Set Fire to the Stars

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United Kingdom | 2015 | 93 minutes | Andy Goddard

In 1950 New York, a young poetry professor, John, is assigned to accompany the famous poet Dylan Thomas on his first American tour. When a letter from Dylan’s wife arrives and sends him on a spiral of self-destruction, John wonders how much longer he can dance around the real issue of his idol’s well-being.

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The year is 1950. John (Elijah Wood, The Lord of the Rings ) is a poetry professor who is assigned to accompany famous poet Dylan Thomas (Celyn Jones) on his first American east coast reading tour. As thrilled he is to meet one of his idols, John knows he has his work cut out for him, as Dylan is an infamous drunk, and behind the confident poet exterior, a very troubled man. Stumbling through pubs and collegiate conferences, boozy fistfights and hellish hangovers, John and Dylan somehow construct a strong friendship. When a letter from Dylan’s wife arrives and sends him on a spiral of self-destruction, John wonders how much longer he can dance around the real issues of Dylan’s personal well being. Elijah Wood masters the equally insecure and star-struck young poetry professor while Celyn Jones channels an Orson Welles-ian vibe playing the jovial, yet deeply distressed, Welsh poet. Filmed in sharp black and white and pulsing with a jazzy soundtrack, Set Fire to the Stars is a stylish movie with a cinematographic sheen that mimics Dylan Thomas’ own mask of put-togetherness.

Director Biography
Andy Goddard is a British television and film director. He is known for previous films Little Sisters And Kings Of The Wild Frontier as well as his work on “Doctor Who” and “Torchwood.”

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  • Director: Andy Goddard
  • Principal Cast: Elijah Wood, Celyn Jones, Steven Mackintosh, Shirley Henderson, Kelly Reilly
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Year: 2015
  • Running Time: 93 minutes
  • Producer: A J Riach, Andy Evans
  • Screenplay: Celyn Jones, Andy Goddard
  • Cinematographers: Chris Seagerbsc
  • Editors: Mike Jones
  • Music: Gruff Rhys
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP