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LIBRARIES DOUBLE UP AS CINEMAS

Autumn film screenings in local libraries feature modern classics, new releases and anime

Libraries across Devon are hosting a must-see film programme this autumn.

Screened by Libraries Unlimited throughout November, the line-up includes award-winning films starring Kate Winslet, Peter Dinklage, Kenneth Branagh and Colin Firth among others. From well-known classics to recent releases and anime, there’s something for audiences of all ages.

Six libraries will be running the screenings, which include Oscar and BAFTA Award-winners, between Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 30th November.  A further programme of films will be rolled out in early 2023.

‘Films at the Library’ will take place in Barnstaple, Crediton, Cullompton, Newton Abbot, Seaton, and St Thomas. Full details are available on the Libraries Evolve website.

The festival is organised by Evolve through Libraries Unlimited, with support from the BFI Film Audience Network with funds from the National Lottery. Evolve is funded by Arts Council England and Exeter City Council.

Olivia Desborough, Programme Co-ordinator at Libraries Unlimited said: “Building on the success of the first Libraries Unlimited film festival, which took place in March, we’re keen to make film screenings a regular feature in our libraries. With screenings planned for some of our smaller libraries, we’re keen to reach our more remote communities too. This autumn, we’re offering another varied and inspiring programme of films, carefully put together by a dedicated team of librarians and with their own communities in mind. With the nights drawing in, what better way to spend an evening than in the comfort of your local library, lost in a good film!”

Tickets cost £3 and are on sale online through the Libraries Unlimited Eventbrite, or in person at each library..

Films screening in local libraries this November:

Ammonite (15) 2021 

Inspired loosely by the story of 19th century palaeontologist Mary Anning from Lyme Regis, the film explores her relationship with Charlotte Murchison, and the discovery that despite their differing social spheres and personalities, they can each offer what the other has been searching for: the realisation that they are not alone. 

The Bad Guys (U) 2022 

In the new action comedy from DreamWorks Animation, based on the New York Times best-selling book series, a crackerjack criminal crew of animal outlaws are about to attempt their most challenging con yet – becoming model citizens. 

Belfast (12A) 2022 

Belfast is the humorous, tender and intensely personal story of one boy’s childhood during the tumult of the late 1960s. 

Belle: The Dragon and the Freckled Princess (PG) 2021 

Suzu is a shy high school student living in a rural village. For years, she has only been a shadow of herself. But when she enters “U”, a massive virtual world, she escapes into her online persona as Belle, a globally beloved singer.

Cyrano (12A) 2022 

Award-winning director Joe Wright envelops movie-goers in a symphony of emotions with music, romance, and beauty in Cyrano, re-imagining the timeless tale of a heart-breaking love triangle. Starring Peter Dinklage.

Death on the Nile (12A) 2022 

In ‘Death on the Nile,’ Kenneth Branagh’s take on Hercule Poirot’s Egyptian adventure aboard a glamorous river steamer descends into a terrifying search for a murderer when an idyllic honeymoon is shattered by violent deaths. 

The Last Bus (12A) 2021 

An elderly man whose wife has just passed away uses his free local bus pass to travel to the other end of the UK, to where they originally moved from. Timothy Spall plays the man who carries his wife’s ashes in a small suitcase, `taking her back’, and in doing so he meets many new people. 
 

Perfume (15) 2006 

We follow Jean-Baptiste along his murderous quest to create the ultimate perfume for his own adornment: leading to a storm of terror across the French countryside. Patrick Suskind’s classic fable of criminal genius. Starring Ben Wishaw.
 

Pride (15) 2014 

Inspired by an extraordinary true story. It’s the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers’ families. As the strike drags on, the two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all.
 

West Side Story (12A) 2021 

Directed by Academy Award winner Steven Spielberg, from a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Tony Kushner, ‘West Side Story’ tells the classic tale of fierce rivalries and young love in 1957 New York City. 

Book tickets online through the Libraries Unlimited Eventbrite, or in person at each library.

A network of 54 libraries in Devon and Torbay, and four Devon mobile libraries, are run by Libraries Unlimited, an independent staff and community owned charity. Join up for free by filling in the online form. Join the Library – Devon (devonlibraries.org.uk) or Torbay (torbaylibraries.org.uk). Follow Libraries Unlimited on Facebook.

For further information and full contact details please visit our web page librariesunlimited.org.uk.