A film involving Bradford people in front of the camera and behind the scenes has taken top awards at the world’s leading international independent film festival.
Tyrannosaur, written and directed by actor Paddy Considine, was co-funded by regional film agency Screen Yorkshire, which also provided locations and crew.
The cast includes young Bradford actor Samuel Bottomley, a member of Buttershaw St Paul’s Amateur Operatic Dramatic Society, and the location manager was Danny Burraway, who runs the Bingley-based Inflatable Crowd Company UK, which provides 3D models for movies.
Shot in Leeds and Wakefield, Tyrannosaur is the story of Joseph, a man plagued by a violent rage. As his life spirals into turmoil, a chance of redemption appears in the form of a Christian charity shop worker but she is hiding a secret which has a devastating effect on their lives.
At the Sundance Film Festival, it won the World Cinema Directing Award and the World Cinema Special Jury Prizes for its stars, Olivia Colman and Peter Mullan.
It is the latest film with district connections to receive awards. Both The King’s Speech, partly filmed at Odsal stadium, and The Arbor, shot on Buttershaw estate, have received multiple nominations and awards while Keighley’s Simon Beaufoy has also been nominated for a Bafta and an Oscar.
Tyrannosaur, due for release this autumn, was produced on Warp Films’ low-budget feature initiative Warp X, which supports emerging film talent.
The awards success comes as Screen Yorkshire undertakes redundancy consultation with 15 of its 19 staff.
Head of production Hugo Heppell said: “We are thrilled at the success of Tyrannosaur at the Sundance Film Festival. This unflinching, wonderful film, part of Screen Yorkshire’s long-term commitment to film made through its investment in Warp X, takes its place alongside The Arbor and The King’s Speech among the most lauded films of the year, and shows that film is still very much alive in Yorkshire despite these difficult times.”