Quick Screen Machine Update
In line with the Scottish Government’s roadmap, we are planning to re-start the Screen Machine service on Monday 17 May, beginning with a three day visit to Fort Augustus. We’ll share more information with you just as soon as we are able to.
The Screen Machine Team
Films that will soon be leaving Small Screen Machine
Please remember that if you choose to watch a film on its final day to give yourself plenty of time, as the stream will stop as soon as it hits midnight.
Stardust (2020, 15)
Director: Gabriel Range
Cast: Johnny Flynn, Marc Maron, Jena Malone
Available now in Screen Machine Selects, £4.99
Until the end of Saturday 8th May
Meet David before Bowie. One of the greatest icons in music history. But who was the young man behind the many faces?
In 1971, a 24-year-old David Bowie (Johnny Flynn) embarks on his first road trip to America with Mercury Records publicist Ron Oberman (Marc Maron), only to be met with a world not yet ready for him. Beginning with the disclaimer that “the story that follows is (mostly) fiction”, Stardust spins an imagined glimpse behind the curtain of the moments that inspired the creation of Bowie’s first and most memorable alter ego, Ziggy Stardust. The film also explores Bowie’s family history of mental health issues and his own fear of losing his grip on reality, seeing this as a key to his creation of different personas through music.
“thoughtful and vastly entertaining study of the starman in the making” Radio Times
New This Week
Films you can watch now and in the coming week
We now have over 60 films available for you to watch in our catalogue with more still on the way. Below you can find some of our latest additions.
Last week we said I Used to be Normal: A Boyband Fangirl Story would be available from Monday 3rd May, but the day after we sent out the newsletter its release date was changed to Monday 17th May. Apologies for this miscommunication.
Incident at Loch Ness (2004, NC/12A)
Director: Zak Penn
Cast: Werner Herzog, Kitana Baker, Gabriel Beristain
Available now in Beyond Screen Machine, £3.49
Incident at Loch Ness is a fictional account of a film crew who make a documentary that’s less about Nessie herself, and more about the phenomenon of believing in her. Leading the crew is Werner Herzog, genius of German cinema. Once the crew has travelled from Hollywood to Loch Ness, tensions start to arise when the untested Producer makes decisions that should have been left to the Director. At the same time, a documentary is being made about Herzog.
This is a film about fact and fiction – about what’s real and what’s imagined. Filmed on location in Fort Augustus and the area.
This film does not have a BBFC cert. We estimate that it is a 12A cert, due to its brief strong language.
“Clever and amusing mockumentary.” New York Post
Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015, U)
Directors: Mark Burton, Richard Starzak
Cast: Justin Fletcher, John Sparkes, Omid Djalili
Available now in Family, £3.49
From the creators of Wallace and Gromit comes this spin-off of A Close Shave, featuring Shaun the Sheep.
Bored with his menial life on Mossy Bottom Farm, Shaun organises a day off by getting the farmer to count all the sheep and fall asleep. Shaun and his friends place the farmer in a caravan to join their day of fun, but soon realise this isn’t possible without the farmer. Unfortunately, the caravan has rolled off and crashed into the city, giving the farmer amnesia. It’s up to Shaun and the gang to mount a rescue mission and bring the farmer home.
Hilarious and absurd, this claymation adventure is perfect for all the family.
“beautifully rendered stop-motion, all drenched in a haze of geniality and glee” The Guardian
A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2015, U)
Directors: Will Becher, Richard Phelan
Cast: Justin Fletcher, John Sparkes, Kate Harbour
Available now in Family, £3.49
Part of Screen Machine’s programme in late 2019, this sequel to 2015’s Shaun the Sheep Movie returns us to Mossy Bottom Farm before launching into space for a wacky and inventive adventure.
Life on the farm is normal as ever with Bitzer the dog wary of Shaun and the flock’s mischievous schemes. Things turn up a notch when the alien Lu-La crash lands near the farm. At first, Shaun sees an opportunity for hijinks and fun, but he soon realises it’s up to him to save Lu-La from a sinister, shadowy government agency, and return her to her home planet.
A joyfully playful film, Farmageddon is rich with slapstick gags, nonsensical gibberish, and movie homages that will leave the whole family in stitches.
“a sheepquel for all ages” The Guardian
Mogul Mowgli (2020, 15)
Director: Bassam Tariq
Cast: Riz Ahmed, Alyy Khan, Anjana Vasan, Aiysha Hart, Kiran Sonia Sawar, Nabhaan Rizwan
Available in Screen Machine Selects from Friday 7th May, £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.
“a deeply personal drama about culture, family, community and what it means to represent” The Guardian
Films to look out for
Paddington (2014, PG)
Director: Paul King
Cast: Ben Whishaw (voice), Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters
Available soon in Family
A young Peruvian bear travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he meets the kindly Brown family.
“Marmaladen with gloriously silly jokes” Empire
Paddington 2 (2017, PG)
Director: Paul King
Cast: Ben Whishaw (voice), Michael Gambon (voice), Imelda Staunton (voice)
Available soon in Family
Paddington takes on a series of odd jobs so he can buy a unique pop-up book for his aunt’s upcoming one hundredth birthday.
“a tremendously sweet-natured, charming, unassuming and above all funny film” The Guardian
Special Offers & Extra Content
Every week we’ll share special offers on Small Screen Machine, including promo codes, reduced prices, and 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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We’ll be back with more news next week. Until then, we hope you have a great week and stay well.