh language

Supported by Ffilm Cymru Wales


Date: 30/10/2015

Running time: 87 minutes

Certificate: 15


Following the closure of Metrodome, the rights for Dan Y Wenallt and Under Milk Wood were passed to 101 Films, who are hoping to establish a company to handle bookings for titles such as these in future. As the rights have not yet been established, it may be possible to book directly via Fatti Films.


Press materials can be downloaded here






"Kevin Allen's bold new adaptation shows tremendous visual imagination in places and has plenty of ghoulishness, scabrous humour and eroticism along the way, too." - The Independent





Theatr Gwaun held an Under Milk Wood-themed weekend, including Welsh film screenings and tours of filming locations. This was part of FHW's Welsh Film Support. It was also screened for exhibitors at one of our Welsh Film Preview Days.



If you are a Welsh exhibitor you may be eligible to submit a proposal for support as this film is covered by our Made In Wales strategy.