would now seem to be THE popular place to make films. Gibson Mill
at Hardcastle Crags was recently transformed into the grim Dotheboys
Hall for a big-screen version of the Dickens classic, Nicholas
Nickleby. Oscar winner Jim Broadbent, Juliet Stevenson and Jamie
'Billy Eliot' Bell are amongst the actors involved in the project.
best-known film of recent years to feature Halifax was very definitely
set in South Yorkshire - in Brassed Off the Grimley Colliery Brass
Band, with a little help from members of the real-life Grimethorpe
Band, travel to Halifax's Piece Hall to take part in the regional
heats of the national brass band competition. Star Tara Fitzgerald
certainly did not hide her feelings about Grimethorpe but we have
no idea what she thought of Halifax.The Piece Hall has featured
in many other films over the years including The Dresser and Room
At The Top.
Coleman as Jess in Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit
1979 film Yanks, starring Richard Gere (below) and Vanessa Redgrave
filmed at Southowram Bank and the 1991 version of Wuthering Heights
also used Shibden Hall as a location.
has featured in many television productions, including the long-running
cop series Juliet Bravo and Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, the
drama series based on the award-winning novel by Jeanette Winterson
telling the story of a young girl raised ina repressive Pentecostal
home by an over-powering mother. When Jess, the girl, leaves the
fire and brimstone of home at the age of 16 she falls in love
with a young woman. The part of Jess was played by the actress
Charlotte Coleman (below) who died suddenly in 2001.
crews have also been in Todmorden to film a new series of The
League Of Gentlemen.
of the most memorable of the dramas filmed for the small screen
ove the years is A Day Out, made in 1972 and written by Yorkshire's
very own Alan Bennett. It features a group of cyclists (top) who
in 1911 leave the soot and smoke of Halifax behind them to go
for a day's bike ride in the country. One of the cylists finds
it difficult to keep up because of a disability. At the end of
the film this cyclist visits a war memorial inscibed with the
names of his fellow cyclists.
to be screened on BBC1 in the autumn is a major new drama series,
filmed around Hebden Bridge and set in present day Yorkshire,
but based on Emile Bronte's Wuthering Heights. Sparkhouse is written
by Sally Wainwright of At Home with the Braithwaites fame and
stars Sarah Smart, Joe McFadden, Alun Armstrong, Celia Imrie and
Nicholas Farell. This, however, is the classic tale with a twist
- the roles of Cathy and Heathcliff are reversed.