Response to First Minister’s Statement
On Tuesday, the First Minister shared the Scottish Government’s roadmap out of lockdown, highlighting Monday 17th May as the potential date for cinemas to reopen. While we understand it’s possible this date may change, we at Screen Machine will now start working and preparing so we’re ready to go back on the road that week. In the meantime, we’ll keep a close eye on developments, and will update you all as our plans become concrete.
We’re looking forward to getting out there and seeing you all.
Until then, stay safe.
The Screen Machine Team
We’re Now Live!
Over 30 available on our new VOD streaming service
Small Screen Machine is now live!
Click the link below to visit the Small Screen Machine website. Alternatively, you can go to its page via the Screen Machine website here, where you can read a bit more information about the service before accessing it.
Once again, we’d like to say we’re delighted we can now bring you more films throughout the year, allowing you to enjoy a little bit of Screen Machine magic in between visits, and at the same time help keep Screen Machine on the road.
How to Watch
After you’ve landed on the Small Screen Machine website, you will need to set up a free account (holders must be over 18). Once you’ve decided what to watch, click the rent button and follow the steps to pay. You will then have 14 days to start watching the film. Once you have started watching it, you will have 48 hours to finish it. You can watch films anywhere in the UK.
You can watch Small Screen Machine on a computer/laptop, tablet, phone, or on your TV via a cable or using Chromecast. More information about Small Screen Machine’s system requirements, such as setting up Chromecast, can be found here.
There is no subscription fee for Small Screen Machine. You only pay when you rent a film. Most cost between £3.49 and £10, with the occasional new release being a bit more expensive. We review the price every film to ensure it is both fair for you and cost effective for us. A portion of each rental will go to Regional Screen Scotland, the organisation that runs and operates Screen Machine, so we’ll have more to invest in your cinema-on-wheels.
What will you show?
You’ll be able to choose from a wide range of films selected by the same team behind the Screen Machine programme. One benefit of Small Screen Machine is that it allows us to offer films that we don’t often show, such as horror and arthouse, but we know will appeal to parts of our audience. While we currently over 30 films at the moment, we are working to expand our selection over the coming weeks and months.
We’ve arranged the films into five categories:
- Screen Machine Selects: Films we’ve shown on Screen Machine, or would have had we been on the road in the past year, from blockbusters to wee gems.
- Beyond Screen Machine: Films that may not make it on to the Screen Machine programme, but we think are something special. Take a chance or try something new.
- Family: Films the whole family can watch together.
- Documentaries: True stories, personal takes on real life, engrossing biographies, explorations and celebrations.
- Films We Love: Personal recommendations from the team. Films we love and we hope you’ll love them too.
A selection of films you can watch right now
Calm with Horses (2020, 15)
Director: Nick Rowland
Cast: Barry Keogh, Cosmo Jarvis, Niamh Algar, David Wilmont
Available in Beyond Screen Machine, £5.99
Nominated for four BAFTAs, including Outstanding British Film, Best Supporting Actor (Keogh), and Best Supporting Actress (Algar).
Douglas ‘Arm’ Armstrong is an ex-boxer who works for the notorious Devers crime family in rural Ireland. He is the violent right-hand man of Dympna, his best friend and the crime family’s unpredictable protege. But his work disconcerts his ex-girlfriend Ursula, who believes Arm is nothing but a tool for the Devers. She wants him to walk away so they can provide a better life for their autistic son Jack, something Arm can’t easily do. But when Arm is asked to commit his first murder for the family, he must decide where his loyalty truly lies.
Military Wives (2020, 12)
Director: Peter Cattaneo
Cast: Kristen Scott Thomas, Sharon Horgan, Jason Flemyng, Greg Wise
Available in Screen Machine Selects, £3.49
This is one film we programmed for Screen Machine right before our break in March 2020. With the introduction of Small Screen Machine, we’re delighted we’re now able to still offer it to you as part of our service.
