Let’s face it, trying to find an eclectic film programme at your local cinema in Torbay is a bit of challenge.
Most seem to favour the mainstream Hollywood line-up, not that there’s anything remotely wrong with that. After all, generic product is what brings in the audiences and there’s no reason to be snobby against Hollywood. It’s a system that has brought innumerable pleasures to cinema goers since the dawn of the medium; this year for example, the mega-budget Thor was a noteworthy delight.
Also, let’s not forget, Swedish art-house auteur Ingmar Bergman was a noted admirer of Steven Spielberg, that most recognisable of commercial directors.
But sometimes it’s nice to have the odd wild card amid the usual roster of Pirates of the Caribbeans and Hangover II’s. Luckily, there’s a cinema outside Totnes that has the answer. It’s located, almost magically, down a series of bewitching country lanes that snake alongside the soothing River Dart.
It’s staffed by enthusiastic folk who can’t shove that bit of press material into your hand eagerly enough. And it features one of those enchantingly old-fashioned cinema curtains that rises gracefully, fold-by-fold, to reveal that tantalising filmic universe within. Heck, you can even enjoy a delicious slice of homemade cake before going in.
Such are the delights of Dartington Hall’s Barn Cinema, one of those secluded gems that proves there’s still life in the eccentric, independent picture house.
But the cinema’s main appeal lies in its terrific programme of movies, one which appeases all audiences from documentary lovers to art-house enthusiasts; foreign language fans to mainstream film-goers. From a newly restored print of Battleship Potemkin to provocative art house fare like the recent Le Quattro Volte, it’s THE place to go if you’re feeling jaded about the state of contemporary cinema.
And yes, they show the occasional blockbuster too.
Check out the full line-up of movies at the Dartington Barn site.
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