Moviola in July and August

MOVIOLA’s rural cinema programme drops off quite a bit in the summer – not all village halls have black-out, for a start, and people are on holiday. But there are still quite a few films to be enjoyed in July and August, including the new West Side Story and two sad-funny true stories, The Duke and The Phantom of the Open.

Spielberg’s energetic, colourful and exciting 2021 version of Bernstein’s West Side Story is a joy. It has all the drama of the original and, of course, the great music, but its depiction of the gang violence gets to the heart of the hopelessness of the young men, particularly the angry and mainly unemployed white Sharks.

See West Side Story on screen in July at Hinton St George, Kingston St Mary, Hythe, Warminster (Civic Centre), Marnhull, Bishopstone (near Salisbury) and on 19th August at Dunster.

In yet another role showcasing his infinite versatility Mark Rylance plays amateur golfer Maurice Flitcroft, with Sally Hawkins as his wife. The Phantom of the Open is the story of how Flitcroft achieved his late-in-life goal of participating in the British Open Golf Championship, much to the ire of the staid golfing community.

The Phantom of the Open is being shown in July at Charlton Marshall, South Petherton and West Camel and in August at Codford St Peter (Woolstore Theatre), Watchet, Shrewton, Membury (Devon), Bransgore, Chard (Guildhall), Crowcombe and Motcombe.

The Duke stars the ever-brilliant Jim Broadbent with Helen Mirren as his long-suffering wife. In 1961, a 60-year-old taxi driver steals Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London. He sends ransom notes saying that he will return the painting if the government invests more in care for the elderly.

This brilliant film, which is as touching as it is funny, has July screenings at Bishopstone (near Salisbury), Highcliffe, Codford St Peter (Woolstore Theatre), Steeple Ashton, Chard (Guildhall), Watchet, Beaminster (Public Hall), Shrewton, Colerne, Membury (Devon), Bransgore, Nether Wallop, Hanging Langford, Edington (near Bridgwater), Halstock, Motcombe, Stogursey, Tatworth, Stockbridge (Town Hall) and Norton St Philip; August dates are at Charlton Marshall, Hinton St George, Hythe and West Camel.

Kenneth Branagh’s star-studded and beautiful Death on the Nile, with Branagh revisiting his Poirot incarnation, is at West Camel, Dunster, Crowcombe and Downton in July, and in August at Nether Wallop and Stogursey.

Other films in July are House of Gucci at Calne and Dunster, Mothering Sunday at South Petherton and Watchet, and Cyrano in August at Halstock.

For full details of films and venues visit and for dates of screenings see the Arts Diary.

Pictured: Scenes from West Side Story, The Phantom of the Open and The Duke.