Music and the movies come together when the sixth annual Holmfirth Film Festival gets under way.
Headlining this year’s event is much loved indie-pop band Saint Etienne, who will be playing a live soundtrack to the award-winning documentary, How We Used To Live.
Paul Kelly’s acclaimed film of colour footage of post-war London will provide the visuals for an evocative soundtrack of cool jazz and Swinging-sixties instrumentals from band members Sarah Cracknell, Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs. The band will also be playing a set of their hits, including Only Love Can Break Your Heart, You’re In A Bad Way, He’s On The Phone.
The festival, which runs from Saturday, May 16 to Friday, May 22, will include more than 60 features, documentaries and award-winning films from around the world, the UK and Yorkshire.
Festival director Stephen Dorril said: “We are all looking forward to this year’s festival. It has turned out to be good year for film and we will bringing some of the very best films to the valley. It is always a pleasure finding the gems and neglected classics and giving people – and especially children – a chance to see them.”
The festival will also include talks on films, including a session with Keighley-born Simon Beaufoy, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Slumdog Millionaire. Simon has won many awards for his hugely successful films such as The Hunger Games and Salmon Fishing In The Yemen.
The festival is also venturing into Huddersfield this year with a joint event with the Lawrence Batley Theatre. It is also putting on a full programme of films in Honley, Marsden, Hepworth, Choppards. A new venue this year is the former adult education centre, which has been specially opened and will operate as the festival’s hub.
Mr Dorril said: “The new venue gives us the opportunity to put on films, more talks and events under one roof. There are talks on the Luddities, Frank Sinatra, specific films and directors – a real mixture.
“We are also supporting Holmfirth Camera Club with an exhibition of their photographs of the valley and a celebration of their last 75 years of great photography from members. The exhibition will be open daily and should prove to be a real attraction.”
And he added: “Maybe this is also opportunity to revive this building as resource for other groups in the area.”
The festival will close with a 50th Anniversary Sing-Along with The Sound Of Music event. Tickets are already selling fast for this and other events.
The Festival brochure with full details of this year’s programme is available at www.holmfirthfilmfestival.co.uk . Tickets are available at Picturedrome.net and Holmfirth Tourist Information Office.