A DOCUMENTARY about nineteenth century celebrity dwarf is being shown this month.

The Little Count, made by Lone Pine Pictures, tells the story of Polish dwarf Joseph Boruwlaski, who lived in Durham between about 1800 and his death in 1837.

The documentary, made by Durham filmmakers Paul Stainthorpe, Richard Laverick and Steven Landles, will be shown at the Gala Theatre and Cinema on Tuesday, October 30, at 8pm.

Tickets are £5 and are available from the box office, by calling 03000 266 600.

The friends were inspired to make the film after becoming intrigued by the story after coming across the folly on the banks of the River Wear, which is known as the Count’s House.

Mr Boruklaski, born in Poland in 1739, had an inherited condition, achondroplsia, which meant he never grew taller than 3ft 3in.

He first started touring the royal courts of Europe from the age of 15, playing the violin and dancing as part of a freak show form of entertainment.