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 The Film section of the National Media Museum, Bradford and The J.B.Priestley Society Announce:

The First Screening of Johnson Over Jordan in Almost 50 Years

Sunday 12th October 2014,  2 p.m. at the National Media Museum’s Cubby Broccoli cinema.

Starring: Sir Ralph Richardson, Rachel Gurney, Paul Eddington and Hannah Gordon.

This is the 1965 BBC TV film adaptation of Priestley’s extraordinary 1939 play, with Sir Ralph Richardson in the title role which he had originally played on stage.  An archive copy has survived, which we are delighted to be able to show.

 The film itself lasts about 80 minutes, and will be followed by a panel discussion led by Lee Hanson, Head of English at Bradford Grammar School and the Society’s Chairman. The discussion will also include the film and TV actress

Hannah Gordon 

who plays Johnson’s daughter Freda in the film, and is travelling to Bradford specially to be with us to see the film nearly half a century after she acted in it.  She will add hugely to this very special occasion.

This is the rarest of opportunities to see the film version of the play that Priestley believed to be among his best.

To book tickets and for full details click here:


To see the Museum Cinema Guide and listing for the screening click here:


Normal cinema entry charges apply, £5.50 or £7.50.   Advance booking is recommended, by NMM website or tel: 0844 856 3797


The J.B.Priestley Society’s

 Open One–day Conference



Saturday 25 October 2014, 09.45 – 17.15

In the Priestley Room of the West Yorkshire Playhouse, LEEDS

Conference fee:  £15 for JBPriestley Society members £22 for non-members (includes coffee and tea; lunch available in the theatre)


Conference open to all who are interested.

There will be ample discussion time throughout

Send your cheque to:

 Dr K.E.Smith

7 Cockley Hill Lane, Kirkheaton,



Main conference lecture by Professor Chris Hopkins (Sheffield Hallam University) on ‘Documentary, Realism and Democracy 1930-1945’

Aspects of Priestley’s English Journey: papers by Professor John Baxendale, Alison Cullingford, Neil Miles and Rod Slater

Professor Andrew Blaikie (University of Aberdeen): Priestley’s ‘three Englands’ compared with Edwin Muir’s perceptions of Scotland

Michael Nelson on Priestley and the film industry

Priestley’s social novels re-assessed by Dr K.E. Smith and Tony Reavill

Martin Levy:  Priestley on writers and intellectuals in an age of mass communication




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