Moviola in April

THE late Princess Diana continues to fascinate film-makers, writers, broadcasters, many who remember her and many who weren’t even born when she met her tragic end in 1997, so there is little surprise at the amount of interest in the latest addition to the Diana canon – Spencer will be the most screened film in the Moviola April diary.

Spencer, starring Kristen Stewart, with Jack Farthing as Prince Charles, is a 2021 historical psychological drama, directed by Pablo Larraín and written by Steven Knight. The film is set at Sandringham at Christmas 1991, and focuses on Princess Diana’s existential crisis because she wants to divorce Prince Charles and leave the British royal family. The film also stars Timothy Spall, Sean Harris and Sally Hawkins.

Spencer is being shown at Steeple Ashton, Yetminster, Codford St Peter (The Woolstore), Rode, Colerne, Fontmell Magna, Winsford, Castle Cary, Milborne Port, South Petherton (David Hall), Dunster and Winterslow.

For Moviola screenings, see the Arts Diary; for the most up to date information on Moviola films, venues and any change of dates, visit the Moviola website, www.moviola.org

King Richard, the biopic of Richard Williams, the father of the tennis phenomenons Venus and Serena, continues to win audiences (and garner award nominations for star Will Smith). In April, Moviola is showing it at Highcliffe, Winsford, Beaminster, Membury (Devon), Nether Wallop, Hythe, Frogham, Cheddon & West Monkton, Tatworth, Halstock and Norton St Philip.

The other April films are: The Last Duel at Stogursey and Holwell; Pig at South Petherton (David Hall), Hawkchurch, Kingsbury Episcopi, Westbury-sub-Mendip and Dunster; The French Dispatch at Chard (Guildhall), Watchet, Wookey Hole, Downton, East Knoyle and West Camel; Stillwater at East Stour, Nunney, Shrewton, Bourton, Motcombe, Bishopstone (near Salisbury) and Marnhull; Nowhere Special at Crowcombe, Ringwood (Greyfriars) and Hardington Mandeville; The Last Bus at Charlton Marshall and Kilve; The Lion King (2019) at Bransgore; The Pebble and the Boy at Churchinford; Dream Horse at Warminster (Civic Centre) and Frogham.

Pictured: Spencer and King Richard.