FILM FOCUS FESTIVAL @ WEST SIDE CINEMA

For this years FILM FOCUS FESTIVAL we’ve a bumper programme of events from 01 – 09 NOV.

We’re celebrating our 7th birthday with 7 feature films, a special after screening birthday party DISCO, and we’ll have a film festival hub for three nights at the Royal Hotel.


FRI 01 NOV: AMAZING GRACE (U)

Our FILM FOCUS FESTIVAL series kicks off tonight with a thrilling must-watch documentary!

Doors open 7:15 for a 7:45 start
£5 / £3 student and Young Scot card

Brilliantly capturing a remarkable performer near the peak of her prodigious power, Amazing Grace is a thrilling must-watch documentary for Aretha Franklin fans.

By 1971, Aretha Franklin was known as the Queen of Soul. In the culmination of five years of chart-topping hits, she and her producer, Jerry Wexler of Atlantic Records, decided her next recording would take her back to the music of her youth, to the world of American Gospel music.

Amazing Grace was not intended as a swan song, but it would turn out to be an elegiac moment in American musical history as well as a salute to the gospel heritage that had transformed American music in the 1960s.

Recorded live at Rev James Cleveland’s church in Watts, California in front of a lively audience/congregation, Amazing Grace would become the highest selling album of Franklin’s career and the most popular Gospel album of all time.

However, the film was never released publicly. Until now.


SAT 02 NOV: THE IRON GIANT (PG)

20 YEARS ANNIVERSARY SCREENING

The second feature film in our FILM FOCUS FESTIVAL series

Doors open 1:30 for a 2PM start
Pay on the way out what you think it’s worth!
Ratings Info mild fantasy action violence, infrequent mild bad language

The endearing Iron Giant tackles ambitious topics and complex human relationships with a steady hand and beautifully animated direction from Brad Bird.

Something huge is on the horizon. Hogarth Hughes just rescued an enormous robot that fell from the stars to Earth. Now young Hogarth has one very big friend and an even bigger problem: How do you keep at 50-foot-tall, steel-eating (junkyard cars are especially tasty) giant a secret? It’s even harder when a nosy government agent arrives in town to hunt down the ‘alien invader’ and the combined land, sea and air might of the US military is sent to demolish the giant. The result: an incredible adventure that’s part metal, part magic, all heart.


SAT 02 NOV: DO THE RIGHT THING (15)

30 YEARS ANNIVERSARY SCREENING

The third feature film in our FILM FOCUS FESTIVAL series

Doors open 7:15 for a 7:45 start
£5 / £3 student and Young Scot card
Ratings Info strong language, racist language, violence, nudity

Smart, vibrant, and urgent without being didactic, Do the Right Thing is one of Spike Lee’s most fully realised efforts and one of the most important films of the 1980s.

It’s the hottest day of the year in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighbourhood of Brooklyn, and tensions are growing there, with the only local businesses being a Korean grocery and Sal’s Pizzeria. Mookie, Sal’s delivery boy, manages to always be at the center of the action.


MON 04 NOV: LOCAL SHORT FILMS SCREENING

7:30pm -11pm
Free entrance
Upstairs function room
The Royal Hotel
Victoria St
Stromness

Join us at the West Side Hub for a mix of local short films and music.


TUE 05 NOV: FILM QUIZ, SHORTS AND MUSIC

7:30pm -11pm
Free entrance
Upstairs function room
The Royal Hotel
Victoria St
Stromness

Join us at the West Side Hub for a mix of short films, music and a FILM QUIZ.


WED 06 NOV: ORKNEY ARTS SOCIETY presents PROJECTIONS

7:30pm -11pm
£5/£4 OAS MEMBERS
Upstairs function room
The Royal Hotel
Victoria St
Stromness

Join us at the West Side Hub for an Orkney Arts Society talk (60 mins) followed by a mix of short films and music.

PROJECTIONS – A STROLL THROUGH THE RHYTHMS OF FILMMAKING with MARK JENKINS

Local filmmaker and editor Mark Jenkins will discuss how rhythm and structure have such an influence on his filmmaking practice.


