THE cameras have begun rolling on an exciting new production of Dylan Thomas’ best loved play.

Under Milk Wood is being shot in Solva over a four week period, with the harbour being one of the key filming locations.

The film stars popular Welsh and Hollywood actor Rhys Ifans who is reunited with his Twin Town director Kevin Allen, younger brother of comedian Keith Allen and uncle of pop star Lily Allen.

Both are staying locally in the village during the filming.

The film will also feature Welsh songstress Charlotte Church as well as a host of local talent.

Almost 200 people queued up at Solva Memorial Hall on May 29 for open auditions for extras. They included local refuse worker Nigel Orchard who was lucky enough to land a small role. He said: “I'm really looking forward to it.

"In the past I've been on the Weakest Link and the National Lottery In It To Win It. I was an extra in Robin Hood alongside Russell Crowe and appeared in Richard II for the BBC. They were all good fun."

Under Milk Wood will be shot in both Welsh and English, with the former being broadcast on S4C at Christmas and the latter sold for worldwide viewing.

Bruce Payne, the clerk of Solva Community Council, said: “The film offers a unique opportunity for Solva.

“The production team has selected some local people as extras who will be cast in such roles as fishermen, sailors and local village folk.

“Many local residents and local businesses will experience the financial benefits of the film and Solva Community Council hopes its legacy will help grow tourism for both Solva and Pembrokeshire."

Mr Payne added: "The film has helped build local relationships, created job opportunities over the period of filming and no doubt has the potential to inspire many young people to pursue an acting career."