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With Poole’s multiplex closed, one of the biggest new films of the season gets its first local screenings at Lighthouse, Poole’s centre for the arts, this week.

Director Marc Munden’s much-delayed version of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s ever-popular children’s literary classic The Secret Garden (PG) finally gets a national release on Friday (23 October) and will be shown at Lighthouse that afternoon in the first of ten screenings before the end of the month. Colin Firth, Julie Walters and Dixie Egerickx (pictured) star.

Over the next few weeks Lighthouse will also show Sundance Film Festival Award-winner Josephine Decker’s eagerly anticipated film of Susan Scarf Merrell’s novel Shirley, starring Elizabeth Moss and Michael Stuhlbarg, and on 11 November, Remembrance Day, it hosts the return to cinema of the National Theatre Live broadcast of War Horse, the Tony and Olivier Award-winning theatrical adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s beloved novel, for the first time since 2014.

Toby Jones, Richard Armitage and Rosalind Eleazar stars in the critically lauded new West End production of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya shown live from the Harold Pinter Theatre on 27 October and as an encore on 31 October.

Continuing its well-established recent track record for showing films that would otherwise go unseen locally on the big screen, Nathan Grossman’s film I Am Greta in which he follows the internationally renowned eco-activist as she inspired a global movement shows on 24 and 28 October; Nick Cave’s uniquely affecting film, Idiot Prayer, in which he is filmed performing alone at a piano at Alexandra Palace, is on 5 November; and The Painter and the Thief, Benjamin Ree’s eye-opening film about an artist who befriends the thief who stole her paintings can be seen on 17 November.

I Am Woman is the much-praised biopic of singer Helen Reddy whose song of the same name became an anthem for the women’s movement in the 1970s, while A Call To Spy finds Sarah Megan Thomas and Radhika Aple with Linus Roache in the true story of Churchill’s secret WW2 spy agency for women. Both films show from 6 November.

Seen by some as a cypher for our times, Rose Glass’s film debut Saint Maud (from 30 October) is a chillingly original psychological horror starring Morydd Clark as a deeply religious live-in nurse and Jennifer Ehle as the former dancer she must care for.

Evan Rachel Wood plays the daughter of con artists Richard Jenkins and Debra Winger in the crime comedy Kajillionaire (3, 5 November) and Ciaran Hinds stars in the whimsical fantasy Man in the Hat (from 3 November), about a man who travels through France in a Fiat 500 accompanied by a framed photo of an unknown woman; while Mick Jagger and Donald Sutherland feature in The Burnt Orange Heresy (from 13 November), an art world thriller about a dealer who is hired to steal a rare painting from a legendarily enigmatic painter.

For full details of the coming cinema season and to book tickets visit www.lighthousepoole.co.uk.

Published 20 October 2020