Ilkley Literature Festival Inspires Independent Film

Ilkley Literature Festival is hitting the big screen as the setting for a new independent film staring Derek Jacobi, Roger Allam and Anna Maxwell Martin.

‘Ilkley’, which starts filming this week, is a black comedy directed by Harry Michell, who also co-wrote the script with Jamie Fraser. ‘Ilkley’ is the follow up to Michell’s critically acclaimed debut Chubby Funny.

The film which is set at a fictional version of Ilkley Literature Festival focuses on two hapless evangelicals tasked with killing the world’s most controversial secularist.

Rachel Feldberg, Festival Director said:

‘We are very excited to be working the with ‘Ilkley’ team. Harry Michell and Producer Helen Simmons came to us last year while still in the early stages of writing and planning the script and it has been wonderful to see how the project has grown and developed in that time.‘

‘Supporting new and emerging writers has always been a core part of our work at the Festival and it is great to be able to see that work come to fruition in such a big way. Harry and Jamie’s hilarious script is combined with the stellar cast of talented British actors and we can’t wait to see the finished film.’