WhereWestBegins, the cinema venture masterminded by Horsington’s Penny Nagle, has some half term treats in Wincanton, Bruton and Yeovil.
(1) 30th Anniversary Screening of The Princess Bride –Wincanton Town Hall Friday 27th October 2-5pm
A cult film that has survived the test of time, The Princess Bride convincingly carries everyone from Mel Smith, Peter Cook, Billy Crystal to Wallace Shawn (“Incon-theeeee-vable!) to Andre the Giant without puncturing the fairytale bubble. It’s funny, it works on many levels (as the best children’s films do) and you will enjoy it as much as your children.
Before the film there will be a creative workshop with actor Agni Scott (Bridget Jones’s Baby, The Hamburg Cell) on how make a fairytale. She says :
“Enter a world of a magical adventure inspired by this great classic film. Ever wanted to be a pirate, a knight, fight an Evil prince, a Giant? Want to know how to cross the bog of eternal stench? Scale a three hundred foot mountain? Come along and discover how. Bring clothes you can move in, and your imagination.” Recommended ages for the event: 7 to 11 years old (younger children considered but must be accompanied).
(2) My Life As a Courgette with Clay Animation Workshop from Jim Parkyn of Aardman Animation. Guided Discussion after film. Hauser & Wirth Somerset – Saturday 28th October 2-5pm (Tickets are FREE to children on Free School Meals or in Care)
This is a wonderful Oscar nominated Swiss French stop animation film about children in an orphanage. It is gentle and funny, and much cheerier than the subject matter suggests. There is a guided discussion afterwards for children to talk openly about what it’s like not to have a parent. (Or if your parent is a courgette-ED)
It’s so life affirming that Bristol’s Aardman Studios (Chicken Run, Shaun the Sheep) are supporting the release, and Jim Parkyn, their senior animator is coming along to run a clay animation workshop beforehand. He looks like Father Christmas and made Shaun the Sheep – what’s not to like…
He says “Anybody can make a model but it’s the little tweaks that make it a character. In the model making class we’ll make it easy by breaking it right down into basic shapes that fit together. The clay has to be warm and in the workshop we’ll be warming it up by hand to make it flexible and workable and then everything we’ll do will be by hand, no tools required. It’s amazing the different effects than can be created by finger and nails. You’ll be able to take your model home and experiment even further.”
Finally, a Halloween treat at the newly refurbished Westlands Cwntre, Yeovil:
(3) Nosferatu – With Somerset Brides of Dracula providing live music – Westlands Yeovil Tuesday 31 October at 7.30pm.
The 7th Best Horror film of all time (The Guardian), this silent German Expressionist film from Murnau is the original using all aspects of the film – visual and narrative to tell the story of Dracula. A must see if you are at all interested in German Expressionism or want to take your children to a classic on Halloween. Amazingly this is a PG, because it shows so little but the images stick. Recommended for anyone over 10.
WhereWestBegins is a not for profit organisation bringing film events to Somerset.
Thanks to the BFI Neighbourhood Cinema Fund which has made all this possible.