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One of the many benefits of being a Moviola audience member is being able to watch a relaxing short film as an amuse-bouche before the main event at your local venue.
As many film festivals and other events have been cancelled, a lot of their short film submissions are making their way online for free.
Here are 8 short films we think Moviola audiences will love.
- QUILT FEVER (2020)
Directed by Olivia Loomis Merrion (16mins)
There aren’t many short documentaries about quilting… but guess what?
We’ve found one and it’s incredibly sweet.
2. A-TISH-OO! (1941)
Directed by Maxwell Munden (6mins)
A topical short for topical times. We may well see another of these type of films coming to our screens soon!
3. WASP (2005)
Directed by Andrea Arnold (25 mins)
Not always a comfortable watch, but always compelling to witness Natalie Press (My Summer Of Love) and Danny Dyer (Eastenders, The Football Factory) struggle to make amorous connections in a world that constantly puts up barriers.
Little wonder that its director, Andrea Arnold, won the Oscar for Best Short Film and went one to make the critically revered films American Honey and Fish Tank.
- SIX SHOOTER (2004)
Directed by Martin McDonagh (26 mins)
Another Oscar-winning film from the Irish director Martin McDonagh (In Bruges, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) starring Brendan Gleeson.
This darkly comic short film follows a man who has just been informed his wife has died. On his journey home, he meets a strange person who…. well, we’ll let you find out!
- DOODLEBUG (1997)
Directed by Christopher Nolan (3 mins)
Before Dunkirk, Interstellar and Insomnia came this short piece of paranoia showcasing Christopher Nolan’s talents and making us a bit worried that we’ve got ants in the house. Again.
- IT’S SUCH A BEAUTIFUL DAY (2012)
Directed by Don Hertzfeldt (60 mins)
OK.. so not quite a short film but, out of all the films we’ve recommended in this article – THIS is the one you need to see. A film that is full of optimism and positive reflection on the world around us, and yet mistrust and questioning. It’s truly a film that will stay with you for a while, whether that’s due to the calming voiceover work or the beautiful animation.
The director has made this film free to watch – simply click the link, press rent and when it comes to checkout, you will see that the discount equates to the rental amount. No necessity to put your card details in – just enjoy!
- SMALL DEATHS (1996)
Directed by Lynne Ramsay (11mins)
A winner at the Cannes Film Festival in 1996, this captivating short film following a young Scottish girl whose three encounters leaves her heavy of heart. Ramsay then went on to make Morvern Callar and You Were Never Really Here.
- THE SPIELBERG FACE (2020)
Directed by Kevin B Lee (10mins)
A departure from the typical format of a short film. Short films don’t necessarily need to be cinematic: they can be descriptive or analytical. In this case, Kevin B Lee looks at Steven Spielberg (a director who has touched almost everyone’s film viewing), and his use of faces in his films. This video essay might give you pause for thought as to what a director is really doing when they are showing us seemingly showy camera angles or cutaways.
Those are our hot 8 short films for this week!
Have you seen something equally as good? Let us know.
With the current state of affairs, many shows and attractions are now being offered free*.
If you’ve been watching films and TV until your eyes have turned square (something our mothers warned us about), then we have some alternative content for you!
*we have vetted all links as best as we possibly can to go directly to the website mentioned. Moviola does not profit from any of the links provided.
From April 3rd https://www.andrewlloydwebber.com/ will be offering free screenings of his famous musicals. Kicking off with the 2000 version of Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat starring Joan Collins, Donny Osmond and Richard Attenborough. On April 10th (Good Friday) Jesus Christ Superstar will be streaming starring Tim Minchin, Mel C and Chris Moyles.
Each production will start screening from 7pm each day and will be available for 48 hours – so set your alarms!
From April 2nd at 7pm every week, the National Theatre (NT) is offering classic productions from their archives for free on their YouTube channel, starting with the award-winning One Man, Two Guvnors starring James Corden.
Their following line-up is as follows:
Jane Eyre – 7pm on Thursday 9 April. Available until 16
This bold and innovative reimagining of Charlotte Brontë’s masterpiece uncovers one woman’s fight for freedom and fulfilment on her own terms.
Treasure Island – 7pm on Thursday 16 April. Available until 23 April.
Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of murder, money and mutiny is brought to life in this thrilling stage adaptation. Featuring Arthur Darvill as Long John Silver.
Twelfth Night with Tamsin Greig – 7pm Thursday 23 April. Available until 30 April.
Where music is the food of love, and nobody is quite what they seem, anything proves possible in Shakespeare’s classic comedy. Featuring Tamsin Greig as Malvolia.
