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Machars Movies - Scotland's most Southerly Cinema!

We're 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 - annual 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 current programme at the privileged Members’ price of just £2.50 per show. Attend six screenings, and the seventh is free!
To enrol, simply email the Secretary:  macharsmovies@btinternet.com

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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.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

MACHARS MOVIES NEW SEASON - MUSICAL THEME NIGHT - MOULIN ROUGE.

We're now taking reservations for this Opening Night of our 2016-17 film season.
'Moulin Rouge'
- starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor is our magical Musical Theme night with a decidedly French twist, all superbly catered for by Caroline McCornick.
We recommend that you reserve now to avoid disappointment - simply email
macharsmovies@btinternet.com and let us know your requirements. We'll keep you updated with arrangements for tickets.If you are a current Machars Movies Subscriber, then you can take advantage of the special discounted price for the Theme Night Dinner & Film - £17 per person (£20 if you are a Non-Member)
 
    Venue: The Cinema @ Saint Ninian's  Watch trailer.

Saturday, September 24, 2016       Time: 4pm

MACHARS MOVIES - ART IN THE FRAME - RIVERS AND TIDES.

An inspiring portrait of artist Andy Goldsworthy at work in Scotland, France and Nova Scotia on a range of visual and sculptural interpretations using natural, local materials – stone, plant, ice, wood, wool. Cert U. 90min.
 
Machars Movies' Double Bill screening - part of the South West Picture Show 
    Venue: The Cinema @ Saint Ninian's  Watch trailer.

Saturday, September 24, 2016       Time: 7pm

MACHARS MOVIES - ART IN THE FRAME - WOMAN IN GOLD. The remarkable true story of a women’s journey to claim her heritage and seek justice for what happened to her family. Elderly Austrian born Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren) is determined to recover possessions seized by the Nazis,  including Gustav Klimt’s famous portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer.

Cert 12. 109 min.
Machars Movies' Double Bill screening - part of the South West Picture Show
    Venue: The Cinema @ Saint Ninian's  Watch trailer.

Saturday, October 08, 2016       Time: 7pm

MACHARS MOVIES - KEN LOACH - LAND AND FREEDOM. When David Carne (Ian Hart) dies in Liverpool in the
1990s, his granddaughter discovers documents that
reveal he was a righteous young Communist in the
1930s, and had travelled to Spain to fight against the
Fascists in the Civil War. Letters home illustrate Dave’s
story, as he joined a Marxist revolutionary group in
Barcelona, only to have his idealism chipped away
witnessing the realities of war and the compromises
of his comrades. Preceded by an on-screen session

with director Ken Loach - Cert 15. 107 min
 
Machars Movies' Double Bill screening - part of the South West Picture Show 
    Venue: The Cinema @ Saint Ninian's  Watch trailer.

Saturday, October 22, 2016       Time: 7pm

MACHARS MOVIES - NEW BRITCOM - CHICK-LIT. A hilarious new British comedy drama about four guys trying to save their local pub
from closing down. They group write a ‘chick lit’, or more specifi cally a ‘mummy porn’
novel in the style of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ and it gets snapped up. But then they hit a
snag... (UK - 2016 - Cert 15 - 97mins)    Venue: The Cinema @ Saint Ninian's  Watch trailer.

Saturday, November 12, 2016       Time: 4pm

MACHARS MOVIES - CLASSIC 70s GLASGOW - DEATH WATCH. Bertrand Tavernier’s stunningly prophetic sci-fi noir is a breath-taking blend of genres that playsout like a mad trip into the heart of Big Brother. Set in Glasgow, the film follows Roddy who has a camera implanted in his eye. He’s been hired by a television producer to film a documentary of terminally ill Katherine, without her knowledge. The

resulting footage will then be run on the popular TV series, ‘Death Watch’. Starring Romy Schneider and introducing Robbie Coltrane, it captures Glasgow as it was in the late 70’s just before a period of great changes in the landscape of the city. Tavernier skillfully uses an environment that is full of eery imagery - graveyards, cranes and an industrial landscape that is grinding to a halt.  (France/Scotland 1979 - Cert 12 - 124 mins)
Machars Movies' Double Bill screening - part of the South West Picture Show
 
    Venue: The Cinema @ Saint Ninian's  Watch trailer.

Saturday, November 12, 2016       Time: 7pm

MACHARS MOVIES - CLASSIC 70s GLASGOW - THAT SINKING FEELING.

Unemployed teenager Ronnie and his hapless pals spend their time hanging around the rainy parks and dingy cafes of Glasgow, but their world is about to change when Ronnie hatches a plan to make them all rich... Bill Forsyth’s zero-budget debut feature is hilarious and inventive, and a classic in every sense. This version is restored with the original Glaswegian dialogue. (Scotland 1979 - Cert 12 - 87 mins)
Machars Movies' Double Bill screening - part of the South West Picture Show 
    Venue: The Cinema @ Saint Ninian's  Watch trailer.

Saturday, November 26, 2016       Time: 2pm

MACHARS MOVIES - RAILWAY NUTTERS DAY - BT FILMS CLASSICS.

To celebrate Britain's railway heritage, this is the first of THREE film sessions on this Saturday. With a distinctly Scottish flavour we will be showing British Transport Films' classic titles 'Glasgow Belongs To Me' (1966); 'Wild Highlands' (1961); 'The Coasts of Clyde' (1959)
 
Machars Movies' Double Bill screening - part of the South West Picture Show
 
    Venue: The Cinema @ Saint Ninian's 

Saturday, November 26, 2016       Time: 4pm

MACHARS MOVIES - RAILWAY NUTTERS DAY - RACE TO THE NORTH.

