Small Screen Machine Ident

Our way to get you into the Screen Machine viewing mood

When you now watch a film on Small Screen Machine, it will be preceded by our new ident. It’s a 10-second sequence to put you into the Screen Machine viewing mood.

Thank you to our own Shona Thomson for creating and editing the ident, and to Laurie Cameron for supplying her music. Shona and Laurie previously collaborated on our short film explaining the changes in to our service when we returned to the road last Autumn.

Review of Iorram (Boat Song)

By our usher Elaine from Newtonmore

The film/documentary is entirely in Scottish Gaelic with English subtitles. They have taken archive recordings of voices, stories, and songs from the past and play them alongside visuals of contemporary island life. Most of the footage is shot around Barra, which happens to be my most favourite place in the world.

As well as that, a lot of the stories were particularly interesting to me because, although I have lived in Badenoch and Strathspey for most of my life, I am originally from a little fishing village just south of Fraserburgh, and the links between Barra and Fraserburgh are mentioned during the film’s stories about herring fishing. I have never heard these stories before and the voices, even though they weren’t in my own tongue of Buchan Scots, reminded me so much of the old fisherman from my birthplace. The film highlights the differences and similarities of the hard life of the fisher men and women then and now by running contemporary footage alongside these stories and songs telling of times long gone. Although they talk of the hard times, there are also a lot of stories about the lighter side of life, which seemed to perhaps be more lacking in this day and age.

The Gaelic and Scots worlds in Scotland are so very often portrayed as separate entities. I felt, however, after viewing Iorram, that another gap in my education had been filled by revealing how connected people were in the past in Scotland, even though they might have been culturally different. However, the film also shows that yet another traditional industry is now only just hanging on by its fingertips and how its demise has meant that it can no longer function as a medium for a gathering together of folk ‘ fae a the airts.’

I would give it 10 out of 10!

Thank you to Elaine for allowing us to share her wonderful review of Iorram (Boat Song).

You can watch Iorram (Boat Song) in Screen Machine Selects for £9.99. It is also available with Gaelic subtitles and three bonus behind the scene featurettes.

We plan to screen it on Screen Machine once it goes back on the road, and will let you know when and where once we know more.

Click here to visit Small Screen Machine

Click on the link above to visit the Small Screen Machine website and access our catalogue of almost 40 films, all selected by the team behind the Screen Machine programme, and arranged into five curated categories.

It’s free to sign up (account holders must be over 18) and that you only pay when you rent a film. You have 14 days from paying to watch the film, and then 48 hours to complete the film once you’ve hit play. You can watch from anywhere in the UK, and on a computer/laptop, tablet, phone, or on your TV via a cable connected to one of these devices, or using Chromecast. To check that your devices are supported, you can read our system requirements here.

Our rentals cost between £3.49 and £10. We review the price of every film to ensure it is both fair for you and cost effective for us. And remember that your payment helps to support the Screen Machine service because a portion of every payment comes to Regional Screen Scotland, the organisation that owns and operates the Screen Machine.

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

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

New This Week

Films you can watch now and over the coming week

Minari (2021, 12)
Director: Lee Isaac Chung
Cast: Steven Yeun, Han Ye-ri, Alan Kim, Noel Kate Cho, Youn Yuh-jung, Will Patton
Available in Screen Machine Selects from Friday 2nd April, £9.99

Nominated for six Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actor (Yeun), and Best Supporting Actress (Youn). Nominated for six BAFTAs, including Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (Kim), and Best Supporting Actress (Youn).

Having its UK premiere at the 2021 Glasgow Film Festival, this tender semi-autobiographical drama delves into the immigrant experience. It follows a South Korean family who move from California to rural Arkansas in the 1980s looking turn a plot of land into a prosperous farm. Together the family adapts to their new surroundings in their own ways. But will this move succeed in allowing them to fulfil their own narrative in the American Dream?

Director Lee Isaac Chung will also be on BBC Radio 4 Front Row tonight at 7.15pm to discuss the film.

“the year’s first truly great movie, one we’ll be talking about for some time” The Guardian

Availability Extended

In My Blood it Runs (2019, 12)
Director: Maya Newell
Available in Documentaries until Wednesday 31st March, £10

We are delighted to have extended the stay of In My Blood it Runs on Small Screen Machine, which was previously due to expire at midnight on Wednesday 31st March.

Told through the eyes of a 10-year-old Aboriginal boy, this fascinating documentary was brought to our attention by colleagues at the Take One Action film festival. It was a highlight of their 2020 Festival.

Growing up outside Alice Springs, 10-year-old Dujuan is a child-healer, a good hunter and speaks three languages. As he shares his wisdom of history and the complex world around him we see his spark and intelligence. Yet Dujuan is ‘failing’ in school and facing increasing scrutiny from welfare and the police. As he travels perilously close to incarceration, his family fight to give him a strong Arrernte education alongside his western education lest he becomes another statistic. We walk with him as he grapples with these pressures, shares his truths and somewhere in-between finds space to dream, imagine and hope for his future self.

“quietly masterful portrait of growing up Indigenous” The Guardian ****

Full Version of Eye of the Storm

Available to watch now

Some of you may have spotted that Eye of the Storm aired on BBC Scotland this week, but we’d like to point out that they showed a condensed version that is only an hour long. On Small Screen Machine you get to watch the full 78-minute cut.

A documentary about James Morrison, considered one of the UK’s finest landscape painters, Eye of the Storm is part of our Films We Love strand. Our director Robert says: “I met Jimmy Morrison once; a real gentleman and a visionary artist. Director Anthony Baxter (You’ve Been Trumped) has created one of the most insightful and beautiful artist portraits I’ve ever seen.”

Eye of the Storm is available now in Films We Love, £4.99 (also available with audio description)

Click here to see our full catalogue

Coming Soon

Films to look out for

Effie Gray (2014, 12)
Director: Richard Laxton
Cast: Dakota Fanning, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters, Robbie Coltrane, Greg Wise
Available from Monday 19th April

Written by and starring Emma Thompson, this historical drama depicts the real life marriage between teeanger Effie Gray and distinguished writer John Ruskin, which was far from a match made in heaven.

“A thoughtful, well-acted and perceptive drama” Time Out

Sisters with Transistors (2020, TBC)
Director: Lisa Rovner
Cast: Laurie Anderson (narrator), Clara Rockmore, Daphne Oram, Laurie Spiegel
Available from Friday 23rd April

Archival documentary about the remarkable untold story of electronic music’s female pioneers, composers who embraced machines and their liberating technologies to utterly transform how we produce and listen to music today.

“A magical, important film” SXSW Film Festival

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

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

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

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