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Dan Carrier’s movie news: Winchester, Ted Hughes, Lies We Tell

01 February, 2018 — By Dan Carrier

Helen Mirren in Winchester

• Sarah Winchester inherited a fortune in 1881 from her late husband and 50 per cent ownership of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company, who produced the favoured rifle for the period. What she did with it is a fabled tale that has now been made into a film, Winchester, starring Helen Mirren. A medium told Sarah to use her fortune to build a house in the Santa Clara valley, California – and create enough rooms for the ghosts of all those who were killed by her family’s firm to reside in. Without using architects and hiring teams of carpenters, she continually added to her pile until her death in 1922. Mirren takes on the lead in this spooky ghost tale, which has echoes of an Edgar Allan Poe yarn, as the heiress is haunted by what her family has created.

• The Highgate Film Society is presenting the film Dreamtime, which focuses on the poet Ted Hughes, next week. David Cohen’s documentary tells the story of his childhood and his relationship with his much-loved older brother, Gerald. David will be on hand to present the film and discuss his work on Thursday, February 8, 7.30 for 8pm at the Highgate Scientific and Literary Institute, 11 South Grove, N6 6BS.

Lies We Tell, out this week, features Harvey Keitel in a crime drama set in Bradford. When Keitel’s character, a shady millionaire, dies, his driver (Gabriel Byrne) is left to sort out his tangled personal affairs – including his mistress. The film is by Yorkshire-based film-maker Mitu Misra.


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