The pretty harbour village of Solva in Pembrokeshire has been confirmed as the location for a new film of Dylan Thomas’s best known play for voices, Under Milk Wood.
Filming will table place for approximately 6 weeks this Summer; starting on June 23rd. The film will star Welsh actor, Rhys Ifans, perhaps best know for playing Spike in the film, Notting Hill. Ifans was born in Haverfordwest, although he grew up in North Wales. The film will be produced and directed by Keith Allen, father of Lily, and will be shot in both Welsh and English with the Welsh version being shown on S4C at Christmas and the English one sold for worldwide viewing.
If you would like a chance to star on the silvery scene, auditions for extras are being held at Solva Memorial Hall on Thursday, 29th May between 4.00 and 7.00 p.m.
The original film of Under Milk Wood was shot in Lower Fishguard in 1971 and starred the late, greats Richard Burton playing the role Thomas wrote for himself of “First Voice”, Elizabeth Taylor as his lover, Rosie Probert, and Peter O’Toole as blind Captain Cat, as well as a very young David Jason.
Set in an imaginery Welsh fishing village of Llareggub (based on Laugharne in Carmarthenshire where Thomas lived and wrote), Under Milk Wood merges the dreams, memories and conversations of the village’s inhabitents, living and dead, into a wonderful alliterative piece.
Under Milk Wood is the latest in a long tradition of Hollywood films being shot in Pembrokeshire, including Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows which was shot on Freshwater West beach; as was Robin Hood, starring Russell Crowe; and Snow White and the Huntsman and The Lion in Winter which were both shot on Marloes beach.
If you would like to come and watch the filming, or visit the locations where other Hollywood movies were shot, then do come and stay in our traditional Pembrokeshire long house set in acres of farmland. Pembrokeshire Farm B and B is ideally situated between Laugharne, Fishguard and Solva so you can visit both Dylan’s writing shed and Browns Hotel where he wrote the play plus visit the film locations. Please give us a call on 01834 860338 or email us on . We look forward to welcoming you.