Audiences to vote for the movie they want to see

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An unusually democratic cinema screening is likely to take place during the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival on Thursday July 2 at 7.30pm, when, after a talk in the Town Hall, the audience will have an opportunity to vote for the film that they most want to see.

The event is a rare opportunity to see and hear 95 year old Lois Smith, local artist and resident of the town, who is going to talk about how in 1948 in Wakefield she produced the very first film made by then unknown director Lindsay Anderson.

He went on to direct ‘The Whales in August’ with Bette Davis and Lilian Gish, in her last screen performance, and ‘This Sporting Life’, by Yorkshire writer David Storey.

Both films have been granted a licence for screening and, after listening to Lois talk about working with the ground-breaking director, the audience will get the chance to vote for the film they most want to see - an idea suggested by local film-maker Nick Wilding.