Moving Pictures

A woodland adventure in your living room

EXPLORE the magic of night-time woods with a new dance theatre piece online from Pavilion Dance South West, from Friday 19th to Sunday 21st February . The film, Night Tree, by Second Hand Dance, has been co-commissioned by the Bournemouth-based regional dance umbrella, for families to enjoy this half term. Based on Eve Bunting’s book…

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The Mother of All Pageants inspires documentary

FANS of the Mapp and Lucia books and television adaptations may remember the pageant (in which Lucia, predictably, played Elizabeth I), EF Benson was inspired by the popularity of pageants in the years of the 20th century – and one of the finest was staged in Sherborne. A documentary film inspired by the Sherborne Pageant…

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Folk tale inspires film

A NEW short film by Millstream Theatre, the Museum of East Dorset’s resident company of learning disabled actors, is based on a magical folk tale collected by traditional storyteller Duncan Williamson. The Woodcutter and the Swan was originally a devised theatre piece. Due to Covid-19, Millstream Theatre, with co-directors, Tony Horitz and Tam Gilbert, have…

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Highlighting the peasant farmers’ plight

A NEW film from La Via Campesina, the international organisation which campaigns for the rights of small farmers, peasants and indigenous peoples, focuses on the problems facing young people in rural areas. The Feast:Tong-Tong, produced in conjunction with ZIN TV, was created during a youth meeting of La Via Campesina in Senegal. What is it…

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Top dogs on screen

MAN’s best friend has been living up to his (and her) name during this awful pandemic and lockdown year, so what better time to enjoy the virtual edition of the Top Dog Film Festival. Founded in Australia, and brought to the UK by the people who run the Banff Mountain Film Festival, the Top Dog…

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Sharing music and film with dementia sufferers

WINDROSE, the rural media charity, has set up an innovative project that combines live singing and old films, provided by internet technology for people in Wiltshire who are living with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Folk singer and song collector Amanda Boyd worked with Alzheimer’s Support Wiltshire to deliver interactive Zoom sessions, which included fascinating old footage…

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Bristol actor in Small Axe

BRISTOL actor Stewart Wright is among the cast of Education, the last of the five Small Axe films by Oscar-winning director Steve McQueen, and showing on Sunday 13th December. All tell stories of London’s West Indian community between the late 1960s and mid-1980s. Stewart, 46, stars alongside BAFTA-award winning Naomi Ackie (Star Wars: The Rise…

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The call of the sea

THE autumn edition of the Ocean Film Festival World Tour is a virtual event, with a series of dramatic, beautiful, lyrical and exciting new short films being shown online on 17th to 19th November. The films, as always, are stories of seafaring adventure, carefree characters and fascinating marine life, often with a particular conservation, ecological…

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Windrose launches new website

RURAL media charity Windrose Trust has a new website – windroseruralmedia.org – where you can view old film, listen to audio and order DVDs. All Windrose’s projects were cancelled or postponed because of the pandemic, but a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund has enabled the charity, which was set up in 1984 under…

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