Mumbai: Director Vikram Bhatt was back in Yorkshire for the UK premiere of his latest film 1920 which screened as part of Bite The Mango Film Festival in Bradford. The supernatural thriller was shot in the region last year.
1920 tells the story of Arjun and his wife after they move to an isolated house in the wilderness. Tasked with pulling it down and building a hotel in its place, they are unaware of the terror about to befall them….until strange and inexplicable events begin occurring. Soon husband and wife turn on one another as the cursed house watches and begin to fill their minds with doubt.
1920 was the first Indian film that Screen Yorkshire brought to the region after it played host to the International Indian Film Academy Awards last year. The twenty two day shoot filmed at several locations across the region, including Bolton Abbey, Bramham Park and Ripley Castle. Screen Yorkshire collaborated with Vikram and his team to source locations, crew and facilities and placed a number of trainees on the production. Leeds based camera trainee Kuljinder Pal Rayit, who attended the premiere with his family, ended up getting a taste of life on the other side of the lens, when Vikram cast him in a small role as a priest in the film.
Screen Yorkshire CEO Sally Joynson said, ”Promoting the region as a film location across the globe is at the heart of our work to ensure that Yorkshire remains one of the key centres in the UK for film and television production. As well as the money that productions such as 1920 spend in the region on facilities, crews and hotels, successful feature films are proven to have a significant impact on attracting tourism to the region, providing an awareness of our landscapes, landmarks, towns and villages on an international scale.”