A Humble Station?


A Humble Station? Branwell Brontė's Calder Valley Years is a new documentary film by Deep Lock Productions which tells the story of Branwell's years living and working in the Calder Valley, Yorkshire.


Branwell worked on the burgeoning railways at Sowerby Bridge and later Luddenden Foot. With a reputation for drinking, opium and troubled love affairs, Branwell's story has not been looked on kindly by most biographers. However, Deep Lock Productions present a new assessment of Branwell, and the poetry and paintings he produced during his Calder Valley Years.


Filmed and directed by photographer and composer Alan Wrigley, whose evocative score underpins scenic views of the valley, A Humble Station? is written and narrated by Calder Valley poet Simon Zonenblick, who has spent the weeks and months leading up to Branwell's bicentenary listening to artists, writers, historians and local people about the life and legacy of this much misunderstood man. With interviews from Brontė biographer Juliet Barker, Brontė Parsonage Collections Manager and author Ann Dinsdale, playwright Caroline Lamb, performance poet Genevičve L Walsh, historian David Cant and many, many more, A Humble Station? Branwell Brontė's Calder Valley Years is a whole new look at the legacy of Yorkshire's famous Brontė family, through the prism of the talented but troubled Branwell, and a celebration of the beautiful area where some of his most important art and writing were created.