All Hands on Deck Last Week
Technical glitch struck our booking system
Some of you will already know that our online booking system suffered a technical glitch last week. At first we thought this was only related to Carinish since we’d just put its tickets on sale, and all initial messages about booking errors were from customers in that area. But when we started to receive messages from customers in other locations, we realised this was a site-wide glitch that had never happened before.
This was so unprecedented that Fiona had to temporarily suspend her annual leave to work on it. After we got word out about the glitch, we pulled all shows from sale while Fiona tried to resolve the issue, and Angie voided all affected transactions to ensure we didn’t take any money. Thankfully, we managed to correct everything within a few hours, and Fiona was able to resume her annual leave.
Our apologies to everyone who was affected by this, and any inconvenience it has caused. Due to us operating at a lower capacity, we understand this increases the competition for popular screenings and that unfortunately some customers missed out on tickets, especially since we’re about to make our first visit to the Western Isles in a long time.
Thank you for your patience while we dealt with this issue.
The Screen Machine Team
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.
Films you can watch now
Mogul Mowgli (2020, 15)
Director: Bassam Tariq
Cast: Riz Ahmed, Alyy Khan, Anjana Vasan, Aiysha Hart, Kiran Sonia Sawar, Nabhaan Rizwan
Available now in Screen Machine Selects, £5.99
Riz Ahmed stars as Zed, a New York-based British-Pakistani rapper about to embark on a world tour that is expected to solidify his success. Before it begins, he returns to London to reconnect with his family, who he hasn’t seen for two years. Old wounds and divides surface, right as Zed is hospitalised with a life-changing autoimmune disease. Facing an unexpected and different future, Zed goes on a hallucinatory journey to help him reconcile with his family, and finally figure out who he is.
Co-written by Ahmed, this drama takes a thoughtful look at what it means to be British, at times delving into surreal and colourful sequences.
In English and Urdu with English subtitles.
“confident and confrontational, exhilarating in its willingness to constantly shift gears between absurdist comedy and vulnerable, introspective narrative” Sight & Sound
McQueen (2018, 15)
Director: Ian Bonhôte
Cast: Alexander McQueen
Available now in Documentaries, £3.49
This documentary gives a personal look at the extraordinary life, career, and artistry of Alexander McQueen, the British fashion designer who tragically killed himself in 2010, aged 40.
Through exclusive interviews with his closest friends and family, recovered archives, and exquisite visuals and music, McQueen charts his life and career. Starting off as a tailor, Alexander went on to become one of the youngest people to be named British Designer of the Year, and established his own self-named company that had boutiques from New York to London to Milan, as well as patrons including Nicole Kidman, Kate Moss, Björk, and Rihanna.
McQueen is an authentic celebration and thrilling portrait of an inspired yet tortured fashion visionary.
“moving documentary on a fashion maverick” The Observer
Modern Persuasion (2020, 12)
Director: Alex Appel, Jonathan Lisecki
Cast: Alicia Witt, Shane McRae, Bebe Neuwirth, Daniella Pineda
Available now in Screen Machine Selects, £4.99
Fans of Jane Austen’s work might be interested to see what has become of her final work, Persuasion, in the hands of directors Jonathan Lisecki and Alex Appel.
Anne Elliot has become Wren Cosgrove, a workaholic woman happily living in New York City with her cat for company. When Wren’s ex-boyfriend – aka ‘the one that got away’ – hires the services of her company, she is forced to deal with the aftermath of the relationship.
“I did wonder what Jane Austen might have thought about this rendition because it definitely pushes boundaries, but in offbeat ways.” Film Threat
Special Offers & Extra 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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We’ll be back with more news next week. Until then, we hope you have a great week and stay well.