Five Yorkshire films showing at BFI London Film Festival

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by Stephen Chapman

Five films supported by Screen Yorkshire have made the cut for next month’s BFI London Film Festival.

The productions include Clio Barnard’s Dark River, Paddy Considine’s Journeyman, Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman’s Ghost Stories, John Cameron Mitchell's How To Talk To Girls At Parties and Mohamed Al Daradji’s The Journey.

All these were part-funded by the Yorkshire Content Fund.

In total 242 feature films will run over the 12 days, with 29 world premieres, 8 international premieres and 34 European premieres.

Dark River is one of 8 special presentations and stars Ruth Wilson (The Affair, Saving Mr Banks), Mark Stanley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Sean Bean (Lord of the Rings). It was shot on location near Skipton and is produced by Moonspun Films.

Ghost Stories is a remake of the hit London stage play. Nyman plays Phillip Goodman, an academic and professional sceptic out to debunk claims of the supernatural , but when he stumbles across a long lost file containing three unsolved cases of the Occult, his whole belief system – not to mention his sanity – is thrown into question. Made by Warp Films in Sheffield, it was filmed in Leeds, Saltaire, Hornsea and Harrogate.

Journeyman has its world premiere at the festival. Jodie Whittaker stars alongside Considine in the film, which is produced by Diarmid Scrimshaw for Inflammable Films. It was filmed in Sheffield, Barnsley and Doncaster.

A-list actor, Nicole Kidman appears alongside Elle Fanning and Alex Sharp in How To Talk To Girls At Parties, which was partly filmed in Sheffield.

Finally, Iraqi filmmaker Mohamed Jabarah Al-Daradji’s The Journey, is a thought provoking thriller that tackles what might just be the final moments of a potential suicide bomber’s life. Produced by Isabelle Stead for Leeds based Human Film, the Iraqi co-production received development funding from Screen Yorkshire.