Small Screen Machine

Our weekly recommendations of great films on TV

This week’s Top Pick comes from Morvern, who has chosen No Country for Old Men. Our remaining four films were chosen by Robert, our director, including three strong and very different sci-fi films. We hope there’s something amongst them you enjoy. Happy viewing!

No Country for Old Men (2007, 15)
Paramount Network (available on Freeview), 10pm on Tuesday 19 May
When a hunter (Josh Brolin) comes across the leftovers of a shoot-out in the desert, including the loot they were fighting over, he makes the decision of a lifetime – to take the money and run. Little does he know that he’ll be pursued along the way by a relentless killer (Javier Bardem) in a deadly game of cat and mouse, where the hunter becomes the hunted.

I first saw this Coen Brothers gem at Edinburgh’s Filmhouse for a special staff screening one Christmas. The title was kept a secret to all but the projectionists, and the rumours were flying beforehand. Settling down in Cinema 1 to this was a film moment I’ll always remember. Enjoy!


I Know Where I’m Going (1945, U)
Talking Pictures, 7pm on Friday 15 May
Another Powell and Pressburger masterpiece and arguably the best film ever set (and partly filmed) in Scotland. A woman heads to the Hebrides to marry her fiancé, but starts to have doubts when they get separated.


Europa Report (2015, 12)
Film4, 7.15pm on Sunday 17 May
An easy-to-miss low budget gem in the found-footage space-exploration-goes-wrong genre. No big names in the cast, but a thoroughly believable story and some real nail-biting moments.


The Martian (2015, 12A)
Film4, 9pm on Wednesday 20 May
A film where the scientists are the heroes! Where expertise and knowledge triumph over adversity! And with jokes and thrills! What’s not to like? Potatoes will never seem the same again.


RoboCop (1987, 18)
ITV4, 11.10pm on Wednesday 20 May
Only saw this for the first time a few months ago and I was (pardon the pun!) blown away.  The satire is as sharp and relevant as ever and the comic book violence is at an ‘Did I just see that!?’ level.



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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.


Oscar Mazaroli: Shades of Oscar

‘Boys in High Heels, Gorbals 1963’. Photo copyright: Oscar Mazaroli/The Oscar Mazaroli Collection, courtesy of Street Level Photoworks.

You can still watch our latest collaboration with Street Level Photoworks about the life of Oscar Mazaroli, 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.

You can watch the nine-minute presentation here.


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BEFORE                                                           …AND AFTER

Another update from our Senior Operator Iain as he continues to carry out general maintenance on the Screen Machine truck and cinema in general. As you can see from the photos above, we have a shiny new set of of steps!


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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