Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Culture Films: Women in Love Are at Heart of Drama

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Culture Films: Women in Love Are at Heart of Drama

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(1hr 50mins)

Certificate: 15

Starring: Keira Knightley, Sienna

Miller, Matthew Rhys, Cillian Murphy

Director: John Maybury

Star rating: *****

OPENING in the confines of a crowded London underground shelter during the Blitz, this film recounts an inglorious incident in the topsy-turvy life of Dylan Thomas.

The garrulous and occasionally inebriated Welsh poet may be the soul of John Maybury's evocative wartime drama, but he is not the heartbeat.

Instead, the writer-director observes creative genius from a distance - in this case, through the eyes of two women who loved Dylan with a passion that consumed and very nearly destroyed them.

The Edge Of Love is a beautiful, haunting film full of ugly, poisonous emotions, distinguished by mesmerising performances from its female leads.

Keira Knightley has never been more compelling or heartbreaking as the poet's childhood sweetheart who is drawn back to him like a moth to the flame.

Sienna Miller is equally formidable as Dylan's wife Caitlin, who recognises the potential threat to her marriage and chooses to keep her friends close, but her rival even closer.

When we first meet Vera Phillips (Knightley), she is singing Blue Tahitian Moon to soldiers and terrified Londoners in a shelter as bombs rain down on the capital.

A chance encounter with Dylan (Matthew Rhys) re-ignites old desires, only to be extinguished when the poet introduces Caitlin.

Vera tries to numb the pain by marrying soldier William Killick (Cillian Murphy), but when he is posted abroad, the now pregnant singer returns to Wales with Dylan and an increasingly jealous Caitlin as neighbours.



(2hr 24mins)

Certificate: PG

Starring: William Moseley, Anna Popplewell, Skandar Keynes, Georgie Hensley

Director: Andrew Adamson

Star rating: ****

THE second book of C S Lewis's fantasy series reunites the creative talents of The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe for a titanic battle between the gentle Narnians and a race of human usurpers called the Telmarines. …

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