Moviola in October

MOVIOLA, the rural cineplex, the organisaiton which brings films to rural communities across the region (and the country), has a wide-ranging and exciting selection for the autumn, including the multi-award-winning Nomadland and The Father, and Timothy Spall’s moving new film, The Last Bus.

Timothy Spall, who is well on the way to becoming a national treasure, plays 80-something Tom (Timothy Spall), whose wife has just passed away. He uses his free bus pass to travel from John O’Groats to Lands End where they first met, using only local buses. It’s a nostalgic trip, but he’s also carrying his wife’s ashes in a small suitcase, `taking her back’. In the course of his travels he interacts with local people, and by the end of his trip he has become a celebrity.

In October, The Last Bus is being shown at Hinton St George, Beaminster, Colerne, Membury, Crowcombe, Nether Wallop, Bishopstone (near Salisbury), Milborne Port, Marnhull, West Camel.

Check out the Arts Diary for dates, and for  all Moviola films, details of venues etc, visit www.moviola.org

If you think the Oscar-winning Nomadland has been over-hyped, go and see it and think again. This stunning moviee stars the always brilliant Frances McDormand as Fern, who packs her van, after the economic collapse of a company town in rural Nevada, and sets off on the road exploring a life outside of conventional society as a modern-day nomad. Most of the other people in the film are real-life nomads. It is moving and funny and shows a very different side to the contemporary United States.

Nomadland’s October showings with Moviola are at Odcombe, Churchinford, Chard (Holyrood Academy), Hanging Langford, Watchet (Knights Templar School), Norton sub Hamdon, Fontmell Magna, Stogursey, Brockenhurst, Cheddon and West Monkton, Edington (Somerset), South Petherton (David Hall), Holwell (near Sherborne), Castle Cary (Caryford Hall), East Knoyle and East Stour.

The always watchable and endlessly versatile Toni Collette stars as small-town Welsh bartender Jan Vokes in Dream Horse, based on a true story. With no money and no experience, Jan persuades her neighbors to chip in their meagre earnings to help raise Dream in the hopes he can compete with the racing elites.

See Dream Horse at Kingsbury Episcopi, Codford (Woolstore), Steeple Ashton, Leigh (near Sherborne), Shrewton, Winsford, Bransgore, Chedington, Halstock, Langford Budville (near Taunton), Hythe (Hythe and Dibden Parish Hall), and Hardington Mandeville.

Supernova stars Stanley Tucci and Colin Firth,as a musician and a novelist, partners of 20 years, who are travelling across England in their old camper van visiting friends, family and places from their past. Since Tusker (Tucci) was diagnosed with early-onset dementia two years ago, their time together is the most important thing they have. Supernova is at Yetminster (Jubilee Hall), Nunney, Bourton, Dunster, Watchet (Knights Templar School) and Downton.

Other Moviola films in October are: Sound of Metal , a powerful story of a young heavy metal drummer who is losing his hearing; it’s at Kilmington (Devon), Motcombe, Norton St Philip; Anthony Hopkins’ Oscar-winning turn in the lead role in Florian Zeller’s The Father, directed by the writer, at Netherbury; Celia Imrie in Love, Sarah, a sweet rom-cam about a cake shop; and  Rode has 23 Walks, with Alison Steadman and Dave Johns as two elderly people who meet and begin a tentative relationship over the course of 23 walks with their dogs in a London park.

Pictured: The Last Bus, Nomadland and Dream Horse