OPENING PARTY: Around The Globe In 21 Film Festivals

The OPENING ‘PARTY’ for the WE ARE ONE film festival is a Mixcloud upload available from 6PM on THU 28 MAY.

West Side Cinema’s Mark Jenkins spins around the globe, introducing the 21 film festivals and playing a tune from each of those countries. Grab yourself a drink, call your friends, and take a look through the We Are One schedule to mark your card for the next 10 days.

It will be available to listen to throughout the 10 day festival here:

WEST SIDE CINEMA goes to WE ARE ONE: A Global Film Festival

WEST SIDE CINEMA goes to WE ARE ONE: A Global Film Festival

From FRI 29th May to SUN 7th June, major film festivals across the world are joining with Youtube for WE ARE ONE, a 10-day digital film festival streaming content from 21 international film festivals, FREE to cinema fans across the globe.

And here at West Side Cinema we’re hosting a complementary event to celebrate and enhance your enjoyment of the festival. We’ll be doing this with our usual West Side spin, with everything  on line so that you can experience it all from home.

WE ARE ONE: A Global Film Festival, organised by Tribeca Enterprises, will content from 21 international film festivals including Cannes, Toronto, Sundance, Berlin, Tribeca and Venice. Content will include 23 narrative and 11 documentary features, 57 narrative and 15 documentary shorts, 15 archived talks along with four “festival exclusives”, and five VR programming pieces. There are 13 world premieres, 31 online premieres, and five international online premieres.While the films will be free to stream, viewers will be asked to make donations for COVID-19 relief, which YouTube and Tribeca say will benefit the World Health Organization (WHO) as well as local relief partners in each region.

So what’s in store for West Side fans, apart from great films and complimentary content?

Turn up at our check in desk and you’ll find your easy guide on how to navigate your way around the festival. There’s an easy access film schedule. The Ping-Pongometer has moved on line to record your film scores, which will then be used as criteria for the West Side Globe awards. There’s opening and closing parties via Mixcloud radio shows, and central to the festive feel is the festival club – the Strangely Delicious Café Bar. West Side regulars will know the Strangely Delicious wine bar which would pop up for our Orkney Wine Festival collaborations. This on line version will again be hosted by Duncan McLean of Kirkness & Gorie who will suggest regional food and drink combos for each festival to accompany the films. Music while you wine and dine will be via the Oslo World Maps The Worldwebsite, which has over 100 international music festivals contributing their own music playlists.

So what are you waiting for? Pick up your festival pass HERE

A word of warning – content will be live streamed and not all content will be available on demand, so you will need to turn up prompt for screenings – no latecomers!

West Side Stories 02: 23 MAY 2020

Welcome to West Side Stories, a Film & Music show from West Side Cinema in Stromness, Orkney. This week, a What’s On At Home on Freeview channels guide, and details of the forthcoming We Are One: A Global Film Festival

Waltz from ‘The Million Pound Note’ – BBC Philharmonic 

Cheek To Cheek from ‘Top Hat’ – Fred Astaire

Purple Haze from ‘Apollo 13’ – Jimi Hendrix

First Nocturne from ‘The Magnificent Ambersons’ – Bernard Herrmann

Three Barrels Under from ‘Jaws’ – John Williams

On The Nature Of Daylight from ‘Arrival’ – Max Richter

Main Title from ‘The Good, The Bad And The Ugly’ – Ennio Morricone

Theme from ‘The Man From Laramie’ – Jimmy Young

He Had A Long Chain On from ‘The Imposter’ – Jimmy Driftwood

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West Side Stories: 16 MAY 2020

We thought we’d try something a little different this week. So as well as the usual guide to What’s On At Home, here’s a radio version – West Side Stories, with all our film picks for the week plus music selections from those films.

Music selections:

Theme From ‘The Conversation’ – David Shire
Titles from ‘A Fistful Of Dollars’ – Ennio Morricone
‘Get Carter’ Theme – Roy Budd
Drop Kick Me Jesus from ‘The Deer Hunter’ – Paul Craft
Waltz from ‘The Million Pound Note’ – BBC Philharmonic
The New Lobby Boy from ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ – Alexandre Desplat
Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) from ‘No Country For Old Men’ – Nancy Sinatra
God ’Senna’ Theme – Antonio Pinto
Hello Stranger from ‘Moonlight’ – Barbara Lewis
Adagio For Strings and Organ in G Minor from ‘Gallipoli’ – Berlin Philharmonic Orhestra
The Race from ‘Le Mans’ – Michel Legrand
Investigative Journalism from ‘Spotlight’ – Howard Shore
Theme & Variations from ‘Citizen Kane’ – Bernard Herrmann
Jay’s Theme from ‘Slow West’ – Jed Kurzel

FIRE SIDE CINEMA – What’s On At Home

Although we’ve run the last of the Short Film Fire Side programmes, we’ll still be running this daily/weekly guide to our recommends for films screening on free to view channels.

