Barn to host film season

Ai WeiWei
Ai WeiWei

Woodend Barn begins a new season of film screenings next month with the award-winning inside story of a dissident for the digital age.

Ai WeiWei: Never Sorry (cert. 15) is a portrait of China’s most famous international artist and its most outspoken domestic critic. Against a backdrop of strict censorship, Ai expresses himself and organizes people through art and social media. In response, Chinese authorities have beat him up, bulldozed his studio, and held him in secret detention.

First-time director Alison Klayman gained unprecedented access to Ai while working as a journalist in China. Her detailed portrait provides a nuanced exploration of contemporary China and one of its most compelling public figures. The film will be shown on Tuesday 9 October, 7.30pm.

On Wednesday 24 October, there will be a screening of Black Swan (cert. 15), the psychological thriller set in the world of New York City ballet. Natalie Portman stars as Nina, a featured dancer who finds herself locked in a web of competitive intrigue with a new rival at the company (Mila Kunis).

On Halloween, 31 October, there will be a special screening of Nosferatu (Cert. PG) featuring a live score by guitarist Graeme Stephen and Ben Davis of Mercury Prize nominees Basquiat Strings on cello. The classic F.W. Marnau silent horror film is an adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula - some say, the most frightening.

Tickets are available online at or by phoning the box office on 01330 825431. Early bird tickets are available for Ai WeiWei: Never Sorry and Black Swan.