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It's lights, camera for more nostalgia

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Fifties-style film poster for The Jealous God Fifties-style film poster for The Jealous God

Bingley writer John Braine drew on his upbringing in a lower middle-class Catholic family to write his fourth novel, The Jealous God.

Itwas the inspiration for a film made in and around Bradford - locations included St Bede's School where Braine had been a pupil.

The film of The Jealous God was released last autumn but there's another chance to see it with a cinema screening planned before its DVD release next month.

The DVD includes a behind-the-scenes documentary on the making of the film in Bradford, the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, Huddersfield, Halifax and Leeds. One scene, shot at Elland's Rex cinema, sees two characters watching the film Room at the Top, based on Braine's 1957 novel.

Copies of the DVD will be on sale at the Rex, the Plaza in Skipton and Keighley's Picture House.

Production company North Country Pictures this year begins shooting another film adapted from a 1960s novel, David Storey's Flight Into Camden.

The husband-and-wife team behind North Country Pictures, Steven and Julie Woodcock - who are featured in an ITV documentary on Tuesday January 31 at 7.30pm - are dedicated to producing nostalgic adaptations of classic British novels as alternatives to modern blockbusters featuring sex and violence.

The films are particularly aimed at older audiences who remember Yorkshire in the Fifties and Sixties.

"I consulted with cinema managers who confirmed what I thought - that there was a market for good solid British films that weren't nodding their hat at America, " says Huddersfield-born Steven. "I want to make films primarily for British audiences, based on the books that inspired me when I was growing up. The books that inspired the 1960s British cinema movement which reflected the kind of people I knew, shot in places I recognised.

"The Jealous God, which has done particularly well in the North, was deliberately made to resemble a 1960s film.

Its emotional style, its tone, the way it was cut, the lighting and cinematography and the period subject matter were all designed to be stylistically, even symbolically, redolent of the time when it is set."

Described as a morality tale set in a Yorkshire town in the mid-1960s, The Jealous God stars Jason Merrells as shy schoolteacher Vincent Dungarvan who battles against his strict Catholic upbringing when he falls in love with a Protestant librarian.

The conflict between sex and religion is beautifully captured as Vincent struggles against his desire, conscience and instinct. It's a striking film that recaptures a lost age, with a refreshing lack of northern whimsy.

Steven Woodcock has created a 1960s timepiece with immaculate attention to detail and the drama-documentary feel of films like Kes, with scenes shot in real houses, churches and libraries.

The cast also includes Denise Welch, dinnerladies star Andrew Dunn and Catchphrase host Roy Walker.

The Jealous God is the second film produced by North Country Pictures, the first being Between Two Women, a compelling tale of forbidden love in a 1950s mill town starring Casualty actress Barbara Marten.

Flight Into Camden author David Storey also penned This Sporting Life.

"After such a masculine novel and film, Storey turned to a feminine character with Flight Into Camden, " says Steven.

"Set in an industrial Yorkshire town during the late 1950s, it's about Margaret, a young working-class woman who falls in love with a married teacher and goes to live with him in a flat in Camden Town."

Steven will write, produce and direct the film, which will be shot in the region.

Four decades ago Flight Into Camden was almost made into a film by Ken Loach, who directed Kes.

The Jealous God is showing at the Odeon, Thornbury, on January 21. The film is released on DVD on February 20 and Between Two Women on March 13.

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