Check out the website for daily updates and On Demand content.
https://wscinema.wordpress.com/whats-on-at-home/


THE CONVERSATION (1974)

BBCiPLAYER (Available until 17 MAY)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000hjmn/the-conversation

This tense, paranoid thriller presents Francis Ford Coppola at his finest — and makes some remarkably advanced arguments about technology’s role in society that still resonate today.

 


BORDER (2019)

C4 (Available until 17 MAY)

Thrilling, unpredictable, and brilliantly acted, the Swedish ‘Border’ (Gräns) offers a singular treat to genre fans looking for something different.


SUN 17 MAY


A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS (1964)

ITV4 21:00

With Akira Kurosawa’s Yojimbo as his template, Sergio Leone’s A Fistful of Dollars helped define a new era for the Western and usher in its most iconic star, Clint Eastwood.


GET CARTER (1971)

ITV4 23:05

Darkly entertaining and tightly wound, Get Carter is a gritty revenge story done right. Director Mike Hodges keeps a firm hand on the surly proceedings and Michael Caine is at his most impressively impassive as the London gangster who goes north after his brother is murdered and finds his teenage niece involved in a blue-film racket.


THE DEER HUNTER (1978)

BBCiPLAYER (Available until 19 MAY)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000hkbc/the-deer-hunter

The Deer Hunter moves from the steel mills outside of Pittsburgh to the mountains of Pennsylvania to the jungles of Vietnam as it explores the upheaval faced by a tight-knit group of Russian Americans when three of their number enlist to serve in Vietnam. Sympathetic direction and a series of heartbreaking performances from Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, and Christopher Walken.


TUE 19 MAY


THE MILLION POUND NOTE (1954)

FILM4 12:40

Satire based on a short story by Mark Twain. Gregory Peck plays Henry Adams, a penniless American WHO is given a million pound note and instructed to live on it for a month without spending any of it. Attitudes towards him change overnight, but will he be any happier?


THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (2014)

FILM4 21:00

Typically stylish but deceptively thoughtful, The Grand Budapest Hotel finds Wes Anderson once again using ornate visual environments to explore deeply emotional ideas.


NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN (2007)

PARAMOUNT 22:00

Bolstered by powerful lead performances from Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, and Tommy Lee Jones, No Country for Old Men finds the Coen brothers spinning cinematic gold out of Cormac McCarthy’s grim, darkly funny novel.


SENNA (2011)

ITV4 23:10

Even for filmgoers who aren’t racing fans, the documentary Senna offers heart-pounding thrills — and heartbreaking emotion.

 


WED 20 MAY


GALLIPOLI (1981)

FILM4 15:55

Australian director Peter Weir’s story of how the irresistible lure of adventure and the unknown, combined with national pride, bring two young men (Mel Gibson and Mark Lee) together in the Australian army in 1915.


THE MOLLY MAGUIRES (1970)

TALKING PICTURES 22:05

In the coal mines of Pennsylvania, embittered miners have started a campaign of sabotage to retaliate against the owners’ cruelty. Richard Harris is the undercover cop who joins the gang led by Sean Connery. Worth it just for the superb and beautiful camerawork of veteran cinematographer James Wong Howe.


THU 21 MAY


THE SPY IN BLACK (1939)

FILM4 12:50

Political intrigue surrounds the arrival of a German sub in Orkney during World War I, where the submarine commander-turned-spy is foiled by a double agent. Michael Powell fuses Emeric Pressburger’s amusing detail work into a dapper study. A must for West Side Cinema locals, with many recognisable locations in Orkney including the Old Man of Hoy, Longhope, South Walls and Scapa Flow. Have a peek at some of the locations here: https://www.reelstreets.com/films/spy-in-black-the/

 


FRI 22 MAY


SPOTLIGHT (2015)

BBC2 23:20

Winning an Oscar for Best Picture, this tense investigative dramatic-thriller traces the steps to one of the biggest cover-ups in modern times. Spotlight gracefully handles the lurid details of its fact-based story while resisting the temptation to lionise its heroes, resulting in a drama that honours the audience as well as its real-life subjects.


