POND LIFE (15) screens from April 26 and is set and filmed in South Yorkshire.

It stars Esme Creed-Miles, Angus Imrie (the lead in The Kid Who Would Be King) and other well-known actors Shaun Dooley, Siobhan Finneran, Julie Hesmondhalgh and Sally Lindsay.

Featuring great performances by a cast of rising stars, and an evocative original score by Richard Hawley, it sits alongside Billy Elliott and Brassed Off in the great British tradition of films about post-industrial communities.

It’s summertime 1994 in a quiet ex-mining village, and a rumour stirs around town about the legend of a giant carp in the nearby Decoy Ponds.

One night at the edge of the water, Trevor thinks he’s seen something and so he decides to lead a brigade of his young friends and neighbours on one final fishing expedition.

In a world of broken families, cassette tapes, young love and rumbling political fever, these friends, each with their own struggles to bear, share a night they will never forget.

Pond Life had its world premiere at the Leeds Film Festival in the November of last year.

We are seeing more and more films set and filmed in and around Yorkshire, which is fantastic as it has resulted in some brilliant films, so I hope all of you that love local-based films get the opportunity to pop down to the Picture House to see this one.

Our next broadcast from the Royal Opera House is David McVicar’s wonderfully theatrical production of the much-loved opera Faust, which will be showing on April 30 staring at 6.45pm.

Disillusioned with life, the aged philosopher named Faust calls upon Satan to help him.

The devil Méphistophélès appears and strikes a bargain with the philosopher: he will give him youth and the love of the beautiful Marguerite, if Faust will hand over his soul.

Faust agrees, and Méphistophélès arranges matters so that Marguerite loses interest in her suitor Siébel and becomes infatuated with Faust.

Tickets are £15 for adults and £12 for children and pensioners. Tickets are available from our website.

It’s just been non-stop with the family films so far this year but who’s complaining? We have had some fantastic movies so far in 2019 but there are loads more to come.

A Dog’s Journey (U) hits the big screens from May 3, and is the sequel to the heart-warming global hit A Dog’s Purpose.

Beloved dog Bailey finds his new destiny and forms an unbreakable bond that will lead him, and the people he loves, to places they never imagined.

The next biographical drama released in cinemas is Tolkien (12a), which is available to watch at cinemas from May 3.

As a young student, JRR Tolkien finds love, friendship and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts.

These early life experiences soon inspire Tolkien to write the classic fantasy novels The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

Both The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings are two of my favourite film trilogies, so I am interested to see the story behind the genius mind that created some of the big screen’s most loved characters.