Moving Pictures

Only regional screening for Ronnie Wood film

FANS of the Rolling Stones in general and guitarist Ronnie Wood in particular should head for Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre on Tuesday 28th January, where the cinema has the only regional screening of the film Ronnie Wood: Somebody Up There Likes Me. Director Mike Figgis’ acclaimed documentary covers all aspects of Ronnie’s turbulent life and…

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Slapstick – and suffragettes?

IF you thought the fearless and deeply committed campaigners for women’s suffrage were very serious, you would probably be right. But … Bristol’s annual Slapstick Festival, in its 16th year, running from 18th to 26th January, has an event to challenge this preconception. Suffragettes in Silent Comedy, at the Watershed on Thursday 23rd January at…

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Top films at the Brewhouse

THE winter programme of films at Taunton’s Brewhouse theatre includes some of the most acclaimed (and one of the most criticised) recent releases, starting on 21st January with Ordinary Love. Starring Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville, and directed by Lisa Barros D’Sa, it is the story of a couple who have been happily married for…

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Lucian Freud on screen

LUCIAN Freud, one of the world’s greatest portrait painters, painted himself with the same unflinching eye he brought to his other subjects. For the first time, there is an exhibition of his self-portraits and art-lovers have a chance to see this important show via Exhibition on Screen at local venues including Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre…

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Isle of Dogs at Milborne St Andrew

THE new season of Milborne Movies opens at Milborne St Andrew village hall on Friday 17th January with the Wes Anderson stop-motion film, Isle of Dogs. Anderson, whose uniquely stylish films include The Grand Budapest Hotel and Fantastic Mr Fox, tells a story set in Japan, 20 years into the future. An outbreak of canine…

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Green Book at Cinema Obscura

THE new year begins for Exmoor’s film society Cinema Obscura with a screening on Sunday 12th January of the multi-Oscar-winning Green Book. Dr Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali)  is a world-class African-American jazz pianist, who is about to embark on a concert tour in the Deep South in 1962. In need of a driver and protection,…

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Moviola in January

THE Moviola year begins with Judy, the new biopic of Judy Garland, starring a never-better Renee Zellweger, in what ought to be an Oscar/BAFTA winning performance as the star at the end of her career, in London for a sell-out but roller-coaster season at the Talk of the Town night club. Although the film, directed…

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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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