Kate and Lisa are the spouses of two service personnel. Living on the barracks, they spend their days organising day-to-day events for troops and other spouses while their partners are deployed overseas. After they decide to form a singing group, the two clash over what songs they’ll sing. But between their disagreements, bonds start to form, and the prospect of them performing on one of the biggest stages soon becomes a reality.
Falling (2020, 15)
Director: Viggo Mortensen
Cast: Lance Henriksen, Viggo Mortensen, Terry Chen, Laura Linney, Sverrir Gudnason, Hannah Gross
Available in Beyond Screen Machine, £4.99 (reduced price until 31st March)
Willis is in the early stages of dementia. Unable to run his farm on his own, he moves to Los Angeles to live with his son John, his partner Eric, and their daughter Mónica. Willis is a traditional man from a bygone era, and his growing dementia makes him say what used to go unsaid, opening old wounds, forcing him and his son to confront their past. But with Willis refusing to change his ways, John is unsure they’ll be able to put aside their differences and find common ground.
The Princess Bride (1987, PG)
Director: Rob Reiner
Cast: Robin Wright, Billy Crystal, Cary Elwes, Christopher Guest, Mandy Patinkin, André the Giant
Available in Family, £3.49
Directed by Rob Reiner (When Harry Met Sally, This is Spinal Tap) this romantic fantasy adventure is adapted from the book by screenwriter William Goldman (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All the President’s Men). It offers an original and comical spin on the classic fairytale.
A grandfather reads a book called The Princess Bride to his sick and bedridden grandson. It tells the tale of a farmhand from the kingdom of Florin called Westley who plans to marry the love of his life, the bold noblewoman Buttercup. But after Westley disappears during a pirate attack, Buttercup is forcibly betrothed to Prince Humperdinck. But is Humperdinck all that he seems? And did Westley truly perish at sea?
Eye of the Storm (2021, 12)
Director: Anthony Baxter
Cast: James Morrison
Available in Films We Love, £7.99 (also available with Audio Description)
We’ve included this documentary, first seen at the Glasgow Film Festival 2021, in our Films We Love category. Screen Machine team member, Robert, says: “I met Jimmy Morrison once; a real gentleman and a visionary artist. Director Anthony Baxter (You’ve Been Trumped) has created one of the most insightful and beautiful artist portraits I’ve ever seen.”
Scottish painter James Morrison is considered one of the UK’s finest landscape painters. His paintings include the Glasgow shipyards, France, and even the Arctic wilderness, with many of them on display in museums, galleries, and even in Royal households. But as he enters his twilight years, he has to face a gruelling prospect for any visual artist – his eyesight is failing. Looking back on his life and career, James sets forth to make one final masterpiece, all the while contemplating the changing landscapes of the world and his own mortality.
Films to look out for
Amber and Me (2021, U)
Available from Sunday 21st March
Released on World Down’s Syndrome Day, this documentary is about Amber, who has Down’s Syndrome, and her twin sister Olivia as they start primary school. “What a lovely, lovely film.” Mark Kermode
Billie (2020, 15)
Available from Monday 29th March
Documentary about the life of famed and controversial jazz singer Billie Holiday. “a valuable endeavour and worth seeking out” The Scotsman
Special Offers & Extra Content
Every week we’ll share promo codes, reduced prices, bonus content, and when a film is due to leave Small Screen Machine.
Falling – Available at £4.99 until March 31st
Eye of the Storm – Available with audio description
Iorram – Available in Gaelic with Gaelic subtitles, plus three behind the scenes featurettes
Killing Escobar – Available with audio description
For a Limited Time Only:
Eternal Beauty – Available until Sunday 28th March
In My Blood it Runs – Available until Thursday 1st April
MLK/FBI – Available until Tuesday 6th May
Stardust – Available until Thursday 8th May
Assassins – Available until Tuesday 20th May
We’d love to hear your views on Small Screen Machine. Email us at email@example.com.
We’ll be back with more news next week. Until then, we hope you have a great week and stay well.