Into Film

The Wee Review Writing Competition: ***UPDATE CONDITIONS***

We have updated the Terms and Conditions of our Wee Review Competition! Due to the ongoing restrictions we know it isn’t currently possible to see a film on Screen Machine so you can now enter with a review of something you have seen at home!

Are you aged 5-19? Have you recently watched a film at home (why not use this list of free-to-stream films as inspiration?) Do you want to be in the chance of winning top prizes and have your review published?

Into Film and Regional Screen Scotland are running a competition to give you the chance to win cinema tickets, Into Film prizes and to have your review displayed on our website for all to see!

All you have to do is write a review of the film you saw and have a parent or guardian email a photo of it to us at

Each month we will pick three winners!

To enhance your film review even more, why not download our review writing resources for top tips.



Need a template for you review?

We also welcome reviews in Gàidhlig!

For full terms and conditions visit:

Good Luck!

Resources to Help with Home Learning

Free Activities for Young People to do at Home – These downloadable activities will support children, young people and their families to gain a fun, educational benefit from film watching, as well as helping them consider the many varied careers within the film industry.

Review500 – Our Review500 competition gives budding film critics the chance to win Amazon vouchers with winners chosen fortnightly.

Home Learning Films on free-to-stream TV – Key titles which are available to watch on BBC iPlayer and All4 on a daily basis. Each title has associated learning materials attached, in the form of film guides, blogs, interviews and resources for further study.

Book Reviews and Trailers on Film – This resource was produced in partnership with Scottish Book Trust and has been adapted from Your Reading Journey Through Film to support home learning. It will provide the guidance to allow young people aged 7 and over to create filmed responses to books including book reviews and trailers.

Home Learning Hub – Collated resources and also tips for teaching from home.

For more information please visit:


Small Screen Machine

Our weekly recommendations of great films on TV

This week Fiona has chosen Fargo as this week’s Top Pick, while Drew has four other films to round out this week’s recommendations.

Fargo (1996, 18)
ITV4, 11.45pm on Monday 18 January

All of us on the Screen Machine team were looking forward to bringing to audiences, right about now, Nomadland* – the Oscar tipped drama starring the mighty Frances McDormand. But, for obvious reasons, we’ll have to wait a little longer for that. Ms McDormand’s last movie – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – was one of the best attended films we have screened on Screen Machine, with sell outs from Brodick to Bettyhill. I appreciate that there’s a very good chance that many of you will have already seen Fargo, but in these testing times, it’s tempting to spend time with a tried and trusted friend, particularly those who will raise a laugh. I invite you to give in to temptation, and enjoy Frances McDormand’s fantastic performance as a pregnant murder-solving Mid-west police officer.

*Watch the trailer here


The Two Faces of January (2014, 12)
Channel 4, 1.50am on Thursday 14/Friday 15 January
If you’re a fan of thrillers then set your recorders for this adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel. As a con man and his wife make their way through 1962 Greece, they cross paths with an American scam artist. But trust is scant between them, and the scam artist has his eyes on more than just money.


Turbo (2013, U)
ITV2, 3.10pm on Saturday 16 January
It’s a who’s who of famous voices in this CGI animation, including Ryan Reynolds, Snoop Dogg, Michelle Rodriguez, and Samuel L. Jackson. A common garden snail dreams of being the fastest snail in the world. When he is involved in a freak accident with a car, he experiences an unusual transformation that might make his dream come true.


Airplane! (1980, PG)
ITV4, 9pm on Sunday 17 January
This disaster spoof is jam packed full of gags and jokes. While Robert Hays and and Julie Hagerty play the main roles, Leslie Nielsen, Lloyd Bridges, and Robert Stack steal the show. All three were established dramatic actors, but their performances were so good that they reinvented themselves as comedic actors.


The Ladykillers (1955, U)
Film4, 3.10pm on Monday 18 January
A classic comedy of British cinema from Scottish director Alexander McKendrick. Alec Guinness leads a gang, whose members include Peter Sellers and Herbert Lom, planning a robbery. The elderly landlady of their boarding house, played by Katie Johnson, threatens their scheme, but quietly removing her proves surprisingly difficult.


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