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Bradford steps into the spotlight

THE magic of the movies sparkles on sunny Hollywood, glamorous Cannes - and now, gritty Bradford.

The northern English city best known for rain, redundant textile mills and inexpensive curry restaurants has been named the United Nations' first City of Film.

Bradford received the designation this week from UNESCO, the UN cultural agency, after a campaign by local officials for recognition of the city's cinema heritage.

Screenwriter Simon Beaufoy, who was born near Bradford and won an Academy Award this year for "Slumdog Millionaire," said the designation was "superb news for Bradford and is testimony to the city's dedication to the film and media industry."

Bradford has long-standing but often overlooked links to the movie business. It is home to an international film festival and the National Media Museum, which includes displays on film, television and photography and is one of the most popular museums in Britain outside London.

Bradford has been the location for films including kitchen-sink dramas "Billy Liar" and "Room at the Top" and World War II-set drama "Yanks," as well as the recent television crime series "Red Riding." The surrounding Yorkshire countryside has featured in movies including "The Railway Children" and "Wuthering Heights."

There is no material benefit to the City of Film designation, but supporters hope the title will bring film industry business, tourists and a touch of celluloid stardust to the region.

"There is nothing more invigorating and exciting than a red-carpet premiere, and it doesn't matter whether that premiere is in Los Angeles, or Cannes, or Berlin or Bradford," said cinema historian Tony Earnshaw, head of film programming at Bradford's National Media Museum.

Bradford joins UNESCO's Creative Cities Network, a program launched in 2004 to promote cultural industries with links to cities around the globe.


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