Sir Tom Courtenay & 50th Anniversary of BILLY LIAR at Bradford International Film Festival

PUBLISHED: 15:49 11 March 2013 | UPDATED: 21:05 05 April 2013

Sir Tom Courtenay & 50th Anniversary of BILLY LIAR at Bradford International Film Festival

Sir Tom Courtenay & 50th Anniversary of BILLY LIAR at Bradford International Film Festival

Lifetime Achievement and Opening and Closing Night Films Announced at the 19th Bradford International Film Festival in partnership with Virgin Media 11-21 April 2013

The19th Bradford International Film Festivalin partnership withVirgin Media, (11-21 April) is proud to reveal its 2013 line-up which includes a tribute to actorSir Tom Courtenay,who receives the Lifetime Achievement Award in the50thanniversary year ofBilly Liar(Dir. John Schlesinger) the perennial classic filmed in and around Bradford, the worlds first UNESCO City of Film.

The Look of Love, the new feature by UK director Michael Winterbottom, starring Steve Coogan as the King of Soho, Paul Raymond, Anna Friel as his wife, Jean Raymond, and a wealth of British screen talent, opens the Festival in Pictureville Cinema on Thursday 11 April.

The main Festival closes on Sunday 21 April withThe Reluctant Fundamentalistdirected by Mira Nair (Salaam Bombay, Monsoon Wedding), a powerful adaptation of the Booker Prize shortlisted novel, starring 2010 Festival guest Riz Ahmed alongside Kiefer Sutherland and Kate Hudson, and is followed by an entire weekend dedicated to the world-renownedWidescreen Weekend(26-28 April), which this year celebrates the 60thanniversary of CinemaScope.

Festival Co-DirectorTom Vincentsaid:The19thedition of the Bradford International Film Festival will open with a special preview ofThe Look of Love, which reunites director Michael Winterbottom and Steve Coogan following their great successes with24 Hour Party People,BBC2sThe TripandA Cock and Bull Story. It is a deftly-handled; by turns witty and tragic, but always entertaining look at King of Soho Paul Raymonds colourful life and his part in changing the nations attitude to nudity in the 70s.

Festival Co-DirectorNeil Youngadded:Once again we want to provide a great selection of movies and events for anyone who loves cinema. We are delighted to be honouring Sir Tom Courtenay with our lifetime achievement award, 50 years after the release of the classicBilly Liar, which well be showing in a newly restored version, along withA Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich. The Festival will close with a special preview screening of the eagerly awaited film version of the acclaimed novel,The Reluctant Fundamentalist, directed by Mira Nair, and starring Riz Ahmed and Kiefer Sutherland.

Sir Tom Courtenay will receive his Lifetime Achievement Award on Saturday, 13 April in Pictureville Cinema, followed byA Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich. The 50thAnniversary screening of Studio Canals restored version ofBilly Liaris on Sunday, 14 April.

Other highlight events include:Happy Birthday, Indian Cinema!- a celebration of this years centenary of Indian cinema which includes a screening of the only surviving footage of 1913s first featureRaja Harishchandra(Dir. Dadasaheb Phalke) along with 12 classic and contemporary titles, including three UK premieres. This strand adds to many other anniversary activities taking place in Bradford, including the National Media Museums exhibitionBollywood Icons: 100 Years of Indian Cinema.

Three live shows will fill the Museums cinemas with music and comedy skifflemeisters and silent film pianist extraordinaireThe Dodge Brothers and Neil Brand, (with BBC critic Mark Kermode on double bass), return following last years triumphant appearance, to accompany the classic silent movieThe Ghost That Never Returns;hit of the Edinburgh Fringe, comedian Aidan Goatley gives a hilarious and heartfelt performance talking about movies and paternal relations in10 Films With My Dad;and one half ofAdam and Joeand BBC 6 Music presenter Adam Buxton presents his hit showBest of Bug(sold-out).

The Festival will host two premieres of specially-prepared tributes featuring unseen footage from prolific Bradford filmmakerCH Wood,in partnership with the Yorkshire Film Archive, supported by Bradford UNESCO City of Film and the Telegraph & Argus newspaper.

Complementing the Festival, from 30 March to 4 May, there will be free Saturday Matinee screenings of family favourites presented by Bradford UNESCO City of Film in Bradford City Park.

Filmmakers Weekendoffers two days packed with industry knowledge and insider tips from panels, workshops and master-classes (Saturday 20/Sunday 21 April). Special industry guestsinclude Oscar winning screenwriterSimon Beaufoy, who will present a writers master-class, and a keynote presentation by writer/directorPaul Andrew Williams(London to Brighton, The Cottage, Song For Marion). Organised in association with the Northern Film School at Leeds Metropolitan

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