THE two lead actors of a new Wuthering Heights film opened Whitby's popular Steampunk Weekend Festival.

Sha'ori Morris and Paul Eryk Atlas star in the film which is due for release on July 30 2018 to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Emily Bronte's birth.

The pair launched the festival at Whitby Pavilion last month. (July 28)

They attended question and answer sessions, signed autographs and also opened the festival's masked ball at the Met Ballroom.

Wuthering Heights is directed by Elisaveta Abrahall who also attended the festival. Her film is the first full length retelling of the story ever brought to screen and has been entered into all major International Film Festivals.

Miss Abrahall said: "We've followed the book very closely as well as dipping into fan theories, local folklore and allowed the characters a grittier edge than previous adaptations in keeping with society at the time.

"There's far more sex and violence in our version than others, because human nature does not change and we felt it important to keep Emily Bronte's visionary realism alive by truly depicting the rigours of life and inequalities in Georgian England.

"This is far more 'Game of Thrones' than 'Romeo and Juliet', but then Wuthering Heights is one of the most terrifying and obsessive love stories ever told."