UK Audiences Keen to Return to Cinemas

Survey shows 59% of people cite cinema as most missed out-of-home entertainment

The UK Cinema Association has shared the results of a survey released by Cinema First about the public’s interest in returning to the cinema.

As you can see from the graphic above, 59% of those surveyed said going to the cinema was their most missed out-of-home entertainment, while 40% said they plan to return to the cinema within the first few weeks of them opening, and a further 36% within the first couple of months.

This is wonderful news for us at Screen Machine. We are still preparing for a potential relaunch in May, and should the Scottish Government confirm it, we will let you all know our dates and locations.

You can read the full report on the survey on the UKCA’s website here.

Honey, I Shrunk the Cinema!

Small Screen Machine featured in the Ross-shire Journal

Our thanks to the Ross-shire Journal for featuring Small Screen Machine last week, and going with a fantastic headline!

Written by John Davidson, you can read the full article here, featuring quotes from RSS director Robert Livingston.

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A reminder that Small Screen Machine is available anywhere in the UK, is free to sign up (account holders must be over 18), and that you only pay when you rent a film. Our catalogue has already over 40 films, and we’re continuing to add more films each week.

Rentals cost between £3.49 and £10, and 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.

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New This Week

Films you can watch now

Bait (2019, 15)
Director: Mark Jenkin
Cast: Morgan Val Baker, Georgia Ellery, Martin Ellis, Chloe Endean, Stacey Guthrie
Available now in Screen Machine Selects, £3.49

Brothers Martin and Steven have taken different approaches to the changes in their small Cornish village. Martin is a fisherman without a boat, selling his catches door-to-door, while Steven uses their late father’s boat to offer cruises to the growing tourist trade. To get by, they’ve sold their family home to the Leighs, outsiders who find their new surroundings not as idyllic as they imaged. As past and future collide, tensions threaten to boil over.

Shot on 16mm with clockwork cameras, Bait offers a dreamlike experience of the breakdowns in communication in the perpetual struggles between tradition and change.

“This brilliantly original seaside parable has all the hallmarks of a cult classic to be.” Time Out

Varda by Agnès (2019, 15)
Director: Agnès Varda, Didier Rouget
Cast: Agnès Varda
Available now in Documentaries, £3.49

Pioneering Belgian filmmaker, photographer, and artist Agnès Varda (Cléo from 5 to 7) turns the camera around in this insightful documentary about herself and work. Using clips from her career spanning six decades, Agnès offers personal understandings and reflections on her artistic journey, the topics she tackled, and the things she loved – from her husband Jacques Demy to cats to colours to heart-shaped potatoes. It is both playful and wise, exactly like her.

A director loved by all, this proved to be her final film as she died a month after it premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival, aged 90. It is an imaginative autobiography by one of cinema’s most idiosyncratic and profound figures who eschewed convention.

In French with English subtitles.

“a portrait that is both expansive and personal, intellectually sharp but full of fun and heart” Empire

Available for a Limited Time

County Lines streaming until Sunday 11th April

County Lines (2020, 15)
Director: Henry Blake
Cast: Conrad Khan, Ashley Madekwe, Harris Dickinson, Marcus Rutherford
Available now in Beyond Small Screen Machine, £9.99

You may have already seen us sharing this on our social media pages. We have managed to secure County Lines for a brief window on Small Screen Machine. You can stream it until Sunday 11th April. If you plan to watch it on its final day, please give yourself enough time as the stream will cut out at midnight.

This powerful coming-of-age drama is inspired by the real life stories writer-director Henry Blake heard whilst mentoring kinds in an East London pupil referral unit. It’s a strong tale about the nefarious methods criminals use to exploit and groom vulnerable children into their ranks.

County Lines focuses on Tyler, a 14-year-old boy who gets into trouble at school, and whose single mother Toni is struggling to get by. Things change when Tyler meets the confident and kind Simon, a young man with flashy possessions, and an ear for Tyler’s troubles. Before long, Simon insists Tyler needs to step up and provide for his family, namely by selling drugs outside the city. Seeing Simon’s true side, and with nowhere to turn, Tyler is in danger of getting sucked into an unforgiving world in which he can’t escape.

“focused, compassionate and well-acted: a shocking social-realist drama-thriller” The Guardian

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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

Universal films to be added to Small Screen Machine

We will be adding a selection of Universal films to our catalogue, including films for all the family, classic blockbusters, and some engaging small gems.

We might get some up before next week’s newsletter, so keep an eye out for any new arrivals!

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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