Small Screen Machine

Our weekly recommendations of great films on TV

This week Morvern has chosen Samson and Delilah as our Top Pick, while Shona has completed our list of recommendations with a nice variation of films.

Samson and Delilah (1949, U)
Film4, 1.35pm on Monday 15 June
You may have caught the documentary Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story when it was recently on BBC iplayer. The film follows the story of Lamarr, known as “the most beautiful girl in Hollywood” who found herself typecast as an exotic temptress while her pioneering entreprenurial spirit was consistantly devalued and overlooked during her lifetime. It is a little known fact that Lamarr invented a frequency-hopping communications system designed to jam radio-operated German torpedos in WWII, the technology of which is the basis of the wifi, GPS and bluetooth that we know today. With that in mind, delve into Lamarr’s most infamous role as Delilah in Cecil B. DeMille’s epic retelling of this classic story and the highest grossing film of 1949, Samson and Delilah.

You can watch a trailer full of spoilers here.


Finding Your Feet (2018, 12A)
Channel 4, 9.15pm on Saturday 13 June
A popular choice when we screened it in 2018, there are plenty of national treasures in this characteristically British tragic comedy wearing its heart on its sleeve. Imelda Staunton, Celia Imrie, Timothy Spall and Joanna Lumley to name but a few.


Patti Cake$ (2017, 15)
Film4, 11.20pm on Tuesday 16 June
Entertaining US indie drama about discovering hidden musical talents and life truths. Think Wild Rose (one of our most popular films last year) full of rap and attitude from the film’s rising star, Danielle Macdonald, seen since in Lady Bird and the Netflix series Unbelievable.


Am BFG (1989, U)
BBC Alba, 3.30pm on Wednesday 17 June
If “Gaelic Class” is on your homeschooling schedule, head over to BBC Alba for the 1989 animated version of Roald Dahl’s classic The BFG voiced by Donald Smith, Catriona Lexy Campbell and Donna Morrison amongst others.


Bullitt (1968, 15)
ITV4, 10pm on Thursday 18 June
Cooler than ice Steve McQueen. In a car flying over San Francisco’s iconic streets of hills. To the famously funky Lalo Schifrin soundtrack (see also the Mission: Impossible theme). What more do you want from your action-thriller?




Childhood Experiences of the Screen Machine

Please take the time to fill out this survey for Jo Reid, a Masters student we’ve been supporting here at Screen Machine and Regional Screen Scotland. She has already received some wonderful responses and would greatly appreciate anyone who hasn’t to get involved.

‘Hello, I am studying for a Masters in Film, Exhibition and Curation at the University of Edinburgh and for my final project I wish to explore childhood, rural cinema, and the Screen Machine. Whether you remember going as a child, or take your child now, I’d love to hear your thoughts! Please share your memories of going to the Screen Machine as a child, or taking your own child there today through my survey. There is also an opportunity for a creative activity for children that would help me with my research:

Art Activity for Children
Create a picture of the screen machine. Think about how it makes you feel, what it’s like waiting for the screen machine to arrive, what it’s like to see a film there, who you go with etc. You can use whatever materials you like – pens, paints, pencils, crayons, collage – go wild! When you’ve drawn your picture, sign it, take a picture of it, and (with parent or carer’s permission!) send it to
By sending through your artwork you consent for your work to be used in this research project.

If you’d like to talk about the picture, or add a title or description to go alongside your artwork, make sure to include it in your email.

The survey takes less than 10 minutes and any responses, whether you’ve visited the Screen Machine or not, are a huge help. Feel free to pass this onto anyone you think would be interested! Thank you!’

Click here to take the survey.


Your Cinema Your Review

Final Call


This is the final call for this round of Your Cinema Your Review. You have until the end of Thursday 18th June to submit your take on Little Women, 1917, or Jojo Rabbit to be in with the chance to win two free tickets to Screen Machine. All opinions are welcome, so long as they are at least 100 words long. Click here to read the details in full and submit your review!




Three Month Membership Still Available

A reminder to those who signed up to MUBI back in March that your free three-month membership will be coming to an end in the next couple of weeks. The offer is still available to everyone who has yet to sign up. MUBI recently included a library of hundreds of previously curated films for you to choose from, and The Guardian gave their recommendations of what’s available.

You can sign up by clicking here. You will then be prompted to include your card details. If you cancel before the end of the trial then 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.)



TLC for Screen Machine

Iain, our Senior Operator, is still working hard to ensure Screen Machine remains in tip top condition for when we resume our tour. As you can see from the images above, he’s been giving the generator a thorough clean, and now looks as good as new!



Screen Machine Movie Trivia Quiz

Ten more questions for you to test your general movie knowledge. Once you are done, highlight the hidden text at the bottom for the answers.

1. On what volcanic planet do Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader have their fateful duel in ‘Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith’?
2. What is the title of the 1970 comedy war film ‘M*A*S*H’ an acronym for?
3. Who was originally cast to play Tom Hanks’ character Carl Hanratty in the 2002 crime film ‘Catch Me If You Can’?
4. At what minute does ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ have its first line of dialogue?
5. Can you name all three films to have won the most Academy Awards (11)?
6. What address does Dory memorise in ‘Finding Nemo’?
7. ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ is based on a novella by which author?
8. After Heath Ledger tragically died during the filming of ‘The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus’, which three actors played his part during the film’s magical sequences?
9. Martin Scorsese’s 2006 crime drama ‘The Departed’ is a remake of which 2002 Hong Kong film?
10. Who has won the most Oscars for leading acting performances?

1. Mustafar. 2. Mobile Army Surgical Hospital. 3. James Gandolfini. 4. The 25th minute (25 minutes 38 seconds). 5. ‘Ben-Hur’, ‘Titanic’, and ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King’. 6. P. Sherman, 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney. 7. ‘Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption’ by Stephen King. 8. Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell, and Jude Law. 9. ‘Infernal Affairs’. 10. Katharine Hepburn, who won four: ‘Morning Glory’ (1933), ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner’ (1967), ‘The Lion Winter’ (1968), and ‘On Golden Pond’ (1981).

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

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