A DOCUMENTARY from two Island-based filmmakers kicks off the Isle of Wight's arthouse offering this week.

Tonight (Friday), Ventnor Arts Club is showing Love and Dying ­— a special film screening, plus Q&A ­— at 7.30pm.

With 300 dying people ending their own lives in this country every year, David and Jill George of Utility Films present their latest documentary ­— which asks if there should be a change in the current law relating to assisted dying.

The filmmakers said: "We tell the moving stories of two families who have been directly affected by terminal illness and its consequences.

"We hope our film will assist the debate."

The film is also being screened tomorrow (Saturday), at Aspire, Ryde, at 7.30pm.

Also tomorrow, Ventnor Arts Club is screening Agrippina, live from the Metropolitan Opera House, at 5.30pm.

Joyce DiDonato stars as the power-hungry empress in Handel’s satire of sex and power politics, evoking a scandalous world in which the Roman Empire never fell, but simply kept going right up to the present.

On the same night, Brading Roman Villa is showing the movie version of hit TV costume drama, Downton Abbey, at 7pm.

As the beloved Crawleys and their intrepid staff prepare for the most important moment of their lives, a royal visit from the king and queen of England soon unleashes a deluge of scandal, romance and intrigue.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, Ventnor Film Society is screening Argentinian drama, Rojo, at 7.30pm.

Set in Argentina, pre coup d'etat, a successful lawyer leads a comfortable existence in a quiet provincial town, only to start to feel against the ropes when a secret of the past threatens his present.