This week we lead with an article from Into Film about how they’re providing film education across Scotland while schools are closed, and the ways you can get involved. We’ve also got our usual film recommendations and a few extras.


Into Film

Ways to Keep Children and Young People Meaningfully Occupied

Into Film is an education charity that puts film at the heart of the educational, cultural, and personal development of children and young people. Our Scotland team promotes the Into Film programme by delivering resources to school and non-school settings, supporting the specific needs of the Curriculum for Excellence, and working collaboratively with our partners across Scotland to enhance the film education offer. We have a longstanding and successful partnership with Regional Screen Scotland, through which we offer free film screenings for schools in the Screen Machine. We value this partnership as it allows us to reach more rural areas of Scotland.

As the coronavirus/COVID-19 situation has closed schools across the UK, we recognise that many parents will be looking for ways to keep their children meaningfully occupied outside of school time. We have a brand new Home Learning Hub that hosts new competitions and repurposed resources to support children, young people, and their families to gain fun and educational benefits from film watching, as well as helping them explore the various careers within the film industry.

Below are four resources and how they work.

Fifty Film Guides to Use at Home
Our film guides contain informal discussion prompts to use before and after watching a film. They also feature extension activities to engage children and young people without the need for constant supervision. We’ve collected 50 film guides with extension activities for young people of all ages.

Films to Watch on TV and Streaming
Each week we bring you our picks of the best films that young people can watch on free-to-air television, as well as any appropriate titles on subscription streaming services. This page will be updated on a weekly basis, so please bookmark it to stay up to date with the most educationally valuable – and entertaining – films.

#Review100 Competition
We’ve launched a film review competition on our social media channels to help young people flex and develop their literacy and analytical skills. To get involved, a young person can write a review in 100 words or less of any film they watch. Then, simply send us a photo of their review on Twitter or Facebook, including the entrant’s age, and the winner will receive a £20 Amazon voucher. We celebrate a variety of winners, taking into consideration age, effort, and originality. A winner will be awarded each week – just remember to tag us in each post and use the hashtag #Review100.

Note: Due to safeguarding issues regarding young people on social media, entries may only be submitted by parents, carers, guardians, or educators on behalf of young people. Please see our website for full terms and conditions.

Activities for Young People to Do at Home
Our activities support children, young people, and their families to gain fun and educational benefits from film watching, as well as helping them explore the various careers within the film industry. From Director’s Mood Boards and Pictures Puzzles, to Filmmaking Tips and Costume Design Templates, there is something for everyone.

You can access all these materials from the links above. If you’re new to Into Film, you’ll need to sign up for a free account and log in to download the resources.

Katherine Auld and Kirsty Gallacher
Into Film


Small Screen Machine

Our weekly recommendations of great films on TV

Once again we have five films for you to enjoy over the coming week. This week’s Top Pick is Moonlight from Shona, while Drew has picked four other films worth catching.

Moonlight (2016, 12A)
Film4, 9pm Wednesday 13 May
I’m trying to write about this US coming of age Academy Award Best Picture Winner and I’ve realised that it’s actually what we all love – a near perfect piece of cinema. Words can’t do justice to that magic combination of a strong well-structured drama, almost feeling the tense heat of Miami’s tough housing projects on-screen, and some beautifully restrained acting that brought even Mark Kermode to tears. If you saw Mahershala Ali’s Oscar-winning performance in Green Book when we screened it last year, you’ll appreciate why he won his first Oscar for Moonlight. Lose yourself in this powerful film that takes you where you don’t expect to go.


The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976, 18)
Talking Pictures, 9.50pm Saturday 9 May
David Bowie makes his acting debut in this cult classic sci-fi. He stars as an alien posing as a human who comes to Earth to save his dying planet. He succeeds in amassing a fortune, but earthly vices start to distract and confuse him from his mission’s purpose and objective.


Minions (2015, U)
ITV2, 6.10pm Sunday 10 May
This animated comedy is full of slapstick and silly gags. Before the events of Despicable Me, three Minions search for a truly evil leader. Perfect for young audiences, but great for anyone looking for a bit of funny nonsense. Featuring the voices of Sandra Bullock and Jon Hamm.


Sweet Sixteen (2002, 18)
Film4, 11.05pm on Monday 11 May
Drama set in Greenock about a young boy trying to help his imprisoned mother. Directed by Ken Loach, it depicts those at the bottom of the ladder with depth and humanity. Screen Machine recently showed Loach’s latest film, Sorry We Missed You.


Senna (2010, 12A)
ITV4, 10.50pm on Thursday 14 May
Captivating biography about one of Formula One’s boldest champions. Like our recent recommendation Diego Maradona, you don’t have to be a fan of the sport to enjoy this film. It’s a powerful portrait of a controversial character and his untimely death.



Stream now for £10.50, and 50% of the revenue will come to Screen Machine

A reminder you can stream Pahokee, a documentary about high school students in a not-so-affluent-town in rural Florida. From sports events to school beauty contests, the filmmakers observe how, through social and collective rituals, the ideas of gender and identity are publicly displayed while creating new narratives. Pahokee has received praise at various Film Festivals in the US, including Sundance and SXSW.

If you’d like to stream it, then please click on the link below and, when prompted, enter this code:


You will then be invited to pay £10.50 to stream the film, and 50% of the revenue will come to Screen Machine. You can watch the film on almost any device, and you’ll have 72 hours to begin watching. You’ll be entering into a contract with Visit Film/Monument Releasing, not with RSS/Screen Machine. You might see a trailer which suggests the price is $18, or the rent button saying £15, but please be assured that we have negotiated a special price of £10.50, with 50% of the revenue coming to Screen Machine.

Bonus material

There are a couple of other events that you might be interested in:

Pre-recorded Q&A with Dilcia Barrera, Sundance Film Festival programmer-
Pre-recorded subject chat with actor Yul Vazquez (The Outsider, Seinfeld) –

To rent Pahokee follow this link.


TLC for Screen Machine

As part of its maintenance programme, our senior operator Iain took Screen Machine for a short drive the other day. This is done to stop certain parts from seizing up if they’re left static for too long. That way, Screen Machine will be in top condition when it resumes its tour. He was lucky enough to snap this photo for you all to see.


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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