Featured Films


A Matter of Loaf and Death

(2008) Aardman Productions, Director: Nick Park

Wallace and Gromit have opened a new bakery and business is booming, not least because a deadly Cereal Killer has murdered all the other bakers in town. Gromit is worried that they may be next but Wallace does not care as he has fallen in love.

BRIDPORT ARTS CENTRE, THURSDAY 14th JUNE 

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For Grace

(2015) Directors Mark Helenowski, Kevin Pang

Grace is the story of chef, Curtis Duffy’s struggle through a turbulent childhood and his ambition for his new restaurant ‘Grace’ in Chicago to be the best in America. A life enhancing story and very moving!
BROWNSWORD HALL, POUNDBURY, 4th AUGUST

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The Real Dirt on Farmer John

(2005) Director: Taggart Siegel

Filmmaker Taggart Siegel captures two turbulent decades in the life of John Peterson, an Illinois farmer who not only tends the land but also delves into writing and performance art. A man who would as soon work the fields in a feather boa as in a pair of jeans, Peterson rises out of the bankruptcy and depression plaguing Midwest farm communities in the 1980s and saves his livelihood through organic agriculture. This is the epic tale of a maverick Midwestern farmer. Castigated as a pariah in his community, Farmer John bravely transforms his farm amidst a failing economy, vicious rumors, and arson. He succeeds in creating a bastion of free expression and a revolutionary form of agriculture in rural America.

GOLD HILL FARM, SATURDAY 15th SEPTEMBER

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The Hundred Foot Journey

(2014) Director: Lasse Hallström

The family of talented cook, Hassan Kadam, has a life filled with both culinary delights and profound loss. Drifting through Europe after fleeing political violence in India that killed the family restaurant business and their mother, the Kadams arrive in France. Once there, a chance auto accident and the kindness of a young woman, Marguerite, in the village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val inspires Papa Kadam to set up a Indian restaurant there. Unfortunately, this puts the Kadams in direct competition with the snobbish Madame Mallory’s acclaimed haute cuisine establishment across the street where Marguerite also works as a sous-chef. The resulting rivalry eventually escalates in personal intensity until it goes too far. In response, there is a bridging of sides initiated by Hassan, Marguerite and Madame Mallory herself, both professional and personal, that encourages an understanding that will change both sides forever. (IMDb)

BURTON BRADSTOCK VILLAGE HALL, FRIDAY 5th OCTOBER

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A Walk in the Clouds

(1995) Director: Alfonso Arau

A young married US military soldier, Paul, returns home after World War II and meets a girl, Victoria, along the way. Victoria is pregnant and terrified of returning home to her Mexican family where her strict over protective father will surely disapprove of her out of wedlock pregnancy. Wanting to help, Paul offers to pose as her husband to calm things over until such time he is free to leave again but as they spend time together, they start falling in love with each other. However, Paul is still married and they have to hold themselves back before fate would intervene and tragedy would ensue and they would finally be together. (IMDb)

LEIGH VILLAGE HALL, SATURDAY 6th OCTOBER

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Dinner at Eight

(1933) Director: George Cukor

Millicent Jordan is pre-occupied with the plans she is making for a high-class dinner party. Her husband Oliver is in failing health, and he is also worried because someone is trying to buy up the stock in his shipping business – even his old friend Carlotta wants to sell her stock. Hoping to get help from businessman Dan Packard, he persuades Millicent, against her wishes, to invite Packard and his wife to the dinner. As Oliver’s problems get worse, Millicent is increasingly quick-tempered because the plans for the party are not going smoothly. As the time for the dinner approaches, it appears that the hosts and the guests will all have plenty on their minds. (IMDb)

THE PUBLIC HALL, BEAMINSTER, WEDNESDAY 10th OCTOBER

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New Chefs On The Block

(2017) Director: Dustin Harrison-Atlas

Two chefs in Wsshington DC struggle to open and maintain their first restaurants. Against all odds, one becomes Bon Appetit Magazine’s Best New Restaurant in America. The other is forced to redefine success. Starring Aaron Silverman of Rose’s Luxury and Frank Linn of Frankly…Pizza. Featuring legendary chefs and restaurateurs Danny Meyer, Michel Richard, Mike Isabella and Washington Post food writer Tim Carman. (IMDb)

WEST COKER VILLAGE HALL, FRIDAY 12th OCTOBER

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Paddington 2

(2017) Director: Paul King

Paddington is happily settled with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens, where he has become a popular member of the community, spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes. While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday, Paddington spots a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber’s antique shop, and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it. But when the book is stolen, it’s up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief. (IMDb)

CRANBORNE VILLAGE HALL, SATURDAY 13th OCTOBER

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The Grand Budapest Hotel

(2014) Director: Wes Anderson

Grand Budapest Hotel recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune — all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent. (IMDb)

MORETON VILLAGE HALL, THURSDAY 18th OCTOBER (with Purbeck Film Festival)

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A Touch of Spice

(2003) Director:Tassos Boulmetis

A Touch of Spice is a story about a young Greek boy (Fanis) growing up in Istanbul, whose grandfather, a culinary philosopher and mentor,teaches him that both food and life require a little salt to give them flavor; they both require… A Touch of Spice. Fanis grows up to become an excellent cook and uses his cooking skills to spice up the lives of those around him. 35 years later he leaves Athens and travels back to his birthplace of Istanbul to reunite with his grandfather and his first love; he travels back only to realize that he forgot to put a little bit of spice in his own life. (IMDb)

TARRENT KEYNESTON VILLAGE HALL, FRIDAY 19th OCTOBER 

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Marie Antoinette

(2006) Director: Sofia Coppola

‘All eyes will be on you,’ says the Austrian Empress, Maria Theresa to her youngest daughter Marie Antoinette. The film, marketed for a teen audience, is an impressionistic retelling of Marie Antoinette’s life as a young queen in the opulent and eccentric court at Versailles. The film focuses on Marie Antoinette, as she matures from a teenage bride to a young woman and eventual queen of France. (IMDb)

MILBORNE PORT VILLAGE HALL, SATURDAY 20th OCTOBER 

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