Small Town on the Big Screen: The Edge of Love and the Local Experience

Merris Griffiths

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In May 2007, The Edge of Love (Dir: John Maybury) was filmed in the small town of New Quay in Ceredigion, West Wales. The film recounts the time that Dylan Thomas lived in the town, with an emphasis on the relationship between the two women in his life. As such, it has a very particular local ‘value’. In July 2008, the film was screened for one night only for a locals-only audience at the town’s ‘cinema’. This article recounts the filming activities and presents a snap-shot of the screening event by mapping audience responses to the text.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbern/a
Pages (from-to)403- 430
Number of pages28
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 24 Nov 2009


  • The Edge of Love
  • local audience
  • local cinema
  • meaning-making
  • participation
  • Dylan Thomas


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