A Humble Station?
Branwell Brontë's Calder Valley Years

A film by Simon Zonenblick and Alan Wrigley

Next Screening

25 September 2017, Jubilee Refreshment Rooms, Sowerby Bridge
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Previous Screenings

World Première 15 June 2017, Halifax Central Library
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St James Church Thornton, 25 June 2017

The Brontë Parsonage 26 June 2017 (Branwell's 200th birthday)


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A Humble Station? Branwell Brontë's Calder Valley Years is a new documentary film by Deep Lock Productions which tells the story of Branwell's years living and working in the Calder Valley, Yorkshire.

Branwell worked on the burgeoning railways at Sowerby Bridge and later Luddenden Foot. With a reputation for drinking, opium and troubled love affairs, Branwell's story has not been looked on kindly by most biographers. However, Deep Lock Productions present a new assessment of Branwell, and the poetry and paintings he produced during his Calder Valley Years.

Filmed and directed by photographer and composer Alan Wrigley, whose score underpins scenic views of the valley, A Humble Station? is written and narrated by Calder Valley poet Simon Zonenblick, who has spent the weeks and months leading up to Branwell's bicentenary listening to artists, writers, historians and local people about the life and legacy of this much misunderstood man. With interviews from Brontë biographer Juliet Barker, Brontë Parsonage Collections Manager and author Ann Dinsdale, playwright Caroline Lamb, performance poet Geneviève L Walsh, historian David Cant and many, many more, A Humble Station? Branwell Brontë's Calder Valley Years is a whole new look at the legacy of Yorkshire's famous Brontë family, through the prism of the talented but troubled Branwell, and a celebration of the beautiful area where some of his most important art and writing were created.


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