Weekly Newsletter 22/04/21 – No56

A Cinema Story

Featuring Regional Screen Scotland and Screen Machine

Regional Screen Scotland and Screen Machine were recently featured as part of Film Hub Scotland’s Cinema Stories series about cinemas working to reopen in Scotland. Click here to watch the video and hear from our very own Fiona about what we’ve been up to.

Last Chance!

One week left to watch Away

Away (2019, U)
Director: Gints Zilbalodis
Available in Family, £4.99

You have until Thursday 29th April to watch this vivid and silent animation about a boy and a little bird journeying across a strange island trying to get back home.

From Latvia, Gints Zilbalodis is an emerging talent in film-making and animation, and his style is quite unusual, almost hypnotic. If you enjoyed the Red Turtle, and the work of Studio Ghibli, we feel sure you’ll enjoy this too – but it’s perhaps not one for our youngest viewers.

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

“It is an admirable endeavour that has paid off immensely, in what is a delightful movie. Zilbalodis is an animator to keep your eye on.” Film Inquiry

New This Week

Films you can watch now and in the coming week

Inglourious Basterds (2009, 18)
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Brad Pitt, Mélanie Laurent, Christoph Waltz, Eli Roth, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger
Available now in Beyond Screen Machine, £3.49

Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino and with a fantastic cast including Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Michael Fassbender and Eli Roth. Inglourious Basterds imagines two plots to assassinate Nazi Germany’s senior leaders during World War 2.

A young Jewish refugee who has witnessed the slaughter of her family is running a cinema in Paris. The cinema is to host the premier of a Nazi propaganda film, and she intends to use the event to take her revenge and assassinate the visiting Nazi leaders. Meanwhile, a group of elite Jewish-American guerilla soldiers hears about the event, and put in place their own assassination plans.

Bold, funny and violent – Inglourious Basterds has everything you would expect from a Tarantino film.

“Nobody but Tarantino could have made Inglourious Basterds and, in a homogenising culture such as Hollywood, that’s worth celebrating.” Scotsman

Sisters with Transistors (2021, PG)
Director: Lisa Rovner
Cast: Laurie Anderson
Available in Documentaries from Friday 23rd April, £9.99

This archival documentary explores the untold story of the substantial impact of electronic music’s remarkable female pioneers and composers.

Starting all the way back in 1929, Sisters with Transistors charts the groundbreaking work and innovation of the women who embraced the emerging technologies and machines of the 20th century to create music. Every development can be traced back to one of the 10 women featured in this film. Their successes proved revolutionary, and utterly transformed how we produce and listen to music today.

This film contains a sequence of flashing lights which might affect customers who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy.

“Magical documentary” The Irish Times

Blithe Spirit (2020, 12A)
Director: Edward Hall
Cast: Judi Dench, Leslie Mann, Dan Stevens, Isla Fisher, Aimee-Ffion Edwards
Available in Screen Machine Selects from Monday 26th April, £3.49

Comedy drama from 2020 starring Dan Stevens as a crime writer who has been suffering from writer’s block since the death of his first wife, Elvira, five years previously. To help inspire him, he organises a seance, but the spiritualist medium (played by Judi Dench) accidentally summons up Elvira’s spirit, which leads to an increasingly complex love triangle with his current wife.

Noel Coward wrote this classic play in 1941, and David Lean directed its first film adaptation in 1945.

“perky and stylish period production, set on a glorious art deco estate, and it moves at a brisk-enough pace to keep our attention.” Radio Times

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Coming Soon

Films to look out for

I Used to be Normal: A Boyband Fangirl Story (2014, 12)
Director: Jessica Leski
Cast: Real life people!
Available in Documentaries from Monday 3rd May, £4.99

Relatable documentary about how a teenage obsession can have a long lasting impact on your life. Charming, funny and up-lifting.

“Entertaining and insightful, this is a must-see for anyone with an interest in celebrity and the subtle (and not so subtle) workings of fandom.” Filmink (Australia)

The Bike Thief (2020, TBC)
Director: Matt Chambers
Cast: Alec Secareanu, Anamaria Marinca
Available in Beyond Screen Machine from Monday 3rd May, £4.99

When a pizza delivery driver’s moped is stolen, he must scour London to find it. Involving drama about survival in an unforgiving world.

“a stand-out, very grounded affair worthy of your attention” The Hollywood News

Special Offers & Extra Content

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

Losing Alaska Earth Day Discount

Losing Alaska (2018, NC/PG)
Director: Tom Burke
Available in Documentaries, £4.99

To mark Earth Day 2021, we’re offering a discount on Losing Alaska. Use the code EARTH2021 to get 25% off. Valid until 11.59pm on Sunday 25th April.

Losing Alaska is a documentary about the small town of Newton, Alaska. Due to global warming, the permafrost on which it has laid its foundations is starting to melt, eroding away its coastline. With it being a matter of time before their houses are swallowed by the river, the town’s 375 inhabitants must decide what to do. It’s a sobering story that might become more common in the coming years.

“Alarming and engaging viewing.” Hot Press Magazine

Losing Alaska does not yet have a certificate from the British Board of Film Classification, but in our opinion it is a PG: for general viewing, but some language and scenes may be unsuitable for young children.

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

Visit the Small Screen Machine Website

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

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).

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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.