The Burnley-born actor, Oscar nominee turned Hollywood star, will be celebrated on the filmmakers’ 90th birthday


Both hailed from Burnley and enjoyed successful careers on the big screen with Stephenson hitting the “big time” in Hollywood and becoming an Oscar nominee.

A stage actor in Britain, he was signed by Warner Brothers when he emigrated to the United States.

His big breakthrough came when he was cast alongside the legendary Bette Davis in The Letter and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

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The two actors, along with multi-award winning Burnley actor Sir Ian McKellen, will be part of two major events celebrating the 90th anniversary of Burnley Film Makers this year.

On Saturday 30 April there will be a free event at Burnley Central Library from 10.30am to 3.30pm, bringing together a number of local filmmakers, film groups and video businesses from across the city involved in the film production.

There will be lectures, exhibitions, demonstrations and archive films of Burnley as well as cutting edge film making

Oscar-nominated Hollywood actor James Stephenson grew up in Burnley

equipment including 3D virtual reality tours, aerial drones and more.

And from May to September, Towneley Hall will host a 90 Years of Film Making in Burnley exhibition, with exhibits, artifacts and presentations of films made by local filmmakers like Sam Hanna, a respected Burnley filmmaker who started making films. films in the 1930s. The event will showcase the city’s history on film from the early 1930s to the present day.

US giants Netflix hope the story resonates with audiences around the world and creates the feel-good movie of the year with Burnley and its surroundings taking center stage.

For more information on Burnley Film Makers events, please contact the group via the website: www.burnleyfilmmakers.org

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