WILD LIVES

We’re super excited to release our programme for our themed series of films for November: WILD LIVES  – wild life, wild places and wild people of the world. The programme is part of the Orkney wide FILM FOCUS FESTIVAL, details coming soon…..

SAT 20 OCT – ‘THE HEIRESSES’ (12A)

Doors open 7:15 for a 7:45 start
£5 / £3 student and Young Scot card
BBFC INSIGHT moderate sex reference, infrequent strong language

Chela and Chiquita, both descended from wealthy families in Asunción, Paraguay, have been together for over 30 years. But recently their financial situation has worsened and they begin selling off their inherited possessions. But when their debts lead to Chiquita being imprisoned on fraud charges, Chela is forced to face a new reality. Driving for the first time in years, she begins to provide a local taxi service to a group of elderly wealthy ladies. As Chela settles into her new life, she encounters the much younger Angy, forging a fresh and invigorating new connection. Chela finally begins to break out of her shell and engage with the world, embarking on her own personal, intimate revolution.

‘A stunning central performance from Ana Brun’. THE LIST

‘An empathetic and assured debut from Marcelo Martinessi’. LITTLE WHITE LIES

‘This is definitely the best film about an ageing Paraguayan lesbian couple you’ll see this year. It’s also one of the best films of any sort you’ll see’. THE TIMES

‘A tickling, near-perfect tragicomedy from Paraguay. The nuances are so fine you could slip them between adjacent atoms’. FINANCIAL TIMES

SAT 06 OCT – ‘SWEET COUNTRY’ (15)

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

 

Sweet Country makes brilliant use of the Australian outback as the setting for a hard-hitting story that satisfies as a character study as well as a sociopolitical statement.

Sam, a middle-aged Aboriginal man, works for a preacher in the outback of Australia’s Northern Territory. When Harry, a bitter war veteran, moves into a neighbouring outpost, the preacher sends Sam and his family to help Harry renovate his cattle yards. But Sam’s relationship with the cruel and ill-tempered Harry quickly deteriorates. As a result, Sam becomes a wanted criminal and is forced to flee with his wife across the deadly outback, through glorious but harsh desert country. A hunting party led by the local lawman Sergeant Fletcher is formed to track Sam down.

‘Australia now has its High Noon’. Time Out

‘A drama of imposing breadth and emotional depth’. Hollywood Reporter

‘The spare, classical chase drama that ensues is seeded with barbed observations on colonialism, cultural erasure and rough justice, kept poetically succinct by Thornton’s lithe, soaring visual storytelling’. Variety

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 08 SEPT – ‘MOONWALK ONE: THE DIRECTORS CUT’ (U)

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

Part of Orkney International Science Festival and celebrating #skyranMOON in Stromness.

IN CONVERSATION with Christopher Riley – Producer of the Directors Cut.

‘the first documentary worthy of the immensity of the moon launch itself’ ABC News.

‘an extraordinary documentary of historical scope and time capsule worthiness’ Cue Magazine

‘it deserves to be a companion piece to Stanley Kubrick’s masterwork “2001: A Space Odyssey” New York Post

The original documentary Moonwalk One was commissioned by NASA to cover the world’s most famous space mission in 1969, where astronauts orbited into history by being the first humans to land on the moon. Director Theo Kamecke had a vision for the film – to create something that would mark the historic, philosophical and epic nature of this greatest of endeavours. Made with footage culled from up to 240 cameras that captured both the initial launch and the 9-day mission that followed, the film is a vital scientific document, a portrait of late ’60s America and a visually cogent exploration of man’s place in the uni- verse.

With an original score by Charles Morrow and a commanding narration by Laurence Luck- inbill, Theo’s documentary has been described as ‘the first documentary worthy of the immensity of the moon launch itself’. It won a special award at the Cannes Film Festival. However, for the next few decades, it was practically forgotten; even the original printing elements were lost.

In 2007 Christopher Riley tracked down Theo Kamecke – who was working as a sculptor in upstate New York – and found that he held the only remaining 35mm print. Working closely with Theo, Moonwalk One was re-mastered – combining a unique 35mm director’s cut with newly transferred 16mm NASA flight film media, to create a new HD digital master of the film.

This will be the first chance to see the new high definition blu ray version of the film which is due to be released next year.

We’re delighted to welcome Producer Christopher Riley, who will introduce the film and share his thoughts of working with Director Theo Kamecke to create Moonwalk One: The Directors Cut.

Christopher Riley is a film producer, director and writer specialising in science, engineering and history. His work has been celebrated by BAFTA, the US Television Academy, the Royal Television Society, the Sundance Institute and the Grierson Trust. He is a regular contributor to The Guardian newspaper and presents science documentaries for BBC Radio 4.

Showing in celebration of #skyranMOON

Museum of the Moon is a new touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram.

Measuring seven metres in diameter, the moon features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. At an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each centimetre of the internally lit spherical sculpture represents 5km of the moon’s surface. The installation is a fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound composition created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composer Dan Jones. Check out here for more details and accompanying events.

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.

SAT 14 JULY – ‘A FANTASTIC WOMAN’ (15)

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

 

19 film festival award wins and 37 nominations including:

2018 Academy Award Winner – Best Foreign Language Film

Sebastián Lelio (‘Gloria’) returns with a groundbreaking, deeply humane story about a trans woman’s fight for acceptance, anchored by a powerhouse central performance from rising star Daniela Vega.

Vega plays Marina Vidal, a young singer whose life is thrown into turmoil following the sudden death of her partner, Orlando. Met with suspicion from the police and contempt from her lover’s relatives, Marina finds herself placed under intense scrutiny, with no regard for her privacy, or her grief. But faced with the threat of losing everything, Marina finds the strength to fight back.

From the producers of Jackie, Spotlight and Toni Erdmann, A Fantastic Woman is an outstanding, timely work that recalls the very best films of Pedro Almodóvar. Soaked in luminous visuals and elevated by elegant flights of surrealism, it is a courageous, audacious and defiant declaration of Marina’s status as a woman – and a fantastic one, at that.

“It may be a timely film, but it is its timelessness, as well as its depths of compassion, that qualify it as a great one.”  ★★★★★ – Ryan Gilbey, The Guardian

“Shocking and enraging, rapturous and restorative… This movie is a knockout” David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

“A captivating and raw performance [from Daniela Vega]” ★★★★★ – Patrick Gamble, CineVue

“As good as Almodóvar at his best”  ★★★★★ – David Sexton, The Evening Standard

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.

 

SAT 02 JUNE – THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI (15)

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

 

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri deftly balances black comedy against searing drama and draws unforgettable performances from its veteran cast along the way.

Over 100 festival wins including 5 x BAFTA and an OSCAR each for Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell.

After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes (Academy Award winner Frances McDormand) makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby (Academy Award nominee Woody Harrelson), the town’s revered chief of police. When his second-in-command Officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell), an immature mother’s boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing’s law enforcement is only exacerbated.

‘One of those truly rare films that feels both profound and grounded’ Roger Ebert