Moving Pictures

Summer 1993 ends Cinema Obscura season

THE final film of the 2018-19 season for Exmoor’s adventurous Cinema Obscura film society Summer 1993 directed by Carla Simon, on Sunday 14th April at Wiveliscombe Primary School Hall. The film, which is in Spanish Catalan with English subtitles, follows the experiences of six-year-old Frida who watches in silence as the last objects from her…

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Moviola in April

FROM two of the great stars of the early silver screen to a dark drama about a superficially perfect marriage, the Moviola programme for April has some great films on offer. The most popular film in the region is Stan and Ollie, starring an almost unrecognisable Steve Coogan as Stan Laurel and John C Reilly…

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First solo show for Dorset artist

IT would be hard to think of a finer setting for an exhibition of wildlife paintings than the Barn Gallery at Sculpture by the Lakes, at Pallington near Dorchester, where Dorset artist Julie Brunn has her first ever solo show, on until Saturday 6th April. After qualifying with a fine art degree from Birmingham in…

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Seven decades of film projection

AT 82, could John Newcombe be Britain’s oldest cinema projectionist? John has been showing films since 1952 – and at 82 he’s still working regular shifts at Lighthouse, Poole’s centre for the arts. His first break came as a teenage rewind boy in the ABC cinema in Northampton where his job was to physically remove…

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Kitty Macfarlane and more at the David Hall

THE David Hall at South Petherton has an eclectic March programme, continuing with Somerset’s rising folk star Kitty Macfarlane on Saturday 16th March. Kitty’s songs combine honest snapshots of everyday humanity with the bigger questions that have connected minds and voices for centuries, driven by her own fingerpicked guitar. Handbags and Glad Rags, on Friday…

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Cold War at Wiveliscombe

THE 2018-19 season of Exmoor’s adventurous film society, Cinema Obscura, continues on Sunday10th March with the brilliant and Oscar-nominated Polish film, Cold War, directed by Pawel Pawlikowsk, at 7.30pm In the 1950s, a music director falls in love with a singer and tries to persuade her to flee communist Poland for France. Pawlikowski follows his…

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Nine to Five for Women’s Day at Wincanton

A FILM that preceded the #MeToo movement by nearly 40 years is the choice for an International Women’s Day screening, on Friday 8th March, thanks to the locally based Where West Begins film organisation. Nine to Five is a comedy starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton as secretaries who abduct their tyrannical boss…

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Films to get the adrenalin going

BANFF Mountain Film Festival returns for the tenth year, with screenings at many of this area’s arts centres and cinemas, starting at Poole Lighthouse on 13th February and Weymouth Pavilion on 15th February. The festival tour features two different collections of new films from some of the world’s most intrepid film- makers, starring pioneers and…

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New film nights at the Marine

FILM historian and Lyme Regis resident Karol Kulik and David Johnson, a leading light of Lyme Regis Film Society and former manager of the town’s Regent cinema, have got together to organise film nights at the Marine Theatre, starting on Tuesday 12th March with Blade Runner. Tuesday Night at the Movies is a new regular…

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