Falmouth is a town that boasts, amongst many other things, a nationally recognised arts and media campus – so it’s no surprise that the only cinema in town is The Poly, which doubles an an art gallery and shows eclectic seasons, combining a few bestsellers (largely for the tourist visitors with bored kids) with the more obscure.
In fact, there is a campaign in town at the moment to open a multi-screen cinema in a converted army drill hall that has served as an anitiques market for many years.
I have my fingers crossed that the attempt fails because even though I am a movie fan, if I want to see mainstream I can drive to Truro, just 10 miles way and visit The Plaza, a beautiful art deco building which has been voted as one of Britain’s top independently owned theatres.
Here in my seaside hometown, I prefer the quirky – especially since the choices do often represent the tastes of a largely over-50 or student demographic.
Honeydripper was last night’s choice – slow in the way that perfection is slow – but a lovingly executed reminiscence of 1950 Alabama and the black music of that time.
Danny Glover is an unexpected surprise after decades of typecasting – and the music is just wonderful.
The whole movie is an atmospheric sauna of Deep South heat, injustice and the blues.
You wouldn’t get that in a multiplex.


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Chris Barrow

Chris Barrow has been active as a consultant, trainer and coach to the UK dental profession for over 20 years. As a writer, his blog enjoys a strong following and he is a regular contributor to the dental press. Naturally direct, assertive and determined, he has the ability to reach conclusions quickly, as well as the sharp reflexes and lightness of touch to innovate, change tack and push boundaries. In 2014 he appeared as a “castaway” in the first season of the popular reality TV show “The Island with Bear Grylls”. His main professional focus is as Coach Barrow, providing coaching and mentorship to independent dentistry.