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Wuthering Heights Opens Leeds Film Fest

Heathcliffe and Cathy set the stage

Written by . Published on September 16th 2011.

Wuthering Heights Opens Leeds Film Fest

The latest adaptation of Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights will be the opening gala screening as the Leeds International Film Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary.

The much-anticipated new version of the classic novel set in Yorkshire. and filmed on the North Yorkshire Moors. will open the 18-day festival at Leeds Town Hall on Thursday 3 November.

Tickets for the UK’s biggest film festival held outside London are now on sale, with this year’s event boasting more than 300 films from around the world. 

The film which stars Leeds newcomer James Howson as Heathcliff and Kaya Scodelario, star of hit television drama ‘Skins’, as Cathy, has already been hailed as ‘stunning’ and ‘groundbreaking’ by film critics, and picked up the prize for Best Cinematography at last week’s prestigious Venice Film Festival.

The film directed by BAFTA award-winning filmmaker Andrea Arnold will be looking to follow the success of last year’s premiere, ‘The King’s Speech’, which was given an exclusive screening at Leeds Town Hall and went on to win four Oscars and seven BAFTAs.

Tickets for the UK’s biggest film festival held outside London are now on sale, with this year’s event boasting more than 300 films from around the world. The full programme for the festival will be announced at Leeds Town Hall as part of ‘Light Night’ on Friday 7 October, with a free preview screening taking place.

Organiser Leeds City Council has already revealed Paul Merton will be one of the big-name guests appearing at this year’s festival which runs from Thursday 3 November to Sunday 20 November.

The comedian, writer and television star will be presenting a night devoted to silent film comedy genius at Leeds Town Hall on Wednesday 9 November.

Other highlights already announced include the popular horror-themed Fanomenon Night of the Dead XI which returns on Saturday 5 November at its regular haunt, Hyde Park Picture House as well as Fanomenon Day of the Dead 5 at the newly-reopened City Varieties.


Comicbooks, graphic novels, gaming and storyboarding are also celebrated with the return of the fifth Thought Bubble Festival at Saviles Hall and Royal Armouries Hall on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 November.

 “Leeds International Film Festival is a hugely popular annual highlight in the city and Wuthering Heights is sure to be another fantastic opening gala,” says Leeds City Council executive member for leisure Councillor Adam Ogilvie.



“The film is the perfect choice to launch this year’s festival as it also represents the exciting growth of film culture in the Yorkshire region with Leeds at its heart.”


Tickets for Wuthering Heights and the Leeds International Film Festival including Film Festival Passes are now on sale at the City Centre Box Office at The Carriageworks off Millennium Square, over the telephone (0113 224 3801), and online (www.leedsfilm.com).


The 25th Leeds International Film Festival is presented by Leeds City Council and funded by the MEDIA Programme of the European Union, the British Film Institute and Screen Yorkshire.

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