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.

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

7PM @ BELTANE HOUSE, PAPA WESTRAY
FREE ENTRANCE
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.


RE-IMAGINING PAPAY
A photomontage workshop with Rebecca Marr

KELP STORE PAPAY 2-4 PM
SAT 16 FEB
FREE ENTRY

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2019

COMING SOON……
Our Annual General Meeting:
7 PM MON 18 FEB 2019
International Centre For Island Technology (ICIT)
Block 1
Old Academy Business Centre
Back Rd
Stromness
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.

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SAT 09 FEB – COLD WAR (12A)

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.

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.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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:

‘I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO’ – 4.7

‘THE PARTY’ – 4.7

‘BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB’ – 4.7

‘RAYMOND BESANT – ILLUSTRATED TALK’ – 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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SAT 12 JAN – FACES, PLACES (12A)

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.

Six years down, many more to go……

We had another packed house for our final screening in our WILD LIVES series and our farewell to the FILM FOCUS FESTIVAL with a screening of BUTCH CASSIDY & THE SUNDANCE KID. We’re pretty sure it would have scored very high on our ping-pongometer. But unfortunately we either had a wild bunch or a lone shooter who, by putting all the balls in the 5 basket, have made the score void!

Many thanks to The Driftwood Cowboys who played 2 great sets after the film to end the festival on a high.

And many thanks to Jared Varava from Tar+Feather for letting us play their fab short film TUMBLEWEED. If you missed it, or want to see it again, here it is.

The WILD LIVES series has been a great success with nearly 450 people through the doors. Thanks for all your support. That’s us taking a well earned rest for December. November was our 6th birthday and we’re really looking forward to kicking off our 7th year of screenings on 12 January. Have a great festive time and see you all soon @ West Side Cinema.

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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