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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
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
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:
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!?
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.
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)
Voting closes on Friday 17th April at 1pm so make your choice at a click of a button below!
- BRASSED OFF (1996) on All4 33%, 5 votes5 votes 33%5 votes - 33% of all votes
- EFFIE GRAY (2014) on BBC iPlayer 20%, 3 votes3 votes 20%3 votes - 20% of all votes
- VICTORIA & ABDUL (2017) on BBC iPlayer 13%, 2 votes2 votes 13%2 votes - 13% of all votes
- I WISH (2011) on All4 13%, 2 votes2 votes 13%2 votes - 13% of all votes
- A FISH CALLED WANDA (1988) on BBC iPlayer 7%, 1 vote1 vote 7%1 vote - 7% of all votes
- THE LAVENDER HILL MOB (1951) on BBC iPlayer 7%, 1 vote1 vote 7%1 vote - 7% of all votes
- SITA SINGS THE BLUES (2008) on YouTube 7%, 1 vote1 vote 7%1 vote - 7% of all votes
- ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS (2016) on BBC iPlayer 0%, 0 votes0 votes0 votes - 0% of all votes
- CARRY ON UP THE KHYBER (1968) on ITV Hub 0%, 0 votes0 votes0 votes - 0% of all votes
In a time when we are all being told to keep our distance, Moviola HQ is busy helping venues get ready to re-open with a series of useful articles to prepare for new challenges and changes.
Today we look at how easy and inexpensive it is to implement contactless payments for your venue. Many market traders and pop-up food stalls use them, so why not community cinemas?
As a nation, we’ve rapidly taken to contactless payments, whether that is through Apple Pay, bank cards or other phone-based facilities that aid us to tap away our disposable income on plastic card readers. Many rural and small communities still rely on cash as the primary form of currency, but is it time to implement a cash-less way to pay for our tickets and tuck?
As of 2017, there were 108.4m contactless cards issued in the UK, with £3,913.3m spent a month using contactless as a form of payment – proving its rising popularity for the ease of transaction in our daily lives. With limits now raised to £45 for many providers (the previous being £30), this upper bracket should prove sufficient for facilitating payments at community box offices and bars.
So, how do you go about it?
First things first, you’ll need an internet connection (which can be through a smartphone or wireless internet). This enables the banking systems to follow their protocols to ensure that money is taken and received by the correct accounts while employing anti-fraud measures to prevent improper use.
Next up, you’ll need a service provider who can supply the card reader and carry out the transaction. The readers vary in price but are usually around £60 for one. The card reader is then linked to the internet and your bank account via a smartphone. Many use an app that makes this part as easy as linking any Bluetooth device or laptop.
If you are using a phone as your primary source of internet, you’ll need to have an OK signal for payments to be processed. Once linked, your reader is ready to go – you simply type in the amount you wish to charge on the keypad and tap the payment device or card.
For each transaction taken, the service provider will also take a small commission. This can be as little as 1.75% – so a £5 ticket would cost 3p to process. This tiny amount shouldn’t break the bank for most venues – for the commissions to total the price of a ticket, you would have to have 167 people through the door!
Three providers of this service appear to be the most popular:
Currently offering 50% off their reader for new sign-ups and able to process all major cards and phone payments.
For each transaction, 1.75% is taken and they will also deposit your cash into your chosen account within 1-2 working days. They offer free phone support and other perks in their software.
Currently offering 50% off their reader for new sign-ups and able to process all major cards and phone payments.
For each transaction, 1.75% is taken and they will also deposit your cash into your chosen account within 1-2 working days. They offer free phone support and other perks in their software.
If you already use PayPal, then this integrated and trusted service may be of more use. It works in a similar manner to your PayPal account and can move money rapidly between the point of sale and accounts. Although slightly higher in transaction fees, its easy-to-use and familiar interfaces might be of benefit to integrate into your own current systems.
(* Moviola receives no fees or preferential perks for the products above)
There are many other providers who can facilitate the same functionality to bring your community venue into the 21st century with relative ease as your online banking or buying products/holidays on the internet. Each have their own advantages and drawbacks, dependent on your situation. We advise that you do some research before settling for the first one you see!
At Moviola HQ, we believe that patrons may become more cautious about handling objects outside their homes, especially those who are at the more vulnerable end of the spectrum. As community venues, it is paramount to provide a safe and comfortable environment for all, this also applies to the handling of (dirty!) cash.
Even if you do not believe that community venues will abandon notes and coins, it is a relatively inexpensive way to increase your revenues – perhaps Derek left his wallet at home, Doris only has £10 and they both want to purchase another glass of wine or slice of cake. This can make it much easier to allow your patrons to do exactly that and keep your coffers topped up for a quiet screening.
As community cinema organisers or volunteers yourselves, if contactless provides any repose, it will save you lugging a big bag of coins and notes to the bank after every screening!
Let us know your thoughts – do you think contactless is worth it? Will you be looking into adding a terminal?
Thank you to everyone who joined in with our first weekend of #MoviolaTogether – a way of experiencing films wherever you may be across the Moviola Network and beyond. We want to hear from you – whether you liked the film or not – so please 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 FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL – a romantic drama starring Annette Bening and Jamie Bell, about Hollywood starlet Gloria Grahame’s true story of loves and losses in an unlikely pairing that ends up in Liverpool.
Cheryl from Easton Village Cinema told us on WhatsApp:
“I thought Jamie Bell, Annette Bening and Julie Walters were superb. I loved the way the flash backs took place often as someone was walking through a door and loved the Romeo and Juliet scene which was brilliantly acted and very poignant. Wouldn’t have chosen it to watch myself – just because I needed something more uplifting.”
Gill from LipHook’s Millenium Centre told us via Facebook:
“Strange title, great film!”
We listened and we heard the need for something uplifting and we couldn’t think of anything more wonderful to demonstrate how communities work together than Bill Forsythe’s dreamy LOCAL HERO (1983)
Starring Peter Riegert, Peter Capaldi (right, doesn’t he look so young!) and Jenny Seagrove – this story of a Texan oil company who sends their executive to a small Scottish town to buy up their village so a refinery can be built.
Of course, things don’t quite go to plan, but in a manner you could only imagine a small quirky village could do.
The scintillating soundtrack comes courtesy of Mark Knoffler of Dire Straits fame, bringing a wail of his guitars soaring as it sails into the sunset of the fictional village of Furness.
The film has a lightness of touch and a sense of cohesion that we think everyone could do with at this moment in time. It’s both funny and incredibly sweet. If you’ve seen Forsythe’s previous film Gregory’s Girl expect more of the same kindness and courtesy in the face of uncertain times.
LOCAL HERO screens on Saturday 11th April at 2:45pm on FilmFour Channel 14 on Freeview or 313 on Sky.
You can join an hour later on FilmFour+1 (Channel 45 on Freeview or 314 on Sky) and we’ll update this post to let you know if FilmFour add it to their catch-up service.
We can’t wait to hear from you!
For further fun, once you’ve seen the film, here’s an interview with Frank Cottrell-Boyce, the screenwriter of Millions, The Railway Man and Goodbye Christopher Robin (among other films) talking about how LOCAL HERO shaped his life as a writer.
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.)