Small Screen Machine

Our weekly recommendations of great films on TV

This week our director Robert has chosen Hondo as our Top Pick, while Drew has recommended four very different films. We hope you get to give them a watch over the coming week while managing to catch some sun when you can.


Hondo (1953, PG)
Film4, 11am on Monday 8 June
The first film I ever saw on TV was a John Wayne Western, and I could say with Jean-Luc Godard: ‘How can I hate John Wayne [for his right wing views] and yet love him tenderly when he takes Natalie Wood into his arms in the last reel of The Searchers?’ Hondo is a little-seen Western that proves that Wayne could really act, back before he fell into self-caricature in the ‘60s. He plays a scout raised by Indians, who has to protect a widow and her son in the wilderness. It’s a great cast, an unusual story (faithfully adapted from a Louis L’Amour novel) beautifully filmed in stunning locations, and proof also that John Farrow (Mia’s Dad) was an under-rated director.


Moana (2016, PG)
BBC1, 5.50pm on Saturday 6 June
In ancient Polynesia, the island of Motunui befalls a terrible curse. Moana, the daughter of the village chief, must then traverse across the ocean with the demigod Maui to retrieve the heart of the goddess Te Fiti so she can break the curse and save her people.


Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997, 15)
Sony Movies, 9pm on Tuesday 9 June
Mike Myers stars at the eponymous British spy and his archenemy Dr Evil in this cheeky and silly spy spoof. Powers is thawed in the 1990s after his nemesis returns, but must also grapple with a world different to the Swinging Sixties.


From Dusk Till Dawn (1996, 18)
Paramount Network, 10.50pm on Wed 10 June
In this action horror, two criminal brothers kidnap a priest and his family while they escape to Mexico. Across the border, they stop at a bar teeming with vampires, leading to a chaotically long and bloody night.


Amy (2015, 15)
Channel 4, 10pm on Thursday 11 June
A powerful and heartbreaking portrait of singer Amy Winehouse from Asif Kapadia, director of ‘Senna’. It shows how her incredible talent led to her meteoric rise, while unflinchingly detailing her personal problems, tabloid mistreatment, and untimely death.




Childhood Experiences of the Screen Machine

Please take the time to fill out this survey for Jo Reid, a Masters student we’ve been supporting here at Screen Machine and Regional Screen Scotland.

‘Hello, I am studying for a Masters in Film, Exhibition and Curation at the University of Edinburgh and for my final project I wish to explore childhood, rural cinema, and the Screen Machine. Whether you remember going as a child, or take your child now, I’d love to hear your thoughts! Please share your memories of going to the Screen Machine as a child, or taking your own child there today through my survey. There is also an opportunity for a creative activity for children that would help me with my research. The survey takes less than 10 minutes and any responses, whether you’ve visited the Screen Machine or not, are a huge help. Feel free to pass this onto anyone you think would be interested! Thank you!’

Click here to take the survey.



Futureproof 2017

Photography on Screen Collaboration with Street Level Photoworks

© The Bragdon Brothers. Courtesy of Street Level Photoworks.

A reminder you can watch Futureproof 2017, a Photography on Screen production produced in collaboration with Street Level Photoworks, and first shown on the Screen Machine back in 2017. It includes a selection of that year’s graduates with images and commentary that is still highly relevant today. The exhibition took place in Glasgow in 2017 and was also shown at Scotland House in Brussels as part of the Year of Young People.

Futureproof is Street Level Photoworks annual showcase of new talent in photographic image making, but due to lockdown restrictions degree shows will not be staged this year. However, Street Level are partnering with Source magazine and their Source BA Graduate Photography Online platform to help graduates gain exposure. And, for the second consecutive year, Street Level will again be partnering with the Jill Todd Photographic Award in announcing the Futureproof 2020 Prize to one of the exhibitors in the exhibition.

Click here to watch Futureproof 2017.



Screen Machine Movie Trivia Quiz

Ten more questions for you to test your general movie knowledge. Once you are done, highlight the hidden text at the bottom for the answers.

1. Sergio Leone’s 1964 spaghetti western ‘A Fistful of Dollars’ is said to be an unofficial remake of what Japanese samurai film?
2. What is the name of Kristoff’s reindeer in the ‘Frozen’ films?
3. Though the much older Mrs Robinson seduces 21-year-old Benjamin Braddock in ‘The Graduate’, what was the actual age difference between Anne Bancroft and Dustin Hoffman?
4. In ‘E.T. the Extraterrestrial’, what sweets does Elliot use to tempt E.T. into his house?
5. What ‘Cheers’ actor has a vocal role in every Pixar movie?
6. Complete this promotional tagline for ‘Alien’: “In space, no one can hear you —-”
7. In ‘Monty Python’s Life of Brian’, what independence movement does Brian join?
8. For what film did Halle Berry win her Academy Award for Best Actress, becoming the first and so far only African-American woman to win the award?
9. What legendary comedy filmmaker produced David Lynch’s 1980 drama ‘The Elephant Man’?
10. Can you name all seven von Trapp children from ‘The Sound of Music’?

1. ‘Yojimbo’ by Akira Kurasawa. 2. Sven. 3. Almost 6 years (5 years 11 months to be precise). 4. Reese’s Pieces. 5. John Raztenberger. 6. Scream. 7. The People’s Front of Judea. 8. ‘Monster’s Ball’. 9. Mel Brooks. 10. Liesl, Friedrich, Louisa, Kurt, Brigitta, Marta, Gretl

We’ll be back with more news next Friday. In the meantime, we hope the sun keeps shining and that you all stay well.

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