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Hollywood film featuring 100 Leeds Beckett staff and students to premiere in Leeds

A Hollywood film revealing the truth about film star Jayne Mansfield - and featuring over 100 students and staff from Leeds Beckett University - will have its Leeds premiere this weekend. 

Mansfield 66/67

Mansfield 66/67, a documentary about the last two years of the 1950s screen icon’s life, was released in January 2017 and has been nominated for various awards over the past 12 months, including a Women’s Image award.

Hollywood producers Todd Hughes and P. David Ebersole, who were invited to the Northern Film School as Artists in Residence, involved over 100 students and staff from the School of Film, Music and Performing Arts in the completion of the film.

Mansfield 66/67 will premiere on 19 May at the Hyde Park Picture House at 8pm.

Andrew Fryer, Dean of the School of Film, Music and Performing Arts, said: “This film showcases the quality and range of talent the School has to offer and I am delighted to welcome back to Leeds all those involved in the film’s creation for the Yorkshire premiere of Mansfield 66/67.

Andrew Fryer

Dean Andrew Fryer 

“As well as receiving their first professional film credit, students and staff also featured in a Hollywood premier, a top 10 box office film list, and even appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair as part of the film’s promotion.”

Students and staff carried out roles such as dancers, performance artists, associate producers, production designers, sound designers, animators and film crew whilst working for Los Angeles-based The Ebersole Hughes Company. Music student, James Peter Moffatt composed the music score, working alongside academic Dr Robert Davis.

The film, which also features 80’s pop star Marilyn, was a collaborative project with Larra Anderson, former director of the Northern Film School and now Dean of Screen at London College of Communication.

Mansfield 66/67

The release of the film in England marks the 50th anniversary of the star’s death.

Andrew added: “This film was shot over the course of 10 days at Prime Studios in Leeds – the studios the Northern Film School use on a regular basis.

“The footage was then post-produced in our state-of-the-art editing and grading facilities at the Northern Film School, following which Oscar-winning sound supervisor Ben Wilkins flew over from Hollywood to mix the film in our music studios at Headingley campus.

“Leeds Beckett was involved in almost every aspect of the creation of Mansfield 66/67 and I would like to congratulate Larra, The Ebersole Hughes Company and all our students and staff on being involved in such a fantastic film.” 

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