Bradford has an illustrious film heritage dating back to the late 1890’s when the Lumiere brothers played what is arguably the UK’s first commercial film to an audience at the People’s Palace Music Hall in the city centre. Since then film directors have flocked to Bradford to take advantage of the District’s iconic heritage buildings and natural landscapes for hundreds of TV and movie productions.

Join Bradford UNESCO City of Film’s Director, David Wilson and the city’s talented poets who will take you on a unique heritage tour encompassing more than a 100 years of film history interspersed with poetic performances set to shine a literary spot light on the city’s most memorable film moments.

This 90-minute city centre walking tour will take in key production and film locations.





About The Host


David Wilson

David Wilson is Director of Bradford UNESCO City of Film and an expert advisor to the UK Commission for UNESCO on the development of creative cities and has provided mentoring and support to many candidate cities applying to join the UNESCO Creative Cities Network over the past decade. 

David is Guest Professor at the Qingdao Film Academy (China) and Fellow in Film at the University of Bradford. In May 2019 was appointed as international chair to the Editing Committee of China’s Blue Book of Film – an annual publication on the development of the global film industry, published by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and was appointed as researcher at the school in 2020. David was awarded as Honorary Doctor of Technology at the University of Bradford in 2019 for his work in Creative Industries to support sustainable development. 

David established the Bradford Film Office in 2011 which has supported numerous film and TV productions including Peaky Blinders, The Duke, The Selfish Giant,  Official Secrets, Gentleman Jack, Emmerdale, Gold and many more