PORT Talbot’s transformation into a place of magic and myth can now be seen at home, with this week’s release of the DVD of the film adaptation of The Passion.
Now on sale, The Gospel of Us stars local boy turned film star Michael Sheen, who was raised in Baglan.
Available at local shops and online, the DVD also includes the documentary The Town Tells Its Story. It shows the making of the one-off production by National Theatre Wales and WildWorks – Port Talbot residents may even spot themselves on screen.
Meanwhile the fiction film The Gospel of Us weaves the key dramatic scenes from the three days of last year’s live theatre production The Passion into a two-hour adaptation.
Forging a coherent narrative of the many official and unofficial scenes of The Passion, the film includes scenes shot away from public performance, such as inside the prison cell where Sheen spent a night.
The film’s director David McKean used footage shot by his own film crew alongside video and mobile phone footage recorded by members of the public and even some animation.
The world premiere for the film was held in Port Talbot’s local cinema, the Apollo, on Easter Sunday earlier this year, after which it went on to be shown at cinemas nationwide.
Magnet’s own Rachel Howells attended the red carpet and paparazzi affair, and snatched a moment with the film’s director. “The film showed Port Talbot to be a magical place,” she said to McKean, to which he replied, grinning: “It is a magical place.”