Popcorn at the ready

While travel restrictions are still in place, films are exactly the form of escapism we all need. You can go anywhere – you can even time travel – while having to go absolutely nowhere. We’ve chosen six films to take you across our network from your sofa. So settle in for some fascinating Great Western stories.

Belle

Dining room at Kenwood House, London

This period drama tells the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate child of an enslaved African woman and a British naval officer. Part of London’s high society in the Georgian era, she faces obstacles because of her race. Be transported back in time to discover Dido’s story.

Submarine

Swansea Bay at night

Directed by comedian Richard Ayode and produced by Ben Stiller, Submarine is a charming, funny and moving representation of teenage angst. Follow Oliver, a 15-year-old from Swansea, as he attempts to navigate adolescence and his first-ever relationship.

Ammonite

Ammonite fossil at Lyme Regis, Dorset

She sells seashells on the seashore. You’ve heard the rhyme, but who’s it about? The answer is Mary Anning, a 19th-century fossil collector and Ammonite’s real-life protagonist, played by Kate Winslet. Be whisked away to the moody Dorset coastline and uncover a story of passion that’s sure to make a lasting impression.

The Personal History of David Copperfield

Houses of Parliament and Big Ben from across the Thames

Here’s a film to make you smile. Join Dev Patel as David Copperfield on his bumpy-yet-entertaining journey to adulthood in Victorian London. On the way, celebrate family and friendship with a top cast, including Tilda Swinton, Peter Capaldi and the South West’s very own comedy legend, Daisy May Cooper.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Picture of a cauldron

The first of JK Rowling’s Potter books to hit the big screen, it has a place in the heart of millions of wizards young and old. But if this film has somehow passed you by, with 2021 being its 20 year anniversary, now’s the time to settle in, pick your house and be transported to a world where all is definitely not as it seems. (Look out for Lacock Abbey and Gloucester Cathedral too).

Rebecca

Menabilly estate, Cornwall

Did you know that Manderley, where du Maurier’s famed novel plays out, is based on the author’s own home of Menabilly, near Fowey? In this aesthetic adaptation of Rebecca, Cornwall shows its darker side. Jagged cliff faces and stormy seas act as the ideal backdrop to an unnerving tale that will keep you guessing right until the end. Plus, enjoy a stellar performance from Kristin Scott Thomas as an utterly formidable Mrs Danvers.