SAT 23 MAR – ‘THE GUILTY’ (15)

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

Sleek, well-acted, and intelligently crafted, The Guilty is a high-concept thriller that wrings maximum impact out of a handful of basic – and effective – ingredients.

When police officer Asger Holm (Jakob Cedergren) is demoted to desk work, he expects a sleepy beat as an emergency dispatcher. That all changes when he answers a panicked phone call from a kidnapped woman who then disconnects abruptly. Asger, confined to the police station, is forced to use others as his eyes and ears as the severity of the crime slowly becomes more clear. The search to find the missing woman and her assailant will take every bit of his intuition and skill, as a ticking clock and his own personal demons conspire against him. This innovative and unrelenting Danish thriller uses a single location to great effect, ratcheting up the tension as twists pile up and secrets are revealed. Director Gustav Möller expertly frames the increasingly messy proceedings against the clean Scandinavian sterility of the police department, while Cedergren’s strong performance anchors the film and places the audience squarely in Holm’s tragically flawed yet well-intentioned mindspace.


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

A Kind of Seeing presents one of Italian cinema’s greatest ‘silent divas’ with live musical accompaniment performed by not-so-silent six-piece Italian folk band The Badwills.  

Silent Divas: ASSUNTA SPINA is touring Scotland uncovering the hidden histories of women. This event will be supported by readings from local women writers from Orkney Voices to celebrate International Women’s Day.

Passion. Jealousy. Revenge. Join us for a rare silent Italian drama with a new live score by six-piece band The Badwills, followed by wild southern Italian folk dancing for all in Stromness Town Hall.  Assunta Spina (1915) stars Francesca Bertini, one of Italian cinema’s greatest ‘silent diva’ actresses smouldering on-screen as she’s torn between the men who can’t control her passions. Complementing the film’s striking Neapolitan backdrop this new score is co-commissioned by Glasgow Film Festival and A Kind of Seeing.  After the film, try out the traditional Southern Italian dances of pizzica and tammurriata with The Badwills’ furious live music.  Wear red for passion and have your tambourines at the ready!



This event is taking place as part of a Scottish tour supported by PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund for Organisations, and by Film Hub Scotland, part of the BFI’s Film Audience Network and funded by BFI and Creative Scotland.

Directors: Francesca Bertini & Gustavo Serena
Italy 1915 / Recommended 12+
Italian intertitles with English subtitles

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


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.

North Side Cinema – SAT 16 FEB – ‘THE GLEANERS AND I’ (PG)

BBFC INSIGHT infrequent mild bad language

Once again we’re taking West Side north to our friends in Papa Westray. Come and join us, and take part in the workshop earlier on in the day with photographic artist Rebecca Marr.

The Gleaners and I takes a compassionate look at a rarely considered subculture whose individualism resonates powerfully with director Agnès Varda’s humanistic approach.

Both a diary and a kind of extended essay on poverty, thrift and the curious place of scavenging in French history and culture. A documentary capturing the world of French gleaners who collect and make use of what others have discarded.

A photomontage workshop with Rebecca Marr



Our Annual General Meeting:
7 PM MON 18 FEB 2019
International Centre For Island Technology (ICIT)
Block 1
Old Academy Business Centre
Back Rd
KW16 3AW
Come along to find out what we’ve been up to over the last year, what our plans are for the future, and let us know your thoughts too. Arrive at the temporary entrance to Block 1 (above the steps from Franklin Road) by 7 pm and someone will be there to meet you. If you can’t make the meeting but still want to let us know your thoughts, just drop us a message here or on our contact page.

Posted in AGM


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

With a brilliantly stark visual aesthetic to match its lean narrative, Cold War doesn’t waste a moment of its brief running time — and doesn’t skimp on its bittersweet emotional impact.


From the director of Academy Award winner ‘IDA’ comes a passionate love story between a man and a woman who meet in the ruins of post-war Poland. With vastly different backgrounds and temperaments, they are fatefully mismatched and yet condemned to each other. Set against the background of the Cold War in 1950s Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris, it’s the tale of a couple separated by politics, character flaws and unfortunate twists of fate – an impossible love story in impossible times.


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.



2018 was was a special year for West Side Cinema. Highlights? A well attended Season of Musicals in the dark month of January, an awe inspiring documentary tying in with SkyranMoon, busy nights during the FILM FOCUS FESTIVAL, and of course Bill Murray turning up to introduce ‘ISLE OF DOGS’.

We had really good figures once again on our Ping-Pongometer, with our highest ever average at 4.25 out of 5 for the year.

Top honours went to ‘SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN’ with an all singing, all dancing 4.9 out of 5.

We had four films/events in the chase, all with 4.7 out of 5:


‘THE PARTY’ – 4.7



Our average audience figures for the year were also an all time high at a little over 73 per screening. Our biggest audience was 150 for ‘MOONWALK ONE: THE DIRECTORS CUT’.

But we won’t be resting on our laurels, we have some fantastic films in the pipeline so make sure you keep in touch. And spread the word – you never know who might turn up this year!

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Doors open 7:15 for a 7:45 start
£5 / £3 student and Young Scot card
BBFC INSIGHT brief moderate injury detail


Equal parts breezily charming and poignantly powerful, Faces, Places is a unique cross-generational portrait of life in rural France from the great Agnès Varda.

Agnès Varda and JR have things in common: a passion for and the exploration of images in general, and more precisely, for places and for ways of showing, sharing, and exhibiting them. Agnès chose cinema. JR chose to create open air photography galleries. When Agnès and JR met in 2015, they immediately wanted to work together, to shoot a film in France, far from cities, during a trip in JR’s photographic (and magical) truck. Through chance encounters and prepared projects, they reached out to others, listening to them, photographing them, and sometimes putting them on posters. This film also tells the story of Agnès and JR’s friendship, which grew stronger throughout the film shoot, between surprises and teasing, and while laughing about their differences.