Probably few other versions are as raucous as this offering from Kevin Allen, who made his name with 1997’s laddish Cardiff romp Twin Town. That film’s star Rhys Ifans persuasively channels Burton’s night-deep tones in his voiceover, as well as playing the haunted seadog, Captain Cat. Also starring is Charlotte Church, more pert than earthy as local siren Polly Garter, but game for the revelry.
Adapted by Allen, Michael Breen and poet Murray Lachlan Young, this Under Milk Wood is relentlessly hearty and doggedly committed to Rabelaisian rumpy pumpy, the film feels at times like an anarchic, over-vitaminised community project. Still, beneath the visual cacophony, there’s some nicely brash jazzy scoring by composer Mark Thomas.