Oscar-winning director calls for extras as DH Lawrence Festival welcomes classic cinema

By Culture24 Reporter | 12 September 2013

A multi-award winning director is inviting the public to repeat the success of a classic film version of a DH Lawrence novella by signing up to star in another one at the festival devoted to the writer this weekend.

A photo of people in period costume holding up pro-feminist signs at the start of a festival
The annual DH Lawrence Festival will welcome a revered film director on the lookout for local extras© John Sumpter Photography
Hundreds of residents of Brinsley and Eastwood, Lawrence’s hometown and the setting for the popular DH Lawrence heritage venue, took part in the Oscar-winning 1960 adaptation of Sons and Lovers.

He has asked some of them to reminisce at the annual festival in a bid to inspire new extras to play their part in a version of The Lost Girl, with filming set to start in the area next year.

A screening of the first film will be followed by a meet-and-greet event with Miles and his actors at the Centre. Visitors are being asked to bring pre-1914 props and artefacts for use in the new production.

Miles cast Ian McKellan in the lead role for the Priest of Love, the 1981 film of Lawrence’s life based in the houses where he wrote, painted and died.

It opened that year’s London and San Diego Film Festivals, 12 years after The Virgin and the Gypsy, based on the Lawrence Novella, was voted the best film by the British Critics Circle and the New York Press, winning a Golden Globe nomination in 1970.

More than 70 events are taking place as part of the 15-day festival.

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