BOURNEMOUTH born and educated cinematographer Ben Richardson is scooping up awards for his latest work, Beasts of the Southern Wild, which will be showing at Poole's Lighthouse cinema and the Rex Cinema in Wareham this week from today, Friday to next Thursday.
The former Bournemouth School for Boys pupil won the Best Cinematography award at Robert Redford's Sundance festival for this film, set in the Louisiana swamps and seen through the eyes of a semi-feral six year old called Hushpuppy. When a huge storm engulfs the surrounding houses, she imagines long extinct beasts emerging to reclaim the planet.
The second film at the Lighthouse Cinema this week is Ginger and Rosa, Sally Porter's coming-of-age drama set in early 60s London.
Tomorrow, Saturday, the Rex also shows the Peter Sellars comedy classic I'm All Right, Jack, at 6pm.
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Next Friday 30th November the film will be The Sapphires, on until Thursday 6th December.
There are two Moviola films on today, Friday. The Susan Hill chiller Woman in Black, with the grown up Daniel Radcliffe, is on screen at the village hall at Coombe St Nicholas, and at Nunney audiences can see Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, following the behind-the-scenes politics when a wealthy sheikh decides he'd like to bring a bit of the Scottish highlands to his desert country.
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is also showing at Alderbury and Bishopstone on Saturday, Marnhull on Tuesday, Croscombe on Thursday and Broadwindsor on Friday.
Tonight at Shaftesbury Arts Centre there's a screening of the controversial Tyrannosaur, in which a violent and brutalised man finds redemption in the form of Olivia Coleman.
Next Friday the Arts Centre screens Le Quattro Volte, set in a quiet medieval village in Calabria and following the final days of a goatherd.
The films at Strode Theatre in Street this week start today, Friday with the latest Woody Allen, To Rome with Love, which also stars Penelope Cruz and Alec Baldwin. From Tuesday to Thursday the film is On the Road, Walter Salles version of Jack Kerouac's famous novel charting the adventures of Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty on their trans-American road trip.
The new Bond film, Skyfall, is showing at Wimborne's Tivoli today, Friday and from Monday to Thursday next week. When it opens it seems that 007 is no more, and Dame Judi even starts writing a guarded obituary ...
This week's Movie at Athelhampton is Shame, a film about sex addiction starring Michael Fassbender and Cary Mulligan as his sister. See it at 2.30 on Sunday, or on Tuesday at 7.30.
Moviola has a screening of Tortoise in Love, next Tuesday 27th November at Yetminster Village Hall. Tom is a tongue tied gardener who can talk to trees but not to people, specially not to women. When an au pair arrives at the big house where he works, he is smitten.
The Moviola film at East Knoyle next Wednesday is Moonrise Kingdom, set in New England where a couple of love-struck early teens run away together, to the consternation of their parents, and form the catalyst for a chain reaction among their community.
Next Friday 30th November at Durweston audiences can see the latest Meryl Streep comedy, Hope Springs. She and Tommy Lee Jones have been married for ever, and have settled into a life of close companionship. She realises that the spark of romance has vanished, and seeks help from a counsellor, who has some interesting therapy in store.
Also on Friday next, Petherton Picture Show will screen We Have a Pope at the David Hall in South Petherton. The newly elected Pope suffers a panic attack just as he is due to appear on St Peter's balcony to greet the faithful who have been patiently awaiting the conclave's decision. His advisors, unable to convince him he is the right man for the job, seek help from a renowned psychoanalyst (and atheist). But his fear of the responsibility suddenly thrust upon him is one that he must face on his own.
This weeks films at the Odeon in Salisbury from today, Friday to next Thursday 29th November are Gambit, Madagascar 3, Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger, Silver Linings Playbook, Skyfall and Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2
There are two extras, with superstar violinist Andre Rieu Home for Christmas with a live question and answer session on Saturday at 5pm and Bolshoi Live transmitting the ballet The Pharaoh's Daughter on Sunday at 3pm.
Odeon Kids this week can see The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists, on screen at 11am on Saturday and Sunday.
The Senior Screen film, on Wednesday next at 11am, is Now is Good.