Pick’n’mix Moviola in July

MOVIOLA’s July programme looks like a run-down of the most popular and interesting films of the last six months, with no single film dominating the listings for the rural film project’s village hall and community centre circuit.

The most popular films are Mary Poppins Returns and Sometimes, Always, Never – a film starring Bill Nighy, who has acquired the national treasure status of Judi Dench or Maggie Smith, meaning that his presence virtually guarantees appeal for the Moviola hall partners.

The new film stars Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins, with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, Dick Van Dyke, Angela Lansbury, Colin Firth, and Meryl Streep. Set 25 years after the original film, the story finds Mary Poppins, Jane and Michael’s former nanny, returning to the Banks family in 1930s London, one year after a family tragedy.

Mary Poppins Returns will be shown at St Margaret’s Hall, Bradford-on-Avon, Wookey Hole, Chard and Hanging Langford. Full details of venues and times are on the Moviola website www.moviola.org

Sometimes, Always, Never is a story about words – particularly the game of Scrabble – and communication. Nighy plays Alan, a retired tailor, who has retreated into his eccentricities and love of Scrabble to shield himself from the cares of the world, and particularly the loss of his son, who left home decades ago after a row over a game of Scrabble. Alan has continued to search for him, but the quest has been difficult for his other son Peter (Sam Riley) who feels that he was always second-best.

The Guardian reviewer said: “There’s a beguiling Englishness to this elegant, offbeat comedy-drama, terrifically written by Frank Cottrell-Boyce.” Sometimes, Always, Never is on screen with Moviola at Shrewton, Bransgore, Watchet, Mere, Colyton, Winterslow, Steeple Ashton, Bournemouth (Shelley Theatre), and Stogursey.

A Private War is the story of the fearless war correspondent Marie Colvin, who was distinctive with the black eye patch she wore after being injured whilecovering the Tamil Tigers insurrection in Sri Lankar. Rosamund Pike plays Colvin, a woman who is as comfortable downing martinis with social elites as she is staring down warlords. Driven by an imperative to bear witness and give voice to the voiceless, Colvin charges into danger, constantly testing the limits between bravery and bravado. A Private War is at Codford (Woolstore Theatre) and Bournemouth (Shelley Theatre).

Wild Rose stars the charismatic and multi-talented Jessie Buckley, as a Glaswegian single mother of two, with Julie Walters as her tough mother. Rose is fresh out of prison, juggling work and two children while chasing her dream of becoming a country music star. This hugely praised film is coming to Bournemouth (Shelley Theatre), Brockenhurst and Nether Stowey.

Mary, Queen of Scots, at Edington, Nether Wallop, South Petherton’s David Hal and Downton, stars Saoirse Ronan as the Scottish queen and Margot Robbie as her English cousin and nemesis, Elizabeth.

Other July films are: First Man at Kilmington (Devon), and Beaminster; the Oscar-winning Green Book, at Kingsbury Episcopi, Hinton St George and Brockenhurst; The Keeper at Highcliffe, Royal Wootton Bassett, Bishopstone (near Salisbury) and West Camel; The Upside at South Petherton’s David Hall; On The Basis of Sex at Colerne, Hythe, Charmouth and Bournemouth (Shelley Theatre); Can You Ever Forgive Me? at Hanging Langford, Sherborne, Crowcombe and Grittleton; The Favourite at Nunney, Motcombe, Halstock and Membury (Devon); Bohemian Rhapsody at Somerton; Stan and Ollie at Warminster (Civic Centre) and Bothenhampton; Shoplifters at Beer; and Vice at Norton St Philip.

Pictured: Mary Poppins Returns; Sometimes, Always, Never; and A Private War.