STEVE MCQUEEN: THE MAN AND LE MANS (2015)

BBC iPLAYER (available until 23 MAY)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000gg35/steve-mcqueen-the-man-and-le-mans

The turbulent production of the Steve McQueen car-racing classic Le Mans serves as the subject of this documentary from filmmakers Gabriel Clarke and Jon McKenna. At the time Le Mans went into production McQueen was one of cinema’s biggest stars. Given his choice of film projects thanks to a lucrative deal with Cinema Center Studios, McQueen quickly began work on the passion project he had been dreaming about for the past decade. But as production on Le Mans got underway, the driven star would be forced to contend not only with the sudden departure of the film’s original director, John Sturgis, but his own failing marriage, the threat of bankruptcy, and the fear of learning that he had been targeted for death by one of the most notorious serial killers of the 20th Century as well.


SAT 23 MAY


CITIZEN KANE (1941)

BBC2 15:00

Frequently voted one of the best films ever made, Orson Welles’s masterpiece tells the story of newspaper magnate Charles Foster Kane in a series of flashbacks. A reporter is intrigued by the dying Kane’s last word – rosebud – and sets out to find a new angle on the life of one of the most powerful men in America. Nine Oscar nominations resulted in only one award for the outspoken Welles – Best Screenplay.


SLOW WEST (2015)

FILM4 12:40 AM (SUN morning)

Slow West serves as an impressive calling card for first-time writer-director John M. Maclean — and offers an inventive treat for fans of the Western.


 

FIRE SIDE CINEMA – What’s On At Home

Although we’ve run the last of the Short Film Fire Side programmes, we’ll still be running this daily/weekly guide to our recommends for films screening on free to view channels.

Check out the website for daily updates and On Demand content.
https://wscinema.wordpress.com/whats-on-at-home/


SUN 10 MAY


JEREMIAH JOHNSON (1972)

ITV4 16:15

Jeremiah Johnson‘s deliberate pace demands an investment from the viewer, but it’s rewarded with a thoughtful drama anchored by a starring performance from Robert Redford.

HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER (1973)

ITV4 21:00

Clint Eastwood’s sophomore outing as director sees him back in the saddle as a mysterious stranger, as the result is one of his most memorable Westerns.

 


HIDDEN FIGURES (2017)

FILM4 21:00

Oscar-nominated biopic about a trio of African-American women who overcame prejudice to play a crucial role in the US space race. With Octavia Spencer and Kevin Costner.

 


MON 11 MAY


3.10 TO YUMA (1957)

FILM4 12:55

This gripping and suspenseful film is one of the finest westerns ever made. It contains great performances by Glenn Ford as the cocksure outlaw and Van Heflin as the farmer who’s determined to hold Ford in check until the Yuma train arrives.


BRIGHTON ROCK (1947)

TALKING PICTURES 19:10

One of the most sinister crime films ever made in Britain and, but for several cuts by the censor, it would also have been one of the most shocking. Richard Attenborough (as Pinkie the teenage gangster) turns in the best performance of his career, and he is magnificently supported by William Hartnell and the underrated Carol Marsh as Rose.


SWEET SIXTEEN (2002)

FILM4 23:05

A bleak, but heartbreaking coming-of-age tale from Ken Loach that resonates with truth.


TUE 12 MAY


GET CARTER (1971)

ITV4 21:00

Darkly entertaining and tightly wound, Get Carter is a gritty revenge story done right. Director Mike Hodges keeps a firm hand on the surly proceedings and Michael Caine is at his most impressively impassive as the London gangster who goes north after his brother is murdered and finds his teenage niece involved in a blue-film racket.

 


WED 13 MAY


MOONLIGHT (2016)

FILM4 21:00

A brilliantly crafted Oscar winning drama. Moonlight tells a tender, heartbreaking story of a young man’s struggle to find himself, told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love, while grappling with his own sexuality.

 


THU 14 MAY


THE SWIMMER (1968)

SONY MOVIES CLASSIC 17:15

Burt Lancaster is superb as he plays a wealthy, middle-aged advertising man, who embarks on a revelatory journey through suburban Connecticut. Lancaster slowly makes his way to his split-level home by travelling from swimming pool to swimming pool. At each stop, he faces an incident from his past.


S IS FOR STANLEY (2015)

TALKING PICTURES 17:30

The story of Emilio D’Alessandro, Stanley Kubrick’s personal driver. It’s also the story of a thirty-year-long friendship, involving the meticulous creation of four absolute cinematic masterpieces, and uniting two individuals apparently worlds apart, each of whom found his own ideal travel companion far from home.


THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH (1976)

TALKING PICTURES 22:00

Filled with stunning imagery, The Man Who Fell to Earth is a calm, meditative film that profoundly explores our culture’s values and desires.

 

 


FRI 15 MAY


THE WILD ONE (1954)

SONY MOVIES CLASSIC 11:20

Marlon Brando classic. A gang of bikers move from town to town causing mayhem. When they get stuck in one small town due to an accident involving one of the Black Rebels, the gang’s brooding leader, Johnny, falls for the local sheriff’s daughter. He tries to impress her, but when a rival gang rides into town, trouble is just around the corner.


