Hebden Bridge Film Festival 22nd-24th March 2019

Hebden Bridge Film Festival 22nd-24th March 2019

Hebden Bridge Film festival (HBFF) is delighted to announce that actress Maxine Peake is their new patron.

Hebden Bridge is to host the Calder Valley’s first international film festival, running from March 22nd – 24th 2019 at the Hebden Bridge Picture House and the Hebden Bridge Town Hall. The festival theme is “The Other”, fitting for the long history of non-conformism in the valley. HBFF will show a program of exciting new films from the UK and around the world with Q and A’s, Film Industry workshops and panel discussions.

“We are absolutely thrilled to announce Maxine Peake as our Patron. Her enormous contribution to film, television and theatre as an actress, writer, and director has made her a national treasure. Her commitment to social justice and her northern roots make her a perfect fit for the Hebden Bridge Film Festival.” - LOUISE WADLEY, HBFF DIRECTOR

Since her debut in Victoria’s Wood’s Dinner Ladies Maxine Peake has become one of the nation’s favourite actors. Over the years she has appeared in an extraordinary range of work: See No Evil: The Moors Murders, Red Riding, Little Dorrit, Henry IV, The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister, and BAFTA nominated dramas Silk, The Village, and Shameless. Peake gave an extraordinary performance in her portrayal of social worker Sara Rowbotham in Three Girls, the drama based on the Rochdale sex abuse scandal. More recently audiences loved her in Funny Cow and Mike Leigh’s Peterloo.

Not content with acting and directing, Maxine is also a talented scriptwriter and her first radio play Beryl: A Love Story on Two Wheels, broadcast on BBC Radio 4 was nominated for a Sony Radio Award. She later adapted it into a stage play, which received rave reviews at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. Maxine is presently filming the lead role of Hillsborough Campaigner, Anne Williams in a new TV series called Anne. Her debut as a film director, the short Time Away, premiered at the BFI London Film Festival.

Festival passes are already on sale, at www.hebdenbridgefilmfestival.org/ and the full program will be announced in February.

“Hebden Bridge Picture House is excited to partner with HBFF to bring the first international film festival to the Valley. We have wanted a Film Festival for some time now and can’t wait to see the diverse array of entertaining and challenging films it will bring to our audiences”. REBKAH FOZARD, MANAGER, HEBDEN BRIDGE, PICTURE HOUSE.

 “We are delighted to be a partner on the first Hebden Bridge Film Festival next March. The Town Hall will be a unique hub for filmmakers, film audiences and the general public during the festival.” GRAHAM MYNOTT, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, HEBDEN BRIDGE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

Published at 10 Dec 2018