A CINEMA is screening a pair of newly-released films produced in the local area.

From Friday, June 16, the Electric Picture House Cinema in Wotton-under-Edge will screen Inland and A Woman's Face. 

The latter is a short film made in Stroud written and directed by Susan Lynch, whose many TV appearances include roles in Happy Valley, Doctor Who and Killing Eve. 

A Woman's Face is about the aftermath of suicide on a man’s bereaved wife.

When her husband’s body is retrieved from a canal, Anna walks out on her young children and retraces her dead husband's steps. 

Susan says that the film was inspired by her own experiences.

“I wanted to do a short film about bereavement and loss after a few years of experiencing that myself," she said.

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"For me there is something so precious about our own internal worlds and nothing can capture that quite like film.

"For me the film is also a love letter to our dead. 

"That somewhere there is always the memory and feeling of their love.

"That death can truly be a rebirth and revelation about the loves you have left, and how those people will hold you.”

The other film to be screened was first shown locally to a sell-out audience as part of the 2023 Stroud Film Festival. 

Inland (15), set and filmed around Gloucester, returns for a longer run as part of its national release.

Starring Mark Rylance and Rory Alexander, it is a modern folktale that explores the fractured identity of a young man after the mysterious disappearance of his mother.

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First-time director Fridtjof Ryder and his team shot the film in 2020, and it received its world premiere at the 2022 London Film Festival, where it was compared by critics to the work of David Lynch and Nicolas Roeg.

Ryder said: "It is the kind of film that glowed out from its setting of Gloucester.

"The film's genesis comes from my hometown, from my first loves growing up, and of course from films.

"The borderland between myth and the present, the thin line between the past and now, in rural England, walking through the landscape, feels so powerful."

Tickets can be booked on www.wottoncinema.com.