Moviola in August

SOMETIMES Moviola’s monthly programme is dominated by one or two films – sometimes the choice is wide, and August is one of those. As always in high summer, there are fewer venues and fewer films on offer, a mix of recent releases and family-friendly hits.

Mary Poppins Returns has the most screenings, at Hinton St George, Hythe, Bransgore and West Camel. For full details of listings of this and the other films, see the FTR Arts Diary and for information on the film and the venues, visit

The 2018 sequel to the hugely popular original 1964 musical film with Julie Andrews, is directed by Rob Marshall,  based on the Mary Poppins series by PL Travers, and stars Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins, with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, Dick Van Dyke, Angela Lansbury, Colin Firth, and Meryl Streep. Set in 1930s London, 25 years after the events of the original film, the story is set one year after a tragedy in the Banks family. It opens with Michael Banks (Whishaw) facing the loss of the family home thanks to the corrupt new chairman of the bank (Firth). Mary Poppins finds the children in a park playing with a kite ….

Green Book, based on the real life story of an Italian-American bouncer (Vigo Mortensen) who gets a job as driver for an African American jazz pianist (Mahershala Ali) through the racially segregated 1960s Deep South. The film gets its name from The Negro Motorist Green Book, a mid-20th century guidebook for African-American travellers, by Victor Hugo Green.

Moviola shows this Oscar-winning film at St Margaret’s Hall at Bradford-on-Avon, the David Hall at South Petherton and Stogursey village hall.

Another Oscar-nominated film based on real life, Can You Ever Forgive Me?  with Richard E Grant and Melissa McCarthy, as the writer trying to revive a flagging career, is at the David Hall (South Petherton) and Nether Stowey village hall.

The month’s other films and venues are: The Upside, an American remake of the acclaimed French film Intouchables, at Kingsbury Episcopi; Boy Erased, the story of a the son of a small-town Baptist pastor who is outed as gay, at Watchet; A Private War, with Rosamund Pike as the celebrated war correspondent Marie Colvin, at Bransgore; Mary, Queen of Scots, with Saoirse Ronan as the Scottish queen and Margot Robbie as Elizabeth I, at Hanging Langford, Colyton and Edington; Sometimes, Always, Never, with the irresistible Bill Nighy trying to solve the puzzle of his Scrabble-addicted dysfunctional family, at Bothenhampton and Halstock; Wild Rose, starring Jessie Buckley as a feisty Glasgow single mother determined to make it as a country singer, at Warminster (Civic Centre); and another real life story, The Keeper, about a German ex-POW, who played for Manchester City, and his romance with a young English woman, at the David Hall (South Petherton).

Pictured: Scenes from Mary Poppins Returns and Can You Ever Forgive Me?