Lad : A Yorkshire Story
WINNER ANCHORAGE FILM FESTIVAL 'Golden Oosikar' best feature
WINNER HOUSTON WORLDFEST 'REMI Gold' Best Feature
WINNER HOUSTON WORLDFEST 'REMI Gold best actor & supporting actor'
WINNER HOUSTON WORLDFEST 'REMI Gold best cinematography'
WINNER HOLLYWOOD IFF 'best child actor'
WINNER NIAGARA FILM FESTIVAL 'Best Director'
WINNER PRESCOTT FILM FESTIVAL 'Best Director'
WINNER KESICK FILM FESTIVAL 'Best Film'
WINNER LEEDS YOUTH FESTIVAL 'Best Film'
WINNER EDMONTON FILM FESTIVAL'Best Family film'
WINNER BRAUNSCHWEIGH FILM FESTIVAL 'Best Debut'
WINNER BAFTA Cambridge Film Festival 'Big Pitch'
WINNER Reed Short Film Competition 'judges commendation'
WINNER IceWhole Quarterly Awards 'Best Sound'
WINNER IceWhole January Awards 'Best Short'
WINNER NPA Jury prize 'Best short film'
WINNER NPA Audience prize 'Best short film'
WINNER Boston Int'l Film Festival 'Best short film'
WINNER Cannes Film Festival 24 hour challenge 'Best short film'
NOMINATED BAFTA Cymru 'Best short film'
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'edgily poignant right of passage'
Having directed five shorts while working as a video technician on the Harry Potter franchise, Dan Hartley makes an accomplished feature now with this rite of passage set in the Yorkshire Dales. There's a hint of Kes about a story that sees 13 year-old Bretten Lord entrusted to park warden Alan Gibson after receiving a community sentence for an act of vandalism against the bank pressurising his recently widowed mother. But Hartley never forces the burgeoning bond in rooting the understated drama in the landscape that is captured in all its rugged beauty by David Mackie. Steady, plausible and affecting.
After five years of hurdles and setbacks his small-budget story of a boy facing life-changing events amid an awe-inspiring rural landscape is racking up big viewing figures, first more than one and a half million on YouTube and now 400,000 after its release on Amazon
'True, honest, raw but beautiful...'
'If ever a film shouted its passion, Lad is it'
Lad's appeal lies in its realism - the cast were all unknowns recruited in the area, most of whom were untrained and turned up at an audition advertised in the local papers
Dan Hartley has had to get used to doing things himself.
His debut feature Lad is currently touring the UK's national parks and playing to appreciate audiences who laugh and cry in all the right places.
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