THU 07 NOV: FREE SOLO (12A)

The fourth feature film in our FILM FOCUS FESTIVAL series

Doors open 7:15 for a 7:45 start
£5 / £3 student and Young Scot card
Ratings Info infrequent strong language

Follow Alex Honnold as he becomes the first person to ever free solo climb Yosemite’s 3,000ft high El Capitan Wall. With no ropes or safety gear, he completed arguably the greatest feat in rock climbing history. From award-winning documentary filmmaker E. Chai Vasarhelyi and world-renowned photographer and mountaineer Jimmy Chin, comes FREE SOLO, a stunning, intimate and unflinching portrait of free soloist climber Alex Honnold, as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream: climbing the face of the world’s most famous rock… the 3,200ft El Capitan in Yosemite National Park… without a rope.


FRI 08 NOV: DIAMANTINO (15)

The fifth feature film in our FILM FOCUS FESTIVAL series

Doors open 7:15 for a 7:45 start
£5 / £3 student and Young Scot card
Ratings Info very strong language, discriminatory terms, sexualised nudity

Diamantino casts a singularly surreal eye on an ambitious array of subjects, emerging with a cinematic experience as inscrutable as it is unforgettable.

Diamantino (Carloto Cotta), the world’s premiere soccer star, loses his special touch and ends his career in disgrace. Searching for a new purpose, he sets out on a delirious odyssey in which he must confront neo-fascism, the refugee crisis, genetic modification, and abuse at the hands of his evil twin sisters, all part of a deranged hunt for the source of genius.


SAT 09 NOV: SURPRISE FAMILY FILM

The sixth feature film in our FILM FOCUS series

Doors open 1:30 for a 2PM start

We’re working with Young Film Programmers to bring you a surprise film – WHAT WILL IT BE?


SAT 09 NOV:

THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT (15)

The seventh and last feature film in our FILM FOCUS series

And we’re celebrating big time as it’s West Side’s 7th BIRTHDAY PARTY!

Join us for an after screening disco, with DJ West Side playing all the top disco tracks, so dress GLAM  and remember your dancing shoes.

and no need to BYO, we have the Strangely Delicious Bar

Late opening until 12PM! 

This event is kindly supported by Cooke Aquaculture

Doors open 7:15 for a 7:45 start
£5 / £3 student and Young Scot card
Ratings Info Contains strong language, sex references and threat

A cult classic that combines the sequined sensations of drag culture with the thrills and conflicts of an unlikely adventure on the road.

The usually menacing British actor Terence Stamp does a complete turnaround as Bernadette, an aging transsexual who tours the backwaters of Australia with her stage partners, Mitzi (Hugo Weaving) and Adam/Felicia (Guy Pearce). Their act, well-known in Sydney, involves wearing lots of makeup and gowns and lip-synching to records, but Bernadette is getting a bit tired of it all and is also haunted by the bizarre death of an old loved one. Nevertheless, when Mitzi and Felicia get an offer to perform in the remote town of Alice Springs at a casino, Bernadette decides to tag along. The threesome ventures into the outback with Priscilla, a lavender-colored school bus that doubles as dressing room and home on the road. Along the way, the act encounters any number of strange characters, as well as incidents of homophobia, while Bernadette becomes increasingly concerned about the path her life has taken.

SAT 05 OCT: WOMAN AT WAR (12A)

Doors open 7:15 for a 7:45 start
£5 / £3 student and Young Scot card
Ratings Info: infrequent moderate injury detail

Treating its timely themes with a deceptively light touch, Woman at War is easy to enjoy in the moment, yet its impact lingers long after the closing credits roll.

Halla is a fifty-year-old independent woman. But behind the scenes of a quiet routine, she leads a double life as a passionate environmental activist. Known to others only by her alias “The Woman of the Mountain,” Halla secretly wages a one-woman-war on the local aluminum industry. As Halla’s actions grow bolder, from petty vandalism to outright industrial sabotage, she succeeds in pausing the negotiations between the Icelandic government and the corporation building a new aluminum smelter. But right as she begins planning her biggest and boldest operation yet, she receives an unexpected letter that changes everything.