Keep checking back to the NT YouTube channel here:
If you’re getting the urge to look at ancient artefacts and learn about the history of our great planet then many museums have opened their doors virtually for you to look at their exhibits online. This exhaustive list will keep you occupied for many hours as you gaze into our past, present and future.
- Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy
- Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
- Louvre Museum Paris
- Salvatore Dali Museum, Figueres, Spain
- Smithsonian, Washington DC
- Museum Of London Docklands
- National Gallery, London
- British Museum, London
- Natural History Museum, London
- Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
- The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, United States
- Musei Vaticani, Vatican City
- Tate Britain, London
- Met Museum, New York
- MASP, Sao Paolo, Brazil
- Guggenheim, Bilbao, Spain
- Musée d’Orsay, Paris
- National Gallery Of Arts, Washington DC
- Picasso Museum, Barcelona
- Virginia Living Museum
- Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, Russia
- Yale Centre For British Art
- Royal Academy Of Arts, London
- The National Museum of Computing on Bletchley Park
- Women’s History Museum, Virginia, USA
- National Museum Of US Air Forces
- The Museum of Flight
- Anne Franke Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
- US Holocaust Museum
- 3D Virtual Exhibitions
If beautiful stories and bellowing voices are your bags, then the Metropolitan Opera in New York have swung their doors open to the public on a nightly basis.
Available from 23:30-22:30 every day (24 hours), you’ll find a new opera to stream for free from their extensive back catalogue. They are asking for donations while they facilitate this, but there is no need to pay if you cannot afford to.
If you’re a francophone, then the Opera de Paris are also doing something similar here:
Their line-up will rotate on a weekly basis and this is what their schedule looks like:
March 17 – 22: Manon (2020)
March 23 – 29: Don Giovanni (2019)
March 30 – April 5: Swan Lake (2019)
April 6 – 12: The Barber of Seville (2014)
April 13 – 19: Tribute to Jerome Robbins (2018)
April 20 – 26: The Tales of Hoffmann (2016)
April 27 – May 3: Carmen (2017)
March 17 – May 3: Cycle of Tchaikovsky‘s six symphonies played by the Orchestra of the Paris National Opera, conducted by Philippe Jordan
As some of you may find that you’re in the house a lot more than you wish to be, we’ve come up with a list of services who are offering free films as well as trials. With each service, all you have to do is register and make sure you cancel during the final day (we normally set a calendar alarm). However, all services are incredible value for money and offer the versatility to watch films and specialised content wherever you may be.
We’ll be making recommendations for each service in the coming weeks
To access directly, click the name of the service in each title.
Free to sign up to for all licence-paying households
The BBC’s catch up service is well known throughout the UK, offering the ability to screen most films that have aired on the BBC’s services. Films have a limited time on the service for up to a month. They also feature many film programmes including Mark Kermode’s fascinating Secrets Of Cinema series and the 5-minute theory-based video essays Inside Cinema.
CLICK TO FIND OUT MORE: #MoviolaTogether starts with our first film on this service from 3rd April –
2. BFI Player
Free to sign up to and watch limited content. Free trial for 14 days. Rental and subscription service also available.
The British Film Institute’s online service is a hybrid of a free archive and short film footage, alongside Q&A’s with cast & crew at various screenings of films throughout the years.
We think Moviola audiences will find great comfort in their archives section which depict various walks of life through Britain throughout the ages and other rare digitised footage.
They also have a YouTube Channel which can be found here
This is one selection that put a smile on our faces in the office.
Free to sign up to and watch. Content supported by advertisement.
Channel 4’s online service contains its television programming and also Film Four’s content for a limited time.
At the time of writing, these films include Suffragette, Charlotte Gray and Once Upon A Time in The Midlands.
The films contained are often those which have been made with funding by Film Four and cover independent, British films, as well as documentaries and world cinema.
Free to sign up to. Starts from £5.99 per month with no minimum term.
Most of you will be aware of Netflix which houses lots of content including British TV series, their own special shows and films starring big-name actors and also lots of contemporary movies that have also featured on Moviola’s selections throughout the years. It’s a versatile way to watch programming and you can watch on more than one device at once.
We’ll be picking some of our favourite films on the platform soon, but as a taster, this a documentary we thought was incredulous:
Currently offering three months free to all new sign-ups. £9.99 a month thereafter.
Here at Moviola, we adore MUBI.
If you’re more adventurous with your films – this one is for you.
