A FILM shot largely in Bradford, starring Hollywood heavyweights Harvey Keitel and Gabriel Byrne, will have its debut screening at a world famous film festival.

Production company Bradford International Film Associates unveils its debut feature film Lies we Tell next month at London’s Leicester Square, for the Raindance Film Festival.

Described as “Northern Noir”, the thriller about loyalty and revenge in the criminal underworld was filmed in Bradford, Keighley and Leeds, using historic buildings, mills, parks, cemeteries and a pub.

Producer Andy McDermott said: “It’s a real honour to be selected for Raindance, which has a reputation for showcasing exciting new talent. We think Lies We Tell will fit in perfectly - we’ve got a terrific cast, and, behind the camera, Mitu Misra has come up with something really special for his first feature.”

Director Mitu Misra added: “Not only did this great festival debut (Dunkirk director) Christopher Nolan’s first film in the UK, it also had the UK premiere for our star Harvey Keitel’s Pulp Fiction back in 1994, so we’re in auspicious company”

As well as Oscar-nominated Harvey Keitel and Golden Globe winner Gabriel Byrne, Lies We Tell also stars Game of Thrones actor Mark Addy, Gina McKee, Toyah Willcox, Sibylla Deen and Emily Atack.

When his billionaire boss Demi (Harvey Keitel) dies, chauffeur Donald (Gabriel Byrne) is given one final job - to wipe out any evidence of Demi’s relationship with his mistress, the enigmatic, beautiful Amber. But Donald’s task soon unravels when Amber’s life is threatened, and he finds himself her reluctant protector. Unwittingly drawn into a dangerous urban underworld, he encounters dark, harrowing practices, and a sinister figure who will test him to his limits.

The film is due for release in 2018.

David Wilson, director of Bradford City of Film, said: “The producers contacted us over two years ago, and sent me the script. We supported and advised them and put forward location managers for the shoot. We worked on things like linking in with the highways department and other agencies, ensuring that filming in the district went as smoothly as possible.

“I'm really pleased it has made it to the Raindance festival - it's a very significant festival in the industry; any film shown there has a good pedigree and goes on to do well.”

Mr Wilson added: “This film is very much a Bradford-based story; it was shot at various locations in the city and Keighley, and used local extras. I look forward to its national release next year. I’m sure we’ll have a Bradford screening.

“Both this film, and the much-talked about new film God’s Own Country, shot near Haworth, are major releases and are really raising the district’s profile.”

This summer Yorkshire was named the fastest growing region for TV and film in the country. Screen Yorkshire figures revealed that the growth of the region’s film and TV industries had outstripped every other part of the UK.

Films and TV dramas shot in Bradford this year alone include Peaky Blinders (City Hall and the Midland Hotel); Gunpowder, starring Game of Thrones leading man Kit Harington (Keighley's Dalton Mills); Funny Cow, starring Maxine Peake (Saltaire and Shipley); Emmerdale, which shot court scenes at City Hall, and Gold, a new film about India’s first Olympic Gold win after Partition.