Small screens, big cinematic discoveries Film festival comes to Devon libraries

A chance to experience brilliant new movies from the comfort of the small screen of a local library is offered by Libraries Unlimited.

Eleven libraries will host the screenings, including Oscar and BAFTA winners, from Monday February 28 to Friday March 25.

The Discovery Screens festival is coming to libraries in Barnstaple, Crediton, Cullompton, Dawlish, Exeter, Newton Abbot, Okehampton, Seaton, South Molton, St Thomas and Tavistock.

The Festival is organized by Evolve, through Libraries Unlimited, with support from the BFI Film Audience Network, awarding funds from the National Lottery bringing more films to more people in more places. Evolve is funded by Arts Council England and Exeter City Council.

Program coordinator Zoe Buttling said: “The film festival features a collection of outstanding and famous recent films.

“The screenings include a selection of UK and international titles, with something for everyone; comedies, dramas and everything in between, from heartwarming to heartbreaking tales. It’s been really great to work together to bring communities the opportunity to see movies from the comfort of their local library.

Moviegoers have the choice between:

  • Another Round (12) 2020 – Four teachers embark on an experiment where they each experience some level of alcohol intoxication in their daily lives and as a result their work experiences are turned upside down.
  • The Breadwinner (12) 2017 – A determined young Afghan girl disguises herself as a boy in order to support her family in this powerful animated drama
  • Days of Bagnold Summer (12) 2019 – Sue and her son Daniel deal with private tragedies and pursue personal passions.
  • The Father (12) 2020 – Featuring Olivia Colman and an Oscar-winning performance from Anthony Hopkins, The Father shows Hopkin’s character trying to make sense of his changing circumstances later in life.
  • Minari (12A) 2020 – A Korean-American family moves to a farm in Arkansas in search of their American dream.
  • Nomadland (12) 2021 – Following the economic collapse of a rural Nevada town, Fern (played by Oscar-winning actress Frances McDormand) packs her bags in her van and explores an unconventional life, forming unbreakable bonds with d other nomads.
  • Pride (15) 2014 – During the 1984 Gay Pride March in London, a group of gay and lesbian activists decided to raise funds to support the families of striking miners.
  • Rocks (12) 2020 – A young teen struggles to take care of herself and her younger brother after being abandoned by their single mother.
  • Rose plays Julie (15) 2021 – A young woman searches for her birth mother, inadvertently triggering a series of life-changing events.
  • Sound of Metal (15) 2020 – When traveling punk-metal drummer Ruben (Riz Ahmed) begins to suffer from intermittent hearing loss, his bandmate and his girlfriend lock up the recovering heroin addict in a sober, isolated house for the deaf.
  • Sweetheart (15) 2021 – A socially awkward and environmentally conscious teenager is dragged to a coastal holiday park by her painfully “normal” family, where she is unexpectedly captivated by a lifeguard named Isla.

Each library has selected a wide variety of films for its customers. Times vary depending on audience with daytime and evening screenings throughout the county.

Tickets cost £3 with £2 for youth and students. To book go to Discovery Screens Festival 2022 | Eventbrite.

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