Weekly Newsletter 20/05/21 – No60

Extra! Extra! Screen Machine Back on Tour!

With Screen Machine going back on tour on Monday 17th May, word was spread far and wide about our return. The Press and Journal published a lovely piece that included words from our director Robert Livingston about how the demand for cinema exists in Scottish communities. Our marketing coordinator Fiona Fowler discussed our return on BBC Radio Scotland, while our senior operator Iain MacColl was featured on the news on BBC Alba.

You can read Robert in the Press and Journal article here.
Listen to Fiona on BBC Radio Scotland here. It starts around 2 hour and 56 minutes in.
Watch Iain on BBC Alba here. It starts around 3 minutes and 30 seconds in.

Thank you to all who came along in Fort Augustus. We start a three-day stay in Mallaig today, and then move on to the following locations:

Raasay – 24 and 25 May
Dornie – 26 and 27 May
Kyleakin – 28 and 29 May
Lochcarron – 31 May and 1 June

Visit the Screen Machine website to book your tickets now.

Keep an eye out for when we’ll be in your area here. We aim to get more tickets on sale in the coming weeks. If you plan to visit us, please read about our Covid measures here before you come along.

Photo credit: Iain MacColl


Our new discount category

We have introduced a new ticket discount category Welcome21 for frontline and essential workers, and anyone whose circumstances have been affected by the pandemic. This will remain in place until the end of 2021. All other ticket prices remain the same.

Small Screen Machine Featured in the i

Small Screen Machine was featured in the i last Friday. It features an interview with our own Robert Livingston, who explains why we started the service and how well it has been doing. Please note that the article incorrectly states Nomadland is part of the Small Screen Machine catalogue, but it is part of the Screen Machine’s touring programme.

Read the full article here.

Last Chance!

Films that will soon be leaving Small Screen Machine

Please remember that if you choose to watch a film on its final day to give yourself plenty of time, as the stream will stop as soon as it hits midnight.

Assassins (2021, 12)
Director: Ryan White
Available now in Films We Love, £9.99
Until the end of tonight Thursday 20th May

We’ve included this documentary in our Films We Love category. Screen Machine team member, Drew, says: “I remember when this happened, and while I found it interesting the two young women involved claimed they didn’t know they were carrying out an assassination, I didn’t know the full story until I watched this film. And what a story it is. The filmmakers do an excellent job balancing out the international and political strand alongside the lives of the two women, Siti and Duan. And while it is the politics and real life espionage that offer the glamour and thrills, the heart of the film lies with Siti and Duan, and the unimaginable horror they were unwittingly drawn into.”

When the brother of North Korea’s leader was murdered in Kuala Lumpur’s airport in February 2017, it sparked a media frenzy. TV pictures showed that two young women had carried out the deed by smearing nerve agent on his face and then running off. This fascinating documentary follows the court case that followed, of the two women – Siti and Duan – and gets to the incredible truth. Were they really trained assassins or simply pawns who were duped into committing murder?

“It’s like a John le Carré thriller for the Instagram generation. Only it’s real.” The Times

New This Week

Films you can watch now and in the coming week

Below you can see the latest additions to our catalogue, which boasts over 60 films across our five categories.

Whisky Galore! (1949, U)
Director: Alexander Mackendrick
Cast: Basil Radford, Catherine Lacey, Bruce Seton, Joan Greenwood, Wylie Watson
Available now in Screen Machine Selects, £3.49

It’s 1943, and the inhabitants of the island of Todday in the Outer Hebrides have run out of whisky due to wartime rationing. One night, a freighter runs aground near the island and starts to sink. To the delight of the locals, its cargo consists for 50 000 cases of whisky. As word quickly spreads across the islands, a plan is hatched to swipe the bottles for themselves before the authorities can seize them.

Filmed on Barra, and based on a true story that happened off Eriskay in 1941, this classic wartime comedy is the debut of Scottish director Alexander Mackendrick (The Ladykillers, Sweet Smell of Success).

“Hilarious Ealing gem.” Empire

Flash Gordon (1980, 12A)
Director: Mike Hodges
Cast: Sam J. Jones, Melody Anderson, Max von Sydow, Brian Blessed
Available now in Beyond Screen Machine, £3.49

Adapted from the comics and serial films of the 1930s, this space opera has taken on a cult following since its release in 1980.

American football star Flash Gordon and travel agent Dale Arden crash into a greenhouse owned by Dr Zarkov, who believes an increasing of Earth’s natural disasters are the work of an alien force. The three travel to the planet Mongo and are captured by Emperor Ming, the one causing the disasters with the intent of destroying Earth. Together the three must unite the divided people of Mongo to stop Ming and save Earth from total destruction.

“With echoes of The Wizard of Oz and Carry On movies, Mike Hodges’ vintage intergalactic fable delivers mayhem, madness and eye-frazzling colour.” The Guardian ****

Pixie (2020, 15)
Directors: Barnaby Thompson
Cast: Olivia Cooke, Ben Hardy, Daryl McCormack, Colm Meaney, Alec Baldwin
Available now in Screen Machine Selects, £4.99

On the west coast of Ireland, Pixie looks to avenge the death of her mother. She enlists the help of two friends to rob a local gangster, planning to use the money to attend art school in the US. But when the heist goes wrong, the three find themselves fleeing across the country with a bag full of drugs, a body in the boot, and a vindictive gangster in pursuit.

This hilarious Irish crime comedy is about a young woman who goes by nobody’s rules but her own, and the lengths she will take to form her own destiny.

Pixie was a great hit with audiences when we screened it on Screen Machine at the end of 2020.

“Father Ted-meets-Tarantino, with a smattering of Ferris Bueller and In Bruges” The Guardian

Click here to see our full catalogue

Special Offers & Extra Content

Every week we’ll share special offers on Small Screen Machine, including promo codes, reduced prices, and bonus content.

Bonus Content:
Amber and Me – Available with a Q&A with the director
Eye of the Storm – Available with audio description
Iorram – Available in Gaelic with Gaelic subtitles, plus three behind the scenes featurettes
Killing Escobar – Available with audio description

Click here to visit the Small Screen Machine Website

Small Screen Machine is available via the ScreenPlus app. You can download the app to your smartphone or tablet, and use it to watch films on your TV. For Android devices you can download it here, and for Apple devices here. It should be available to add to smart TVs in the near future. You can read our system requirements for all supported devices here.

Small Screen Machine is available anywhere in the UK. It is free to sign up (account holders must be over 18).

For more information about Small Screen Machine, read our about section here.

If you have any queries about Small Screen Machine, you can email us at info@smallscreenmachine.co.uk. Please note that this email account is only monitored during office hours.

We’d love to hear your views on Small Screen Machine. Email us at info@regionalscreenscotland.org.

We’ll be back with more news next week. Until then, we hope you have a great week and stay well.