Two feisty, free-spirited women are connected by the brilliant, charismatic poet who loves them both. The passion and pathos of legendary poet Dylan Thomas is told through the lives of two extraordinary women. Vera Phillips and Dylan were teenage loves; fast forward ten years and the two reconnect in London. She’s working as a singer whilst he’s churning out scripts for government propaganda films and living off the last in a long line of infatuated women. The two former lovers feel the thunderbolt once more, but Thomas is now married to the adventurous Caitlin. Despite their love-rival status, the women form a surprising friendship. Caitlin indulges in her own infidelities, and recognises a similar adventurous spirit in her husband. But she knows his connection with Vera is something different, not to mention dangerous.
Romantic turmoil continues in Vera’s life. She marries her devoted admirer William Killick, but she can’t deny the chemistry between herself and Dylan, nor does she want to – even if this means betraying Caitlin. When William is posted abroad, and a pregnant Vera returns to Wales with her married friends, the battle between her heart and head becomes more intense. William returns a changed man, but neither is Vera the carefree cabaret girl he married. Neighbourhood gossip fuels her husband’s jealousy towards his rival. Enraged, William stages a violent attack on Dylan – an attack that forces Vera to choose between the men in her life and the friend that she loves. Desire and guilt are complicated by love and friendship in this real-life tale set in beautiful London and the majestic Welsh countryside.
|Cillian as:||William Killick|
|Additional Cast:||Keira Knightley, Sienna Miller, Matthew Rhys|
|Genre:||Biography, Drama, Romance, War|
|MPAA Rating:||Rated R for some sexuality, language and disturbing war images|
|UK Release:||June 20, 2008|
|US Release:||March 13, 2009|
|Additional Info:||Internet Movie Database|
Trivia and Fun Facts
– The screenwriter is Keira Knightley’s mother.
– Lindsay Lohan was originally attached to play the role of Caitlin, but dropped out shortly before filming began.
– Sharman Macdonald wrote the role of Caitlin with Keira Knightley in mind, but Keira chose to play Vera instead.
– Keira Knightley does all of her own singing in the film. She worked with vocal coach Claire Underwood to prepare for the film.
– Producer Rebekah Gilbertson is the granddaughter of the real people played by Keira Knightley and Cillian Murphy in the film.
– The film’s title is subtly shown, in part, throughout the film in various places. Most noticeably after we see Caitlin’s affair it appears as a silhouette on the curtain.
– The interior of the Newquay “The Black Lion” was shot in “The Black Lion” in Cardigan. The pub has since shut due to the smoking ban.
– A previous attempt at making a film about the life of Dylan Thomas was to have starred Gary Oldman as Thomas and Uma Thurman as Caitlin Thomas.
William Killick: “You have a raindrop running down your cheek, just like a tear.”
William Killick: “No harm will ever come to you. Not from me, not from anyone else. And while I’m here, no word of mine will ever hurt you.
Vera Phillips: “Sounds like a vow.”