ILKLEY Cinema is currently showing the film “Typist Artist Pirate King” and it is well worth watching for the people of Ilkley.

The film is a portrait of neglected artist Audrey Amiss [1933-2013], whose mental illness curtailed her ambitions, on a tragicomic road trip to exhibit her work.

On her journey she calls into a church, filmed in Roundhay, where eleven Ilkley ladies from Ilkley Choral Society are forming the choir.

Sally Sumpner, Secretary of Ilkley Choral Society said: “ I was asked, at very short notice, to get together a group of female voices to sing in the film. At Ilkley Choral we have a good number of members who would be able to do it, but it was a matter of who would be available for the rehearsals and the very long day of filming. We all had a wonderful and interesting day and are delighted to see that our part has been used in full in the film.”

Ilkley Gazette: The Ilkley Choral Society membersThe Ilkley Choral Society members (Image: submitted)

As well as the local singers, “Typist Artist Pirate King” uses an Ilkley location for filming which is referred to by the characters and which is actually filmed in the correct place in the town.

Writer and Director Carol Morley discovered the sketches and collage journals of Amiss in an archive at the Wellcome Collection in London. With the collection was Amiss’s passport with its scribbled entry under occupation, "Typist Artist Pirate King".

Don’t miss this warm and sympathetic film, showing in Ilkley until November 30, when Carol Morley will be there to take questions.