All our news, once a week
We’ve been delighted with the positive response to the newsletters we’ve been sending out over the past three weeks. We’ve decided to send you just one newsletter, each Friday morning. Our distribution list has grown massively in recent weeks, so welcome to those of your receiving a newsletter from us for the first time. A safe and healthy Happy Easter to everyone.
Launch of Oscar Marzaroli: Shades of Oscar
Our latest collaboration with Street Level Photoworks
Above: ‘The Castlemilk Lads, 1963’. All Images: © Oscar Marzaroli / The Marzaroli Collection
Screen Machine regulars will be familiar with the short photography presentations we screen before certain main features. We’ve been screening these for approx 3 years, in collaboration with Street Level Photoworks in Glasgow. They’re our way of bringing top quality photography exhibitions to you.
The latest is one that we’ve had in the pipeline for a few months, and sadly you-know-what has prevented us from sharing it with you on the big screen. But you can watch it on our homepage here, and Street Level have put in place many more ways to enjoy the exhibition and learn about Oscar Marzaroli’s life and work. Oscar Marzaroli is arguably Scotland’s most notable documentary photographer. His photographs and films of Glasgow from the 1950s through to the 1980s captured a period of enormous change with images of people going about their lives in the city, at work and at leisure.
Shades of Oscar Premiere Broadcast – Livestream at 6.30pm on Friday 10 April
Street Level Photoworks will be holding their own premiere of Shades of Oscar via their Facebook page before adding it to their You Tube page.
Please be aware that to view this event at 6.30pm today you will, of course, require to have a Facebook account. Full details here.
Man With a Camera – Livestream at 6.30pm on Thursday 16 April
Street Level Photoworks are pleased to be hosting a special live stream screening of Man With a Camera (2014), which celebratres the life and work of Glasgow’s pre-eminent photographer, using some of the 50,000 shots taken over thirty years – a moving portrait of a love affair between a man and his city, and the affection in which he is held today.
Marzaroli’s black-and-white photographs have become synonymous with a post-war Scotland in the throes of regeneration. They captures both the aspects of the old, such as the tag-and-bone man in the Gorbals or the cockle gatherers of Barra, and the paraphernalia of the new – cranes, towers and construction at Glasgow’s Charring Cross.
As Glasgow’s landscape changes once again and the high-rises that Marzaroli documented going up are gradually being razed to the ground,m this film celebrates Marzaroli’s remarkable photographic legacy. Running Time: 29 mins 30 secs. Filmed and Directed by Brian Ross/Produced by John Archer. Screened on BBC Two in 2014. Many thanks to Hopscotch Films for their support in screening Man With a Camera.
Lost Glasgow: Oscar, Bravo! – Livestream at 6.30pm on Thursday 23 April
Whether self-isolating or with the family, this special live stream event with Lost Glasgow’s Norry Wilson is a must for all to gather round. In this presentation Norry offers his take on Oscar Marzaroli’s incredible photographic record of the city and the legacy his work gives, as well as looking at the photographers who preceded Oscar and those who were influenced by his record of the changing face of Glasgow.
Small Screen Machine
Our weekly recommendations of great films on the telly
Until we can bring Screen Machine back to you, we’d like to help you and your family enjoy great films. Each week we check through the TV schedules for the coming week and recommend films which we think you’ll enjoy. Among them will be: those gems that we’d have loved to programme in to the Screen Machine – but just didn’t have space in the schedule; films that deserve a second or third viewing; something for the young ‘uns; films that may inspire you to read the book … and more. All will be available on ‘subscription free’ platforms – so we include BBC iplayer, All4 and the free section of the BFI Player.
All members of the Screen Machine team will be pitching in with their choices. We all enjoy different kinds of films, so stand by for a huge variety of recommendations. This week’s Top Pick is Happy-Go-Lucky from Angie, and Drew has selected another 4 terrific films which are most definitely worth catching.
Happy-Go-Lucky (2007, 15)
10.45pm, Monday 13 April
Writer/Director Mike Leigh and some great British acting talent on the small screen this week. In Happy-Go-Lucky an eternally optimistic schoolteacher (Sally Hawkins) is determined to maintain an upbeat attitude whatever life throws at her and help others to do the same. However, she meets her total opposite when she takes lessons with an embittered driving instructor (Eddie Marsan) perpetually raging at the world. Unbelievabley, we haven’t screened any Mike Leigh films on the Screen Machine in recent years – if ever. That’s something we’ll aim to put right!
