North Devon Movie Bus featured in the Guardian

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D+CFilm has been setting the news agenda again. Puh, as per bloody usual, eh folks?!

Remember we mentioned the Movie Bus waaaaay back in May? Well, the Guardian has just posted an article about it on their website. It coulda been in the actual newspaper too for all we know. Who reads newspapers these days? Clue: nobody.

Anyhoo, let’s give our cut’n’paste finger a little exercise. The bus was one of seven built by the Ministry of Technology in 1967 to tour  around the country’s factories showcasing modern British production techniques.

Inside is a titchy cinema complete with 22 swanky red seats facing a screen that fills the back wall. Kinda like the Apollo in Paignton.

The other six buses ended up on the scrapheap, as far as anyone knows, and this one almost did too. Bus owner Ollie Halls rescued it and paid for the restoration himself with the help of a £2,000 grant from the Transport Trust.

The project to show local archive footage was largely funded by a £40,000 grant from the UK Film Council lottery fund, distributed by South West Screen.

Financial help also came from the North Devon festival and the Museum, Libraries & Archives Council.

From next week, a grant from the sustainable development fund of North Devon Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty will allow the bus’s cinema to run on solar power. Hey, the sun always shines on TV…

The Movie Bus is in Ifracombe on August 20, Braunton on August 23 and Croyde on August 25. The Guardian site has a pretty nifty little video to go with the story. Click here immediately to watch it. The footage is courtesy of South West Film and TV Archive apparently. We’re guessing they’re not responsible for the rubbish Smart adverts at the beginning, though. What the… ?!

For more details, hurry over to the Movie Bus website.  Room for one more on top? Ding ding! Tickets please. It’s the Movie Bus. Where does it stop? Watch for the sign of the lollipop. Etc.


  1. David Salas says

    The award winning short film “Uncomfortable” will be playing on the Mobile Film Bus at the Aeon Festival this weekend 27-29th.
    Come along and see it, what a great way to view the film :)