A KEIGHLEY film maker is celebrating after his latest work was named as a finalist in a global festival.

Danny Hardaker's Riley & Rambo has been shortlisted in the 'best documentary' category at the White Rose International Film Festival.

His entry will go up against four other hopefuls when it is screened at this year's festival, being held at Harrogate in December.

Funded by Channel 4, Riley & Rambo shines a light on the historic rag 'n' bone culture in the Holme Wood area of Bradford.

Danny, who studied film at Leeds Trinity University, created the documentary in partnership with fellow film maker Karol Wyszynski.

"Holme Wood is one of the most deprived estates in the UK and has its own cultural identity and heritage strongly linked to the rag 'n' bone tradition," says Danny.

"The people of Holme Wood are proud of its heritage and continue their ancestors' way of life. There are more than 60 horses in the area, making it a unique place to live, with many young boys on the estate getting involved in the rag 'n' bone lifestyle around which Riley's story centres.

"With a backdrop of deprivation, we discover the resourcefulness and happiness that's found in an older and genuine way of life, where freedom can be discovered."

Danny said he was delighted with the documentary's success.

"It's a very nice feeling to get some recognition for our film and I'm really pleased we were able to shine a little spotlight on Riley and the Holme Wood community," adds Danny, who owns his own production company.

"This way of life is often maligned in society and it's nice to cut through those stereotypes. I look forward to working with the community again in the future."

Elric Williams, who is programme leader for media at Leeds Trinity University and taught Danny, said: "Danny's exceptional talent and dedication have rightfully earned him recognition, and we could not be more thrilled for him.

"As an institution committed to fostering creativity and innovation, it is heartening to see our alumni excel in their chosen fields. We are confident that this latest accolade is only the start of many more successes to come."

White Rose International Film Festival nominations stay open from January to October, and a block of winners is announced every two months. Riley & Rambo is a finalist in block A, the first to be unveiled.