Moving Pictures

Book festival and Ukrainian films at Street

STREET’s Strode Theatre is hosting a book festival over two weekends starting on 2nd April, coinciding with a special evening of Ukrainian short films, to help to raise money for the Red Cross in Ukraine. The seven films,  shown on Saturday 2nd April, were put together by Encounters, the UK’s leading short film, animation, and…

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Olga at the Mowlem

ALL eyes are on Ukraine, as we watch, horrified and helpless, the onslaught on an independent country and the destruction of towns, cities and lives. A film screening at the Mowlem Theatre at Swanage on Sunday 20th March is part of the British Film Institute’s support for the brave people standing up to the brutal…

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Moviola in March

THE Williams sisters dominated tennis for the best part of 20 years, together winning 30 grand slam titles. Their success was hard won, with years of rigorous  training by their parents, particularly their father, Richard. His story is told in the Oscar-nominated King Richard, which stars a never-better Will Smith. King Richard is one of…

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Moviola in February

THE plight of a hapless English businessman, Greville Wynne, drawn into the torrid espionage scene of the Cold War, provides the story for Moviola’s most popular film in February. The film is the true story of a British businessman unwittingly recruited into one of the greatest international conflicts in history. Wynne (Benedict Cumberbatch) forms an…

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Moviola in January

BENEDICT Cumberbatch is everywhere you look at present. He stars in the darkly brilliant western, The Power of the Dog (available on Netflix), plays the artist Louis Wain, best known for his quirky paintings of cats, in The Electrical Life of Louis Wain, with Clair Foy as his wife, reprises his role as Dr Strange…

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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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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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