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Set Fire to the Stars

  • Drama
  • History
  • 2014
  • Andy Goddard
  • 96 mins
  • 15

Summary

An aspiring poet in 1950s New York has his ordered world shaken when he embarks on a week-long retreat to save his hell-raising hero, Dylan Thomas.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

This semi-biographical drama chronicles a week in the life of revered poet Dylan Thomas (Celyn Jones), following him as he embarks on a turbulent tour of performed readings in the United States during the early 1950s. Organising the tour is John Malcolm Brinnin (Elijah Wood), a buttoned-up academic who spends most of his time attempting to keep Thomas - a hero of his - out of trouble. Despite his best efforts, however, the duo are soon kicked out of their swanky hotel, and John decides that the best course of action is to relocate Thomas to his family cabin in remote Connecticut. Set Fire to the Stars benefits from crisp monochrome cinematography and two solid lead performances, but the end result feels somewhat flat, and it's difficult to see who the film will appeal to. Jones is enjoyable as the depressive genius, although Thomas's persistently unprofessional behaviour soon proves frustrating.

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Credits

Cast

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John Malcolm BrinninElijah Wood
Dylan ThomasCelyn Jones
JackSteven Mackintosh
StanleyKevin Eldon
RosieMaimie McCoy
MickeySteve Speirs
Mr UnluckyRichard Brake
ShirleyShirley Henderson
Caitlin ThomasKelly Reilly

Crew

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DirectorAndy Goddard

Details

Theatrical distributor
Munro Film Services
Released on
2014-11-07
Languages
English
Guidance
Swearing, sexual references.
Formats
Black and white
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