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Love Somehow

"Genius is a terrible thing.” Caitlin Thomas was a dancer, writer and woman behind the famous Welsh poet, Dylan Thomas. She partied as hard as him, advised him, loved him, kept him sober enough to write and brought up their family on no money, finally surviving his early death. Very little is written about Caitlin, her role in their legend or her recovery, and most portrayals are laughably inaccurate. This is Caitlin’s lyrical version of her life with Dylan, adapted from a one woman play written by Welsh poet Phil Bowen. The film has won best director, best actress and best musical score and nominated for over 20 awards. It is shot in the beautiful town of Laugharne in Wales and breaks many traditional film conventions. The film stars Sally George (recently in the West End and National Theatre Show - People Places and Things) as Caitlin and Griff Rhys Jones (the renowned actor and comedian), as the voice of Dylan Thomas.

  • Kate Cheeseman
    Director
    Roadkiller, Pigheart Boy, Bramwell
  • Anna Maloney
    Writer
    Consent, Falling Apart
  • Phil Bowen
    Writer
    The Same Boat
  • Rachael Cole
    Producer
  • Sally George
    Key Cast
    People Places and Things, Buddha of Suburbia
  • Griff Rhys Jones
    Key Cast
    Alas Smith and Jones, etc
  • Jan Tovey
    Cinematographer
    The Rabbit, Nuclear Leak, The Monument
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, Poetry, Biography, Love
  • Runtime:
    30 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    July 15, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    16,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Arri Alexa
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    Yes
  • Rive Gauche Film e Critica
    Florence
    Italy
    November 23, 2016
    European
    Winner Best Director
  • Crystal Palace International Film Festival
    London
    United Kingdom
    November 11, 2016
    World Premiere
    Finalist Best Short
  • Birmingham Film Festival
    Birmingham
    United Kingdom
    November 26, 2016
    Nomination Best Costume
  • London Indpendent Film Festival
    London
    United Kingdom
    April 13, 2017
  • Idyllwild
    Palm Springs
    United States
    January 6, 2017
    North American
    Nomination Best Performance
  • Pipa
    Pipa
    Brazil
    April 6, 2017
    South American
  • Erie Internation Film Festival
    Erie Pennsylvania
    United States
    November 26, 2016
    North American
    Nomination Best Narrative Short
  • Delhi 5th International Short Film Festival
    Delhi
    India
    November 20, 2016
    India
    Special Mention
  • 5th Delhi International FIlm Festival
    Delhi
    India
    December 10, 2016
  • International Film Festival of Wales
    Cardiff
    United Kingdom
    November 26, 2016
    Welsh
  • Equinox Women's Festival
    Palmer, Alaska
    United States
    March 11, 2017
    Alaska
  • Lanus Film Festival
    Lanus
    Argentina
    March 5, 2017
    Argentina
  • Medellin International Film Festival
    Medellin
    Colombia
    April 10, 2017
    Columbia
Director Biography - Kate Cheeseman

Kate Cheeseman is an award-winning director working in film and television drama. Kate was awarded a BAFTA for Pig Heart Boy and has also been awarded the Prix Danube Jury Prix, an RTS and a BMA medal for her work as well as being nominated for many other awards including an International Emmy, the Broadcast Awards and a further RTS.
What Happened to Evie is her latest short. Before that she directed a period biographical film about Caitlin Thomas wife of the poet Dylan Thomas, which screened around the world winning 10 awards including best director and best short film. Her short comedy horror Roadkiller starring Phil Davies, screened at Aesthetica Film Festival where it was chosen as one of the top 5 thrillers to see and by Double Negative as one of the highlights of the festival.
Kate is developing a number of feature films and writing a comedy screenplay. More details of her work can be found on her website.

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Director Statement

This was an amazing film to direct, partly because of the freedom of working with poetry and filming in the beautiful location it was set in, and partly because Sally is a fantastic actress. Having worked with Sally on a version of this, we had spent a lot of time rehearsing and knew what we wanted to do. We also wanted to tell something of Caitlin's story as we felt she had been demonised and wasn't the person she is always portrayed to be - the women's story. Working with these two great women, Sally and Rachael the producer and a female cinematographer gave me one of the most supportive environments I have known on a shoot. In addition, we had a great young crew many of whom were still students but who made up for experience with their incredible enthusiasm and despite the weather and struggling with tides, Wales is amazingly beautiful.