Press Release 09/11/16 – Screen Machine returns to Orkney

Regional Screen Scotland are delighted to announce that Screen Machine will be bringing cinema to five of the Orkney Islands in November 2016. They are:

Stronsay – 16 and 17 November
Eday – 18 and 19 November
Sanday – 21 and 22 November
Westray – 24 and 25 November
Rousay – 26 and 27 November

We hope to visit Shapinsay too on 28 and 29 November. This will be confirmed following a trial crossing on 16 November.

Robert Livingston, Director of Regional Screen Scotland said:

“Screen Machine last visited Orkney in September 2014. This time, it will be visiting Eday, and hopefully Shapinsay too, for the first time, and spending longer on each island to be able to show a greater range of films. We will be screening between four and six different films, and they include Finding Dory and I, Daniel Blake. “

We are also pleased to be supporting the LUX Film Prize, by screening two of the three shortlisted films on Stronsay, Sanday and Westray.

Eddie McCafferty of the European Parliament, which organises the LUX Film Prize said;

“For more than a decade the European Parliament has shone a spotlight on the best of Europe’s new cinema through the LUX Film Prize. The Prize celebrates our continent’s rich cultural diversity and helps to publicise films that might otherwise have been seen and discovered by few Europeans. This year, we are delighted to be able to continue our partnership with Regional Screen Scotland and bring two of the 2016 Finalists for the Prize to the island communities of Stronsay, Westray and Sanday. Screenings of both films – the heart-warming animation Ma Vie de Courgette and powerful coming-of-age drama As I Open My Eyes – are free and everyone is welcome”.

Whilst audiences are taking their seats in the Screen Machine, they will be able to enjoy work by Harris-based photographer, and ex-member of punk rock group Buzzcocks, John Maher. Regional Screen Scotland have worked with John and Steet Level Photoworks to develop a pioneering way of presenting exhibitions.

Screen Machine’s visit to the Orkney Islands would not be possible without the support of many organisations and individuals, including:

Pentland Ferries
Orkney Ferries
Stronsay Community Council
Eday Community Council
Sanday Development Trust
Sanday Community Council
Westray Community Council
Westray Development Trust
Rousay, Egilsay & Wyre Development Trust
Rousay, Egilsay, Wyre and Gairsay Community Council
Orkney Islands Council


For more information on Screen Machine please and images please contact Fiona – 0131 550 3734
About Regional Screen Scotland and the Screen Machine:
RSS aims to help local communities to enjoy high quality screen experiences. It is a Regular Funded client of Creative Scotland, and receives funding and support from Highlands and Islands Enterprise. The Screen Machine mobile cinema is owned and operated by RSS, and serves more than 35 different rural communities, including 16 islands. The Screen Machine is sponsored by the Royal Bank of Scotland, Highland Fuels, and Caledonian MacBrayne, and its current programme is available at

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