It’s a platform which offers classic films alongside independent titles and also rarities, that have often been remastered for modern viewers. Every day a new film appears in a rolling 30-day format, giving you a month to see a film as soon as it is viewable. By having films drop off and on, this always keeps the content fresh and varied, with the idea that you can explore films from around the world.
It’s an inexpensive way to find hidden gems and tread new ground on your film-watching journey.
They also purchase films at various festivals around the world and have exclusive that you cannot find anywhere else.
The smash-hit film Portrait of A Lady On Fire joins the service from 24th April.
Free 30-day trial and £7.99 a month thereafter.
A large catalogue of films, tv shows and documentaries, with the option to rent titles that are not included in the subscription.
If you are already an Amazon Prime member for deliveries, then you should be eligible for Amazon Prime Video. The service contains a huge amount of films from every nook and cranny, including additional paid-for films that have recently been screening at the cinema. These include the latest adaptation of Emma and the crowd-pleasing Military Wives at premium prices.
We’ll be posting more of our Amazon Prime choices soon.
12 films a month for members, £55 annual subscription and other perks.
A cinema at home, as the title would suggest. Curzon screens more independent and arthouse hits from around the world for a one-off rental fee or included in the subscription format. Recently we’ve enjoyed Portrait of A Lady on Fire, The Truth and Knives Out. Prices are reasonable, and if you’re sharing between friends or family, it can work out cheaper than a ticket to see the film at the cinema.
Is there any film service we missed? Perhaps your favourite one? Let us know and we’ll share them with our network.
Given the current circumstances that we all find ourselves in, motoring up the projector and dimming the lights in local community cinema is off the table for the meantime, but that does not mean that you can’t enjoy communal cinema experiences from your living rooms.
There are lots of ways to keep social and in contact with one another during these uncertain times. Here at Moviola, we realise the vital role that community cinema plays in rural and local areas, bringing people together to share experiences, whether that’s a large glass of wine, a heart-racing film or just checking in with each other to say hello. This doesn’t have to stop!
It is now more important than ever to keep social, especially with those who may feel isolated, vulnerable, or just plain scared.
Here are five ways that we hope you can use to stay entertained and escape the world for a moment or two.
We thought we could bring in some interaction between audiences in our community networks so that we can have a good virtual natter and watch a film together over the internet. Don’t worry – there’s no need for webcams and two hours of staring at our concentrating faces (a horror film in of itself!).
We’ll be sharing a film to watch once a week with an opportunity for all community audiences to participate in an online chit-chat using our webpages www.facebook.com/MoviolaUK or on Twitter.com/MoviolaUK and the hashtag #MoviolaTogether. You can also join our WhatsApp Group https://chat.whatsapp.com/EoFnaKWA1px1ssABvyxuUa
If you didn’t understand any of that – fear not. We welcome comments by email and we’ll be posting up some of your thoughts after each film- drop us a line at MoviolaComms@gmail.com
FRIDAY’S FILM IS HERE: https://www.moviola.org/moviolatogether-week-1/
2. Free Films!
There are lots of services available to stream films for free – BBC iPlayer and Film4 are some you may already have at your disposal.
YouTube have plenty of classic films available that you can watch legally, many of which have now fallen out of copyright. We’ll be sharing lots of links on the blog in the coming weeks – so keep your eyes peeled, but for now, here’s one of the office favourites, gratis!
HIS GIRL FRIDAY Directed by Howard Hawks
Starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell, this farce of newspaper editors, one-upmanship and a sneaky scheme to stop marriage at all costs.
3. Free trials of streaming services
At the moment almost all major streaming networks are offering a free trial of sorts including Netflix*, Amazon Prime*, MUBI* and BFI Player*. We’ll tell you more about those services and how you can access them, in addition to our favourites on each service.
4. Support your local independent cinemas by renting films
Many films which were scheduled for release have now moved to streaming services at home – this includes the brilliant SYSTEM CRASHER – an empathetic look at the care system in Germany, centred around the charismatic (and nightmare-ish) Billi. We highly recommend this film – the lead actress has now gone on to making films with Tom Hanks after this title became a smash hit in her native country.
10% of all profits from the film will go to independent cinemas and support their ongoing work (most of whom are also charities and have had significant cuts to their funding).
The distributor is the small 606 Distribution based in Cornwall who had this pegged as their big film of the year before cinemas shut. Show them that can still be the case with your custom.
You can purchase this film here and pick the cinema you want to support:
5. Watch-a-long With Your Friends
There are many options available to audiences to watch along with their friends – the most popular service at the moment is ZOOM* – where you can all synchronise pressing ‘play’ together and chat along as you watch the film in the background.
