Screen Machine to Take a Further Break

Happy New Year to you all. We hope you had an enjoyable and safe festive period.

Following the Scottish Government’s announcement that mainland Scotland will move into temporary lockdown, Screen Machine will be off the road for the time being. As you may have seen at the end of December, we have already cancelled this month’s tour, and anyone who booked tickets for those screenings should have received a full refund.

While we had planned to start 2021 by bringing films to all of our communities, their safety is our utmost priority. We will continue to monitor the situation as it develops, and will let you know when we plan to return.

Until then, we wish you all the very best and that you stay safe.

The Screen Machine Team

Photo credit: Iain MacColl at the Kylesku Bridge.


Small Screen Machine

Our weekly recommendations of great films on TV

This week’s Top Pick was chosen by Drew, who has opted for Get Shorty, while Fiona and Robert provide two other recommendations apiece.

Get Shorty (1995, 15)
Sony Movies, 12.10am on Friday 8/Saturday 9 January

This crime comedy adapted from Elmore Leonard’s novel of the same name is a modern film noir. John Travolta plays a Florida loan shark who follows a debt to Hollywood, where he ends up embedding himself in the movie business. It offers a star-studded cast in top form. For me, Gene Hackman is comically convincing as a debt-ridden B-movie director, and Delroy Lindo is menacing as the sociopathic Bo Catlett, the film’s primary antagonist. (Eagle-eyed viewers might spot a gruff and hairy James Gandolfini in his pre-Sopranos days.) While it may tick several film noir tropes – there are plenty of smoke-filled scenes decorated with hard shadows – it adds its own twists and spins to everything, making it an enjoyable and thrilling view.


The Wife (2017, 15)
BBC2, 9pm on Friday 8 January
Glenn Close was robbed of her Best Actress Oscar* following this storming performance as the long-supportive wife of a Nobel Prize winning writer (played by Jonathan Pryce). TV premiere. “Close plays this ignored, pushed-aside woman like a gathering storm, drawing us into the mind and heart of a heroine who’s not going to take it any more.” said Rolling Stone.
*Olivia Coleman won for The Favourite.


The Angels’ Share (2012, 15)
BBC Scotland, 10.25pm on Saturday 9 January
A Screen Machine favourite from 2012 about a young man, determined to leave behind a life of crime to create a better future for his family. But can teaming up with three fellow offenders to steal a valuable cask of whisky really be the best solution? Ken Loach directs this fusion of social realism and comedy that won the Jury prize at the Cannes Film Festival.


San Demetrio London (1943, PG)
Talking Pictures TV, 6.50pm on Monday 11 January
British war films made during the Second World War often took an unusual approach to what was really propaganda—either elliptical and romantic (Powell and Pressburger) or grittily realistic. This is one of the latter: no big stars, based on a true story, and shedding light on an under-appreciated service, the Merchant Navy.


Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (2019, 12)
Sky Arts, 10pm on Thursday 14 January
I haven’t seen this yet, but as I believe that sound is half the cinema experience, and as a result I’ve been pumping my TV sound through my HiFi system for years, this is a must-see, and it had great reviews.


We’ll be back with more news next week. We hope that you all have a great week and stay well.