Screen Machine Survey: Re-starting the Service

Please give your views to help us plan the re-start of the Screen Machine Service.

Since the Screen Machine service was suspended on 16 March, members of the team have been very busy with refurbishing and cleaning the cinema, sending out our weekly Small Screen Machine newsletter and providing support to independent cinemas across Scotland. Others have been furloughed but keeping in touch with the team. But we have all been looking forwards with confidence, anticipation and excitement to the day we can resume the service.

As lockdown restrictions slowly lift, the whole team is now starting to make plans to bring Screen Machine back to many locations. In Scotland, cinemas are able to open from 15 July – with the understanding that social distancing measures are in place.  It is clear that many cinemas will take longer to re-open and whilst we can’t yet give you specific dates for the resumption of the tour, or our next visit to your location, we are working hard to put in place all that’s required to help you feel confident in visiting your cinema.

You can expect the same warm welcome and high levels of service, but some aspects of the service are likely to be different. it is very important to us that you feel confident in returning to the Screen Machine – we want to get it right.

So we’d like to understand a little bit more about what you think of visiting the Screen Machine. If you have any particular concerns, we’d like to hear about them now, so that we can try to address them before we start touring again.

Please click on the link below to take you to our survey. There are only ten questions, so it will take only a few minutes to complete. Please complete the survey by noon on Wednesday 22 July. We have so far received over 1 000 responses.

If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact us at

Robert Livingston

Click here to complete the survey.

Thank you very much,
The Screen Machine team

The still above was taken by Iain MacColl, using a drone, just outside Tighnabruaich.



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Our weekly recommendations of great films on TV

This week Morvern has chosen The Curse of Frankenstein as our Top Pick, while Shona has offered four more films for you to check out, including one that’s available online.

The Curse of Frankenstein (1957, 12)
The Horror Channel, 11.10pm on Thursday 23 July
The Horror Channel are screening a number of Hammer horrors currently, and where better to start than with the film that kicked off the franchise? The Curse of Frankenstein was Hammer’s first horror film in colour, and is now credited with the rebirth of gothic horror in the 1950s. Of course, it was also the film to make Peter Cushing (Frankenstein) and Christoper Lee (the monster) into household names, both dominating the British horror genre for years to come.


Labyrinth (1986, 15)
Channel 5, 2.25pm on Sunday 19 July
Jim Henson entrances us with his much-loved puppets and on-screen magic in his classic musical fantasy featuring David Bowie in the iconic role of Jareth the Goblin King.


The Blues Brothers (1980, 15)
ITV4, 9pm on Thursday 23 July
Dan Akroyd and John Belushi don’t hold back in this post-watershed comedy to get their band back together whilst featuring in legendary musical numbers with Aretha Franklin, James Brown and Ray Charles.


On the Waterfront (1954, PG)
Sony Movies Classic, 11am on Friday 24 July
Picking up eight Academy Awards including Best Film and Marlon Brando’s first Best Actor award, prepare yourself for a crime drama full of corruption, gangs and racketeering with a brilliantly spare script featuring Brando’s famous growl: “I coulda been a contender!”


x+y (2014, 12)
Poignant and warm drama starring Asa Butterfield (as seen in Martin Scorsese’s Hugo) as an autistic teenager selected to compete for Great Britain in the International Mathematics Olympiad whilst exploring the wider world, friends and family around him.




Brian Griffin: POP – You can watch this Photography on Screen collaboration with Street Level Photoworks about one of the most eminent British photographers of the seventies and eighties. In it, he discusses his music photography, including some insights into his techniques in making the images for the covers of Depeche Mode, Siouxsie Sioux, Iggy Pop, Kate Bush, and Simple Minds, amongst others.

Into Film – Into Film are offering many online film education resources for children and young people, including membership of their Youth Advisory Council, their Artemis Fowl and #Review100 competitions, and their Eco Explorers resource about key environmental issues. If you’re new to Into Film then you’ll need to sign up for a free account to access their resources.

MUBI – You can still sign up for a free three-month membership with MUBI, who recently added a library of hundreds of previously curated films for you to choose from. If you cancel before the end of your 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.)

BFI Japan 2020 – The BFI are releasing featured collections of some of Japan’s most lauded films on their online player, including the work of directors Akira Kurasawa and Yasujirō Ozu, as well as selections of anime, J-horror, and other classics. To watch, you need to sign up to the BFI Player for £4.99 per month. Please note that you’ll be entering a contract with the BFI and not with Regional Screen Scotland or Screen Machine.



Screen Machine Movie Trivia Quiz

Just five questions for you to test your general movie knowledge this week. Once you are done, highlight the hidden text at the bottom for the answers.

1. What other role did Carrie Fisher read for when she auditioned to be Princess Leia in ‘Star Wars’?
2. The 1995 comedy ‘Clueless’ is a loose adaptation of which Jane Austen novel?
3. Danny Elfman, well-known for composing ’The Simpsons’ theme tune, has scored 16 films for which Hollywood director?
4. In the Scottish Pixar animation ‘Brave’ (2012), Young MacGuffin speaks a dialect that no one can understand. What dialect is this?
5. Actor John Cazale only appeared in five films in his whole career, all of which were nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. Can you name all five films? Hint: They were all released in the 1970s.

1. The lead role in ‘Carrie’ (1976). George Lucas and Brian De Palma did joint casting sessions for both films. 
2. ‘Emma’. 3. Tim Burton. 4. Doric. Kevin McKidd, who voices Young MacGuffin, grew up in Elgin and can speak a variation of Doric. 5. ‘The Godfather’ (1972), ‘The Conversation’ (1974), ‘The Godfather Part II’ (1974), ‘Dog Day Afternoon’ (1975), ‘The Deer Hunter’ (1978).


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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