Moving Pictures

Busy festive season at Shire Hall

THERE is a busy programme in the run-up to Christmas at Shire Hall Courthouse Museum in Dorchester, with music, carol singing, family activities, workshops, films, Father Christmas and Christmas teas. The popular family film nights, launched last year, are back, on Wednesday 18th December from 4pm. Visitors can bring blankets and pillows and get comfy…

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Day for Night with Cinema Obscura

CINEMA Obscura, Exmoor’s adventurous film society, ends 2019 with one of the great classics of French cinema, Francois Truffaut’s 1973 masterpiece Day for Night (La Nuit Americaine) on Sunday 8th December, at the usual venue, Wiveliscombe Primary School. A film director (played by Truffaut) tries to get his movie made while observing real-life dramas in…

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Moviola in December

AN all-time classic and a new film celebrating the music of The Beatles top the list of films chosen for Moviola screenings in December across this region. Celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, the Ealing comedy Kind Hearts and Coronets will be shown at Beaminster, Crowcombe, Beer, West Camel, Westbury-sub-Mendip and Bothenhampton. Kind Hearts and…

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Christmas at the Marine

FESTIVE delights at the Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis range from a jazz cabaret in the bar to a screening of some all-time favourite Christmas films. So pick up a mug of mulled wine, take your seat and prepare to be entertained. Charlie Bicknell brings her wonderful voice and alluring style to Jazz in the…

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Down to Earth At The Chapel

BRUTON’s At The Chapel has an evening with Tim Westwell and Rolf Winters on Tuesday 3rd December at 7pm, featuring a screening of the powerful new documentary Down To Earth. Leaving the rat race behind, a family of five embarks on the journey of a lifetime. They travel to the ends of the earth searching…

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Dame Janet Suzman at Purbeck Film Festival

PURBECK Film Festival, now in its 23rd year, has an exclusive screening of the 1982 film Priest of Love during the opening weekend celebrations, on Sunday, 20th October 2020. Film director Christopher Miles and Dame Janet Suzman (who plays Frieda, the wife of DH Lawrence) will be at the festival for the event, which is…

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Project Nim at gala event

THE moving documentary Project Nim, about an experiment to bring a chimpanzee up like a human child, is being screened on Saturday 30th November as part of a fund-raising event for the Purbeck Film Festival and the Jim Cronin Memorial Fund. The gala evening is being held at Hethfelton House, a fine country house near…

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Synchronised swimming at Cinema Obscura

AS well as running one of the most interesting film society programmes in the region, Exmoor’s Cinema Obscura also writes entertaining notes – as for example for Sink or Swim, on Sunday 10th November. This French film (Le Grand Bain), directed by Gilles Lellouche, is being shown  at the usual venue, Wiveliscombe primary school hall,…

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New score for gothic classic at the Marine

THE Arranz Ensemble comes to the Marine Theatre at Lyme Regis on Hallowe’en, Thursday 31st October, playing a newly composed score live for the silent horror film, Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror. This classic of the silver screen was first released in 1922 and is based on Bram Stoker’s Dracula. The significance of Nosferatu was…

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Rare views of the Great Wall of China

A DOCUMENTARY on screen at the Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, on Wednesday 6th November at 7pm, offers a rare aerial perspective of the world’s longest man-made monument, the Great Wall of China, a spectacular visual journey from the Yellow Sea to the Gobi Desert. A Slow Odyssey: The Great Wall of China is filmed in…

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