Page last updated at 17:30 GMT, Thursday, 9 April 2009 18:30 UK

Director plans Twin Town sequel

Twin Town film poster
The film was premiered in Swansea in 1997

The director of cult 1990s black comedy Twin Town is aiming to reunite some of the cast for a follow-up he is writing.

Set and filmed in Swansea the original told the story of twin brothers and their quest for violent revenge against their father's boss.

Directed by Kevin Allen it starred Rhys Ifans, his real life brother Llyr and a host of Welsh character actors.

Allen, who grew up in Swansea, said he felt the time was right to revisit some of the characters and the city.

"I would say it's a follow-up. It's Swansea 12 years on," he said.

"I've changed and the city has changed - the landscape has changed a lot. It seems like the right time."

He said he had spoken to the Ifans brothers and they were keen to revisit their roles.

"Bringing the twins back is the obvious continuum. They are both well up for it."

He said he and his writing partner Paul Durden had yet to sit down and start the script but he had some ideas of where he wanted the characters to go.

In the original, the twins were prolific car thieves at a time when joyriding was a major problem in Swansea.

I did not direct a film to have a go at a city, it's just set in Swansea
Kevin Allen

Released in 1997, it was compared by some reviewers to Trainspotting as both shared liberal use of expletives and featured drug-taking petty criminals in the lead roles.

Some people attacked the film for that portrayal of Swansea.

Film finance

"I did not direct a film to have a go at a city, it's just set in Swansea," added Allen.

"It could have been set anywhere."

He said it would again be shot in the city and he would also like to film in neighbouring Llanelli.

Following its release, stars Ifans and Dougray Scott went on to become established Hollywood names while Allen, brother of Robin Hood actor Keith and uncle to pop singer Lily, helmed bigger budget films such as Agent Cody Banks 2.

Although it took just over £700,000 at the UK box-office Twin Town found a much larger audience on video and DVD.

Allen said finance for the follow-up was in place.

"We have the money to write it and then we'll go and make it," he added.

Print Sponsor

Festival reunites cult film cast
31 Mar 07 |  South West Wales

Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific