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#MoviolaTogether Week 5 – Sexy Beast

#MoviolaTogether Week 5 – Sexy Beast

Welcome to Week 5 of #MoviolaTogether!

This week’s voting has turned up a surprise in SEXY BEAST (2000) as our film of the week!

You can find it here: https://www.channel4.com/programmes/sexy-beast

Please tell us your thoughts on the film and drop us a line on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or WhatsApp don’t forget to include the name of your local Moviola venue!

Last week’s film was THE TITFIELD THUNDERBOLT – the charming Ealing Studios film about a rebellious community coming together to save their beloved trainline from a bus replacement service (and don’t we all hate those?).

Helen B commented on Facebook:

 We really enjoyed this film and loved the fact it was so unsophisticated!
I have also just found out that we can still watch and catch up with the other films on the choices lists which is great.
Thank you and well done Moviola team!
.

Edwina from Orkney on WhatsApp:

 “Well, a bit of whimsey and of its time! Also wonderful to see the old cars, steam rollers and steam trains- evocative of that era. Love that everyone was so smartly dressed even when running down the hill for water! Not a tracksuit or builders bum in sight… Glad to see it though and enjoyed the implausibility of it all!    

SEXY BEAST has an unfortunate title that might put you off – but then again, many of the best films do (lest us forget films like Hideous Kinky or The Reader). 

This is a tough, but darkly comic film about a retired British gangster sunning himself on the Costa when an old face entices him to come back into the fold to do one last job.

 

Starring Ray Winstone, Amanda Redman & Sir Ben Kingsley – it features the crème de la crème of British actors at the turn of the millennium, and we think its captures the post-yuppie ex-pat era incredibly well – with its tongue firmly in its cheek. Whilst many people will know gritty Ray from adverts encouraging us to bet in between half-time breaks during football matches, some of you may be shocked to see Sir Ben deliver lines of dialogue that would make even our own mother blush. The director, Jonathan Glazer, has gone on to make a handful of films since including one of our favourites of the 21st Century Under The Skin.

So, to join in with #MoviolaTogether – simply watch the film and tell us your thoughts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or WhatsApp.

To watch SEXY BEAST:

Channel 4’s ALL 4 service is available on all Smart TV’s, Sky boxes, Playstations, tablets and computers.

Basically -everywhere.

Or follow this link

https://www.channel4.com/programmes/sexy-beast

 We can’t wait to hear from you!

ADDED BONUS CONTENT:

The director Jonathan Glazer seldom makes films, and since 2013, cinema fans have been awaiting his next instalment. You can see a strangely compelling short film – THE FALL –  he made last year and quietly sneaked onto the BBC iPlayer here.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07rq86b

Our Home Town – free National Lottery funded screening Friday 8th May

Our Home Town – free National Lottery funded screening Friday 8th May

If you’re stuck for some homegrown entertainment, we’ve been contacted by Ben Hartshorn about a lovely free screening event taking place on Friday 8th May 2020, via Youtube. The project was funded by The National Lottery’s Heritage Fund, enabling filmmakers to create films in their local area – in this case, Crewkerne in Somerset.

Ben says;

“Back in 2005, I managed a project at Crewkerne Museum that gave young people in the town the opportunity to make films about their local heritage and culture.

The outcome of this was 5 shorts films that together became ‘Our Home Town’, a DVD that won top prize in the Young People category of Heritage Heroes 2006, organised by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

HLF said at the time –

This project is both inter-generational and empowering; it shows young people taking control, steering and enjoying their project and taking an interest in their surroundings, the place where they live, their home town. To quote one of the young people ‘it made a boring place interesting’.

Now, 15 years later, I’ve finally put them on Crewkerne Museum’s YouTube channel and we’re showing them online for the first time, starting at 7.30pm on Friday 8 May.

I’d like to invite you to grab a bag of popcorn and join us!”

 You can join the stream 7:30pm Friday 8th May by clicking the link here:

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFH3OuFW_KM

Vote For Week 5 of #MoviolaTogether

Vote For Week 5 of #MoviolaTogether

 

Week 4 saw Moviola audiences votefor the Ealing Studio classic – The Titfield Thunderbolt.

There’s plenty of time to watch the film and offer your thoughts through our Facebook, Twitter or WhatsApp!

We’ll be posting a summary of selected thoughts when we announce this week’s film on Saturday morning

 

We are choosing films that are readily available for free through YouTube, BBC iPlayer, All4 and other free platforms so that there is no expense for anyone who wishes to watch along.

This might mean that the film isn’t fresh out of the cinemas, but it also is a good opportunity to catch up with something that you may have missed over the last few years.

This week’s choices are a mixture of new, old and exploratory – will you pick a creature comfort or go for something out of the box that’s exciting and new?

The shortlist is as follows

(click each title to find out more)

IMPERIUM (2016)

LEANING INTO THE WIND (2017)

BUNNY AND THE BULL (2009)

THE SENSE OF AN ENDING (2017)

SEXY BEAST (2000)

LORD OF THE FLIES (1963)

THINGS TO COME (2016)

THE DAMNED UNITED (2009)

THE ELEPHANT MAN (1980)

Voting closes on Saturday 2nd May at 10am so make your choice at a click of a button below

(Results will be revealed on Saturday lunchtime)

What is your #MoviolaTogether choice for our 5th weekend?
  • SEXY BEAST (2000) on All 4 33%, 2 votes
    2 votes 33%
    2 votes - 33% of all votes
  • LEANING INTO THE WIND (2017) on All 4 17%, 1 vote
    1 vote 17%
    1 vote - 17% of all votes
  • THE SENSE OF AN ENDING (2017) on BBC iPlayer 17%, 1 vote
    1 vote 17%
    1 vote - 17% of all votes
  • THINGS TO COME (2016) on All 4 17%, 1 vote
    1 vote 17%
    1 vote - 17% of all votes
  • THE ELEPHANT MAN (1980) 17%, 1 vote
    1 vote 17%
    1 vote - 17% of all votes
  • IMPERIUM (2016) on BBC iPlayer 0%, 0 votes
    0 votes
    0 votes - 0% of all votes
  • BUNNY AND THE BULL (2009) on All 4 0%, 0 votes
    0 votes
    0 votes - 0% of all votes
  • LORD OF THE FLIES (1963) on My 5 0%, 0 votes
    0 votes
    0 votes - 0% of all votes
  • THE DAMNED UNITED (2009) 0%, 0 votes
    0 votes
    0 votes - 0% of all votes
Total Votes: 6
30th April 2020 - 2nd May 2020
Voting is closed
Planning Ahead with Moviola

Planning Ahead with Moviola

As we write this, the future of community cinemas might seem like a speck on the horizon yet to come into focus. Details of government guidance for public gatherings may not have been issued as of yet, but that does not stop community cinema organisers taking stock of their current offerings and assessing how that may be impacted in the future. As part of our remit to support our community venues, Moviola wants each cinema to be as successful as possible, but does that mean keeping calm and carrying on? Could your regular audiences be affected? Are there other audiences within your local community who could be encouraged to visit your venue for a regular film fix?

We realise that almost every community venue knows what is best for their cinema, after all, many of you have been running them for several years. While there is some downtime in our scheduled screenings, Moviola is offering 1-2-1 consultations via email or telephone to discuss how your cinema and plan for the future. This may not be a fully realised plan due to announcements yet to be made, but we firmly believe we can help one another using successful examples of best practices and industry.

We also want to hear from all of our venues about their success stories (and failures)  – whether that was a new ticketing system, type of film or a different approach completely.

 

Our communication & diversity officer, Neil, is still at hand to give advice and help you start putting a framework in place. He will then work with you to flesh the details out as time progresses, with new legislation and ideas of how community cinemas can incorporate them into their current setups.

We will help you look at all aspects of your community cinema – whether that’s help with marketing (setting up social media groups or adverts), planning your types of programming to give a rich mix of films that will grow and sustain your audiences, or even basic advice on facilities and showmanship to add that sparkle to your screenings.

To book a session – simply fill out the form and we’ll get in contact with you in due course.

Book a 1-2-1 session here

Moviola is always at hand to help your cinema be the best it can be!

#MoviolaTogether Week 4 – The Titfield Thunderbolt

#MoviolaTogether Week 4 – The Titfield Thunderbolt

We’ve made it to WEEK 4 of #MoviolaTogether!

Another vote by Moviola audiences has decreed that THE TITFIELD THUNDERBOLT is our film of the week!

(by an inch!)

You can find it here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03mv97b/the-titfield-thunderbolt

Please tell us your thoughts on the film and drop us a line on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or WhatsApp don’t forget to include the name of your local Moviola venue!

Last week’s film was BRASSED OFF – a bitter-sweet tale of a small mining town’s toot to glory with its colliery band which brought together both young & old.

Philip Comer, Moviola’s Chairman, told us on Facebook:

Just love this film, and Pete Postlethwaite is just so good. Good performances all round and a good uplifting story (much needed just now) with a serious message as well. 5 stars for me.

Ursula on Facebook:

 “Watched it. Loved it. Again. Still miss Pete Postlethwaite. Such a good actor   

Edwina on WhatsApp:

 “Triumph of hope over adversity indeed and lovely to see it again and places in Saddleworth I am very familiar with. Good acting, scenery and music- though the professional musicians easily spotted! The cheeks had it! Glad to have a reason to see it again as I am not keen on seeing films for a second time really. Well recommended.   

THE TITFIELD THUNDERBOLT is nominally a success story of how a community rallies together to take on the adversaries that may threaten their tranquil lives and, indeed, their very existence! 

The wheels of industry may prefer to run on roads, but the village of Titfield have other ideas. A film filled with defiance and subterfuge  – can the plucky residence get to keep their beloved locomotive chugging along?

 

Although, at the time, THE TITFIELD THUNDERBOLT wasn’t as warmly embraced by the British public as previous Ealing Studios output, the film has enjoyed a resurgence in admiration that we can only speculate has increased since the privatisation of the railway system. Pitting buses vs trains may seem like two sides of the same coin fighting one another today, but we think there’s a slightly more romantic notion of a steam train pulling into a platform than the No.34 parking up at a bus stop.

To join in with #MoviolaTogether – simply watch the film and tell us your thoughts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or WhatsApp.

THE TITFIELD THUNDERBOLT is available on: 

BBC’s iPlayer service available on all Smart TV’s, Playstations, tablets and computers.

Basically -everywhere.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03mv97b/the-titfield-thunderbolt

 We can’t wait to hear from you!

ADDED BONUS CONTENT:

Here’s all the outtakes from the film made available by The Huntley Archive.

Whilst not funny bloopers that we are used to in our outtakes of today, these clips serve as a timely reminder of the locomotives of yesteryear

Vote For Week 4 of #MoviolaTogether

Vote For Week 4 of #MoviolaTogether

Thank you to everyone who joined in with our third weekend of #MoviolaTogether with our choice of Brassed Off.

We had many comments across all of our social media channels – so a big THANK YOU – to everyone who got involved! We’ll be posting a summary of selected thoughts when we announce this week’s film on Friday evening.

 

We are choosing films that are readily available for free through YouTube, BBC iPlayer, All4 and other free platforms so that there is no expense for anyone who wishes to watch along.

This might mean that the film isn’t fresh out of the cinemas, but it also is a good opportunity to catch up with something that you may have missed over the last few years.

This week’s choices are a mixture of new, old and exploratory – will you pick a creature comfort or go for something out of the box that’s exciting and new?

The shortlist is as follows

(click each title to find out more)

QUEEN OF VERSAILLES (2012)

LOVELESS (2017)

CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA (2014)

SCHOOL FOR SCOUNDRELS (1960)

GOLD (1974)

THE TITFIELD THUNDERBOLT (1953)

BORDER (2018)

KON-TIKI (2012)

KALEIDOSCOPE (2016)

Voting closes on Friday 24th April at 3pm so make your choice at a click of a button below!

What is your #MoviolaTogether choice for our fourth weekend?
  • THE TITFIELD THUNDERBOLT (1953) on BBC iPlayer 38%, 3 votes
    3 votes 38%
    3 votes - 38% of all votes
  • CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA (2014) on BBC iPlayer 25%, 2 votes
    2 votes 25%
    2 votes - 25% of all votes
  • KON-TIKI (2012) 25%, 2 votes
    2 votes 25%
    2 votes - 25% of all votes
  • BORDER (2018) 13%, 1 vote
    1 vote 13%
    1 vote - 13% of all votes
  • QUEEN OF VERSAILLES (2012) on BBC iPlayer 0%, 0 votes
    0 votes
    0 votes - 0% of all votes
  • LOVELESS (2017) on All 4 0%, 0 votes
    0 votes
    0 votes - 0% of all votes
  • SCHOOL FOR SCOUNDRELS (1960) on BBC iPlayer 0%, 0 votes
    0 votes
    0 votes - 0% of all votes
  • GOLD (1974) on My5 0%, 0 votes
    0 votes
    0 votes - 0% of all votes
  • KALEIDOSCOPE (2016) on All 4 0%, 0 votes
    0 votes
    0 votes - 0% of all votes
Total Votes: 8
23rd April 2020 - 24th April 2020
Voting is closed

#MoviolaTogether Week 3 – Brassed Off

#MoviolaTogether Week 3 – Brassed Off

We’re onto week 3 of #MoviolaTogether. After a democractic vote – BRASSED OFF came out on top.

There shall be no extension to this result! Brassed Off means Brassed Off!

The film is available to watch through Channel 4’s catch up service either on your TV or through the internet here: https://www.channel4.com/programmes/brassed-off/on-demand/20051-001

Please tell us your thoughts on the film and drop us a line on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or WhatsApp don’t forget to include the name of your local Moviola venue!

Last week’s film was LOCAL HERO – a quirky comedy set in the far reaches of Scotland where an oil refinery is to be built by a Texan company, who sends their employee to get the locals to move out.

Helen, from Screen in the Square in Orkney, told us on Facebook:

“Seen this film several times now and it gets better every time! Also very pertinent for us living on an island! Thanks for screening it.

Helen (another one!) told us via WhatsApp:

 “Local Hero has a similar theme to Fisherman’s Friends but fell short for me. It brought home to me that the big screen is so much better. You can become involved in the story without the distractions of phone, family wandering in, etc.”  

Over on WhatsApp, someone suggest we hold a poll and from the nine films chosen (available for free in the UK), BRASSED OFF (1996) came out on top. Top brass.

Starring the late Pete Postlethwaite, Ewan McGregor and Tara Fitzgerald. 

It’s grim(ethorpe) up north as the local pit is closed down in a Yorkshire town. Everyone is down and out but there’s a light at the end of the tunnel! The mine’s colliery band are pretty good, having passed on the tradition from generation to generation, and there’s a talent contest that might put Grimethorpe back on the map. Can the conductor, Danny, pull together this ragtag bunch of enthusiasts to take the top prize?

The real-life Grimethorpe colliery band are featured in the film and performed all of the music. Their concert at The Royal Albert Hall on the 15th April was sadly cancelled, so instead the band performed music live for Film Four as part of their television screening. You can watch their ‘at home’ performance of Danny Boy here: https://twitter.com/i/status/1250529869617905668

 

To join in with #MoviolaTogether – simply watch the film and tell us your thoughts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or WhatsApp.

BRASSED OFF is available on FilmFour ‘s catchup service ALL 4 .

You can watch it through Sky TV’s catch up service, on your smart TV, or your tablet/laptop/phone by going here:

https://www.channel4.com/programmes/brassed-off

 We can’t wait to hear from you!

For further fun, once you’ve seen the film, here’s a Q&A with star Jim Carter from a previous performance held at The Royal Albert Hall and made available thanks to the RAH’s archive. It stars Tara Fitzgerald, Stephen Tompkinson, the producer and the director/writer.

