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City premiere for Dahl's classic
Roald Dahl
Roald Dahl was born in Llandaff, Cardiff
The film based on Cardiff-born author Roald Dahl's classic children's tale Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has had its Welsh premiere on Sunday.

The event took place at Cardiff's UGC cinema at 1715 BST with a satellite link-up to the London premiere.

A host of the film's stars including Johnny Depp who plays Willy Wonka were expected to attend Leicester Square.

Born in Llandaff, Cardiff, Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in 1964.

Dahl's quirky and darkly funny tales made him a popular children's author with books including the Big Friendly Giant, James and the Giant Peach and The Witches.

'Sort of foreboding'

He wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - the story of Charlie Bucket's trip to the fantastic factory of sweet inventor Willy Wonka - after his schoolboy experience as a chocolate taster.

The tale would go on to sell 13.7 million copies in 32 languages.

Six years after Dahl's death in 1990 work began on the process of vetting actors and writing screenplays for the second Charlie and the Chocolate Factory film.

The first starred Gene Wilder as the eccentric sweet creator and Dahl was said to be disappointed with this 1971 version.

Johnny Depp in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Tim Burton said that his adaptation would be dark and sinister

It was finally decided Tim Burton would direct Johnny Depp in the new 86m movie.

Burton soon declared this his version would be darker than the original 1971 movie feature with "a sort of foreboding".

"Very sinister things are very much a part of childhood," he said.

As well as Edward Scissorhands star Depp, the film also stars Helena Bonham Carter, James Fox and Christopher Lee.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is out on general release on 29 July.

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