The Bling Ring (2013, 15)
11.05pm, Friday 10 April, BBC2
Directed by Sofia Coppola and starring Emma Watson, this crime drama is based on the true story about celebrity-obsessed teenagers who burgled the homes of tabloid stars. While it’s a drama, there are some bizarre and funny moments as these kids go on their unusual and very modern crime spree. Last week’s Top Pick was Sofia Coppola’s previous film – Marie Antoinette – from 2006. Both films premiered at and won prizes at the Cannes Film Festival.
Just a reminder of our special offer – three months membership of MUBI free of charge.
MUBI is an online cinema, where you can watch, discover and discuss ‘arthouse’ cinema. You can watch anytime, anywhere on your PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Apple TV App, Android, Playstation, Roku, and Samsung Smart TV in your country. You can rate, review and discuss the films you choose to watch.
On any day there are 30 different films to watch or download. And every day, one film is added and one removed. They range from forgotten gems to brand new … though it’s fair to say that they tend not to be child-friendly. Just added today is Portrait of a Lady on Fire – which went on general release at the start of March. Mark Kermode gave it 5 stars in his review in The Observer. Watch the trailer here. Also on MUBI is The Whalebone Box, a brand new film set partly on the Western Isles (and it features photographs by John Maher, whose work was the subject of our first Street Level presentation three years ago.)
Sign up by clicking on the link here. You will then be taken to the MUBI website and prompted to enter your credit card details. If you cancel before the end of the trial, you won’t be charged. If you decide to stay on, you’ll be charged a standard paid subscription with MUBI. (You’ll be entering into a contract with MUBI, not with Regional Screen Scotland or Screen Machine.) REMEMBER: if you don’t want to be charged, you must cancel your subscription three months after signing up.
If you’re a new subscriber, then you’ll have missed our recent newsletter about podcasts. Along with our weekly film recommendations on Small Screen Machine, we feel it’s important to point you towards other ways you can enjoy, learn, and hear about films. We recently asked our Facebook followers how they got their films news, and a lot of the responses mentioned various podcasts. So we decided to put together a wee list of film podcasts we think you might find interesting. Feel free to click the links and have a listen. Alternatively, they’re all available on iTunes, Podbay, and other podcast websites and apps.
We’d also like to thank Peter Wright, who got us a special mention on ta recent episode of the Empire Podcast (#407 – Brett Goldstein, 27th March 2020). If you’d like to hear it, click on the link below and skip to 41 minutes in.
Listen live every Friday 3pm to 5pm on Radio Five Live
Length: 2 hours (varies been radio broadcast and podcast)A favourite of the Screen Machine team. Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo spend two hours every Friday discussing and reviewing films, interviewing actors/directors/etc, and reading out listeners’ emails (our director Robert has had this privilege!). Mark Kermode is a great fan of Screen Machine and gives it the occasional mention now and then. If you’re new and really keen to get involved, the BBC website lists episodes airing all the way back to 2010!
The Empire Podcast
Released every Friday
Length: 1 hour 45 mins
Hosted by film critics Chris Hewitt, Helen O’Hara, and James Dyer, the official podcast of Empire Magazine has reviews, film news, and conducts interviews. The discussions can lead all over, and just a warning that there might be the occasional bleeped swear word. The link offers every episode right back to their first eight years ago. Screen Machine got a mention in the most recent episode (#407 – Brett Goldstein) thanks to regular listener and Screen Machine supporter Peter Wright. Thank you Peter!
Release varies from month to month
Length: 30 to 60 minutesHosted by creator Anna Smith, episodes feature female film critics, commentators, and activists reviewing the latest releases and dissecting older films from a female perspective. Its purpose is to amplify the voices of female filmmakers and critics, allowing it to offer films, views, and opinions you might not normally hear on a more conventional film podcast. Having launched in October 2018, there are only 29 episodes available at the moment, but all are well worth a listen!
Released every second Friday
Length: 60 to 90 minutesAcross the pond, American actors Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael, and Jason Mantzoukas (who have all appeared in various American TV comedies) provide raucous and irreverent takes on some of cinema’s least-acclaimed films. Occasionally joined by the odd guest, its humorous (and flippant) perspective can be a welcome change to some of the other podcasts. They also offer extra content in minisodes that air on the Fridays between episodes. A warning it includes unbleeped swearing.
The Adam Buxton Podcast
Length: 60 to 90 minutes
Actor and comedian Adam Buxton (Hot Fuzz, Stardust) talks to a different guest each episode, with the interviews spiralling off in all sorts of equally hilarious and serious directions. While it’s not an official film podcast, his guests include actors and filmmakers. If you’re new to this podcast, there are 117 episodes for you to listen to. We recommend you start with Episode 114, released on 14th December 2019, in which Adam interviews Billy Connolly. It is both funny and touching.