Screen Machine Featured in P&J

Article about our writing competition with Into Film

Screen Machine was recently featured in the Press and Journal highlighting our film review writing competition with Into Film. You can read the full article on their website here.

A reminder that the competition is open to everyone aged 5 to 19. Participants will get the chance to win cinema tickets, Into Film prizes, and to have their review featured on the Into Film website for all to see!

Each month they will pick three winners. All you have to do is write a review of the film you saw on the Screen Machine and have a parent or guardian email a photo of it to

Entries in Gàidhlig are also welcome.

For full terms and conditions please visit


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Our weekly recommendations of great films on TV

Shona has opted for The Untouchables as this week’s Top Pick, while the remaining four recommendations come from Drew.

The Untouchables (1987, 15)
BBC Two, Saturday 12 December at 9pm

Take a step back from the (too early!) Christmas movie schedules with one of Sir Sean’s best roles in a big/small screen thriller. It’s an all-star boys affair directed by gangster specialist Brian de Palma (Scarface, Carlito’s Way) and also featuring Kevin Costner and Robert De Niro on the Prohibition era’s mean streets of Chicago. Bring in Pulitzer Prize-winner David Mamet (Wag the Dog) to write the script and Ennio Morricone (The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly) to compose the score, and you’ve got a moody – and often bloody – modern classic thriller. Look out for the famous pram-based climax: a tribute to silent Soviet epic Battleship Potemkin.


Local Hero (1983, PG)
Film4, 1.10pm on Saturday 12 December
This Screen Machine favourite is considered one of Scottish director Bill Forsyth’s best films. Offering fantastic views of the Scottish landscape along with many laughs, it’s a great tale about the strength of community spirit.


The Magnificent Seven (1960, PG)
ITV4, 6.40pm on Saturday 12 December
John Sturges’ western adaptation of Akira Kurasawa’s Seven Samurai is an unmissable spectacle of action and gorgeous scenery, as well as its star-studded cast including the likes of Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, and Eli Wallach.


Liar Liar (1997, 12)
ITV2, 5pm on Sunday 13 December
Earlier this year The Guardian named this Jim Carrey’s best performance. He plays a pathologically lying lawyer who must tell the truth for one whole day after his son’s birthday wish comes true.


The Lady in the Van (2015, 12A)
BBC4, 9pm on Monday 14 December
Maggie Smith plays the titular role in this true story about a woman who lived in a van outside writer Alan Bennett’s home. It’s a touching story about two people forming a connection as Bennett learns who she really is.

Watch this space in 2021…

We have a small special treat to welcome in the new year…


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