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Machars Movies - Scotland's most Southerly Cinema!

It's more than just a film club....

Machars Movies is a successful communities-led venture bringing critically acclaimed films and a highly social cinema experience to the Machars peninsula.

Bringing communities together with the BIG SCREEN...

Screenings take place in the well equipped St. Ninian’s Hall Cinema at the Isle of Whithorn.

Showdates are usually on Saturdays, and occasionally some films may be timed to support other local events. For a list of forthcoming screenings simply check the schedule below.

 

Non-members: £6 per screening.

Membership

Machars Movies is run as a self-funding venture - membership fees cover only the cost of putting on films and the hire of the Cinema, so your support by joining is vital in enabling us to plan ahead. Annual membership is £30. (Concessions £25). This will entitle you to attend all screenings in the 2014 programme at the privileged Members’ price of just £2.50 per show.

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The Isle of Whithorn

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Films coming soon...

Please check this page regularly for information about forthcoming screenings as scheduled programmes may be likely to change at short notice.

Today       Time: 1930 to 22.00pm

WIGTOWN BOOK FESTIVAL FILM - 'UNDER THE SKIN'. From visionary director Jonathan Glazer (SEXY BEAST, BIRTH) comes a stunning career transformation, a masterpiece of existential science fiction that journeys to the heart of what it means to be human, extraterrestrial — or something in between. A voluptuous woman of unknown origin (Scarlett Johansson) combs the Scottish highways in search of isolated or forsaken men, luring a succession of lost souls into an otherworldly lair. They are seduced, stripped of their humanity, and never heard from again. Based on the novel by Michel Faber (The Crimson Petal and the White), UNDER THE SKIN examines human experience from the perspective of an unforgettable heroine who grows too comfortable in her borrowed skin, until she is abducted into humanity with devastating results.
USA - 2012. Cert 15)  Tickets £6

Screens at 7.30pm.  All Bookings through the Wigtown Book Festival Box Office - 01988 403222 or online at www.wigtownbookfestival.com
 
 
 
    Venue: The Cinema @ Saint Ninian's 

Saturday, October 04, 2014       Time: 7.30 pm

MACHARS MOVIES - RICHARD ATTENBOROUGH TRIBUTE .

Based on Joan Littlewood’s stage production, this stylised, satirical and ultimately moving tribute to the soldiers who answered their country’s call and fought in the Great War was Richard Attenborough’s first film as a director. An all-star cast performs the original’s jingoistic music hall songs, which Attenborough cleverly stages in Brighton’s Royal Pavilion and on the old West Pier. While there was animosity behind the scenes - Len Deighton refused screen credit as the film’s writer - this remains a distinctive piece of work and by far the most audacious film Attenborough has ever made. It also tapped into the post-Sergeant Pepper style that was all the rage in the late 1960s. (Adrian Turner)
(UK- 1969 - Cert PG) 
Doors Open at 7pm for 7.30pm screening.
    Venue: The Cinema @ Saint Ninian's  Watch trailer.

Sunday, October 12, 2014       Time: 3 pm to 6 pm

MACHARS MOVIES presents THE SOUTH WEST PICTURE SHOW -'STAMPS OF SUCCESS'. A GPO ‘QUARTET’
Four classic films made by the GPO Film Unit will be screening during the Sunday afternoon -
Enjoy Afternoon Tea in The Tearoom a@ Saint Ninian's and browse the Philatelic Cinema exhibition and recall how the mails always got through!   Included in the films to be shown will be
‘NIGHT MAIL’ by Harry Watt & Basil Wright; ‘LOVE ON THE WING’ by the Scots-born animator Norman McLaren, ‘A COLOUR BOX’ by Len Lye, and ‘SPARE TIME’ by Humphrey Jennings
Screening throughout the afternoon. Free admission to films and exhibition.    Venue: The Cinema @ Saint Ninian's & The Tearoom @ Saint Ninian's 

Sunday, October 12, 2014       Time: 7.30pm

MACHARS MOVIES and THE SOUTH WEST PICTURE SHOW presents 'BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM'. For all its light-hearted comic interludes, Bend it like Beckham tackles contemporary issues of cultural clashes, female independence and the importance of family. Director Gurinder Chaddha tells the story of Jess Bhamra (Parminder K Nagra), a young girl brought up within the traditional boundaries of a Sikh family who manages to live out her fantasies in an uproarious way. Despite her parent’s grounded roots the anglicised Jess joins the Hounslow Harriers and, with the help of her friend Jules (Keira Knightley), sneaks out of the house to follow her dream of playing alongside all-time hero David Beckham.

