With around 50 of our own screens operating every month and more than 250 Associates, Moviola is one of the largest community film exhibitors in Europe. Our community cinema service is made up of three elements:
A complete cinema service for village halls and other community venues across Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire and parts of Somerset and Devon. For more information click on Venues or any of the county buttons on the main menu.
A programming and film booking service for individual community venues and touring schemes across the UK. For more information please visit our Associate Registration page.
Advice and guidance (consultancy) for anyone who wishes to establish their own rural cinema. Please contact us to find out more.
The Company and Charity share the same formal objectives: “promoting, maintaining, improving and advancing education within the community at large and particularly in the rural areas of the United Kingdom by the promotion and performance of cinematography and films of all genres and including the provision of consultancy services in the performance of film to other individuals and organisations in the United Kingdom”.
Moviola has been showing films in a community setting since 2001. The first three years of our work might be regarded as a ‘pilot’ period with the organisation finally being incorporated as ‘Dorset Film Touring’ on 24 February 2004 with the Company Number 5053960. ‘Dorset Film Touring’ was registered as United Kingdom Charity 1107649 on 17 January 2005. In summer 2009, the Company and Charity officially adopted the name ‘Moviola’ in order to reflect the growth in the UK-wide work and reputation of the organisation.
Dorset DT9 6LL
Telephone: (+44) 01935 872607
Philip lives in the village of Bicknoller in Somerset, on the edge of the Quantock Hills, and not far from Crowcombe where he is the organiser for Crowcombe Cinema, a Moviola Associate. In the 1980s he helped set up a risk management consultancy, working originally with energy companies but more recently in food safety and healthcare. He is semi-retired but still does some occasional assignments. Amongst other activities, he is a volunteer Ranger with the Quantocks AONB service and is the vice-Chairman of Friends of Quantock, a local conservation charity that acts as the public watchdog of the Quantock Hills.
Trustee & Director
Roger carries out a lot of voluntary sector activity and runs the annual Sherborne International Film Festival. He was also instrumental in setting up the town’s first Literary Festival and is a Director of Artslink, a community arts organisation. Roger spent 10 years in the international travel and tourism industry, working as a Director for VisitBritain, before setting up his own consultancy Destination Experiences in 2007.
Dr Brian Clay
Trustee & DirectorBrian has been involved with Moviola since its origins in Dorset Film Touring by way of his work as Regional Secretary of the South West Group of Cinema for All, previously known as-the British Federation of Film Societies, and as past Chair of Dorchester Film Society. These days he lives in Bristol which allows him to liaise on Moviola’s behalf with the film exhibition network though Film Hub South West based in the city – as well as watching a lot of films at the Bristol Watershed.
Trustee & Director
Helen is the Parish Development Officer for Hythe & Dibden. One of her earliest projects was working in partnership with Moviola to set up the cinema in Hythe, which has been operating for 9 years now. In her free time she takes photographs of bands and writes concert and CD reviews for a number of music publications.
Trustee & Director
David lives in the village of Crowcombe. He has been instrumental with many others in building a large village hall, which has provided an ideal venue for films. As a Moviola Associate David organises the monthly films which regularly attract an audience of a hundred. Always concerned with the maintenance of community life in a village, David has, for many years, edited the village newsletter. and chairs the Events Committee for The Somerset Gardens Trust.
Dr Elaine Hendrickson
Trustee & Director
Elaine was born in the United States but came to London for postgraduate study. She stayed to finish her PhD and became a Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience. Since her retirement she has been living in Beaminster, and is involved in community choirs, the annual Beaminster Festival and the very successful Beaminster Moviola.
Trustee & DirectorCarol is a retired Teacher and Health Promotion Co-ordinator who played a major role in establishing the government’s Healthy Schools’ Scheme in Berkshire and Dorset. She has helped develop various community activities in Beaminster where she now lives, including a successful community choir and leading U3A and WI groups. She is a keen supporter and active team member of Beaminster Moviola.
You can get in touch with any of the team by visiting our contact page here.
Tony came to Moviola from the Chase Manhattan Bank. For many years he served as the Financial Director before joining the team as an employee – the Finance Officer. In this role he works to promote the organisation externally, liaising closely with the BFI and other funders, and he has a particular passion for working to ensure the sustainability of community cinema in the UK.
Toby looks after film programming, booking and licensing, chooses shorts and compiles your support discs, and is in overall charge of the Associate’s programme. Contact him for any enquiries with film choices or bookings. You can also get in touch with him if you would like to register as an Associate.
Christina runs Head Office and administers the Moviola Partner programme. If you are a Moviola partner, contact her about booking details, content dispatch, technical details and equipment for your shows. She can also deal with any general queries you may have not related to film choices.
Communications & Diversity Officer
Neil’s role is to ensure all Moviola’s activities are accurately documented across all platforms. He will be working closely with Partners and Associates to establish best practices and safeguard the sustainability of community cinema throughout the network for years to come. His work involves visiting key industry members and undertaking detailed research into expanding audiences, volunteers and venues as part of the BFI2022 initiative. He has a wealth of knowledge regarding the film industry having worked behind the camera and within the cinema sector for many years, in addition to his work as a film critic and broadcaster.
Vision & Aims
To be an efficient, accountable, partnership-based, sustainable and best value organisation which provides opportunities for the enjoyment and appreciation of cinema for people living in rural areas of the United Kingdom, and in particular Dorset, Devon, Hampshire, Somerset and Wiltshire, especially for those whose ability to access quality cinema is limited
This Vision will be achieved by: Providing a year round local film exhibition service through the Moviola scheme Devising and delivering special film events Providing a UK wide programming advice and film booking service for community groups Providing a consultancy service for those seeking to begin or enhance rural film exhibition Working in partnership with other film exhibitors and similar groups across the UK to develop a vibrant rural cinema service Creating & developing robust and effective management and operation Designing and maintaining a sustainable model of business operation
How We Work & What We Stand For
- Moviola Ltd exists to provide a range of high quality cinema-related events for people living in rural parts of the UK, and especially Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, Somerset and Wiltshire, with the aim of redressing the imbalance between town and countryside in arts availability and participation.
- Moviola Ltd has adopted an open and democratic management structure and has a policy of welcoming the active participation of people from all sectors of the community in its activities.
- In particular Moviola Ltd aims to ensure that all aspects of its activities, notably but not exclusively
- Job recruitment
- Volunteer recruitment and involvement
- Programming policy
- Publications and marketing
– will be delivered regardless of age, gender, race, nationality, ethnic origin, religion, disability, marital status and sexual orientation.