When will Screen Machine be back on tour?

Cinemas in Scotland were permitted, by the Scottish Government, to reopen on 15th July. However, very few have chosen to do so, and several have announced that they will reopen at the end of August, or even later. This follows the pattern in England, where only a small percentage of cinemas chose to reopen when they were allowed to, on 4 July. All cinemas want to take the time to ensure that they have put in place as safe an environment as possible for their audiences, and for many, including the Screen Machine, the current 2m social distancing rule would present significant challenges. There is also the challenge of what can be screened, with studios repeatedly postponing the UK release of their big titles, such as Tenet, Mulan, and the new Bond movie. The RSS team are working hard to devise a practical way of reopening, and a workable touring schedule, and a survey of our audiences is already indicating that the Screen Machine’s return is eagerly awaited. So, please watch this space, or, if you’ve not already done so, please sign up for our e-newsletter, which currently features weekly recommendations for what to watch on the ‘small Screen Machine’, otherwise known as the TV.

And a big ‘thank you’ for all the messages of support we’ve received throughout Lockdown.

Robert Livingston



Small Screen Machine

Our weekly recommendations of great films on TV

Fiona has chosen Cold War as this week’s Top Pick, while Robert has four other films for you to check out over the coming week.

Cold War (2018, 15)
Film4, 9pm on Wednesday 29 July
Film4’s premiere of a multi-Oscar nominated romantic drama from 2018. Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski tells the love story of his own parents, from their meeting in the 1940s. Wiktor is a musician, touring rural Poland to select young folk singers for a traditional song and dance show. Zula catches his eye and he makes her a star. Soon they are touring widely behind the Iron Curtain, but their loyalties are divided.

“sweeping tale of passion and politics set in the shadow of the iron curtain” The Guardian
“Accessible, humane and compassionate: what a treat this is” Empire


Zootropolis (2016, PG)
BBC1, 5pm on Saturday 25 July
Not maybe one of Disney’s best-known titles, but certainly one of their most imaginative and unusual, with a rabbit would-be cop and a shady fox having to team up to save the unity of a multi-species city. The sequence with the document-stamping sloth is one of the funniest Disney ever created.


The Deadly Affair (1967, 12)
Talking Pictures TV, 12.55am on Sunday 26/Monday 27 July
One of the first, and still one of the best, Le Carre adaptations, of his early novel ‘Call for the Dead’, with James Mason delivering a definitive portrayal of George Smiley (sorry, Sir Alec!)


Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951, PG)
Talking Pictures TV, 1.10am on Thursday 30/Friday 31 July
Truly one of the oddest films ever to be released by MGM, even by the standards of maverick director Albert Lewin. Ava Gardner and James Mason (yes, him again) never looked more stunning, and the cinematography is gorgeous. I love it.


Poltergeist (1982, 15)
BBC1, 10.45pm on Friday 31 July
The film that rebooted the whole genre of ‘family home taken over by supernatural forces’. I haven’t seen this for over 30 years, so will be interested to see if it has more to it than the many formulaic ‘quiet…. quiet… bang!’ examples of recent years!



Screen Machine Survey

Thanks to all of you who took the time to fill out our recent survey. We had a terrific response and we will share the results with you very soon.

Kind regards,
The Screen Machine Team




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

Ten more 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. At the 86th Academy Awards in 2014, John Travolta incorrectly introduced ‘Adele Dazeem’ as the singer of ‘Let It Go’ from Disney’s ‘Frozen’. What is the singer’s actual name?
2. According to screenwriter Paul Schrader, how long did it take him to write the script for the Martin Scorsese film ‘Taxi Driver’ (1976)?
3. If you discount all the lines spoken by Princess Leia in the original ‘Star Wars’ trilogy (Episodes IV-VI), how many minutes of the remaining dialogue is spoken by women?
4. Playwright Arthur Miller (‘Death of a Salesman’, ‘The Crucible’) was married to which screen icon?
5. Actor Daniel Day-Lewis (‘My Left Foot’, ‘Lincoln’) is married to which writer/director?
6. Billy Wilder was the first person to win Oscars for Best Director, Best Picture, and Best Screenplay for the same film. Which film did he win them for?
7. Which film had the tagline: ‘They’re young… they’re in love… and they kill people’?
8. In ‘Jurassic Park’ (1993), Jeff Goldblum’s character Dr Ian Malcolm is a specialist in what field of mathematics?
9. What was the budget for the 2016 Oscar-winning drama ‘Moonlight’?
10. Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks have appeared in five films together. Can you name them?

1. Idina Menzel. Later that night she won Best Original Song for ‘Let It Go’. 2. 10 to 12 days. 3. 63 seconds. 4. Marilyn Monroe. 5. Rebecca Miller (‘The Ballad of Jack and Rose’, ‘Maggie’s Plan’), the daughter of Arthur. 6. ‘The Apartment’ (1960). 7. ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ (1967). 8. Chaos theory. 9. $1.5 million. It grossed $65.3 million worldwide. 10. ‘Joe versus the Volcano’ (1990), ‘Sleepless in Seattle’ (1993), ‘You’ve Got Mail’ (1998), ‘Everything is Copy’ (2015), and ‘Ithaca’ (2015). 


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