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Tuesday, 10 April 2012

People in Hebden Royd are being invited to attend a gala celebration of the transfer of Hebden Bridge Picture House.

Fanny and ElvisOn April 1, ownership of the cinema formally handed over  to Hebden Royd Town Council from Calderdale MBC.

And on Sunday April 22 to mark the occasion the Picture House will be  screening Fanny And Elvis – made in Hebden Bridge in 1998.

The film’s writer Kay Mellor and her daughter, Gaynor Faye, who starred in the film and is now an Emmerdale regular, will be joining other special guests at the Picture House.

And tickets are now on sale at £8 each (£7 for concessions)

Chair of the Picture House Committee Susan Press told the Hebden Bridge Web: ”It’s going to be a great night for everyone and we’re thrilled Kay and Gaynor will be there as well as everyone who has contributed to making this happen.

Ray Winstone and Kerry Fox

“The night will also be a chance for the many local folk who appeared as extras in the film to remember what was a very  special time for all of us.”

Ticket prices will include a hot drink, cake and popcorn and people who want to don posh frocks  and tuxedos for the occasions are welcome to do so.

The Screening is  also part of the Bradford International Film Festival.

Tickets can be booked at the Picture House box office, or via the National Media Museum Box Office on 0844 856 3797.

Hebden Royd’s three favourite films  - Pulp Fiction, Local Hero and Brief Encounter – are also being screened during April and May.

More details from Town Clerk Jason Boom on 01422 842181


Sunday Market for "Fanny and Elvis"
Sunday, October 4, 1998


"On Tuesday, hundreds signed up at the Trades Club for the opportunity to be extras in Fanny and Elvis, a feature film shortly to be shot in Hebden Bridge. The film, a romantic comedy on the theme of a woman writer anxious to conceive while there is still time, has been written by Kay Mellor of "Band of Gold " fame." Hebden Bridge Web, 17th September 1998

We live in exciting times. Milltown has been chosen as a location for a feature film called Fanny & Elvis. When the producer advertised for extras, queues of hopefuls stretched all around the block. With Milltown being a haven for unusual fashion statements, most people seemed to think they were auditioning for the next Mad Max movie. Wounded Man turned up, in the overly optimistic hope that the producer would take one look at him and say: "Yes, yes ... Just what we we're looking for: a bloke with a careworn expression and grey, straggly hair. Send everyone else home". From View from the Bridge, episode 78 by John Morrison.

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