Mike Marshall, who wrote and produced this film for BBC Scotland, presents an illustrated recollection of the making of this dramatised documentary about the railway Races to the North in 1898, and made in collaboration with the National Railway Museum and British Rail’s Eastern Region, followed by a screening of this film. 50 min.
 
Machars Movies' Double Bill screening - part of the South West Picture Show
 
    Venue: The Cinema @ Saint Ninian's 

Saturday, November 26, 2016       Time: 7pm

MACHARS MOVIES - RAILWAY NUTTERS DAY - 39 STEPS.

The 39 Steps has been the subject of more remakes than any other movie. Before the film, Mike Marshall presents an intriguing overview of the three versions that have been made since the classic Hitchcock thriller. Cert U. 86 min.
 
Machars Movies' Double Bill screening - part of the South West Picture Show
 
    Venue: The Cinema @ Saint Ninian's  Watch trailer.

Saturday, December 03, 2016       Time: 4pm

MACHARS MOVIES - FRENCH LEAVE - PETIT NICOLAS.

Nicolas is a much-loved character in France. He has a happy and contented life at home with his mum and dad. Things couldn't be better. However, when Nicolas learns that his parents are going to have a baby he panics as he fears that he will no longer be the centre of his parents' attention. Comic chaos ensues as Nicolas' worries dictate his every move. Funny and energetic this is a hugely entertaining film. Cert PG. 97 min. Subtitles.
 
Machars Movies' Double Bill screening - part of the South West Picture Show
 
    Venue: The Cinema @ Saint Ninian's  Watch trailer.

Saturday, December 03, 2016       Time: 7pm

MACHARS MOVIES - FRENCH LEAVE - THE WELL DIGGER'S DAUGHTER.

In pre-World War II Provence, a father is torn between his sense of honour and his deep love for his saintly daughter when she gets in trouble with the wealthy son of a shopkeeper. In his directorial debut, actor Daniel Auteuil fills this adaptation OF Marcel Pagnol’s novel with grand romance, light comedy and superb performances, making a love story of surprising joy. Cert PG. 104 min. Subtitles.
 
Machars Movies' Double Bill screening - part of the South West Picture Show
 
    Venue: The Cinema @ Saint Ninian's  Watch trailer.

Saturday, January 07, 2017       Time: 7pm

MACHARS MOVIES - THE MARTIAN. Details will be posted shortly    Venue: The Cinema @ Saint Ninian's 

Saturday, January 21, 2017       Time: 7pm

MACHARS MOVIES - MYSTERY FILM NIGHT AND SOCIAL. Details will be posted shortly    Venue: The Cinema @ Saint Ninian's 

Saturday, February 04, 2017       Time: 7pm

MACHARS MOVIES TRIBUTE NIGHT - CINEMA PARADISO. Details will be posted shortly    Venue: The Cinema @ Saint Ninian's 

Saturday, February 18, 2017       Time: 6.30pm

MACHARS MOVIES - MIDDLE EASTERN THEME NIGHT. Details will be posted shortly    Venue: The Cinema @ Saint Ninian's 

Saturday, March 04, 2017       Time: 7pm

MACHARS MOVIES - PRIDE. Details will be posted shortly    Venue: The Cinema @ Saint Ninian's 

Saturday, March 18, 2017       Time: 7pm

MACHARS MOVIES - JAQUES TATI - JOUR DE FETE IN COLOUR. Details will be posted shortly    Venue: The Cinema @ Saint Ninian's 

Saturday, April 01, 2017       Time: 7pm

MACHARS MOVIES - TRUMBO. Details will be posted shortly    Venue: The Cinema @ Saint Ninian's 

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 begin setting up Scotland’s most southerly cinema at the Isle of Whithorn. Five months later Machars Movies had become a reality. We screen fortnightly during the period September to April, and include at least two themed nights, all of which have proved to be extremely popular with Advance Booking strongly recommended. During the programme season we also try to include ‘bonus’ screenings – particularly new releases which don’t usually feature on the main distributor networks. Our projection system has recently been upgraded thanks to the British Film Institute’s Neighbourhood Cinema Scheme, and we plan to bring exciting new live, satellite-relayed productions from the world of theatre, opera and ballet into our programming.

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 volunteer their valuable time to be part of the team to run the cinema. The Committee are:

  • Douglas Ballantyne (Treasurer)
  • Byron Chamberlain
  • Kirsty Currie
  • Ian Duncanson
  • Jeanette Duncanson
  • Ian Fraser (Vice Chair)
  • Bridget Hillman
  • Michael Marshall (Secretary)
  • Linda Vickers (Chair)

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

Membership

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 current programme year at the privileged Members’ price of just £2.50 per show.
Guest tickets at the door will cost £6 (£4 Concession), and young persons' (under 15) tickets £3*.
It's important to remember that seating at Saint Ninian’s Hall is limited - and seat bookings will be on a first come, first served basis.
*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.

Membership forms and full programme details are available from:

  • Isle of Whithorn (St Ninian's Hall)
  • Whithorn (The Whithorn Newsagent & The Library)
  • Port William (The Paper Shop, South West Hardware & The Library)
  • Garlieston (Mac's Stores)
  • Wigtown (Machars Action & The Library)

You can also download a Membership Application form here and post it with your payment to:
Machars Movies Secretary, Saint Ninian’s, Isle of Whithorn, DG8 8LH

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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