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Tykes, camera, action!

Wed, 18 Apr 2012 09:14:00 BST

Students see how Yorkshire has been filmed over the decades and now stage their own mini-festival

Yorkshire in the Movies

HISTORY students at the University of Huddersfield have been training their lens on Yorkshire to find out what a sequence of classic movies can tell us about the county and its people.

And the exercise – for a second-year module named ‘Hands on History’ – proved so successful that the group decided to stage their own mini-film festival.

Named ‘Yorkshire in the Movies’, the triple-bill of films will be screened on Wednesday 25 April, with all University staff and students invited to attend.

Filmgoers will be able to relive the bittersweet plight of redundant Sheffield workers in the 1990s, forming a male striptease troupe in ‘The Full Monty’.  Also, the gritty drama of a boy and his kestrel in the Ken Loach’s 1969 classic ‘Kes’, set in a tough mining community.  A different note will be struck by a screening of the rarely-seen 1949 film version of the North Yorkshire-set children’s classic ‘The Secret Garden’.

One of the history student team behind the Yorkshire in the Movies festival is Dan Wetton.  “We have really enjoyed the project and films are an excellent historical source,” he said.  “They tell you all about the period in which they were set and they show you how Yorkshire people have changed over the years.”

Dan explained that Hands on History students were formed into three groups and each was offered a choice of films to watch and study.  ‘The Secret Garden’, ‘Kes’ and ‘The Full Monty’ were the movies chosen.  When it was decided to mount the ‘Yorkshire in the Movies’ event, the students were given special tasks and some of them have been selected to introduce the films prior to screening.  A Hollywood-style film poster has been created by student Matt Readman.

The screening starts at 10am on 25 April and the event takes place in the Green Room of the University’s Journalism and Media Building.  Film fans can watch all of the films or make a selection.

Hands on History module leader Dr Janette Martin said: “Using film as a window into the past allows students to consider both the historical context in which movies were created and the techniques used by directors to convey historical periods and places.  I’ve been delighted by the enthusiasm and teamwork which has made ‘Yorkshire in the Movies’ such a success.”

  • Doors open at 10am.  After introductions, ‘Kes’ (110 minutes) is introduced and screened at 10.20am; lunch break is at 12.15pm; ‘The Secret Garden’ (93 minutes) is screened at 1.10pm;  ‘The Full Monty’ (91 minutes) is screened at 3.15pm.
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