AUDIENCES have defied the critics and voted a movie based in Yorkshire a big hit.
They've flocked to see The Jealous God at Elland's Rex cinema.
Screen bosses are retaining it for another week because of its success.
It's sweet news for director Steven Woodcock after some savage reviews in national newspapers.
Steven, 44, who went to Newsome High School and Greenhead College, said: "There's a bit of a north-south divide with these critics.
"Many of them are not of the right social class to understand it.
"They'd rather see some dreary film from Iran than an enjoyable British film."
The Jealous God, based on a 1964 novel by John Braine, features location shots in Huddersfield, Keighley, Leeds, Halifax and at the Rex cinema itself.
Steven, whose wife Julie was executive producer, said he was pleased with the audience reaction.
He said: "It was made for the British people, not the critics, and it's gone down well with its target.
"It's a gripping film, well made, well acted and an enjoyable 90 minutes.
"I say that as a rational, level-headed person - not just because I made it."
The Jealous God opened on 44 screens nationwide last Friday after its premiere at the Rex.
Charles Morris, who runs the Rex, said: "It's done a lot better than other films we have shown recently.
"Audiences seem to have enjoyed it."