A film portraying life in the Yorkshire Dales has won a major international award.

Lad, A Yorkshire Story, is a feature film shot in and around Settle, written and directed by former Austwick man Dan Hartley. Based partly on the former Austwick man’s Dales upbringing, and his friendship with National Park warden Al Boughen, the film has proved a hit.

Following a number of local screenings, it received its official world premiere at the Anchorage International Film Festival in Alaska.

And Dan was delighted to come away with the top award at the festival – the Golden Oosikor for Feature Narrative Film.

The director, who was in Alaska to receive the honour, said, “This prize is for everyone who has helped make Lad a success including the cast, crew and all our supporters.  What a great end to the year! Thank you!”

Lad, A Yorkshire Story, follows 13-year-old Tom Proctor, whose life falls apart when his dad dies.

After Tom gets caught stealing a tractor and spreading manure over a bank, the teenager is handed a spell of community service with national park warden Al Thorpe, and the pair develop a strong friendship.

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