Moving Pictures

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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Digital premiere for Invisible Music

INVISIBLE Music, a live event created by Platform 4, associate artists at Poole’s Lighthouse centre for the arts, has been transformed into a digital piece, blending film and soundscape to create an immersive and intimate meditation on hearing loss. The work explores the sensation of losing your hearing. Platform 4 hopes that the digital world…

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Screen Bites support for food producers

THERE won’t be a Screen Bites Second Slice food film festival this year – thanks Covid-19 for another loss from our cultural calendar – but organiser Susanne Harding is still doing her best to support local food producers. “Obviously the Screen Bites Festival is not taking place this year (unless things miraculously change for the…

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Kinetics at New York festival

KINETICS, the film adapted from the stage play of the same name, by the Dorchester-based actor and writer Sue Wyle, is to be shown at the ReelAbilities film festival at New York. The festival, from 26th March to 6th April, has moved entirely online, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and the shut-down of…

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Minima, live music for the silent screen

BRISTOL-based quartet Minima specialise in creating live accompaniment to screenings of silent films and there are two chances for Artsreach audiences to enjoy these spellbinding events, at Studland on Saturday 21st March and Alderholt on Sunday 29th. Minima, like the better-known Dodge Brothers with Mark Kermode, bring the excitement of live performance to the magic…

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The longest title

THE March film for Exmoor’s Cinema Obscura is The Sky Trembles and The Earth is Afraid and the Two Eyes are not Brothers – described by the film society as “the longest title for a film we have ever shown” – on Sunday 15th at Wiveliscombe Primary School hall. Described by the reviewer in The Guardian…

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Dame Janet Suzman at Purbeck Film Festival

PURBECK Film Festival, now in its 23rd year, has an exclusive screening of the 1982 film Priest of Love during the opening weekend celebrations, on Sunday, 20th October 2020. Film director Christopher Miles and Dame Janet Suzman (who plays Frieda, the wife of DH Lawrence) will be at the festival for the event, which is…

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Forkbeard at the 10 Parishes Festival

THERE is a rare chance to meet the extraordinary Brittonioni Brothers at this year’s 10 Parishes Festival, when their creators, Forkbeard Fantasy bring their best-known creations to Kingsmead School at Wiveliscombe, on Sunday,15th September at 7.30pm. The evening, in conjunction with Exmoor’s always adventurous film society Cinema Obscura, brings the natty pair of film-makers, with…

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