Many of you are familiar with Skype*, which you can watch with up to 50 people.
If you all have a Netflix subscription and use Google Chrome to browse the internet then there’s Netflix Party*
Here, all the synchronising is done for you and you can host long-distance film-watching parties to your heart’s content!
Keep checking back to our Moviola Noticeboard for new ideas, content and entertainment to keep you going over the next few weeks.
Stay safe, look after yourselves and each other.
The Moviola HQ Team
(*all third party services and downloads are provided in good faith, with links directly to the companies mentioned. Moviola does not profit from any of the links in this article.)
“What’s all this about?”, we hear you ask!
At Moviola HQ, we thought we’d muscle in on the trend of keeping the wonderful community cinema spirit alive – even if we’re confined to our own homes.
If you have the internet and laptop/tablet/smartphone or smart tv – you can also join in!
Every Friday, we’ll pick a suitable film and give you a link so that it can be accessible to watch by everyone. We’ll then invite you to share your thoughts and comments on the film either by email, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or WhatsApp using the hashtag #MoviolaTogether (don’t worry if you have no clue about hashtags.)
Perhaps you could pretend you’re at your local community venue; pull up a pew, pour your tipple of choice, grab the popcorn/tinned tomatoes/toilet roll and dim the lights!
For Friday 3rd April, our choice of film is on the BBC iPlayer.
FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL
A warming true story of how a fading Hollywood starlet found solace with a young Liverpudlian during the ’70s when she fell ill. Featuring bravura performances by Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot) and Annette Bening (The Grifters/American Beauty).
Watch the film here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000gp3s/film-stars-dont-die-in-liverpool
You will need to register and be a licence paying household to have access to this service here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer Don’t worry – it is free.
We welcome your thoughts on the film; good, bad or otherwise but please, more than one word – tell us why!.
You will see a post every Friday with the hashtag #MoviolaTogether for your thoughts to be posted
On Monday afternoon, we’ll post a selection of your comments, posts and emails from our mailbags (we’ll just use your first name).
Don’t forget to include the name of your local Moviola venue at the end of your message!
We will also reveal our next film to take you on your film journey.
Spread the word among your friends – Friday night is Moviola night!
Keep in touch with us and let Moviola’s network bring everyone together.
This article is aimed at organisers and volunteers at community cinemas.
We realise that this is a time of great uncertainty for all.
Community cinemas cater largely to audiences who are at the most vulnerable end of the spectrum. These spaces can sometimes be their only point of contact with people. For others, it is a space for escapism and positive engagement. When that is removed, it’s important that we do all we can to keep checking in and talking to our audiences.
If you haven’t already had a look at our #MoviolaTogether scheme or shared it with your audiences – please have a look here: #MoviolaTogether
As the landscape shifts on a daily basis, we are all unclear about how audiences will feel towards attending close-knit environments.
Here at Moviola, we want to let you know that we can help and support community venues in preparing to open your doors again.
As part of our network, we are offering complimentary 1-2-1 consultancies with our team member, Neil – who can help you talk about your situation pre-lockdown, and how you feel things may move forward. He may also suggest things that you may have not considered with regards to your films, marketing, facilities and technology, as well as other added benefits that could be easy wins to increase your audiences. Neil has worked in the film sector for over ten years, both at commercial and community level, as well as being a broadcaster and film writer.
If you wish to book in – it couldn’t be easier – fill in this form and we’ll take it from there.
(No salesman will call and there’s no obligation to buy!)
Alternatively, questions you may want to ask yourself:
- How will I give confidence to my audience to come to film screenings again? Will there be other members of the community who I can be catering to as well?
- Are my washroom facilities a cheap towel and a bar of soap? Is my soap sanitising?
- How will my audience pay? Do I want to be handling cash, especially at food service areas?
- Can we implement a contactless payment system or online booking?
We’ll be exploring these ideas in the coming weeks with a view to helping our community cinemas put an action plan together and be ready for almost every eventuality.
The more you talk to us, the more we can help one another – there could be an issue that is affecting your cinema that another venue has solved.
For now, from everyone at Moviola, we hope you are all safe, healthy and well.
Please look out for one another and help those in need.
Please find below a truncated edition of our statement, of which a full version has been sent to all Partners & Associate venues. If you have not received this, please contact us directly.
Dear Moviola Partners & Associates,
I am sure you are currently being inundated with emails and messages, but as our partners in keeping Community Cinema alive in the UK, I think it´s important to keep you updated with our position here at Moviola.
