SAT 21 MARCH: THE CHAMBERMAID (15)

Doors open 7:15 for a 7:45 start
£5 / £3 student and Young Scot card
Ratings Info: scene of sexualised nudity

The Chambermaid uses one woman’s experiences to take audiences inside a life and a culture that’s as bracingly unique as it is hauntingly relatable.

Eve, a young chambermaid at a luxurious Mexico City hotel, confronts the monotony of long workdays with quiet examinations of forgotten belongings and budding friendships that nourish her newfound and determined dream for a better life.

SAT 22 FEB: PAIN AND GLORY (15)

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

Pain and Glory finds writer-director Pedro Almodóvar drawing on his own life to rewarding effect, and honouring his craft as only a master filmmaker can.

Pain and Glory tells of a series of reencounters experienced by Salvador Mallo, a film director in his physical decline. Some of them in the flesh, others remembered: his childhood in the 60s, when he emigrated with his parents to a village in Valencia in search of prosperity, the first desire, his first adult love in the Madrid of the 80s, the pain of the breakup of that love while it was still alive and intense, writing as the only therapy to forget the unforgettable, the early discovery of cinema, and the void, the infinite void that creates the incapacity to keep on making films. Pain and Glory talks about creation, about the difficulty of separating it from one’s own life and about the passions that give it meaning and hope. In recovering his past, Salvador finds the urgent need to recount it, and in that need he also finds his salvation.

SAT 08 FEB: WE THE ANIMALS (15)

Doors open 7:15 for a 7:45 start
£5 / £3 student and Young Scot card
Ratings Info: strong language, sex, nudity, drug misuse, references to domestic violence

Dreamlike and haunting, We the Animals approaches the coming-of-age odyssey with a uniquely documentarian eye.

Us three. Us brothers. Us kings, inseparable. Three boys tear through their childhood, in the midst of their young parents’ volatile love that makes and unmakes the family many times over. While Manny and Joel grow into versions of their loving and unpredictable father, Ma seeks to shelter her youngest, Jonah, in the cocoon of home. More sensitive and conscious than his older siblings, Jonah increasingly embraces an imagined world all his own.

SAT 25 JAN: AMELIE (15)

Doors open 7:15 for a 7:45 start
£5 / £3 student and Young Scot card
Ratings Info: Contains frequent moderate sex references

We’re brightening up the darkness with a ‘Love In January’.

One woman decides to change the world by changing the lives of the people she knows in this charming and romantic comic fantasy from director Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Amelie (Audrey Tautou) is a young woman who had a decidedly unusual childhood; misdiagnosed with an unusual heart condition, Amelie didn’t attend school with other children, but spent most of her time in her room, where she developed a keen imagination and an active fantasy life. When Princess Diana dies in a car wreck in the summer of 1997, Amelie is reminded that life can be fleeting and she decides it’s time for her to intervene in the lives of those around her, hoping to bring a bit of happiness to her neighbours and the regulars at the cafe.

 

 

 

 

SAT 11 JAN: I KNOW WHERE I’M GOING (U)

Doors open 7:15 for a 7:45 start
£5 / £3 student and Young Scot card
Ratings Info: Contains mild peril

We’re brightening up the darkness with a ‘Love In January’.

First up is one of the best of the Powell-Pressburger films of the 1940s, and arguably the team’s all-time best romantic drama.

Young middle-class Englishwoman Joan Webster (Wendy Hiller) is determined to have the finer things in life, and to that end she plans to marry Sir Robert Bellinger (Norman Shelley), a wealthy, middle-aged industrialist whom she does not love. En route to the Island of Mull, where her future husband resides, Joan is stranded in a colorful Scottish seacoast town. Inclement weather keeps her grounded for a week, during which time she falls in love with young, insouciant naval officer Torquil McNeil (Roger Livesey). Ignoring the dictates of her heart (not to mention common sense), Joan stubbornly insists upon heading out to sea towards her marriage of convenience, but will the exigencies of Mother Nature convince her otherwise.

LAND & SEA: MOVING IMAGES & MOVING WORDS

19:00 WED 13 NOV

ORKNEY RESEARCH AND INNOVATION CAMPUS

90 MINS

Join us in the reception lounge of the newly restored Robert Rendall building (which most folk will know as the old Stromness Primary School!) for a West Side Cinema compilation of short films and readings on the themes of LAND & SEA.

Readings from:

John Cumming
Cal Flynn
Duncan McLean
Alison Miller

WEST FEST @ FILM FOCUS FESTIVAL

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 WEST FEST 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 WEST FEST 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 WEST FEST 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 WEST FEST 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 WEST FEST 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: RANGO (PG)

The sixth feature film in our WEST FEST series

 

The sixth feature film in our FILM FOCUS series.

Doors open 2:30 for a 3PM start
Ratings Info: Contains mild threat and scary scenes
£1 ALL TICKETS

A film chosen by our Young Film Programmers Callum and Finlay Edmonds.

Rango is a smart, giddily creative burst of beautifully animated entertainment, and Johnny Depp gives a colorful vocal performance as a household pet in an unfamiliar world.

Rango is a sheltered chameleon living as an ordinary family pet, while facing a major identity crisis. After all, how high can you aim when your whole purpose in life is to blend in? When Rango accidentally winds up in the gritty, gun-slinging town of Dirt – a lawless outpost populated by the desert’s most wily and whimsical creatures – the less-than-courageous lizard suddenly finds he stands out. Welcomed as the last hope the town has been waiting for, new Sheriff Rango is forced to play his new role to the hilt.


SAT 09 NOV:

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

The seventh and last feature film in our WEST FEST 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 19 OCT: LAST BREATH (12A)

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

We’re tying in with the Stromness Museum conference SCAPA 100: The Orkney Story, to bring you this nail biting documentary.

A commercial diver is stranded on the seabed with 5 minutes of oxygen, but no chance of rescue for more than 30 minutes. With access to amazing archive, this is the true story of one man’s impossible fight for survival.

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 21 SEPT: ASH IS PUREST WHITE (15)

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

A tragicomedy initially set in the jianghu-criminal underworld-setting, ASH IS PUREST WHITE is less a gangster movie than a melodrama. With a three-part structure, it begins by following the quick-witted Qiao (Tao Zhao) and her mobster boyfriend Bin (Fan Liao) as they stake out their turf against rivals and upstarts in 2001 postindustrial Datong before expanding out into an epic narrative of how abstract forces shape individual lives, and continues Jia Zhangke’s body of work as a record of 21st-century China and its warp-speed transformations.