Moviola in February

THE big Moviola film for February is The Great Escaper – not to be confused with the Second World War drama which starred Steve McQueen and a particularly daring motorbike stunt. It does however have a wartime connection and it is based on a true story.

Directed by Oliver Parker, the 2023 biographical drama stars Michael Caine and Glenda Jackson as Bernard Jackson and his wife, and tells how the 89-year-old Royal Navy veteran “broke out” of his nursing home to attend the 70th anniversary D-Day commemorations in France in June 2014.

The film is the final screen performances for both Glenda Jackson, who died in June, nine months after filming finished, and Michael Caine, who announced his retirement from acting in October.

The Great Escaper is being shown throughout February at many Moviola venues in our region: South Petherton (David Hall), Fawley (Jubilee Hall), Crowcombe, Hawkchurch, Yetminster, Bourton, Churchinford, Shepton Montague, Hanging Langford, Watchet (Cinema), Bransgore, Beer, Rode, Sixpenny Handley, Westbury-sub-Mendip, Winterslow, Edington (Somerset), Royal Wootton Bassett (RWB Academy), Somerton (Parish Rooms), Leigh (Dorset), Warminster (Civic Centre), East Stour, Norton Fitzwarren, West Camel and Norton St Philip.

For dates see the Arts Diary and for more on the film and venues and times, visit www.moviola.org

Beautiful to look at, Kenneth Branagh’s latest Poirot is A Haunting in Venice, on screen at Royal Wootton Bassett (RWB Academy), Kingsbury Episcopi, Beaminster (Public Rooms), Chilthorne Domer, Shrewton, Crowcombe and Castle Cary (Caryford Hall).

Set in 1967, The Miracle Club follows the story of three generations of close friends, Lily (Maggie Smith), Eileen (Kathy Bates) and Dolly (Agnes O’Casey) of Ballygar, outside Dublin, who win a pilgrimage to the sacred French town of Lourdes – that place of miracles that draws millions of visitors each year. Just before their trip, their old friend Chrissie (Laura Linney) arrives in Ballygar for her mother’s funeral. Chrissie, a sceptical traveler, joins the trio in place of her mother. It is being shown at Kilmington (Devon), Ditcheat (Jubilee Hall), South Petherton (David Hall), Hythe (Parish Hall), Calne and Ringwood (Greyfriars).

Scrapper is the story of 12 year old Georgie (the talented Lola Campbell) living alone in her London flat, who has to confront reality when her estranged father, Jason, shows up out of nowhere. Uninterested in a sudden new parental figure, she remains stubbornly resistant to his efforts. As they both adjust to their new circumstances, Georgie and Jason soon find that they still have a lot of growing up to do. Scrapper will be shown at Bradford on Avon (St Margaret’s Hall), Codford St Peter (Woolstore Theatre), Chard (Guildhall), Frogham, Bishopstone (near Salisbury), and Watchet (Watchet Cinema).

The month’s other films are a 80th anniversary screening of Double Indemnity at West Pennard; and Martin Scorsese’s powerful (and very long) Killers of the Flower Moon, at Netherbury.

Pictured: The Great Escaper, Scrapper and The Miracle Club.