BACK in the 1970s Angela Rippon wrote and directed the award winning film 'The Silent Valley' for Westward Television.

The film, set in Gunnislake and the surrounding area, explains and examines the aftermath of the mining boom that transformed the landscape in the 19th century and early 20th century and then abruptly ended, leaving unemployment and mass migration in its wake.

As part of the Gunnislake Festival, the film will be shown for the first time ever in Gunnislake at 7.30pm on Wednesday August 3, in Gunnislake Public Hall.

Roger Charlesworth, who edited the film is returning to the village to introduce it and share reminiscences of the making of the film.

'The Silent Valley' is being shown courtesy of the South West Film and television Archive (SWTVA) and Jennie Constable, of SWTVA will be at the event with DVDs from their archive available to purchase.

Refreshments will be served after the film and for those who wish to stay and see it there will be the first ever showing in Gunnislake of the clip of the Japanese television film of the Tamar Valley Line shown on national television in Japan last year.

There will be a modest charge of £2 which will go to Festival funds.

For more information ring 01822 832062.