Actress Jessica Gunning is returning home to Holmfirth to introduce a screening of the box office smash hit Pride at the Picturedrome in Holmfirth.

At a special matinee screening on Sunday, January 18, at 2.30pm the former Holmfirth High School student will be talking about her role in the film which has proved to be a crowd pleaser with audiences all around the world.

Pride tells the true story of how a group of lesbian and gay activists joined forces with a small Welsh mining community in 1984 in a year battle with the Thatcher government.

Jessica played the real life Sian James, the wife of one of the miners. She was prominent during the strike speaking on behalf of the miners and the gay supporters and went on to become Labour MP for Swansea.

The heart-warming film was nominated for a Golden Globe and is shortlisted for best film at the British Independent Film awards and the prestigious BAFTAS.

See Jessica's career in pictures so far below.

 

Stephen Dorril, Director of the Holmfirth Film Festival, which is putting on the screening, said: “The festival always tries to celebrate local talent and it is a real pleasure to have Jessica come back to her home town to talk about the film. It illustrates the great talent that is around the Holme Valley and Huddersfield.

It may not seem the centre of the film industry but we keep discovering more and more people who make a real contribution, whether it is acting, film production, photography or even direction.

It is encouraging to see Jessica’s success and see what can be achieved. She’s looking forward to seeing friends and she will be around to talk to those who also have the acting bug.”

Watch the trailer for Pride below.

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This year will be a busy one for Jessica with roles in the film The Woman in Red and a new television series, Fortitude.

Screenings on Sunday, January 18 are the 2.30pm matinee and then at 7.30pm.

Tickets are available from Holmfirth Tourist Information Office and online at picturedrome.net

The festival will run from May 23 to May 30 – but organisers put on a film one Sunday a month.

Further details www.holmfirthfilmfestival.co.uk