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Film footage of Dylan Thomas found by Swansea expert

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 26, 2014

By Ruth Dawson / ruth.dawson@swwmedia.co.uk / @Ruth_Dawson

The only known footage of Dylan Thomas will be shown on The One Show tomorrow evening.

The only known footage of Dylan Thomas will be shown on The One Show tomorrow evening.

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The only moving image of Dylan Thomas has been found by a local leading expert.

Swansea-based Jeff Towns, the chairman of the Dylan Thomas Society of Great Britain, came across the scenes which are believed to be the only film footage of the Welsh poet.

Despite scripting two films for the BBC and making a number of radio plays, no moving images of the poet have been found before now.

The footage shows Dylan Thomas as an extra in the 1951 film Pandora and the Flying Dutchman, starring Ava Gardener and James Mason. Although mostly shot on location in Catalonia, Spain, the movie was also filmed on Pendine Sands in Carmarthenshire – near Thomas’s Laugharne home.

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The Welsh scenes show Dylan Thomas playing a local who visits the bay to watch a land speed record attempt.

“He’s show being typically scruffy,” Mr Towns said, “with his hair piled up on his head and wearing a buttoned up jacket.”

Mr Towns spotted Dylan in the scene with the help of singer Cery Matthew's uncle Colin.

The brief shots will be shown on The One Show on BBC1 tomorrow night, in a special segment presented by Cerys Matthews and the society chairman.

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