Moviola in January

AS we settle in for the long dark nights and grey days of the New Year, Moviola audiences will be dreaming of the warm seas and blue skies of the Mediterranean. The most popular film to be shown by the Dorset-based rural cinema group will be Mamma Mia! Here we go again! the hugely popular follow-up to the equally popular Mamma Mia!

The film is a combination prequel/sequel, starring Meryl Streep, Lily James, Amanda Seyfried, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Dominic Cooper, Andy García and Cher.

In 1979 young Donna, Tanya and Rosie graduate from Oxford University, leaving Donna free to embark on a series of adventures throughout Europe. On her journeys, she makes the acquaintances of Harry, Bill and Sam – the latter whom she falls in love with, but he’s also the man who breaks her heart. In the present day, Donna’s pregnant daughter, Sophie, dreams of renovating a taverna while reuniting with her mother’s old friends and boyfriends on the Greek island of Kalokairi. Music by Abba, of course.

Moviola’s January screenings of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again are at the village or community halls (unless otherwise indicated) at Kingsbury Episcopi, Bournemouth (Shelley Theatre), Bourton, Bradford-on-Avon, Codford St Peter, Yetminster, Bransgore, Calne, Fontmell Magna, Ringwood (Greyfriars), Chard (Guildhall), Collingbourne Ducis, Crowcombe, Mere, Beaminster, Leigh, Shrewton, Hythe, Colerne, Pewsey, Warminster, Charmouth, Ditcheat, Colyton, Edington, Frogham, Milborne Port, Rode, Downton, Somerton, Halstock, Hanging Langford, Nether Stowey, Fordingbridge, Bishopstone (near Swindon), East Stour, Tatworth, Watchet, West Camel, Westbury sub Mendip, Bowerchalke and Bickenhall.

For regular listings see the FTR Arts Diary for January, and for more information on this and other Moviola films or venues, visit the website

There are ten screenings of The Children Act, adapted by Ian McEwan from his novel, and starring Emma Thompson and Stanley Tucci. In the midst of a marital crisis, a High Court judge (Thompson) must decide if she should order a life-saving blood transfusion for a teenager with cancer despite his family’s refusal to accept medical treatment for religious reasons. It is being shown at Highcliffe, Winsford, Hanging Langford, Sherborne, Hardington Mandeville, Tisbury, Nether Wallop, South Petherton, Castle Cary and East Knoyle.

Other Moviola screenings during the month include King of Thieves, with Sir Michael Caine heading a stellar cast, in a film based on the Hatton Garden heist, at South Petherton, Netherbury, Winsford, Bournemouth (Shelley Theatre) and Wootton Fitzpaine; Mike Leigh’s historic epic, Peterloo, at Wookey Hole, Brockenhurst, Watchet and Hawkchurch;, The Breadwinner at Beer, Cold War at Castle Cary and Churchinford, Madame at Bournemouth (Shelley Theatre), The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society at Winterslow; Christopher Robin at Cheddon and West Monkton, and Bothenhampton; Leave No Trace at Crowcombe and Martock; The Wife at Norton St Philip and Nether Wallop; and Puzzle at Teffont.

Pictured: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again! and The Children Act.