The ‘Testament of Youth’ film, a joint BBC Films/Heyday Films production based on the book of the same name, is to go on general release in cinemas from 16th January. The film is about the traumatic experiences of author Vera Brittain during the First World War.
Throughout the film there are several scenes shot in Keighley Station using the LNWR 0-6-2T ‘Coal Tank’ 1054 and MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 locomotives. There are also dialogue sequences within a ‘tea room’ built within the station over-bridge, and the interiors of both Vintage Carriage Trust and Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Trust carriages. Readers may recall this was filmed in March 2014 over a two day period, although set dressing and preparation spread over two weeks of activity.
It is good to report that the promotional poster for the film contains an image of the two principal characters (actors Kit Harrington and Alicia Vickander) on Platform 4 at Keighley Station and the production film company have allowed us to use a number of stills from the film to promote the film for mutual benefit.
The film had a preview showing at the Leeds Film Festival in November, and those that saw the film can confirm it is a very powerful and moving tribute to those troubled times.