Maxine Peake reads a poem to celebrate cinema ahead of Hebden Bridge Film Festival at the weekend

Hebden Bridge Film Festival patron Maxine Peake has recorded a special poem that celebrates the power of cinema, as part of the 2021 Festival.

Thursday, 18th March 2021, 10:15 am
Updated Thursday, 18th March 2021, 10:16 am
Hebden Bridge Film Festival patron Maxine Peake

‘The Picture House’, read by star of stage and screen Maxine, is available to watch online.

The video is available on the Hebden Bridge Film Festival website –

The specially commissioned piece of work has been written by Hebden Bridge based poet and performer Clare Shaw.

Hebden Bridge based poet and performer Clare Shaw.

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Her work, according to the Times Literary Supplement, is “fierce, memorable and visceral”.

Tickets for the festival, taking place online this weekend (March 19-21), are now on sale. The festival presents world cinema, UK and US independent features and shorts, as well as Q&A’s and panel discussions with filmmakers.

Maxine Peake, Hebden Bridge Film Festival patron said: “As the Patron of Hebden Bridge Film Festival I am delighted to introduce you to this commissioned work, ‘The Picture House’ by Clare Shaw.

"Hebden has always had its own unique way of resisting the status quo and in a world of increasing inequality, where ordinary people are being “othered”, it is important to have a film festival like HBFF, which celebrates different voices and brings people together.”

Louise Wadley, Hebden Bridge Film Festival Director said: “Thank you to Maxine and Clare for this very special poem. It really captures what is so magical about the cinema here in Hebden Bridge, something we have all been missing in the past year.

"We are delighted to be able to bring a huge range of films from around the world into people’s homes for the 2021 festival and as a way for our community to be together while we are apart. We can’t wait to get back to the big screen when it is safe to do so.”

The full line-up of the 2021 Hebden Bridge Film Festival is available at

This project has been funded/ part funded by Hebden Royd Town Council