Weekly Newsletter 27/05/21 – No61

Gairloch and Ullapool Tickets on Sale

Screen Machine in Raasay this week. Photo credit: Iain MacColl

Screen Machine enjoyed visits to Raasay (pictured above) and Dornie this week. We’re looking forward to heading out to Kyleakin tomorrow and then on to Lochcarron next week.

Tickets are now on sale for:
Gairloch – 2nd to 5th June
Ullapool – 7th to 9th June

New additions to the programme for these locations include Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway and Judas and the Black Messiah, which will screen alongside the immensely popular Oscar-winning Nomadland.

Visit the Screen Machine website to book your tickets now.

We aim to get more tickets on sale soon, so keep an eye out for when we’ll be in your area here.

If you plan to visit us, please read about our Covid measures here before you come along.


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.

New This Week

Films you can watch now and in the coming week

You can now watch the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy, starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, written by Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright, and directed by Edgar Wright.

Shaun of the Dead (2004, 15)
Director: Edgar Wright
Cast: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Bill Nighy, Dylan Moran, Lucy Davis, Kate Ashfield
Available now in Screen Machine Selects, £3.49

Shaun enjoys an easy life of watching TV, playing video games, and going to the pub. But he clashes with his work colleagues and his stepdad, and his girlfriend Liz dumps him for lacking drive and direction. After a night of drinking with his best friend Ed, they awaken to find the world in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. They spring into action to save their family and friends, with Shaun hoping to win back Liz’s heart. For there comes a day in every man’s life when he has to get off the couch… and kill some zombies.

The first film in Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright’s Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy, this comedy-horror is full of action, thrills, and hilarious gags.

“pacily directed, nicely acted and boasts a script crammed with real gags” The Guardian

Hot Fuzz (2007, 15)
Director: Edgar Wright
Cast: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Timothy Dalton, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy, Bill Bailey
Available now in Screen Machine Selects, £3.49

Nicholas Angel is one of London’s best police officers. He’s so good that he makes the rest look bad, and a promotion to sergeant comes with a relocation to the quiet and idyllic town of Sandford. Alongside his action movie-loving new partner Danny, they spend most of their time tracking down escaped geese and checking fake IDs. But the seemingly crime-free Sandford has a suspiciously high number of ‘accidents’, leading Angel to suspect that the town is harbouring a dark secret.

The second film in Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright’s Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy, this action comedy pays homage to many of cinema’s greatest escapades with sharp and silly humour mixed in with explosive action sequences.

“a straight-faced British spoof of everything from Yank crimers and slasher pics to Agatha Christie whodunits” Variety

The World’s End (2013, 15)
Director: Edgar Wright
Cast: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Rosamund Pike, Bill Nighy
Available now in Screen Machine Selects, £3.49

Forty-year-old Gary reunites his four old high school friends back in their home town of Newton Haven. His plan is for them to achieve what they failed to do over twenty years before – complete the Golden Mile, a pub crawl consisting of twelve watering holes. Unlike Gary, who’s stuck in his teenage years, the other four have grown up, and lack the nostalgia the evening deserves. As the night begins to fray, Gary discovers not all is right with the town, and that the four estranged friends might be humanity’s only hope for survival.

The third and final instalment in the Three Flavour Cornetto trilogy, this sci-fi comedy sends you off on a wild and thrilling ride of action and parody in equal measures.

“a double-whammy of funny and clever” The Guardian


Films currently available on Small Screen Machine

With Small Screen Machine now hosting over 60 films, every now and then we’ll highlight films that we think you’ll enjoy.

Get Out (2017, 15)
Director: Jordan Peele
Cast: Daniel Kaluuya, Catherine Keener, Lakeith Stanfield, Caleb Landry Jones
Available now in Screen Machine Selects, £3.49

This horror film is no ordinary scary movie. Starring British actor Daniel Kaluuya (who recently won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for Judas and the Black Messiah) it is equal parts gripping thriller and provocative commentary. Nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor (Kaluuya) at the 90th Academy Awards, Peele took home the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.

Kaluuya is in stellar form as Chris, who at first reads his girlfriend’s family’s overly accommodating behaviour as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship. But as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could have never imagined.

“Get Out is the sharpest, most thoughtful, and against all odds, the funniest horror film that Hollywood has churned out in a long old while.” Metro

The Rider (2017, 15)
Director: Chloé Zhao
Cast: Brady Jandreau, Mooney, Tim Jandreau, Lilly Jandreau
Available now in Beyond Screen Machine, £3.99

With the Oscar-winning Nomadland (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress) currently part of Screen Machine’s touring programme, we wanted to highlight this drama, which was director Chloé Zhao’s previous film. Like Nomadland, it features real people playing fictionalised versions of themselves, giving it a docudrama and highly realistic tone.

Brady is rodeo rider and part of the Lakota Sioux tribe in South Dakota. He lives a tough life of poverty on reservation land with his alcoholic father and autistic sister. He has brain damage from a riding accident, leaving him with a weakened hand, seizures, and the increased likelihood he’ll suffer a fatal riding accident. But is Brady ready to give up on his dream?

“a visceral, organic experience, with landscape and action inextricably intertwined” Sight & Sound

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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

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

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