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.
'If ever a film shouted its passion, Lad is it'
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.
'An indie gem'
Written and directed by former Austwick man Dan Hartley, Lad: A Yorkshire Story is a genuine indie gem which deserves a big audience.
The combination of authentic and believable characters (in terms of both acting and script), the gorgeous scenery and simple but effective narrative delivers an emotional and satisfying journey.