A FILM set in the Yorkshire Dales from an international writer and director who worked on the Harry Potter series will be launched in the national park this month.

Lad: A Yorkshire Story is the tale of a teenager who comes to terms with the death of his father through his relationship with a park ranger.

Dan Hartley, who was born and brought up in the Yorkshire Dales until his family moved to Australia when he was 18, came home for the film.

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Following work on the Harry Potter films and many others, this is his debut feature film.

He used people from the community instead of trained actors, working with them to develop the script.

He said it had been a real joy to come back to the area to do the filming.

"The Dales is quite simply one of the most beautiful places in the country and it was a privilege to capture both the stunning landscape and the strong sense of community that thrives here," said Mr Hartley.

The film is being launched at the Skipton Plaza Cinema on March 27, and will carry on to do a tour of all 15 national parks in Britain.

For more information go to www.ladayorkshirestory.com