Picture House hosts Brunt film premiere

Dominic Brunt
Dominic Brunt

Dominic Brunt has become one of Emmerdale’s best-loved characters as vet Paddy Kirk.

But away from the hit ITV soap he’s also been honing his skills as a feature film producer director.

Now film goers in Hebden Bridge can see his latest offering The Taking, which premieres at the Picture House (7.45pm next Tuesday, March 10) two months head of its national release to cinemas and as a DVD in May.

The film stars Dominic’s wife Joanne Mitchell and their friend from drama school Victoria Smurfitt who starred with Hugh Grant in the smash hit About a Boy and who flew in from her home in Los Angeles to make the psychological thriller.

Shot in and around Calderdale including Todmorden Market place, it tells the story of Bex (Smurfitt) and Dawn (Mitchell), two market stall traders who borrow money to realise a dream of opening a posh cafe. But it all turns into a nightmare when they borrow from an unsavoury character leading them into a downward spiral of debt and destruction. “It was great to have the dynamic of Vicky and Jo together and their friendship really shines on screen,” says Dominic.

The Taking was written by Emmerdale writer Paul Roundell and has worldwide distribution with Metrodome International. Back in November it was the opening film at the Leeds International Film Festival.

Tickets are available on the door.


“Ambiguity”, a solo exhibition by Dorothy Ann Simister, will run from March 25 to April 12 at the David Wright Gallery at Artsmill, Linden Road, Hebden Bridge, following a preview event on Sunday, March 22 (2pm to 4pm).

The gallery is open Wednesdays to Sundays each week from 11am to 4pm, closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

For further information call 01422 647072, email artsmill@lindenmill.co.uk or see website www.artsmill.org.

The gallery does not charge for admission but donations are very welcome. On March 21 and 22 at the gallery, music is being provided by Linden Music Studios as part of a two day music event.

At the stroke of a pen

The ifa gallery in Brussels showcases a group of artists commissioned for the exhibition “The Stroke of a Pen” until March 15.

Each artist interprets the title the way he wishes, whether figuratively or with more violent overtones, and they include Todmorden artist Christopher Gill. Christopher’s collages underlines the necessity of freedom of expression, following the Charlie Hebdo extremist attack in Paris at the start of the year.

Find out more at www.ifa-gallery.com/exhibitions/thestrokeofapen