Moviola in November

THREE films vie for most popular in Moviola’s November programme for our region – The Last Bus, a poignant story starring Timothy Spall, Dream Horse, based on a true story and set in a poor Welsh mining community, and The Father, the cinema adaptation of the award-winning play first staged in this country at Bath Theatre Royal’s Ustinov studio.

The Last Bus is the story of an old man whose wife has just passed away. He uses his free bus pass to travel to the other end of the UK, to where they originally moved from, using only local buses. It is not only a nostalgic trip, he is carrying his wife’s ashes in a small suitcase, `taking her back.’ In doing so he meets local people and by the end of his trip he’s a celebrity. The Last Bus is being shown at Churchinford, Codford St Peter, Bransgore, Fontmell Magna, Kilmington (Devon), Hanging Langford, Kingston St Mary (near Taunton), Hythe (Hythe and Dibden Parish Hall), Stogursey, Leigh and Winterslow.

Dream Horse stars Toni Collette as Jan Vokes, a bartender who, with very little money and no experience, convinces her neighbors to chip in their meagre earnings to help raise a racehorse called Dream, to compete with the racing elites. Their investment pays off as Dream rises through the ranks and becomes a beacon of hope for their struggling community.

The film is being shown at Dunster, Westbury-sub-Mendip, Hawkchurch, Bourton, Membury (Devon), Norton-sub-Hamdon, Hinton St George, Collingbourne Ducis, Castle Cary (Caryford Hall), and Holwell (near Sherborne).

Florian Zeller’s The Father features an Oscar-winning performance by Anthony Hopkins as a man who refuses all assistance from his daughter (Olivia Colman) as he ages. As he tries to make sense of his changing circumstances, he begins to doubt his loved ones, his own mind and even the fabric of his reality. It is a searing study of the onset of dementia, and you can see it at Yetminster (Jubilee Hall), Shrewton, Colerne, Nunney, Edington (Somerset), Milborne Port, Langford Budville (near Taunton), Nether Wallop, Bishopstone (near Salisbury), East Stour, South Petherton (David Hall) and Westbury-sub-Mendip.

If you like cake – or perhaps even dream of running your own bakery – Love, Sarah is for you. It’s a sweet (in both senses) romcom, starring Celia Imrie, and it’s being shown by Moviola at Odcombe, Ringwod (Greyfriars), Watchet (Knights Templar School), Cheddon and West Monkton, and Hardington Mandeville.

Other November titles are Sound of Metal, at Winsford, Chard (Holyrood Academy), Downton and Netherbury; Nomadland at Kingsbury Episcopi, Highcliffe (Waterford Rd), Wookey Hole, Rode and Norton St Philip; The Personal History of David Copperfield at Steeple Ashton; Limbo at Beaminster (Public Hall), Brockenhurst, Crowcombe, Winsford, East Knoyle and Watchet; Poster Boys at Dunster and West Camel; and Supernova at Motcombe and Halstock.

Moviola listings are in the Arts Diary, and for more information about the films and venues visit www.moviola.org

Pictured: Scenes from The Last Bus, Dream Horse and The Father.