Small Country & Islands in Film


We’re delighted to bring exclusively to Screen Machine customers a double bill of two films that have much to say about the experiences and challenges of living and working in Highlands and Islands communities.

Small Country is an exploration of the Northwest Highlands, its people and the uncertain future they now face. Following the lives and work of those who depend most on this landscape, including fishermen, farmers and guides, we see the unprecedented scale of the challenges which now grip the Northwest: mass tourism, the disappearance of tight-knit crofting communities and the rise of industrial exploitation. Using the 1944 documentary ‘The Crofters’ as a cultural springboard, the film examines how the rise and fall of industries such as agriculture, fishing and estates over the past half-century, and more recently the explosion of fast tourism and Brexit, have left the Northwest at a critical turning point before an uncertain future. Debates such as land use, rewilding, protections and visitor management are becoming ever more polarised and few can agree a path forward.

Islands In Film depicts life during lockdown on the islands of Mull, Iona, Ulva and Gometra.

In total, 75 people supplied footage to depict one week of lockdown in May 2020. The footage captures subjective experiences of what lockdown meant to people of the islands as the world came to a halt. It offers a glimpse into a very particular moment in time, a time of reflection, concern and hope. The film features music by Hannah Fisher and Sorren Maclean. A portion of the proceeds from Screen Machine screenings will go to the foodbank Mull and Iona Pantry.

Small Country is 35 mins, and Island in Life is 47 mins – 82 mins in total.

This double bill is suitable for all aged 15+

All seating is unreserved. If there is a particular area of the auditorium that you like to sit in, then please arrive in good time.

If you are a wheelchair user, please book directly with us by emailing at least 24 hours before the scheduled start time.

Please note that we offer refunds only if we are forced to cancel a screening – perhaps due to very bad weather or a mechanical problem. If you book tickets, and then fall ill, we will not offer a refund and recommend that you pass your tickets on to friends or family.

Adults £9, Concessions £6.50

Concessions are available for: 15-and-under, 16 to 25, Students, 60 and over, Disabled and Claimants.

All under 14 year olds must be accompanied by a parent or 21+ year old guardian at screenings starting after 8:00pm.

Any remaining tickets not sold online are made available on the door 30 mins prior to performance, on a first come first served basis.

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