Dylan Thomas Centre
Film showing: “Under the Cranes” (2011) UK 12A, 56 mins
Poet Michael Rosen was immersed in Dylan Thomas’s work at a time when his voice could be heard on the radio and on disc, and he, along with many other school pupils, recited passages from his broadcasts in ‘reading competitions’. From that time too, Under Milk Wood has been a literary fixture in his head, a reminder that place and time can be evoked through the cyclical comings and goings of many voices. Rosen has now written his own poetic play for voices, Hackney Streets, which has itself inspired the film, Under the Cranes.
Under the Cranes is a lyrical, painterly evocation of the London Borough of Hackney which mixes archive film and new cinematography to explore the history of one part of East London through the voices of the people who have passed this way. “A wonderfully life-affirming film-poem” – Paul Farley
Following the film showing, there will be a Q&A with Michael Rosen and film-maker Emma-Louise Williams
Swansea PTL: £1.60
Image credit: Under the Cranes 2011 Courtesy of Hackney Archives