It’s a lovely little addition to understand what it took to get the film made!

5 of the Best: Amazon Prime

5 of the Best: Amazon Prime

Amazon UK do more than drop your parcels off at your door – they also have a film and music service incorporated into their paid-for delivery service (Prime Video & Prime Music).

For £7.99 a month you’ll not only get their delivery service but also access to their vast library of films and TV shows. – currently, Prime Video is offering a 30-day free trial here.

Here are our top 5 film picks as of April 2020.

We’ve also shared our favourite five from Netflix UK here

 

1. The Aeronauts

After doing a very limited cinema run, Tom Harper (Peaky Blinders, Wild Rose), brings his high-flying film exclusively to Prime Video. Starring hot young British stars Felicity Jones, Eddie Redmayne & Himesh Patel – a fanciful ‘true story’ of a scientist’s determination to prove to his peers that the weather can be predicted by using a hot air balloon to test his theory out. Not for anyone who suffers from vertigo!

2. Wild Rose

Tom Harper makes it back into our list with a heart-warming and uplifting tale of Glasweigan ex-con Rose-Lynn (Jessie Buckley (Chernobyl)), whose passion for her dreams of being a country music star are brought crashing back down to earth when she realises life isn’t that simple. Can Rose-Lynn look after her children and keep the dream of going to Nashville alive? The original songs by real-life country stars will keep your toes tapping as you follow Rose-Lynn’s funny & touching journey.

3. Once

Another musical, but don’t let that put you off this organic love story of an Irish busker who happens upon a young Eastern European musician and… the rest writes itself – or does it?

The music in the film won an Oscar and deservedly so, as John Carney’s films are renown for their captivating soundtracks. The two leads would then go on to make a film about their troubled real-life experiences in the heart-breaking The Swell Season.

4. The Hunt For The Wilderpeople

If you’ve ever been a Girl Guide or Scout, then this film will cheer your up no end. A comedy from New Zealand director Taika Waititi, Sam Neill (Jurassic Park) is a curmudgeonly bush-man who reluctantly adopts a troubled young man. Will he be able to keep the teen out of trouble and teach him the way of the wild? A rip-roaring adventure, chock-full of weird humour and you’re guaranteed to leave this film with a giant smile on your face.

5. Blinded By The Light

A film which proved popular for Moviola audiences last season. Blinded By The Light by British director Gurinder Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham) sees the true story of Javed, who dreams of writing for a living, experience teenage life in 1980’s Luton. One day a friend lends him a Bruce Springsteen cassette and his life is transformed. Notable for the inclusion of Michael Fish’s 1987 ‘there’s no hurricane coming’ moment. Based on the book Greetings From Bury Park by Sarfraz Manzoor.

 

That’s our five from Moviola HQ for Amazon – what are yours?

Leave a comment below or share your thoughts on our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram 

Keep your eyes on our message board for other recommendations on different platforms coming soon!

5 of the Best: Netflix UK

5 of the Best: Netflix UK

Many of you will be familiar with Netflix as an option of watching films at home. The versatile platform not only has an excellent variety of content from the big and small screens, but it also has its own films and shows exclusive to the platform.

Starting from a reasonable £5.99 a month to consume as content much as you want, we think it’s one of the better offerings available to UK audiences. While Netflix will never replace the experience of watching films on the big screen, it does offer the opportunity to catch up with some fantastic titles that you might have missed during their theatrical runs.

We’ve also shared our favourite five from Amazon Prime UK here

Here are our top 5 picks as of April 2020:

 

1. Three Identical Strangers

This is one documentary that will have your jaw drop open… and then open further… and eventually hit the floor. Told piecemeal, the less you know about the story the better – suffice to say that these three strangers meet in the most bizarre manner, but how they were separated in the first instance, is even more amazing. A documentary that beats even the Tiger King!

