Thomas bio will open Edinburgh


John Maybury's "The Edge of Love" will open this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Maybury's biopic of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas should lend the event some glitz and glamour, with cast members Keira Knightley, Sienna Miller, Matthew Rhys and Cillian Murphy expected to attend the June 18 gala.

"It's a film that I personally adore, and opening with it is the perfect expression of our commitment to intelligent, impassioned, exciting new filmmaking," festival artistic director Hannah McGill said Wednesday.

Maybury's drama of the two women Dylan loved is produced by Rebekah Gilbertson and Sarah Radclyffe and co-produced by Huw Penallt Jones and Bill Godfrey.

This year's Edinburgh event marks the first time it will unfold in June. After a long history of running in August, the festival runs June 18- 29.