Moving Pictures

Silent masterpiece at Studland

ONE of the silent era’s masterpieces, Nosferatu, is being shown at Studland village hall on Sunday 12th December, with live music by Minima. The eerie, Gothic feel of FW Murnau’s astonishing film, and the chilling performance by Max Shrek as the vampire, set the template for many horror films that followed. Darkly humorous but also…

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Moviola in December

COVID restrictions (and new variants) permitting, Moviola has quite a few films on offer during December, including The Last Bus, the touching true story Dream Horse, and the Oscar-winning The Father. The Last Bus stars national treasure Timothy Spall as a widower revisiting his long marriage, carrying his wife’s ashes, on a nostalgic bus journey…

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Moviola in November

THREE films vie for most popular in Moviola’s November programme for our region – The Last Bus, a poignant story starring Timothy Spall, Dream Horse, based on a true story and set in a poor Welsh mining community, and The Father, the cinema adaptation of the award-winning play first staged in this country at Bath…

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Cape Farewell’s wAteR climaTe festival

THE Dorset-based environmental arts foundation Cape Farewell and Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre have come together to highlight the critical issue of climate change. From Wednesday 3rd November to Saturday 4th December, the arts centre is hosting Cape Farewell’s wAteR climaTe festival. The COP26 summit in Glasgow is a critical moment – can countries and governments…

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Strode welcome for new season and former manager

STRODE Theatre at Street has announced its autumn  programme of films and events and a return for Fares K Moussa, the former manager, stepping in as Robin Peters, who has been the manager since 2019, is leaving.. Robin Peters was faced with the crisis of the pandemic and the lockdown, and has overseen the partial…

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Moviola in October

MOVIOLA, the rural cineplex, the organisaiton which brings films to rural communities across the region (and the country), has a wide-ranging and exciting selection for the autumn, including the multi-award-winning Nomadland and The Father, and Timothy Spall’s moving new film, The Last Bus. Timothy Spall, who is well on the way to becoming a national…

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Purbeck Film Festival heads outdoors

PURBECK Film Festival is back this year with five outdoor screenings starting on 19th August, and the main festival in October. Venues for the outdoor programme are Holme for Gardens near Wareham and Durlston Country Park at Swanage. Films include the romantic comedy Tamara Drewe, which was largely filmed in Dorset, the adored sci fi…

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Thanks to the media

TREVOR Bailey, director of Windrose Rural Media Trust, has written an open letter following the success of the recent archive film festival: Thanks to the splendid interest shown by the local media, our Dorset Online Archive Film Festival has been a great success. It was a simple idea: just a selection of films from our…

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Windrose online archive film festival

RURAL media charity Windrose is running an online archive film festival, continuing to Wednesday 30th June, a selection of old favourites and new discoveries, at www.windroseruralmedia.org Thanks to support from Dorset Council, there are four shows available. Windrose director Trevor Bailey says: “One of our greatest joys is to take film shows to live audiences in…

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Buzzing at the Beehive

HONITON’s Beehive centre is open again, happy to be welcoming audiences for live performances in June, with gigs by The Undercover Hippy and the Simon and Garfunkel Through The Ages in June, as well as a choice of top recent films. Beehive spokesperson Jemma Browning says: “Following the government’s roadmap, we have been gradually reopening…

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