Bradford, the first World City of Film, is being given an image boost by the artistic director of the city’s International Film Festival.
Movie photographs from Tony Earnshaw’s own archive are to be displayed at the Cedar Court Hotel in the next eight months.
The first print, from the 1959 movie of John Braine’s Room at the Top, was formally unveiled by Mr Earnshaw in one of 20 executive rooms to be opened between now and October.
Starring Laurence Harvey, much of Room at the Top was shot in Bradford, including the Undercliffe branch of Bradford Library and Cartwright Hall.
The next photograph will be an image from the Oscar-winning The King’s Speech, which was partly shot in Bradford. The film crew stayed at Cedar Court during filming and were joined for a drink on one occasion by actor Colin Firth, whose role as King George VI won him a Best Actor Academy Award.
Each of the 20 images will be accompanied by a commentary from Mr Earnshaw, who said: “I was part of the project team that helped achieve City of Film designation, so I’m thrilled to be collaborating with Cedar Court in promoting the project.
“The work achieved so far is merely the start of a project to underline where the city is going in terms of film.”
Fiona Daniel, Cedar Court’s business development manager, said: “It is vital that local businesses get involved and support the programme so we can show the world what a culturally-rich city Bradford is.”
UNESCO City of Film status was announced at the National Media Museum in June, 2009.