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

 

Orkney Wine Festival

A short reminder about tomorrow’s screening for Orkney Wine Festival with Kirkness & Gorie:

Doors will open the earlier time of 7 pm, with Orkney Camerata playing from 7:15 pm. The film show will start at 7:45 pm, with just a couple of trailers but no short film. This will allow a last orders after the film, with Orkney Camerata playing a last set.

Downstairs tickets are sold out. Lot’s of people are asking about balcony seats – they are £5 on the door but there is no access to the wine bar.

Look forward to seeing you all tomorrow…….

Orkney Wine Festival Screening – SOLD OUT

We’re now SOLD OUT for our Orkney Wine Festival screening this SAT 19 MAY.

If you still want to come to see the film and Orkney Camerata, we will be selling seats in the balcony for £5 (on the door). But please note this doesn’t give access to downstairs or the wine bar and deli delights. The balcony isn’t wheelchair friendly and is accessed by stairs. The seats are a little firmer than downstairs seating, so you might want to bring a cushion!

SAT 19 MAY – ORKNEY WINE FESTIVAL – ‘HUMAN CAPITAL’ (15) with ORKNEY CAMERATA

For the 6th year running we’re teaming up with Orkney Wine Festival for our ever popular night of wine, film, and music. And once again we’ll be setting up our STRANGELY DELICIOUS pop-up wine bar, this time mixing Italian with Argentinian.

And our evening will be supported by Orkney’s finest – Orkney Camerata, playing Piazzolla.

What’s the connection?

The film, HUMAN CAPITAL is based in Milan, and we’ll be welcoming winemaker Patrizia Baldini, all the way from Milan itself.

ORKNEY CAMERATA will play ASTOR PIAZZOLLA, the world’s foremost composer of tango music. Piazzolla was born in Argentina of Italian parents.

Perfetto! Perfecto!

Your ticket gets you a generous helping of deli delights.  Meanwhile, special guest Patrizia Baldini will be behind the Strangely Delicious bar, along with our regulars from Kirkness & Gorie, selling glasses and bottles of excellent Italian and Argentinean wine.

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)

Unreserved balcony seats available on the night @ £5 on the door

Doors open 7pm – Orkney Camerata followed by the film
£8 tickets in advance ensure tabled seating
On sale from 21 April
Available from Stromness Books & Prints 1 Graham Place, Stromness

and Kirkness & Gorie, 11 Broad Street, Kirkwall

HUMAN CAPITAL (15) 2015

A riveting and stylish modern day morality tale of class, greed and desire. With a lavish home and beautiful wife, hedge-fund manager Giovanni Bernaschi seemingly has it all. Meanwhile, real estate agent Dino Ossala struggles to maintain his family’s middle-class existence. As the destinies of both families become further entwined, a fateful accident sets in motion a chain of events, triggering dangerous consequences that will change their lives forever.

ORKNEY CAMERATA PLAY PIAZZOLLA
Tango in Stromness! This group of local musicians come together to pay homage to Astor Piazolla, whose steamy tango music is timeless and richly evocative.

 

SAT 05 MAY – THE FLORIDA PROJECT (15)

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

A colorfully empathetic look at an underrepresented part of the population that proves absorbing even as it raises sobering questions about modern America.

The Florida Project tells the story of a precocious six year-old and her ragtag group of friends whose summer break is filled with childhood wonder, possibility and a sense of adventure while the adults around them struggle with hard times.
‘Willem Dafoe’s richest, most lovable piece of work’. Time Out
 
‘Baker crafts one of the best and toughest films about childhood ever’. Rolling Stone
 
‘A film of small notes that combine to form something major’. Roger Ebert
 
‘Cements Baker’s status as one of the most innovative American directors working today’. IndieWire
 
‘A brilliant, buoyant, and ultimately heart-wrenching film’. Vulture
 

SAT 21 APRIL – RECORD STORE DAY – BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB (U)

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

 

20th Anniversary Screening

Celebrating Record Store Day


Optional Fancy Dress

Come dressed as your favourite Musician or Group – there will be great prizes from Grooves for best dressed!

Look out for the West Side Jukebox – we’re asking for your favourite records and we’ll play them on the night. Not only that, but they’ll also be playing in Grooves at The Old Library in Kirkwall. So dig out your old vinyl (or CD’s!) and let us know one of your all time favourites. Email us or get in touch on facebook or our website.


‘BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB’

Filmed in 1998 by lauded German filmmaker Wim Wenders, this documentary follows renowned guitarist Ry Cooder and his son, Joachim, as they travel to Cuba and assemble a group of the country’s finest musicians to record an album. Among the artists included in the project are singer Ibrahim Ferrer and pianist Rubén González. Eventually the ensemble travels to the United States to perform in front of rapt audiences.