SAT 04 MAY – ORKNEY WINE FESTIVAL: ‘CITIZEN KANE’ (U)

For the 7th year running we’re teaming up with Orkney Wine Festival for our ever popular night of wine and film. And once again we’ll be setting up our STRANGELY DELICIOUS pop-up wine bar, this time with guest winemaker and blender Samantha Bailey.

We’re limiting this event to 80 table tickets, so make sure you get yours in good time. (Strictly 18 years and over for tickets).

£5 tickets ensure tabled seating and access to the wine bar.
Advance Tickets available from 13 April:
Stromness Books & Prints 1 Graham Place, Stromness

Kirkness & Gorie, 11 Broad Street, Kirkwall

Unreserved balcony seats will be available on the night @ £5 on the door, but no access to the wine bar.

7 pm – Doors open and wine bar

7:45 – trailers followed by film.


CITIZEN KANE (U) 1941

Considered the greatest American film of the sound period, Orson Welles’s epic tale of a publishing tycoon’s rise and fall is entertaining, poignant, and inventive in its storytelling, earning its reputation as a landmark achievement in film.

The newspaper baron Charles Foster Kane, one of the richest and most powerful men in America if not the world, dies. A newspaperman digs into his past seeking the meaning of his enigmatic last word: “Rosebud.” He finds evidence of a child torn away from his family to serve Mammon. Grown into manhood, Charles Foster Kane becomes a newspaperman to indulge his idealism. He marries the niece of the man who will become President of the United States, and gradually assumes more and more power while losing more and more of his soul. Kane’s money and power does not bring him happiness, as he has lost his youthful idealism, as has the America he is a symbol for.

‘Citizen Kane is far and away the most surprising and cinematically exciting motion picture to be seen here in many a moon. As a matter of fact, it comes close to being the most sensational film ever made in Hollywood’. NY TIMES

‘What’s striking now is how utterly modern it is in structure’. TIMES

‘It can be classified as, in a number of aspects, one of the most arresting pictures ever produced’. LA TIMES

‘A film that gets better with each renewed acquaintance’. TIME OUT

‘Welles’ performance is nothing less than astonishing’. HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

‘To revisit it now is still to marvel at its wit, audacity and sheer entertainment value’. LONDON EVENING STANDARD

‘There can hardly be anything left to say about Citizen Kane, now revived on the big screen, other than to comment on sublime moments’. GUARDIAN

 

 

SAT 23 FEB – LUCKY (15)

Doors open 7:15 for a 7:45 start
£5 / £3 student and Young Scot card
BBFC INSIGHT very strong language

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Lucky is a bittersweet meditation on mortality, punctuating the career of beloved character actor Harry Dean Stanton.

LUCKY follows the spiritual journey of a 90-year-old atheist and the quirky characters that inhabit his off the map desert town. Having out lived and out smoked all of his contemporaries, the fiercely independent Lucky finds himself at the precipice of life, thrust into a journey of self exploration, leading towards that which is so often unattainable: enlightenment. Acclaimed character actor John Carroll Lynch’s directorial debut “Lucky”, is at once a love letter to the life and career of Harry Dean Stanton as well as a meditation on morality, loneliness, spirituality, and human connection.

SAT 26 JAN – BLACKKKLANSMAN (15)

Doors open 7:15 for a 7:45 start
£5 / £3 student and Young Scot card
BBFC INSIGHT racist violence and language, very strong language

 

BlacKkKlansman uses history to offer bitingly trenchant commentary on current events — and brings out some of Spike Lee’s hardest-hitting work in decades along the way.

From visionary filmmaker Spike Lee comes the incredible true story of an American hero. It’s the early 1970s, and Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) is the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a name for himself, Stallworth bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. The young detective soon recruits a more seasoned colleague, Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), into the undercover investigation of a lifetime. Together, they team up to take down the extremist hate group as the organization aims to sanitize its violent rhetoric to appeal to the mainstream.

