EXCLUSIVE: Catch Me Daddy, X+Y also among locally-shot films at the festival.

Testament of Youth

The 28th Leeds International Film Festival (Nov 5 -20) will open with period drama Testament of Youth, which leads the festival’s biggest line-up of films produced in Yorkshire.

Backed by Screen Yorkshire and filmed primarily in the region, the adaptation of Vera Brittain’s iconic First World War memoir stars Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Dominic West and Emily Watson.

Other backers on the James Kent-directed drama include BBC Films, BFI, Ingenious, Nordisk Film Production and LipSync. David Heyman and Rosie Alison produce for Heyday Films.

Cannes selection Catch Me Daddy and Toronto hit X+Y, both backed by Screen Yorkshire’s Yorkshire Content Fund, will also screen at the festival.

LIFF28’s opening night will showcase a double bill of Yorkshire-shot films with the world premiere of The Taking in the festival’s Fanomenon horror and cult film strand. The thriller is the second film from Emmerdale star Dominic Brunt.

Two notable Yorkshire figures are the subjects of features in LIFF28’s Cinema Versa documentaries strand: To Hell With Culture explores the life of the Yorkshire poet and ICA co-founder Herbert Read, and eccentric Huddersfield resident Jake Mangle Wurzle is the subject of Mr Somebody?.

The full LIFF28 programme will be revealed on Oct 3.

Sally Joynson, chief executive of Screen Yorkshire said about the festival’s strong local line-up: ”It has been an exceptional year for film making in Yorkshire, and also for Screen Yorkshire.

“Our investment fund is supporting some outstanding projects and it is exciting to see so many of them featured in major festivals across the globe, receiving such critical acclaim.

“Productions such as those showcased at this year’s LIFF are further evidence of Yorkshire’s ability to attract and deliver projects on a world class scale.”