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Denshaw Village Cinema films

Denshaw Village Cinema has announced its line up of films for the next few months.

The Book Thief will be showing on August 9 2014.

Holmfirth Film Festival builds on previous success

This year’s Film Festival builds on the success of the last four years with an exciting programme of 80 films and documentaries from around the world and the UK, screened in the historic Picturedrome and a dozen different venues throughout the Holme Valley, plus a range of innovative events.

Festival Director Stephen Dorril said: ‘This year sees a major expansion in the number of films were are screening. We are catering for lots of different interests and groups. We want […]

Borough rolls out the red carpet!

Dobcross Square used in the movie ‘Yanks’

TV and film crews have been saying ‘Hooray for Hollinwood’ and ‘Yanks for the memories’ after choosing the borough as a location for a string of productions.

Over the coming months residents should keep their eyes peeled as some well-known local landmarks and faces appear on our screens.

The BBC recently filmed parts of a new drama series around Hollinwood and Failsworth.

The Driver stars Award-winning actor David Morrissey and former Coronation […]

Denshaw Village Cinema: New films announced

Denshaw Village Hall

Denshaw Village Cinema has released information about films they will be showing between January and April 2014.

They were chosen at a Film Selection Party of regular patrons which was held at the beginning of December and represent the best of the best of recent films.

There will be two showings of each film – at 6.00pm and 8.15pm and refreshments with hot and cold drinks, wines and beers being available 30 minutes before each […]

Filming For BBC Documentary At Saddleworth School

Saddleworth's Guitar Group. (picture: Andy Housely/Saddleworth School)

Film-makers from award-winning local company Bigger Picture have been in action at Saddleworth School this week.

The Saddleworth-and-Manchester-based firm recorded youngsters from the Saddleworth Guitar Group playing Somewhere Over The Rainbow, for a forthcoming BBC documentary.

The guitar group initially caught the eye of John Mathews, Uppermill resident and producer of the programme, to be called Madness On Wheels.

John told Saddleworth News: “I thought it might make a great end to […]

Lees Community Film Project

Residents of Lees and nearby places, including Springhead, are being asked for their memories of the area for a new community film project, which has been commissioned by Oldham’s libraries.

There’s more information about the initiative in a statement sent to Saddleworth News by the council, which I’ve reproduced below.

HAVE YOU LIVED in Lees all your life? Have you just moved into the area and have something to share? Do you have vivid memories of the place from yesteryear […]

Holmfirth Film Festival Starts This Weekend

The second annual Holmfirth Film Festival opens on Saturday. There’s a packed programme of movies to enjoy at venues across the town until it ends a week on Sunday.

The festival starts at 2pm tomorrow at the Picturedrome with a double-bill of children’s films, French classic The Red Balloon and Oscar-nominated The Secret of Kells.

Another highlight of the festival’s opening weekend comes on Sunday, when local artist Ashley Jackson presents his favourite film, Brassed Off, which was partly […]

Watch The Latest Award-Winning Film From The Oldham College

An up-and-coming movie maker from The Oldham College has won a prestigious award. James Thompson picked up Best Director for his short film Chain of Events at the Clapperboard Awards, held at the Lowry in Salford on Tuesday night.

To watch the film, click on the box above!

The annual awards ceremony celebrates the achievements of young talent from across the north of England and the Midlands. Top TV drama writer Paul Abbott was among the judges, and he […]

Help Wanted For Saddleworth Film

Two former Saddleworth School pupils are making a movie, and are asking for help. Producer Seth Elkins and writer and actor Sophie Mercer are currently in the pre-production stages of the film, Keeping Secrets.

Sophie’s almost finished the movie’s script, and once that’s done they’ll be appealing for people to audition for some of the roles. They’re also keen for suggestions as to locations in our area which could be used for filming.

The film will follow the story […]

Holmfirth Film Festival Begins

The Holmfirth Film Festival starts today. There’s a week of events in store including movie screenings and talks, some of which are free.

Much of the festival takes place at the Picturedrome, and this afternoon between 2pm and 5pm is hosts a free festival launch party. Later tonight there’s a red carpet event with a screening of a short film by Huddersfield director Adam Wimpenny, before a showing of 1960 classic Saturday Night and Sunday Morning.

Among the attractions later […]

Holmfirth Film Festival Programme Revealed

A day dedicated to the life and career of Huddersfield-born Hollywood star James Mason forms the centrepiece of next month’s Holmfirth Film Festival. The full programme of events has now been revealed by the festival’s organisers.

The festival runs for a week from Saturday 22 May, and begins with a red carpet premiere for a short film by local director Adam Wimpenny, to be followed by a screening of 1960 classic Saturday Night and Sunday Morning.

“James Mason Day” is […]

Yanks: What The Critics Said

I moved to Dobcross earlier this year, and this week I finally got around to watching the movie Yanks. As just about everyone around here knows, it’s the World War II film starring Richard Gere which was shot partly on location in the village in the late 1970s.

Here on Saddleworth News I’m going to be doing an occasional series of articles about the film, and the people who made it. If you’ve got any memories […]

Entries Required For Short Film Competition

The first Holmfirth Film Festival takes place in May, and aspiring film-makers have the chance to enter a short film competition. Organisers say they want “quirky and individual” films inspired by the people and places of the Holme Valley.

There are two categories, one for ten-minute films and the other for shorts of just 60 seconds, which you can even shoot using your mobile phone if you like. The contest is free to enter and the closing date is 23 […]