I KNOW WHERE I’M GOING (1954)

TALKING PICTURES 19:00

Full of large and small delights, including a wonderful sense of regional detail and endearing, three-dimensional characterizations. The film is easily one of the best of the Powell-Pressburger films of the 1940s, and arguably the team’s all-time best romantic drama.

ELECTION (1999)

BBC1 23:15

In this satiric comedy, Jim McAllister is a popular and well-respected instructor at George Washington Carver High School in Omaha, Nebraska, but lately he’s been unhappy in both his personal and professional life. His anxieties finally come to a head as a result of the school’s student elections.

 


SAT16 MAY


HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER (1973)

ITV4 21:00

Clint Eastwood’s sophomore outing as director sees him back in the saddle as a mysterious stranger, as the result is one of his most memorable Westerns.

AMERICAN GRAFFITI (1973)

SONY MOVIES CLASSIC 23:10

One of the most influential of all teen films, American Graffiti is a funny, nostalgic, and bittersweet look at a group of recent high school grads’ last days of innocence.

 

FREEVIEW FILMS OF THE WEEK

A WEST SIDE CINEMA daily/weekly guide to our recommends for films screening on free to view channels. Check out our website page for extra info and On Demand content: https://wscinema.wordpress.com/news/


MON 04 MAY


MAN OF ARAN (1934)

TALKING PICTURES 09:20

Nonfiction filmmaking pioneer Robert Flaherty’s first sound feature elaborates on themes presented in his two previous major works, Nanook of the North and Moana. Exploring the relationship of man to his natural environment, this film was shot between 1931 and 1933 on the Aran Islands, west of Ireland’s Galway Bay and has come to be accepted as work of film poetry rather than a social document.


MOONRISE (1948)

FILM4 11:00

Frank Borzage’s gritty film noir, set in the USA’s steamy south, stars Dane Clark as a man haunted by past and present brutality.


THE LADYKILLERS (2017)

FILM4 15:05

A supreme blend of the seedy and the sinister, directed by a mischievous Alexander Mackendrick. This is British comedy at its best, with eccentric characters never for a second seeming out of place in the most everyday locations. Alec Guinness and his minions (among them Herbert Lom and Peter Sellers) are a marvellous collection of misfits, but they lose every scene to the Bafta-winning Johnson.

 


HIDDEN FIGURES (1955)

FILM4 21:00

Oscar-nominated biopic about a trio of African-American women who overcame prejudice to play a crucial role in the US space race. With Octavia Spencer and Kevin Costner.


WED 06 MAY


SCARFACE (1932)

ITV4 22:00

The greatest gangster movie of the 1930s – and that means the greatest ever. It was produced by Howard Hughes who told director Howard Hawks to make it “as realistic, as exciting, as grisly as possible”. Hawks happily obliged.


THUR 07 MAY


THE FLYING DEUCES (1939)

TALKING PICTURES 17:40

Classic Laurel & Hardy! Stan and Ollie join the Foreign Legion so that Ollie can forget an unhappy romance. Lots of laughs, nostalgia, and action-packed stunts take place including a dance routine to “Shine on Harvest Moon.”


HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE (2016)

FILM4 21:00

Equal parts road comedy and rousing adventure story, director Taika Waititi masterfully weaves lively humour with emotionally honest performances by Sam Neill and Julian Dennison. A hilarious, touching crowd-pleaser that reminds us about the journey that growing up is (at any age) and those who help us along the way.

SAT 02 MAY: FIRE SIDE CINEMA – THE SEA

Following on from our themes of Comedy, Escapism and Inspiration, our theme this week is THE SEA.

FIRE SIDE CINEMA: Films to watch alone, together.
A specially crafted programme of short films to watch from your own home.

This week our theme is THE SEA.
Doors open 7:30 for an 8 PM start.
Or feel free to watch any time after.

As our regulars know, West Side is a fantastic space to talk about film. So continue the conversations. Let us know what you think of the films by posting a comment here or on our FaceBook page.

See you at the FIRE SIDE.

SAT 18 APRIL: FIRE SIDE CINEMA – INSPIRATION

Following on from our themes of Comedy and Escapism, this fortnight’s theme is INSPIRATION.

FIRE SIDE CINEMA: Films to watch alone, together.
A specially crafted programme of short films to watch from your own home.

This week our theme is INSPIRATION.
Doors open 7:30 for an 8 PM start.
Or feel free to watch any time after.

As our regulars know, West Side is a fantastic space to talk about film. So continue the conversations. Let us know what you think of the films by posting a comment here or on our FaceBook page.

See you at the FIRE SIDE.