Elijah Wood talks Set Fire to the Stars

5th November, 2014

Drama Set Fire to the Stars is a new film looking at the life of Dylan Thomas, the Welsh poet behind stories including Under Milk Wood

The film looks to have the makings of a must see drama, starring Elijah Wood as an aspiring New York poet who has his world shaken when the famous poet, played by newcomer Celyn Jones, comes for a visit.

Wanting to find out more, we sent reporter Chris to talk to the film's two stars. Watch the video below as Chris talks to actors Elijah and Celyn about this new literary adventure, and the influence of language in this day and age.


Chris was also caught an early screening of set Fire to the Stars. Here's what she thought of the new film...

Set Fire to the Stars Black and White is back! Andy Goddard brings the old movie style back to the big screen with his new film ‘Set Fire to the Stars’, starring Elijah Wood as John Brinnin, and Celyn Jones as Dylan Thomas. Together they explore the both professional and private life of the legendary Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, infamous for his hedonistic lifestyle, yet Goddard shows us that there was more to Thomas than that.

The many different pressures felt by Thomas are explored, as well as the psychological impact they have on him. The complexity of Dylan Thomas’ life is shown to the viewers, partially resulting from the high expectations that many people have of him. Despite this, the film remains light hearted and humorous in parts, while still maintaining a serious tone, portraying Thomas’s own perception of life and how he approaches it. Recording in black and white instead of colour is used effectively as the film is set years before the development of coloured TV, creating an atmosphere suiting its time period.

Both funny and tragic, there is never a dull moment. You grow to empathise with the character of John Brinnin and the struggles he faced with Dylan’s excessive obsessions, yet you also grew to understand Dylan’s persona and the difficulties he faced in life. The story comes together very well and you find yourself drawn in to the characters and immersed in the plot. ‘Set Fire to the Stars’ is a definite must see!

Want to watch Set Fire to the Stars? Use FindAnyFilm to see where it's screening near you from 7 November. And be sure to write us a review when you do! 

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