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Dan Hartley

Dan Hartley

Director of LAD: A Yorkshire Story, UK

Q: What film inspired you to start a career as a filmmaker?

A: I love the US indie movement of the 70's and, more recently, the 90's. So directors like Robert Rodriguez, Steven Soderberg, Paul Thomas Anderson and David O'Russell have been very influential. Perhaps the most significant though is Kevin Smith as Clerks (1994) really demonstrated what could be done with a tiny budget and big aspirations.


Q: Did you make LAD: A Yorkshire Story with a specific audience in mind?

A: I wanted the film to appeal to all ages really. I felt it was important that children could enjoy the film as there is an important message about grief and redemption. I equally wanted an older audience to enjoy the film for its sense of nostalgia and because it showcases a part of the world which I love.


Q: What memorable events happened during the production of LAD: A Yorkshire Story?

A: Almost the entire film was shot within a ten mile radius of where I grew up so it was inherently memorable. But I think the most significant part of the process was connecting with the window of the man who inspired the story and who you see in the closing credits of the film.


Q: What did you learn from working on LAD: A Yorkshire Story?

A: I learnt a lot about tone and how important it is to balance pathos with humour. It's something that I strived really hard for and the learning curve was about how to balance the subplots and supporting characters to support that aim.


Q: If you could work with any actor, living or dead, who would it be?

A: A: That would have to be Daniel Day Lewis.


Click here to view screening dates and times for LAD: A Yorkshire Story.