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 from John O’Groats to Lands End. It is being shown at Winsford, Chard (Holyrood Academy), Norton St Philip, Watchet (Knights Templar School), Cheddon and West Monkton, Dunster and Langford Budville.

Dream Horse, with Toni Colette, is based on the true story of a poor Welsh mining village where local people club together to buy a racehorse. It is being shown at Highcliffe (Waterford Rd), Beaminstdr (Public Hall), Yetminster (Jubilee Hall), Fontmell Magna, Kilmington (Devon), Brockenhurst, Motcombe and Nether Wallop.

Love, Sarah, a charming (if predictable) romcom set in a cake shop and starring the always watchable Celia Imrie, is at Stogursey, Nunney, South Petherton (David Hall), and Hythe (Hythe and Dibden Parish Hall).

The Father, directed by its French author Florian Zeller – and premiered at Bath Theatre Royal’s Ustinov Studio, stars Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colmin. It is the story of a man who is suffering from dementia – touching, intelligent, sometimes funny, sometimes shocking, it is a brilliant film and well deserves all the accolades. It is being shown by Moviola at Churchinford, Codford (Woolstore), Kingston St Mary (near Taunton), Hinton St George and Membury (Devon).

Another of 2021’s major award-winners, the brilliant Nomadland, the story of some of the USA’s many older people who live a nomadic existence in vans and RVs, starring Frances McDormand as a woman who has lost her job and is living in a van, moving around the country to find work. It is being shown at Crowcombe and Bourton.

Other Moviola films in December are: 23 Walks at Kingsbury Episcopi, Bransgore, Hanging Langford and East Knoyle; Another Round at Hawkchurch; Limbo at Wookey Hole and Milborne Port; Poster Boys at Rode, Halstock and Colerne; and Supernova at West Camel (Davis Hall).

Check whether screenings are going ahead before you turn up. For Moviola dates, check out the Arts Diary and for full details of the films and venues, visit moviola.org

Pictured: The Father, 23 Walks and Love, Sarah.