WHAT’S ON


SAT 07 SEPT: OISF – ‘ICE ON FIRE’

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

It’s that time of year again, and another West Side collaboration with Orkney International Science Festival.

This highly acclaimed documentary, co-produced and narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, goes beyond the current climate change narrative to highlight fresh approaches and new solutions, from tidal power to direct air capture of carbon dioxide. Several participants will be present to answer questions afterwards, including Prof. Peter Wadhams, who in the film highlights Arctic methane dangers from permafrost melt, and Neil Kermode of the European Marine Energy Centre.`


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.


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 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.

One thought on “WHAT’S ON

  1. Stephane Jaeger-Rouse says:

    Great choice of films; can you add us to your emailing list?

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