As we expected, things are changing rapidly and the government has issued new guidelines regarding dealing with the current Coronavirus (Covid-19) situation.
The current season runs to the end of April this year.
Things are of course fluid and we will keep you apprised.
It is likely that we will carry the (excellent) summer menu shows through for the rest of the year but we must review that in light of any distribution changes. We will keep you informed.
During the “lean time” with regard to showing films, I would like to offer you the services of Neil, our Communication & Diversity Officer. He will be very happy to talk to you one-to-one (remotely by telephone or Skype of course!) about your concerns around marketing, audience numbers, sustainability etc. I have attached here a form to organise a meeting with him and please do use him – he´s extremely knowledgeable about the sector and FREE of charge!
He can help you plan your next season and get the wind behind your sails once again with a positive outlook.
If you wish to book a session at any time in the next few months please use this form:
The Moviola forums are also still available to join a private area to interact with Moviola venues which may be experiencing the same concerns or have resolutions for you to share and explore.
Once again, I want to emphasise that Moviola will be here to support you during and – very importantly – after the current situation.
We´re not going away!
Very best wishes to you all from all of us at Moviola.
Dear Moviola Audiences,
With the rapidly changing situation with respect to Coronavirus / Covid-19 in the UK, I feel that it is necessary to inform audiences of our stance here at Moviola.
The health and safety of Moviola’s employees, customers and audiences are paramount and we will continue to follow guidance issued by the Government in the coming weeks. We recommend that you, as patrons of the community cinemas, do likewise. We cannot decide whether or not you attend shows – that is your decision. You will, I expect, have heard that the over 70’s may soon be asked to stay at home and minimise contacts with others. In that situation, we would suggest that you do consider non-attendance.
We have checked with all presenters of partner shows whether they are healthy and happy to proceed with any screenings scheduled. They will self-isolate should any symptoms arise.
Within the company itself, we have cancelled all face-to-face meetings where at all possible.
During this time, Moviola will function as usual. Because we do not know how long the situation will last or how it will develop. I am confident that no matter the length of the situation, Moviola will be here during and afterwards to continue to provide the service in its current format to community cinemas everywhere.
We are closely monitoring the situation and rest assured we shall update you should any further guidance be issued.
We kick off this Spring season with new and exciting titles for our community cinemas.
Our Programme Manager, Toby Walkley, has gathered the team together last November to pick out the wheat from the chaff so that Moviola can offer 28 titles for venues to pick from for the start of 2020.
We are proud to offer an exclusive introduction by Lord Julian Fellowes for all venues screening Downton Abbey The Movie. As patron of Moviola, Lord Fellowes kindly gave his time to record a special message for all of our Moviola audiences which you won’t see this anywhere else in the world!
In addition to Downton Abbey The Movie, we have sought out a mixture of popular titles and critical darlings that we really believe will entertain audiences across the network.
Playing this Spring season:
BLINDED BY THE LIGHT (Dir. Gurinder Chadha)
ROCKETMAN (Dir. Dexter Fletcher)
SORRY WE MISSED YOU (Dir Ken Loach)
YESTERDAY (Dir. Danny Boyle)
1917 (Dir. Sam Mendes)
THE CURRENT WAR (Dir. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon)
GLORIA BELL (Dir. Sebastien Lelio)
THE GOLDFINCH (Dir John Crowley)
THE GOOD LIAR (Dir. Bill Condon)
JUDY (Dir. Rupert Goold)
KNIVES OUT (Dir. Rian Johnson)
THE LION KING (Dir. John Favreau)
MRS LOWRY & SON (Dir. Adrian Noble)
OFFICIAL SECRETS (Dir. Gavin Hood)
THE SOUVENIR (Dir. Joanna Hogg)
WESTERN STARS (Dir. Thom Zimny & Bruce Springsteen)
BAIT (Dir. Mark Jenkin)
THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM (Dir. John Chester)
THE FAREWELL (Dir. Lulu Wang)
GWEN (Dir William McGregor)
THE LAST TREE (Dir. Shola Amoo)
MEETING GORBACHEV (Dir. Werner Herzog)
ONLY YOU (Dir. Harry Wootliff)
THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON (Dir. Mike Schwartz & Tyler Nilson)
THE DAY SHALL COME (Dir. Chris Morris)
DER GOLEM (Dir. Carl Boese & Paul Wegener)
The AGM of the Company and Charity will take place on Thursday 14 November at 12 noon, in the Trim Room of Yetminster Jubilee Hall.