Moving Pictures

Attenborough at the Brewhouse

CLASSIC and new films and streamed performances from theatres are now being screened at Taunton’s Brewhouse arts centre. There are plans for the return of live performance, but no dates are confirmed. Watch the website. www.thebrewhouse.net for the latest news. There’s a second screening of David Attenborough’s A Life on our Planet on 3rd October.  

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Live at David Hall

THE David Hall at South Petherton reopened on Friday 11th September, when Crewkerne-based folk singer Reg Meuross played a gig to launch the vinyl recording of his latest album, RAW. Petherton Picture Show, in conjunction with Moviola, will return on Friday 25th September with Sam Mendes’ acclaimed First World War drama, 1917. The socially distanced audience capacity…

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Moviola is back

MOVIOLA, the region’s rural cinema scheme, is back after the prolonged Covid-19 shut-down, but predictably the programme is reduced as fewer village hall partners are ready to commit themselves to putting on film evenings. The most-requested film for September is Military Wives, which is being shown at Hanging Langford, East Stour, Halstock (on both 25th…

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Women lead in Lighthouse cinema season

SIX months to the day that the curtain fell on the last film screening before lockdown cinema returns to Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre on 17th September with a season of films most y strong female roles in common.  First up are Keira Knightley and Jessie Buckley in the feel-good comedy Misbehaviour, based on the story…

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Crying out for change at Messums

A BRILLIANT young dance theatre company brings two powerful dance and film events, exploring contemporary issues of social and cultural change, at Messums Wiltshire in the 700-year old Tisbury tithe barn. Matsena Theatre Company will perform The Geometry of Fear in the barn on Saturday 5th September, followed by a screening of Error Code 8:46…

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Lottery grant for new Windrose projects

A NATIONAL Lottery Heritage Fund grant will enable Windrose, the rural media charity known for its film archive of Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire life, to begin work on new community projects. All the current Windrose projects had been cancelled or postponed because of the Covid19 pandemic, says director Trevor Bailey: “It left very little to…

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Creative lockdown in Dorset

TEN artists and groups in Dorset have won funding for micro-commissions as part of Creative Communities in Quarantine, a project to create engaging work to help beat isolation during lockdown. In May, Dorset-based arts organisatioln Activate promoted an opportunity for artists and theatre makers to submit their ideas for ways to engage communities through the…

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Westlands reopens

YEOVIL’s Westlands entertainment venue has reopened for film screenings in line with government guidance to reopen cinemas, with a reduced capacity and additional cleaning measures will be in place. The venue, operated by South Somerset District Council, will be operating screenings in the ballroom using a sofa configuration. The July programming includes three screenings a…

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BFI’s emergency fund boost for Lighthouse

AN emergency grant from the British Film Institute has “really lifted our spirits as an organisation,” says Elspeth McBain, chief executive of Poole’s Lighthouse centre for the arts. The award of £5,000 is part of the BFI’s allocation of £1.45m emergency funding to independent exhibitors across the UK through the Covid-19 Resilience Fund managed by…

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