An award-winning film centred on the stunning scenery of the Yorkshire Dales National Park is due to begin a countrywide tour later this month.

Lad: A Yorkshire Story is the tale of teenager Tom Proctor, who comes to terms with the death of his dad through a friendship he forms with National Park Ranger Al Thorpe.

You can read about the making of Lad in the March edition of Dalesman in an article illustrated with pictures from the shoot.

Lad has already won the Golden Oosikar – the main prize – at the Anchorage International Film Festival and writer/director Dan Hartley, who based the story on his own experiences growing up in the Dales, will also be picking up a best feature film prize at Worldfest in Houston, Texas.

The character Al Thorpe was modelled on the late Al Boughen, who was a Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) Ranger in the 1980s. Mr Hartley, who used to live in Austwick, said that, as a teenager, Mr Boughen was his mentor and inspiration for several years.

The film, which was shot at National Park and National Trust sites, will have its invitation-only premiere on March 27 at the Plaza Cinema in Skipton.

The following night it will be shown at Victoria Hall in Settle before starting a month-long tour of the UK’s other 14 National Parks where the filmmakers will stage a series of workshops to honour the community participation that led to its creation.

Mr Hartley worked closely during the making of the film with National Park Authority Rangers and officers – some of whom had known Mr Boughen as a colleague and friend.

“I felt it was essential to give the film an authentic and contemporary voice and so I used people from the community who had never acted before and used role play and workshops to devise the script,” Mr Hartley said.

“The result, I think, is a film that is both honest and inspirational.

“The Dales is quite simply one of the most beautiful places in the country and it was a privilege to capture both the stunning landscape and the strong sense of community that thrives there.”

Alan Hulme, the YDNPA’s Head of Ranger Services, said, “It is fantastic that the film not only captures the spectacular scenery of the Dales, but it also recognises the role that Rangers play in local communities across the National Park. Much of this work goes on unseen and much is taken for granted by locals and visitors alike, so it is really gratifying that the film captures the work of people like Al Boughen who keep the Dales as such a special place to live in or to visit.”

The tour dates are:

27 March, Skipton
Venue: Premiere at Plaza Cinema

28 March, Settle
Venue: Victoria Hall
Time: 19:45

29 March, Skipton
Venue: Plaza Cinema – for one week
Time: 20:15

31 March, Lake District National Park
Venue: Windermere Cinemas, Bowness, Cumbria
Time: 18:00

2 April, Northumberland National Park
Venue: Queens Hall Arts Centre, Hexham, Northumberland
Time: 19:30

4 April, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park
Venue: Callander Information Centre, Callander, Stirling
Time: 19:00
Phone: 01877 330 342

5 April, Keighley
Venue: Picture House – one week run.

6 April, Cairngorms National Park
Venue: Aboyne Swimming Pool and Deeside Community Centre, Aboyne, Aberdeenshire

8 April, North York Moors National Park
Venue: Burniston & Cloughton Village Hall, Scarborough, Yorkshire
Time: 19:00

10 April, Peak District National Park
Venue: Medway Centre, Bakewell, Derbyshire
Time: 19:00
Phone: 01629 813638

19 April, Bentham
Venue: Tramps

23 April, The Broads
Venue: ACLE Recreation Centre, Norwich, Norfolk
Time: 19:30

27 April, Clapham Village Hall: Tramps

28 April: New Forest National Park
Venue: Brockenhurst Village Hall, Brockenhurst, Hampshire.
Time: 19:30

30 April, Exmoor National Park
Venue: Winsford Village Hall, Winsford, Somerset
Time: 19:30
Phone: 01643 851388 (Joan Cooper, Moor Movies)

3 May, Brecon Beacons National Park
Venue: Black Mountain Centre, Brynaman
Time: 18:30

4 May, Snowdonia National Park:  Caban Cyf, Brynrefail

Dartmoor National Park: TBC

Pembrokeshire National Park: TBC

South Downs National Park: TBC

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