Phase 3 – Reopening of Cinemas

Some of you may have seen that cinemas are expected to reopen as part of Phase 3 of the Scottish Government’s Route Map, although no dates have been given as yet, provided they adhere to physical distancing and hygiene measures. We have seen and welcome this decision, and are working hard to ensure Screen Machine is ready and safe for whenever Phase 3 is implemented.

We also want to let you know we might send out a small survey to hear your thoughts about our return to service, and would really appreciate it if you take the time to fill it out.

Until then, stay safe.

Screen Machine Team


Small Screen Machine

Our weekly recommendations of great films on TV

This week Fiona has chosen La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty) as our Top Pick, while our other recommendations come from Morvern, who’s gone with a varied and fun selection. We hope you manage to give them a watch over the coming week.

La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty) (2013, 15)
Film4, 11.25pm on Monday 1 June
Italian with English subtitles
Light on plot but heavy on jaw-dropping beauty, La Grande Bellezza is Paolo Sorrentino’s Oscar-winning comedy drama from 2013. It stars his favourite leading man, Toni Servillo, as Jep – a past-his-best man-about-town who hangs out with the beautiful set in a merry-go-round of hedonism, often at his apartment directly overlooking the Colosseum. When a stranger visits and makes a revelation, Jep starts to question the point of his lifestyle: he is well-known for his journalism, and decades earlier wrote one promising novel, but what will be his legacy?  Beautiful, sad, strange and sexist – this might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it is a modern classic of Italian cinema and the Eternal City looks bellissimo.

“A swooning love letter to Roman decadence” The Guardian *****
“A shimmering coup de cinema to make your heart burst” Telegraph *****


Fantastic Voyage (1966, PG)
Film4, 1pm on Saturday 30 May
A groundbreaking sci-fi film that won Oscars for its special effects and art direction. A team of scientists are shrunk and injected into a human being, in order to save him from an assassination attempt. Inspired the 80s remake Inner Space directed by Joe Dante who also directed The ‘Burbs, also in our recommendations.


Jumanji (1995, PG)
Channel 5, 4.45pm on Saturday 30 May
Classic 90s children’s film about a magical board game that transports Robin Williams into its jungle netherworld for 26 years, only to have him and the Jumanji universe cross into real life when two kids stumble upon it again and accidentally roll the dice.


The ‘Burbs (1989, PG)
Horror Channel, 6.30pm on Sunday 31 May
A fun comedy directed by Joe Dante starring Tom Hanks as Ray Peterson, a bored suburbanite spending his vacation at home (a scenario reminiscent of Rear Window) who becomes convinced his new neighbours might in fact be Satanists.


The Imposter (2012, 15)
Channel 4, 10pm on Wednesday 3 June
Astonishing BAFTA-winning documentary following the disappearance of a 13 year old boy from a small town in Texas. Three years after his disappearance police in Spain alert authorities in the US as it appears that child has been found… or has he?



Cinemas that Made Me

Interview with RSS Director Robert Livingston

Our friends at Into Film have started a new series called ‘Cinemas that Made Me’ to pay tribute to the country’s hardworking film exhibitors, their venues, and what cinemas have inspired them.

First up is our very own Robert Livingston! He discusses film’s positive impacts on communities, how Screen Machine started, and his history working in the film sector.

Click here to read the full article.




Stream now for £10.50, and 50% of the revenue will come to Screen Machine – Offer Ends TUESDAY 2ND JUNE

You have until Tuesday 2nd June to stream Pahokee, a documentary about high school students in a not-so-affluent-town in rural Florida. If you’d like to stream it, then please click on the link below and, when prompted, enter this code:


You will then be invited to pay £10.50 to stream the film, and 50% of the revenue will come to Screen Machine. You can watch the film on almost any device, and you’ll have 72 hours to begin watching. You’ll be entering into a contract with Visit Film/Monument Releasing, not with RSS/Screen Machine. You might see a trailer which suggests the price is $18, or the rent button saying £15, but please be assured that we have negotiated a special price of £10.50, with 50% of the revenue coming to Screen Machine.

To rent Pahokee follow this link.





Three-month membership still available for free

A reminder you can still sign up for a free three-month membership of MUBI. They offer a menu of 30 films to watch/download every day, and remove and replace one each day. They recently updated their site to include a library of hundreds of previously curated films, offering a wider selection than before. The Guardian gave their recommendations for what’s available.

Sign up by clicking the link below. You will then be prompted to include your card details. If you cancel before the end of the trial then you won’t be charged (those of you who signed up when we first brought you this offer will be entering your final month of your free trial). 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.)


Click here to sign up to MUBI.




Futureproof 2017

Photography on Screen Collaboration with Street Level Photoworks

© The Bragdon Brothers. Courtesy of Street Level Photoworks.

Back in April we shared with you our latest Photography on Screen production – Shades of Oscar – about Scottish photographer Oscar Marzaroli. We’re planning to show it on the Screen Machine once we are back on the road. But for now, we want to share with you Futureproof 2017, a Photography on Screen production produced in collaboration with Street Level Photoworks, and first shown on the Screen Machine back in 2017.

Scotland’s Art Schools and Universities would normally be having their annual degree shows around this time. To mark this we are sharing again Futureproof 2017, which includes a selection of that year’s graduates with images and commentary that is still highly relevant today. The exhibition took place in Glasgow in 2017 and was also shown at Scotland House in Brussels as part of the Year of Young People.

Futureproof is Street Level Photoworks annual showcase of new talent in photographic image making, but due to lockdown restrictions degree shows will not be staged this year. However, Street Level are partnering with Source magazine and their Source BA Graduate Photography Online platform to help graduates gain exposure. And, for the second consecutive year, Street Level will again be partnering with the Jill Todd Photographic Award in announcing the Futureproof 2020 Prize to one of the exhibitors in the exhibition.

Click here to watch Futureproof 2017.




Screen Machine Movie Trivia Quiz

Ten more questions for you to test your general movie knowledge. Once you are done, highlight the hidden text at the bottom for the answers.

1. Meryl Streep holds the record for most Academy Award nominations. How many times has she been nominated?
2. When was the first film adaptation of ‘Little Women’ released? (The other two came out in 1994 and 2019.)
3. Martin Scorsese’s gangster classic ‘GoodFellas’ is based on what non-fiction book?
4. What juror number is Henry Fonda’s character allocated in the 1957 film ’12 Angry Men’?
5. Which Shakespeare adaptation stars Judie Dench, Helen Mirren, and Diana Rigg?
6. Who originally played Bruce Banner in ‘The Incredible Hulk’ in 2008, before being replaced by Mark Ruffalo for all subsequent Marvel Cinematic Universe films?
7. In ‘The Godfather’, Vito Corleone is famous for saying, “I’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse.” Who does he say this to?
8. James Cameron was formerly married to which multi award-winning director?
9. What’s Buzz Lightyear’s catchphrase in the ‘Toy Story’ movies?
10. Though she has never travelled through time herself, Rachel McAdams has appeared in four movies featuring time travel. Can you name at least three?

1. 21. She has won three of them. 2. 1949. 3. ‘Wiseguy’ by Nicholas Pileggi 4. He is Juror #8 5. Peter Hall’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ 6. Edward Norton. 7. His godson, Johnny Fontane. 8. Kathryn Bigelow. 9. “To infinity, and beyond!” 10. ‘The Time Traveller’s Wife’, ‘Midnight in Paris’, ‘About Time’, ‘Doctor Strange’.

We’ll be back with more news next Friday. In the meantime, we hope the sun keeps shining and that you all stay well.

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