2. Fighting With My Family

For older families, FWMF was a smash hit on the Moviola network last year with its mix of good ol’ British humour, lots of familiar faces and its captivating underdog story. Any wrestling fans will recognise the hustle of the WWE, but even if you’re not a fan of sweaty overweight men pretending to hit each other, director Stephen Merchant (of The Office fame), manages to sneak in a Ken Loach kitchen sink-drama beneath the power slams.

3. Babe

Based on the well-loved Dick King-Smith book, with all the fun of a farmyard! The plucky orphan pig, Babe sidles up to Farmer Hoggett at a country fair and is taken home to join the other animals. Babe settles in nicely, but after a tragic incident, is our little piglet to blame? Family fun and who can forget that dance!?

4. Uncorked

One of the latest film productions for Netflix. A twist on the father-son framework – a young man wants to become a master sommelier but his father wishes for him to continue the successful family BBQ business. Both kindly and soul-searching, Uncorked charts quieter times within the African American community that are often left untouched by mainstream films. Frequently humorous and touching. As our lead defiantly carves our his own niche, will everything go to plan?

5. Stranger than Fiction

Have you ever felt your life was being narrated by someone else? Was that someone else Emma Thompson?

Sufficiently restrained, Will Ferrell makes for the warm every-man who learns the error of his ways as a taxman who wakes up to his internal monologue dictating his every move. A surreal and funny film, but as reassuringly distracting as the voice in each of our heads.

 

That’s our five from Moviola HQ for Netflix – what are yours? Leave a comment below or share your thoughts on our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram 

Keep your eyes on our messageboard for other recommendations on different platforms coming soon!

Vote For Week 3 of #MoviolaTogether

Vote For Week 3 of #MoviolaTogether

Thank you to everyone who joined in with our second weekend of #MoviolaTogether with our choice of Local Hero.

It’s now time to switch things up and throw the choice over to you for this weekend’s film!

We are choosing films that are readily available for free through YouTube, BBC iPlayer, All4 and other free platforms so that there is no expense for anyone who wishes to watch along.

This might mean that the film isn’t fresh out of the cinemas, but it also is a good opportunity to catch up with something that you may have missed over the last few years.

Our poll below shows films we think are good uplifting films (once again, many of you cited that this is what you would like), that are both a mixture of old and new alike.

The shortlist is as follows

(click each title to find out more)

BRASSED OFF (1996)

ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS (2016)

I WISH (2011)

THE LAVENDER HILL MOB (1951)

SITA SINGS THE BLUES (2008)

VICTORIA & ABDUL (2017)

A FISH CALLED WANDA (1988)

CARRY ON UP THE KHYBER (1968)

EFFIE GRAY (2014)

Voting closes on Friday 17th April at 1pm so make your choice at a click of a button below!

 

Which film should be this weekend's #MoviolaTogether film?
  • BRASSED OFF (1996) on All4 33%, 5 votes
    5 votes 33%
    5 votes - 33% of all votes
  • EFFIE GRAY (2014) on BBC iPlayer 20%, 3 votes
    3 votes 20%
    3 votes - 20% of all votes
  • I WISH (2011) on All4 13%, 2 votes
    2 votes 13%
    2 votes - 13% of all votes
  • VICTORIA & ABDUL (2017) on BBC iPlayer 13%, 2 votes
    2 votes 13%
    2 votes - 13% of all votes
  • SITA SINGS THE BLUES (2008) on YouTube 7%, 1 vote
    1 vote 7%
    1 vote - 7% of all votes
  • THE LAVENDER HILL MOB (1951) on BBC iPlayer 7%, 1 vote
    1 vote 7%
    1 vote - 7% of all votes
  • A FISH CALLED WANDA (1988) on BBC iPlayer 7%, 1 vote
    1 vote 7%
    1 vote - 7% of all votes
  • ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS (2016) on BBC iPlayer 0%, 0 votes
    0 votes
    0 votes - 0% of all votes
  • CARRY ON UP THE KHYBER (1968) on ITV Hub 0%, 0 votes
    0 votes
    0 votes - 0% of all votes
Total Votes: 15
16th April 2020 - 17th April 2020
Voting is closed
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