Weekly Newsletter No65

Golspie Screenings Cancelled

Due to an increase of cases in the Golspie area, we have taken the decision to cancel tonight’s screenings of Peter Rabbit 2 and Nomadland. Our apologies for any disappointment or inconvenience this will cause, but the safety of our customers and staff is our highest priority. Anyone who has booked tickets for these screenings will receive a full refund.

More Locations Now on Sale

Newtonmore, Tomintoul, and the Western Isles

Tickets are now on sale for the following locations:

Newtonmore – 25th to 27th June
Tomintoul – 28th & 29th June
Tarbert, Harris – 1st to 3rd July
Carinish – 5th and 6th July
Liniclate – 7th to 10th July
Daliburgh – 12th to 14th July

If you haven’t already, you can sign up here to receive notifications about when Screen Machine is visiting your area. If we’ve yet to put your location on sale, you can check our Where We’ll Be page here, which now lists our planned tour up to the end of July.

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

More Limbo Preview Screenings

Film by Scottish filmmaker Ben Sharrock

Vikash Bhai and Amir El-Masry in Limbo.

We have organised two more preview screenings of Limbo in Liniclate and Daliburgh.

Made by Scottish filmmaker Ben Sharrock, it is a black comedy-drama about refugees awaiting asylum whilst on a fictional island in the Western Isles. Shot on location in Uist, we’re delighted to bring this BAFTA-nominated film to more our communities before its general release.

“Witty, poignant, marvellously composed and shot, moving and even weirdly gripping.” Guardian *****

We’re planning at least one more preview screening of Limbo, which we hope to confirm in the coming weeks.

It has a 12A rating and is 103 minutes long.

Click here if you live in or near Liniclate or Daliburgh and would like to attend one of the screenings.

Into Film Youth Advisory Council

Applications now live for all young film fans

Know any 10-18 year old film fans? Into Film’s Youth Advisory Council applications are NOW OPEN! It’s an amazing opportunity for any young person wanting to get more exposure to film, meet new people and have their views heard. We recognise the positive value of diversity, promote equality and challenge discrimination. As such, we welcome and encourage applications from young people of all backgrounds. More information and application details are available here: https://www.intofilm.org/youth-advisory-council

Deadline for applications is July 5th 2021.


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.

Last Chance!

Films you can watch now

If you plan to watch a film on its final day, please ensure you give plenty of time to watch the whole film, as the stream will cut out at midnight.

Pixie (2020, 15)
Director: Barnaby Thompson
Cast: Olivia Cooke, Ben Hardy, Daryl McCormack, Colm Meaney, Alec Baldwin
Available now in Screen Machine Selects, £4.99
Available until the end of Tuesday 29th June

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

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.

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


New films available now

My New York Year (2021, 15)
Director: Philippe Falardeau
Cast: Margaret Qualley, Sigourney Weaver, Douglas Booth, Seána Kerslake, Colm Feore, Brían F. O’Byrne
Available now in Screen Machine Selects, £9.99

It’s 1995, and, having graduated university, aspiring writer Joanna takes an assistant’s position at a prestigious literary agency in New York City. One of her responsibilities is responding to the fan mail of one of the agency’s biggest clients – the reclusive and legendary JD Salinger, author of The Catcher of the Rye. Due to her boss’s dislike of computers, Joanna must type every generic response on a typewriter. But when she starts to personalise some replies, she unlocks a voice that may lead to her own literary success.

Based on the memoir My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff, this is a drama about a young woman taking her first steps into the world, discovering its offers as well as herself.

“Towering turns from Sigourney Weaver and the newcomer Margaret Qualley” The Sunday Times


Films you can watch now

The Three Kings (2020, 15)
Director: Jonny Owen
Cast: Matt Busby, Bill Shankly, Jock Stein
Available now in Documentaries, £4.99

If you’ve been getting swept up in the football recently, then this documentary about three of Scotland’s most successful managers might be just for you.

This sports documentary delves into the upbringings and careers of Scottish football managers Matt Busby, Bill Shankly, and Jock Stein. All three were born within 30 miles of each other around Ayrshire and Lanarkshire, and all three achieved stellar success with Manchester United, Liverpool, and Celtic in the mid-20th century.

From the Oscar-winning producer of the groundbreaking Senna, this film is great watch for any viewer. Sport aside, it tells the stories of three Scotsmen who hailed from similar surroundings, but went out into the world and made profound impacts on some of the grandest global stages.

“Moving documentary about a trio of Scottish pitmen turned football legends” The Arts Desk

Bait (2019, 15)
Director: Mark Jenkin
Cast: Morgan Val Baker, Georgia Ellery, Martin Ellis, Chloe Endean, Stacey Guthrie
Available now in Screen Machine Selects, £3.49

This experimental film was acclaimed by critics in 2019. Offering mesmerising visuals and a strong story, it’s a good watch for anyone looking to try something a little bit different.

Brothers Martin and Steven have taken different approaches to the changes in their small Cornish village. Martin is a fisherman without a boat, selling his catches door-to-door, while Steven uses their late father’s boat to offer cruises to the growing tourist trade. To get by, they’ve sold their family home to the Leighs, outsiders who find their new surroundings not as idyllic as they imaged. As past and future collide, tensions threaten to boil over.

Shot on 16mm with clockwork cameras, Bait offers a dreamlike experience of the breakdowns in communication in the perpetual struggles between tradition and change.

“a genuine modern masterpiece” Mark Kermode *****

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Special Offers & Extra 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.