Moving Pictures

Around the world in four days at Sherborne

SHERBORNE’s International Film Festival returns from 25th to 28th October, with a world cinema programme that spans the globe from  Mexico to Japan, Chile to Denmark. The festival, organised by the Rotary Club of Sherborne Castles and raising funds for Rotary international projects, takes place at the Powell Theatre, and opens on Thursday 25th with…

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Magic Lantern version of famous novel

TOWNSEND Productions is back in Dorset from 30th November to 2nd December with a new one-man performance, The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists Magic Lantern Show, based on Robert Tressell’s classic novel of working class poverty. Actor Neil Gore presents the story as an Edwardian Magic Show, using magic lantern, projected animation, political conjuring tricks, live music…

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A gypsy poet’s life

THE life of a gypsy poet – the most famous Romani poet ever – is portrayed in Papusza, a film being shown at the Digby Church Hall in Sherborne on Wednesday 24th October. Bronislawa Wajs (1908-1987) was a Polish-Romani classic poet and singer, who was usually known by her Romani name Papusza. She grew up nomadically…

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Frome’s concentrating on home and satellite broadcasts

FROME, recently named as one of the “coolest” towns in Britian, has a thriving arts scene which for years has been centred on the Merlin Theatre on Frome College campus. An imaginative and varied winter programme has begun, bringing  local players, touring companies, acclaimed comics, musicians, and guest appearances from the Royal Shakespeare Company, the…

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Purbeck Film Festival

THE country’s biggest rural film festival returns for its 22nd year to the Purbecks from 12th to 27th October, with a line-up of films from Ingmar Bergman to new releases, family favourites to dark dramas. The opening weekend includes The Breadwinner, an inspiring animated film about a young girl in Afghanistan in 2001, and the…

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Award-winning drama at Cinema Obscura

I AM Not A Witch, an award-winning film about a young girl in Zambia, is the October selection for Cinema Obscura, Exmoor’s adventurous film society, and will be shown at the usual venue, the hall of Wiveliscombe Primary School on Sunday, 14th October. The theme of the film is a provocative subject – an eight…

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Moviola in October

DORSET audiences are understandably keen to see the film version of Ian McEwan’s sensitive and painful novella, On Chesil Beach, so no surprise that it is one of the most in-demand films on the Moviola programme in October. The film, directed by Dominic Cooke, is set in 1962 and stars Saoirse Ronan and Billie Howle…

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Loveless at Dorchester Film Society

A DARK and disturbing domestic drama, Loveless, is being shown by Dorchester Film Society at the Corn Exchange on Thursday 11th October. Zhenya and Boris are going through a vicious divorce marked by resentment, frustration and recriminations. Already embarking on new lives, each with a new partner, they are impatient to start again, to turn…

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