Keighley's heritage railway is used for ‘war’ film

Keighley's heritage railway is used for ‘war’ film

Keighley's heritage railway is used for ‘war’ film

First published in Keighley

A popular local destination for film-makers has hosted the team in charge of a major new production set during the First World War.

The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway (K&WVR) provided a backdrop for the filming of Testament Of Youth, a feature-length production based on the iconic memoir written by Vera Brittain.

The feature is being made by Heyday Films and BBC Films. Crews spent three days filming at Keighley Station last week.

Roger France, railway filming liaison officer for the K&WVR, said the shoot had been a big operation, with about 200 extras present on one day.

“It went extremely well,” he added. “They were very happy with the facilities we were able to provide, and they used train carriages from the Museum of Rail Travel at Ingrow.”

The film will portray the story of Vera, an intelligent and open-minded young woman who volunteers as a nurse and sets off for France during the conflict.

Award-winning writer Juliette Towhidi has adapted the screenplay from Brittain’s account of love and war, which was first published in 1933.

The all-star cast includes Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina), Kit Harington (Pompeii; Game Of Thrones), Taron Egerton (The Secret Service; Inspector Lewis), Dominic West (300; The Wire) and Emily Watson (The Book Thief; War Horse).

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