On Friday 29th September at 8.00pm at the David Hall the Petherton Picture Show presents 'The Odyssey'.    Biopic of the French ocean-going adventurer and filmmaker, Jacques Cousteau.  In 1948 Cousteau, his wife and their two sons, are living an idyllic life in a pretty house overlooking the Mediterranean. But Cousteau longs for adventure.   Having invented an aqualung which enables him to breathe under water, he discovers a whole new world.   And having discovered it, he sets out to explore it.  And to do that, he is willing to sacrifice everything else.   In French with subtitles.   Tickets £5.

On Wednesday 11 October at Digby Church Hall from 7.30pm ArtsLink Flicks presents 'The Sense of an Ending'.    Based on a novel by Julian Barns, a divorced man is forced to confront his past when he receives a mysterious legacy.  Tickets: £6 from 01935 815341, the TIC, or on the door.   

On Friday 13 from 8.00pm at the David Hall the Petherton Picture Show presents ‘Interlude in Prague’.  The events that unfold are not a biographical retelling but a captivating fictitious story that many could compare to John Madden’s 1998 Shakespeare in Love, a turbulent tragedy that inspires. Tickets: £5.

On Friday 27 from 8.00pm at the David Hall in South Petherton the Petherton Picture Show presents 'The Sense of an Ending', based on the novel by Julian Barnes. Tony, a curmudgeonly divorced man, is forced to confront his past when he receives a mysterious legacy from the mother of his university girlfriend, Veronica.  Starring Jim Broadbent.  Tickets: £5.

On Thursday 26 from 7.00pm at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton see the film 'Churchill'.  Fearful of repeating the invasion of Gallipoli in 1915, Winston Churchill attempts to stop the planned invasion of Normandy in 1944. Only the support of Churchill’s wife, Clementine, can halt the prime minister’s physical and mental collapse. Starring Brian Cox and Miranda Richardson.  Tickets: £4.

See also Village & Town News for some other venues and times.

MOVIES WRITE-UPS AROUND THE VILLAGES AND TOWNS

DENIAL (12A)  Based on the acclaimed book ‘History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier’, the film recounts Deborah E. Lipstadt’s legal battle for historical truth against David Irving who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier. According to the English legal system, in cases of defamation the burden of proof is on the accused, so it fell to Lipstadt and her legal team to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust occurred.  Starring Rachel Weisz, Timothy Spall and Tom Wilkinson.    (Showing at Martock and Milborne Port)

JACKIE (15)   A searing and intimate portrait of one of the most important & tragic moments in American history, seen through the eyes of the iconic First Lady, Jackie Kennedy. Set in the days following the President’s death, we see a psychological portrait of the First Lady as she struggles to maintain her husband’s legacy and the world of ‘Camelot’ that they created and loved.  Starring Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard and John Hurt. (Showing at West Coker)

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: SALZAARS REVENGE (12)  Captain Jack Sparrow finds the winds of ill fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar, escape from the Devil's Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea...including him. Captain Jack's only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that bestows upon its possessor total control over the seas.  Starring Johnny Depp and Geoffrey Rush.  (Showing at Corton Denham)

THEIR FINEST (12A)  Follows a diffident young Welsh woman who lands a job with a unit making short propaganda films for the Ministry of Information at the height of the Blitz.  Hired to write ‘the slop’, as dialogue between women is dismissively termed by her jaded writer colleague Buckley, she ends up working on a morale-boosting feature film about the exploits of a couple of seafaring sisters during the Dunkirk evacuation. Starring Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Billy Nighy and Jeremy Irons.  (Showing at Castle Cary, East Coker, Halstock, Hardington Mandeville and West Camel)

THE SENSE OF AN ENDING (15)  Tony Webster is the curmudgeonly divorced owner of a specialist camera shop in London.  He still has a cordial relationship with his ex-wife, Margaret and the two share a strong bond with their daughter who is extremely pregnant and on the verge of having her first child on her own.  The arrival of a registered letter disrupts his routine. It turns out that the mother of his first love, Veronica, a vivacious young woman he met in college, has died. She has willed him an item that Veronica, whom he has not seen in over 50 years, now refuses to give him.  As Tony tries to track it down, he shares with Margaret the story of this young romance, as well as the friendship with a fellow classmate that came to a tragic end.  Starring Charlotte Rampling, Jim Broadbent and Harriet Walter.  (Showing at Ditcheat, Sherborne and South Petherton)

VICEROY’S HOUSE (12)  New Dehli in March 1947. The huge and stately Viceroy's Palace is like a beehive. Its five hundred employees are busy preparing the coming of Lord Louis Mountbatten, who has just been appointed new (and last) viceroy of India by prime minister Clement Attlee. Mountbatten, whose difficult task consists in overseeing the transition of British India to independence, arrives at the Palace, accompanied by his Edwina, his liberal-minded wife and by his eighteen-year-old daughter Pamela. Meanwhile, in the staff quarters, a love story is born between Jeet, a Hindu, and Aalia, a Muslim beauty. Things will prove difficult - not to say very difficult - both on the geopolitical and personal level.  (Showing at Yetminster)

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