Screen Machine’s New Tractor

Photo credit: David Redshaw.

Our new Scania tractor is here! David managed to stop and take this photo on his way to Gairloch this week. Thank you to Creative Scotland, Screen Scotland, and Highlands and Islands Enterprise for awarding us funding to enable us to purchase it. We look forward to it making countless safe journeys across Scotland, bringing cinema to over 40 communities.


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!

To enhance your film review even more, why not download Into Film’s review writing resources for top tips.



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Small Screen Machine

Our weekly recommendations of great films on TV

This week’s Top Pick is High Society and was chosen by Robert, while our four other recommendations were picked by Fiona.

High Society (1956, U)
BBC Two 11.30am on Saturday 28th November AND
BBC Four at 8.00pm on Thursday 3rd December

Nowadays, this film really shouldn’t work. Bing Crosby is old enough to be Grace Kelly’s father, never mind her ex-husband, and anyway why should we care about all these brittle, frivolous, very rich and privileged people? And yet, from beginning to end, the film fizzes like a vintage champagne, thanks to a near-perfect cast (shout out for the under-appreciated Celeste Holm) and, above all, Cole Porter’s utterly brilliant score. This is one of a growing library of movie classics available on the BBC iPlayer: a boon during lockdown!


That Sinking Feeling (1979, 12)
BBC Scotland, 10pm on Saturday 28 November
From 1979, Bill Forsyth makes his directorial debut in this underplayed comedy which helped to establish his style. A gang of bored Glasgow teenagers embark on an elaborate plumbing related burglary to brighten their lives.


Arrival (2016, 12A)
Channel 4, 11.40pm on Saturday 28 November
12 spaceships suddenly appear around the globe and a linguistics professor is charged with finding a way to communicate with the aliens. Amy Adams is wonderful in this thoughtful sci-fi drama.


The Secret Life of Pets (2016, U)
ITV2, Sunday 29 November at 4.30pm
From the team that brought us Despicable Me, there’s much fun to be had in this tale of two bickering dogs who must put their differences aside to escape New York’s mean streets.


Small Axe: Red, White and Blue (2020)
BBC One, 9pm on Sunday 29 November
The third in the series of films directed by Steve McQueen sees John Boyega star as a forensic scientist who joins the Metropolitan Police in the hope of changing racist attitudes from within.



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