The film draws interesting parallels between the two girls, one British and one Asian, highlighting that although their colour may be different many of their ideals are the same. All in all, this is a film that shows the meaning of being British Asian today--and how it is possible for Asian girls to make round chapattis as well as to bend it like Beckham.  (UK - 2012. Cert 12) Screens at 7.30pm
 The film is part of The South West Picture Show Festival, and our 'Stamps of Success' screening day - many stamp collectors will know that this film was featured on a recent commemorative stamp issue from Royal Mail.
    Venue: The Cinema @ Saint Ninian's  Watch trailer.

Saturday, October 18, 2014       Time: 7.30pm

MACHARS MOVIES presents 'THE GREAT RACE'. As part of our celebrations in The South West Picture Show and our 'Not Quite Top Gear' event we're delighted to screen this hard-to-come-by release of Blake Edwards' lavishly-filmed comedy. His unmistakable touch is everywhere in The Great Race, a sprawling entertainment about a long-winded motor race from New York to Paris, a foolish flight of fancy that takes the contestants through the Wild West, fighting off polar bears in the Arctic and thwarting Royal imposters in Europe. Watch the hopeless Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon as they attempt to win the greatest race of the century - with hilarious results!
(USA - 1965. Cert U)
Screens at 7.30pm.    Venue: The Cinema @ Saint Ninian's  Watch trailer.

Saturday, October 25, 2014       Time: 7pm

MACHARS MOVIES - 'THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING'. Two British soldiers in India decide to resign from the Army and set themselves up as deities in Kafiristan - a land where no white man has set foot since Alexander. John Huston directed this classic Kipling adventure. (UK, 1975; Cert 12)    Venue: The Cinema @ Saint Ninian's  Watch trailer.

Tuesday, November 04, 2014 to Wednesday, November 05, 2014       Time: 10.00am

'INTO FILM' FESTIVAL.

Into Film Festival is a free and Annual celebration of film and education for schools and young people across the UK.  The Cinema @ Saint Ninian’s is delighted to welcome the ‘Into Film’ Festival, a nationwide programme of films made and shown specifically for young people. If you are a Teacher or Educator and would like to know more about the films that are coming here on the dates shown above, and how your school could benefit by coming to a screening, then please contact bookings@intofilm.org.
 
 
    Venue: The Cinema @ Saint Ninian's 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014       Time: 10 am

'INTO FILM' FESTIVAL.

Into Film Festival is a free and Annual celebration of film and education for schools and young people across the UK.  The Cinema @ Saint Ninian’s is delighted to welcome the ‘Into Film’ Festival, a nationwide programme of films made and shown specifically for young people. If you are a Teacher or Educator and would like to know more about the films that are coming here on the dates shown above, and how your school could benefit by coming to a screening, then please contact bookings@intofilm.org.
 
 
    Venue: The Cinema @ Saint Ninian's 

Saturday, November 15, 2014       Time: 7pm

MACHARS MOVIES SOCIAL NIGHT - QUIZ, SHORTS AND AGM.

We’re looking forward to a fun evening that will use the New Annexe and the Cinema! Once more a session of shorts; a quiz with prizes, some nibbles (maybe with a glass from our Licensed Bar?) and a chance to begin to plan out next year’s programme and get that usual chore - the AGM - done and dusted in as little time as possible!

    Venue: The Cinema @ Saint Ninian's 

Monday, November 17, 2014       Time: 14.00pm

Machars Movies Meeting. Machars Movies Committee meeting in meeting room    Venue: St Ninian's Hall 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014       Time: 10.00am

'INTO FILM' FESTIVAL.