SAT 24 NOV – ‘BUTCH CASSIDY & THE SUNDANCE KID (PG)

followed by live music with The Driftwood Cowboys

The last event in our WILD LIVES series – wild life, wild places and wild people from around the world.

Doors open 7:15 for a 7:45 start
£5 / £3 student and Young Scot card
BBFC INSIGHT Contains moderate violence and mild sex references and language

With its iconic pairing of Paul Newman and Robert Redford, jaunty screenplay and Burt Bacharach score, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid has gone down as among the defining moments in late-’60s American cinema.

Stay with us after the film for our late night end of festival party with music from those Neo-traditional cow-folk The Driftwood Cowboys

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SAT 22 SEPT – LADY BIRD (15)

Doors open 7:15 for a 7:45 start
£5 / £3 student and Young Scot card
BBFC INSIGHT very strong language, brief strong nudity

AWARDS:
107 wins and 202 nominations including 5 Oscar nominations and Golden Globe winner

 

Lady Bird delivers fresh insights about the turmoil of adolescence, and reveals writer-director Greta Gerwig as a fully formed filmmaking talent. Set in Sacramento, California in 2002, amidst a rapidly shifting American economic landscape, Lady Bird is an affecting look at the relationships that shape us, the beliefs that define us, and the unmatched beauty of a place called home.

SAT 04 AUG – ‘I, TONYA’ (15)

Doors open 7:15 for a 7:45 start
£5 / £3 student and Young Scot card
BBFC INSIGHT very strong language, scenes of domestic violence

 

Based on the unbelievable, but true events, I, TONYA is a darkly comedic tale of American figure skater, Tonya Harding, and one of the most sensational scandals in sports history. Though Harding was the first American woman to complete a triple axel in competition, her legacy was forever defined by her association with an infamous, ill-conceived, and even more poorly executed attack on fellow Olympic competitor Nancy Kerrigan. Featuring an iconic turn by Margot Robbie as the fiery Harding, a mustachioed Sebastian Stan as her impetuous ex-husband Jeff Gillooly, a tour-de-force performance from Allison Janney as her acid-tongued mother, LaVona Golden, and an original screenplay by Steven Rogers, Craig Gillespie’s I, TONYA is an absurd, irreverent, and piercing portrayal of Harding’s life and career in all of its unchecked-and checkered-glory.

Double Bill

What a fantastic weekend ‘Double Bill’ we had at Stromness Town Hall.

Last night’s performance of Bill Murray’s NEW WORLDS was sensational, and a packed house encouraged 5 or 6 encores (I lost count!)

Our Saturday night film screening was ISLE OF DOGS with Bill arriving to a packed house. We had to wait some time to start the show while he tried to shake hands and speak to almost everyone there, and he gave a great intro to the film. The only downside seemed to be his deep disappointment at not winning the raffle. We’ll try and fix it for you next time Bill!

The film scored a dogged 4.5 out of 5 on our ping-pongometer.

Many thanks to 20th Century Fox for organising the pre-DVD release screening, and to Kristin Linklater for making all the connections.

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SAT 16 JUNE – ‘ISLE OF DOGS’ (PG)

Doors open 7:15 for a 7:45 start
£5 / £3 student and Young Scot card
BBFC INSIGHT mild threat, violence, language

You may have heard that Bill Murray is going to be in town, performing at Stromness Town Hall with his show NEW WORLDS on SUN 17 JUNE.

Well we couldn’t miss out on the chance, so we’ve got special dispensation, pre-release, to show his latest film ISLE OF DOGS.

We like to think of the weekend as a DOUBLE BILL!

The beautifully animated Isle of Dogs finds Wes Anderson at his detail-oriented best while telling one of the director’s most winsomely charming stories.

An outbreak of canine flu in Japan leads all dogs to be quarantined on an island. A boy (voice of Koyu Rankin) journeys there to rescue his dog Spots (Liev Schreiber), and gets help from a pack of misfit canines who have also been exiled. His quest inspires a group of dog lovers to expose a government conspiracy. The voice cast also includes Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, Bob Balaban, Greta Gerwig, and Yoko Ono.