Double bill with Cinema Obscura

IT is great news to welcome back Cinema Obscura, the always-adventurous film society based at Wiveliscombe on Exmoor. Screenings at The Shambles Cinema – Wiveliscombe Town Hall – resume with a double bill over the weekend of 5th to 7th April.

A Life on the Farm, being shown on Friday 5th at 7pm and Sunday at 7.30, is a documentary, which is described as “a strange story from Somerset, about a filmmaking farmer and the inspiring legacy of his long-lost home movies … a moving and laugh-out-loud document of a vision of rural life in danger of being lost to history.”

When filmmaker Oscar Harding’s grandfather passed away, his family inherited an extraordinary video tape – a feature-length home movie from neighbour Charles Carson. Charles was an inventor, an outsider artist and a pioneer of death positivity, to name just a few of the filmmaking farmer’s unusual achievements. Charles’ life and work are examined by those who knew him best, as well as a whole new generation of fans who have been inspired by the legacy he left behind.

The second film is The Nettle Dress, hugely praised for its delicate beauty, as “a modern-day fairytale and hymn to the healing power of nature and slow craft.” It is being shown on Sunday at 4pm.

The documentary by Dylan Howitt is the story of textile artist Allan Brown who spent seven years making a dress by hand, using fibre from locally foraged stinging nettles. It is “hedgerow couture” – green slow fashion – and also a healing process for Allan, surviving the death of his wife, and finding a uniquely beautiful way to honour her memory.