Hebden Bridge to host special screening of Sally Wainwright’s Bronte drama

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Hebden Bridge will host a special preview screening of a new drama about the Bronte family.

It will be shown on BBC One later this year but people in Yorkshire can watch a preview of the programme, and hear from the writer and director Sally Wainwright, at the Hebden Bridge Picture House on December 13.

To Walk Invisible was filmed in locations across Yorkshire over summer. The Bronte family lived at the parsonage in Haworth, but had many connections with Calderdale, and their home was recreated for the BBC drama on a hill overlooking the town.

Wainwright, who was born and brought up in the Calder Valley, is a Bronte enthusiast.

She said: “I am honoured the BBC asked me to bring to life this fascinating family in a story set in the heart of West Yorkshire, a place which means so much to me.

“This is such an exciting and ambitious project. Something about the lives of these three brilliant, talented Yorkshire women seems to touch people at a very deep level.

“I was absolutely determined to give people in Yorkshire a chance to see To Walk Invisible before everyone else because the Bronte sisters are such an important part of the county’s culture and heritage.

“I also wanted to thank all those people in Yorkshire who were so helpful while we were filming and who contributed to the film. I hope lots of people will join us for the screening.”

The evening will be hosted by BBC Radio 5 live presenter Anna Foster, who will interview Sally Wainwright and executive producer Faith Penhale at the start of the screening.

Members of the cast are expected to attend too.

It stars Jonathan Pryce (Wolf Hall, Game of Thrones) as the Bronte sisters’ father Patrick. Emily Bronte, author of Wuthering Heights, is played by Chloe Pirrie (An Inspector Calls, War & Peace). Finn Atkins (Vera, Common) plays older sister Charlotte, author of Jane Eyre. Charlie Murphy (The Last Kingdom, Happy Valley) plays younger sister Anne, who wrote Agnes Grey and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Their brother Branwell is played by Adam Nagaitis (Banished, Happy Valley).

Tickets can be requested through the BBC’s shows and tours website here: www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours/shows/to_walk_invisible_13dec16