Into Film Festival is a free and Annual celebration of film and education for schools and young people across the UK.  The Cinema @ Saint Ninian’s is delighted to welcome the ‘Into Film’ Festival, a nationwide programme of films made and shown specifically for young people. If you are a Teacher or Educator and would like to know more about the films that are coming here on the dates shown above, and how your school could benefit by coming to a screening, then please contact bookings@intofilm.org.
 
 

    Venue: The Cinema @ Saint Ninian's 

Saturday, November 29, 2014       Time: 7pm

MACHARS MOVIES presents Ridley Scott's 'PROMETHEUS'.

As part of the British Film Institute and 'Cinema For All' Sci-Fi season, we're presenting Ridley Scott's (Alien & Blade Runner) 'Prometheus'

A team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.
 
Ridley Scott, director of Alien and Blade Runner returns to the science-fiction genre he helped to define.
UK/USA 2012 - Cert 15 - 118 mins. Screens at 7.30pm    Venue: The Cinema @ Saint Ninian's  Watch trailer.

Saturday, December 13, 2014       Time: 7pm

MACHARS MOVIES presents 'RED DOG'. Set in Western Australia this is the legendary true story of the Red Dog who united a disparate local community while roaming the outback in search of his long lost master. Finding his way into the hearts of everyone he meets, bringing people and communities together, some who find love, and others who find themselves.

Australia 2012 - Cert U - 92mins
Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm screening.
 
    Venue: The Cinema @ Saint Ninian's  Watch trailer.

About Machars Movies

Machars Movies - bringing critically acclaimed award-winning films and a highly social cinema experience to the communities of the Machars. Back in January 2009, thanks to funding from Scottish Screen and an enormous amount of volunteer effort, we were able to move forward with the creation of Scotland’s most southerly cinema at the Isle of Whithorn. Five months later Machars Movies had become a reality. It’s hard to believe what has been achieved. Once again we have a very full programme for 2014-15, with at least two themed nights taking place, and these are certain to be extremely popular, so Advance Booking is strongly recommended. Look out for detailed announcements giving more information about these and our participation in other local and regional arts festivals, when we plan to have extra screenings.

Our Objectives

To advance the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of film as an art form, and as a medium for education and information. We will also promote artistic and technical creativity in audio-visual techniques within our communities.

Machars Movies Team

We are extremely grateful to the many enthusiasts from communities in the south Machars who have agreed to be part of the team to take this project forward. The Committee for 2014 are:

  • Douglas Ballantyne
  • Anne Bolton King
  • Rob Bolton King
  • Byron Chamberlain
  • Kirsty Currie (Chair)
  • Ian Duncanson (Treasurer)
  • Jeanette Duncanson
  • Ian Fraser (Vice Chair)
  • Hugh Jaques
  • Michael Marshall (Secretary)
  • Steve Robinson
  • Linda Vickers

If you would like to contact or help us in any way at Machars Movies, please call Michael Marshall on 01988 500284.

Membership

This year’s Annual Subscription fees will be offering exceptional value. Our current programming year is being extended to April 2015 to enable us to adopt a more flexible Autumn to late Spring pattern.
Any subscriptions taken out now (or those which have already been taken out for 2014) will give membership until the end April 2015.

Membership is open to anyone over the age of 16*, and costs £30. (Concessions £25). This will entitle you to attend all screenings in the 2014 programme at the privileged Members’ price of just £2.50 per show.

Guest tickets at the door will cost £6, and young persons' tickets £2.50. It's important to remember that seating at the Hall will be limited - so Membership will be similarly limited, and seat bookings will be on a first come, first served basis.

Membership forms and full programme details are available from:

  • Isle of Whithorn (Post Office)
  • Whithorn (The Whithorn Newsagent & The Library)
  • Port William (The Paper Shop, South West Hardware & The Library)
  • Garlieston (Mac's Stores)
  • Wigtown (Box of Frogs, Machars Action & The Library)

You can also download a Membership Application form here and post it with your payment to the Secretary.

*To comply with the law, admission to screenings will be restricted according to the BBFC film rating.

We reserve the right to change the programme without notice.

How can I help?

  1. Join Machars Movies – become a Member, get to see some great films and enjoy being part of a social group!
  2. Maybe you’re as inspired as we are and can help us plan and run events!
  3. If you are interested in being part of a film-making group we’d also like to hear from you!

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