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Hopkins backs fledgling festival

Sir Anthony Hopkins and Richard Burton
Sir Anthony Hopkins said Richard Burton, whose film debut The Last Days of Dolwyn is being screened at the festival, was a "great inspiration" to him

Sir Anthony Hopkins has sent a personal message of support to a fledgling film festival launching in north Wales.

The Oscar-winner said he was thrilled Denbigh Film Festival will honour his all-time hero Richard Burton by showing his film debut The Last Days of Dolwyn.

Hopkins said he would "encourage everyone" to "celebrate and honour the great legend that is Richard Burton."

The festival starts at Theatr Twm o'r Nant in Denbigh on Friday and also celebrates 100 years of Welsh cinema.

Also being shown is a 1962 film about the poet Dylan Thomas, which Burton narrated.

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Source: Denbigh Film Festival

Burton was born in Pontrhydyfen, near Port Talbot, where Sir Anthony was raised.

In his message to festival organisers Hopkins said: "Richard Burton was a great inspiration to me when I started out as a young actor.

"I am delighted that his first film, The Last Days of Dolwyn, is being screened.

"His talent and star quality were immediately apparent.

"I send my very best wishes for a wonderful festival and I would like to encourage everyone to continue to celebrate and honour the great legend that is Richard Burton."

It is 60 years since The Last Days of Dolwyn was released and 25 years since Burton died.

Festival chairperson Vesi Jones said: "It is fantastic that Sir Anthony has taken the time and trouble to send his personal best wishes to us.

"We will also be honouring another Welsh great, Meredydd Edwards, and showing the 1949 film classic, A Run for your Money, in which he starred."

The festival runs from Friday 16 October to Sunday 18 October.



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