Bradford-born novelist and playwright J.B. Priestley is well-known as the writer behind An Inspector Calls, yet his contribution to the golden age of cinema is often overlooked.
To unreel this under-documented history is a star cast – esteemed Bradfordian Steve Abbott – producer of Brassed Off, A Fish called Wanda, and Michael Palin’s TV travel programmes; celebrated film historian Bill Lawrence; and JBP author John Baxendale. They will look at Priestley’s complicated relationship with Hollywood – one that spans unacknowledged screenwriter credits, his apparent conflicted feelings about working in mainstream cinema, and the iconic stars he might have rubbed shoulders with along the way.
How did these opportunities come about, and what did Hollywood see in one of Yorkshire’s most prolific writers? In this celebration of Priestley’s influence and legacy, we aim to find out.