Leeds nostalgia: Festival film shows city’s glory days

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Yorkshire Film Archive has scoured some of the thousands of hours of archive footage in its vaults to produce a remarkable video showing the glory days of Leeds.

The remarkable film shows Children’s Day at Roundhay Park, Leeds United under Don Revie, trams running through the streets and pedestrians in bowler hats striding confidently through the city.

The three minute long film - available to watch on the Yorkshire Evening Post website - #GloryDaysFestival - will be shown as part of the 29th Leeds International Film Festival Free Cinema Week, which is taking place at venues across the city.

Graham Relton, YFA archive manager, said: “If you love Leeds, then come and indulge in a one-off opportunity to see an amazing mix of archive film made in and about the city over the past century – the people, places, major events and everyday lives captured on film over the decades. From the kids at Ellerby Lane School and the huge Children’s Day events in Roundhay Park, the glory days of Leeds United in the 1970s, through to the 1980s planning controversies of Leeds Market and so much more. All of this is captured on film to help remind us what makes Leeds such a great city.”

He added: “The other offer we are doing with the festival is CineSecrets Leeds – a Leeds web app/micro site which will feature a 60 second daily reveal of Leeds footage – we ask people to get involved in telling us what, where, when and who is involved in each and they will run for 12 consecutive days. Find the link on our website.”

The YFA archive film will be shown on Monday November 9, from 6.30pm-8.30pm at Leeds Town Hall. Admission is free.

Leeds Museums and Galleries regularly produce fascinating short films about the city’s history and communities.

Now they have opened a micro cinema for the films in the wonderful Leeds City Museum. A free programme of shorts is repeated throughout the day during opening hours and the selection includes A Brief History of Cinema in Leeds, featuring the world’s earliest moving image pictures shot by Louis le Prince on Leeds Bridge, Queer as in Queer, a short contemporary dance film exploring various locations in Leeds and shorts about contemporary Leeds collectors.

Screenings will take place from Tuesday to Friday from 10am–5pm, Saturday & Sunday 11am–5pm at Leeds City Museum, 2nd Floor in the Leeds Story Gallery.

Venues taking part include in the festival include Belgrave Music Hall (0113 246 0744), Chapel FM in Crossgates (0113 22 55 944), Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall at the University of Leeds (0113 343 2583), Cottage Road Cinema (0113 2751 606), Everyman Leeds Trinity (0871 906 9060), Hyde Park Picture House (0113 275 2045), Leeds City Museum (0113 224 3732), Leeds College of Music

(0113 222 3434), Leeds Town Hall, the Albert Room (0113 224 3801), Mill Hill Unitarian Chapel (0113 243 3845), North Bar on Briggate (0113 242 4540), Otley Courthouse (01943 467466), Vue in the Light on The Headrow (08712 240 240) and many more.

The festival itself will run from Thursday November 5 to Thursday November 19 and will include all kinds of films, from documentaries to classics pieces of film such as Apocalypse Now.

Tickets can be booked on the web from eventbrite, search under ‘leeds on film’.

Book your free tickets here