Leeds International Film Festival is returning for its 31st edition from 01 – 16 November and Screen Yorkshire is excited to be a part of it! Three films made with investment from Screen Yorkshire are screening this year, including two previews and one retrospective. We’ll also be taking part in a panel session as part of the Meet the Makers at LIFF17 strand.
When Yorkshire author David Peace wrote the extraordinary books in the Red Riding series, they seemed un-filmable. We are delighted to welcome producer Andrew Eaton who couldn’t resist the challenge and Tony Grisoni who provided the final scripts. Leeds Interntational Film Festival will also be screening the first part of the filmed trilogy which focuses on the investigation by Yorkshire Post reporter, Eddie Dunford, into the disappearance of a schoolgirl. Suspecting a serial killer, he clashes with the police who think otherwise and uncovers murky dealings amid a background of the 1970s cultural clashes. With an all star cast including Andrew Garfield, Sean Bean, Rebecca Hall, David Morrissey and Warren Clarke, Red Riding shot at various locations around West Yorkshire in 2008, with investment from Screen Yorkshire. Look out for the iconic (former) Yorkshire Post building in Leeds, Temple Newsam, Armley prison, Brudenell Social Club, Bradford’s Connaught Rooms, The National Coal Mining Museum in Wakefield and Studio 81/Leeds Independent Studios. TICKETS
Screen Yorkshire will be talking about our industry training programme ‘Skill Up’ and its ‘Yorkshire Content Fund’, that has invested in films screening at LIFF this year; Journeyman, Dark River and Red Riding, as well as productions like National Treasure, Peaky Blinders, Testament of Youth, Swallows and Amazons and Ghost Stories. ‘Skill Up’ is supported by Creative Skillset, who will be discussing their ‘Open Doors’ programme and how you can access ‘Trainee Finder’ to get that first opportunity in film or TV. Whether you’re a budding location assistant or makeup trainee, come along to hear from our panel and find out how you can access opportunities in Yorkshire and beyond. TICKETS
Acclaimed Yorkshire born director Clio Barnard (The Selfish Giant, The Arbor) returns to her home county with this emotionally charged third feature. Dark River follows estranged siblings Alice (Ruth Wilson) and Joe (Mark Stanley) in their bitter dispute over the tenancy of their family farm, a once beautiful small holding on the Yorkshire moors. Following their father’s death Alice returns home for the first time in 15 years to claim the family farm, unearthing traumatic memories that have lain dormant for years. Dark River is a Moonspun Films/Left Bank Pictures production, backed by Screen Yorkshire’s Yorkshire Content Fund. It filmed at locations including Skipton and Malham. TICKETS
Paddy Considine follows up his directorial debut Tyrannosaur with the story of a boxer rebuilding his life after a near-fatal injury. Matty Burton (Considine) is coming to the end of his boxing career and plans one last fight to secure a home for his wife (Jodie Whittaker) and baby daughter. After an epic fight with the controversial Andre Bryte, Matty collapses on his living room floor. Awaking from the coma, the real fight begins. Suffering from memory loss and with his personality altered, Matty begins to piece his life back together just as his world disintegrates. Journeyman filmed at locations including Barnsley, Sheffield and Doncaster and is produced by Inflammable Films with support from Screen Yorkshire’s Yorkshire Content Fund. TICKETS
The Leeds International Film Festival runs from Wednesday 1st November – Thursday 16th November at venues across Leeds. For the full programme and tickets, visit the film festival website.