And We’re Off!

Photo credit: Iain MacColl.

As you’ll remember, last week we shared a story of the obstacles we overcame to bring Screen Machine back to our communities, including us hiring a portable generator. Above is a photo of the portable generator and old tractor working away in Fort Augustus. They’ve been with Iain in Fort Augustus and Dornie, and with David in Kyleakin and currently Mallaig, accompanied by Neil to help transfer the generator. Our new tractor will step in to relieve them this Monday.

Thank you once again to everyone who worked hard to make this happen. All being well, the new tractor should be ready soon to start a new chapter for Screen Machine.


The Wee Review Writing Competition

Are you aged 5-19? Have you recently seen a film on the Screen Machine? Do you want to be in with 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 on the Screen Machine and have a parent or guardian email a photo of it to us at

Each month we will pick three winners!

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Small Screen Machine

Our weekly recommendations of great films on TV

This week Harriet has chosen Mangrove as our Top Pick, the first film in Steve McQueen’s Small Axe anthology series, while Shona has four other films to round out our recommendations.

Small Axe Episode One: Mangrove available now on BBC iPlayer.
All episodes will premiere on BBC1 at 9pm on Sundays

Oscar and Bafta-winning director Steve McQueen has created an anthology of five films under the title Small Axe about London’s West Indian communities, screening Sundays and available on iPlayer. The first film, Mangrove, is a gripping drama starring Black Panther’s Letitia Wright, about the titular restaurant in Notting Hill, a safe and joyful place serving Caribbean food, that grew to be an essential hub for the Black community when it opened in 1968. The film powerfully depicts the illegal police raids on the restaurant and the subsequent resistance by owner Frank Crichlow (Shaun Parkes) and the rest of the ‘Mangrove Nine’ who were arrested after the Met Police overwhelmed a peaceful protest. The film is searingly articulate in its plea for the importance of community, which resonates so strongly not only within the context of the Black Lives Matter movement but for anyone who understands how important it is to have places for connecting with each other. Wright, as Altheia Jones is mesmerising, and Scotland’s own Jack Lowden has a role as a lawyer, in which he appears to be having tremendous fun.


Brief Encounter (1945, PG)
BBC Two, 4.50pm on Saturday 21 November
A classic Saturday afternoon movie and said to be one of the finest films ever made in Britain. It’s a story of forbidden love between two very ordinary people superbly portrayed by Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard. Though focused on the young couple’s burgeoning affair, the recurring characters, locations and musical themes that surround them in their weekly rendezvous serve to heighten the social rules by which they must abide. Bring a hankie.


Back to the Future Part II (1989, PG)
ITV2, 6.50pm on Sunday 22 November
OK, so it’s not the first blockbusting instalment of the franchise but Part II does hold its own. Directed by Robert Zemeckis, the writer of the whole trilogy (also director of Forrest GumpWhat Lies Beneath, and the hotly anticipated 2020 film of Roald Dahl’s The Witches) it’s a safe pair of hands. And remember to concentrate as Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) and Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) keep us on our time travelling toes…


Galaxy Quest (1999, PG)
Channel 5, Monday 23 November at 11pm
I’m recommending this because I haven’t seen it and I’ve lost count of how many times folk have recommended it to me. I’m on holiday next week (and as I live in Level 3, won’t be going anywhere!) so this seems a perfect pick. With a great cast including Sigourney Weaver, Tim Allen, and Alan Rickman being as grumpy as we all love him to be, it’s a Star Trek spoof – but not as we know it…


Fish Tank (2009, 15)
BBC Four, 11pm on Wednesday 25 November
Andrea Arnold directs her second feature after Glasgow-set tower block thriller Red Road. 15-year-old Mia (played by then newcomer Kate Jarvis) escapes her family and her life on her East London council estate through dance and finds a complicated relationship with her mother’s boyfriend Conor (a sympathetic Michael Fassbender). Winning a BAFTA for outstanding British film and the Jury Prize at Cannes Film Festival, Fish Tank made it on to the BBC list The 21st Century’s 100 Greatest Films and deservedly so.



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