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Super Furry Animal Gruff relieved that Dylan Thomas film songs needed no lyrics

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 29, 2014

Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys will produce music for Set Fire To The Stars starring Elijah Wood.

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SUPER Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys has confessed he would have been worried had he had to write lyrical songs for the new film about Swansea poet Dylan Thomas.

Gruff, who is behind the music for the Swansea-based movie Set Fire to The Stars starring Lord of the Rings actor Elijah Wood, made the admission during an hour-long chat at the Hay Festival.

He said it would have been a challenge writing words about the legendary poet, whose work includes Under Milk Wood.

Gruff said: "We have been doing a soundtrack for Set Fire To The Stars.

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"It's one of the films coming out this year about Dylan Thomas.

"Luckily it's mostly instrumental music.

"It would be scary writing lyrical songs about Dylan Thomas."

Set Fire to the Stars explores the relationship between Thomas and Canadian-born poet John Malcolm Brinnin, played by Wood.

It tells the story of Dylan's visit to America and how Brinnin went along with him on a series of book tours.

Elijah, in an interview with the Post, said he was thrilled to have Gruff Rhys on board with the soundtrack for the film.

He said he was persuaded to join the project following a meeting with the film's director Andy Goddard. He told Wood that British cult classic Withnail and I would be a major influence on the film.

"I sat down with Andy who was in town, and he then sort of detailed for me the vision beyond the page of what he wanted to do, shooting it in black and white, getting Gruff Rhys to do the music for the film," he said.

"And he referenced other movies and at one point he referenced Withnail and I and I was like okay, as I'm a huge fan of Withnail and I."

The film, which was shot over 18 days in the Swansea Bay area, was co-produced by YJB Films is due to be premiered in June.

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