Oscar stars shine for Moviola in May

OSCAR winners Green Book and The Favourite are two of the three most popular films for Moviola’s May programme. Stan and Ollie, the acclaimed biopic about the later career of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, is also being widely shown in many of the rural cinema project’s venues across the region.

Green Book, winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture and Best Actor (Viggo Mortensen), is loosely based on the true story of an African American concert pianist Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali)) who hires an Italian American bouncer as his driver on a tour of venues through the American South in the 1960s. The “green book: was a guide for African-Americans to find motels, restaurants, and filling stations that would serve them.

It is being shown at Codford, Bransgore, Sherborne, Wookey Hole, Chard, Crowcombe, Boscombe (Shelley Theatre), Charmouth,  Nether Wallop, Winterslow, Nether Stowey, Leigh, Hythe, Great Bedwyn, Tatworth, Castle Cary, Grittleton, Norton St Philip, Beaminster, Colerne, Nunney, Watchet, Motcombe, Edington, Mere and West Camel.

Full details of the films are on the website, www.moviola.org – the dates and venues are in the Fine Times Recorder arts diary every week.

The brilliant, darkly funny and often outrageous period drama, The Favourite, with Olivia Colman as Queen Anne and Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone as the rivals for her affection, is at Hardington Mandeville, Bickenhall, South Petherton, Boscombe (Shelley Theatre), Codford, Kingsbury Episcopi, Crowcombe, Shrewton, Chard, Pewsey, Warminster, Colyton and Bishopstone (near Salisbury).

Stan and Ollie, starring John C Reilly and a never-better Steve Coogan is at Kilmington (Devon), Hanging Langford, Ringwood, Nunney, Watchet, Doulting, Beaminster, Beer, Bradford-on-Avon, Motcombe, Chedden and West Monkton, Edington, Somerton, Membury, Colyton, Bishopstone (near Swindon), Hinton St George, Hardington Mandeville, Grittleton and Nether Stowey.

First Man – Kingsbury Episcopi, Boscombe (Shelley Theatre),  West Camel,

Other popular films this month are the footballing story, The Keeper at Royal Wootton Bassett, Bishopstone (near Salisbury), Bradford-on-Avon, Halstock, Membury, Brockenhurst,  Norton St Philip and Watchet; Mary Poppins Returns at Boscombe (Shelley Theatre), Collingbourne Ducis, Stogumber, Downton, Pewsey, Steeple Ashton, Kilmington (Devon), Bothenhampton and Doulting; the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody and Brockenhurst, Hinton St George, Colerne, Mere, Bothenhampton, Halstock, Marnhull, Frogham and Royal Wootton Bassett; A Private War, about the late foreign correspondent Marie Colvin, at South Petherton, Tisbury, Shrewton, Warminster, Watchet, Nether Wallop, Downton; and Mary, Queen of Scots, with Saoirse Ronan in the title role, at Stogumber, Bransgore, Boscombe (Shelley Theatre), West Lydford and Hythe.

The month’s other films are: Shoplifters at Crowcombe and Wookey Hole; The Upside at Boscombe (Shelley Theatre), Charmouth, Winterslow and Bickenhall; Free Solo at Somerton and South Petherton; Vice at South Petherton; Can You Ever Forgive Me? at Beer, Castle Cary and Boscombe (Shelley Theatre); On The Basis of Sex at Sherborne; Sometimes, Always, Never at Somerton, Leigh, Marnhull, Holwell and Tatworth; Capernaum at Hanging Langford and Border at Crowcombe.

Pictured: Scenes from Green Book, The Favourite and Stan and Ollie.