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Screen Machine is back on the road, touring and reeling in audiences once again.
After a challenging 15 months, the mobile cinema revved up its motor on May 17 – the day confirmed by the Scottish Government that cinemas in Scotland could reopen.
Screen Machine’s first visit was to Fort Augustus swiftly to be followed by a tour of towns and villages in Scotland’s North West Highlands, including Mallaig, the Isle of Raasay, Dornie, the Isle of Skye, Lochcarron and Gairloch.
More dates and locations will be added throughout the summer – updates can be seen on the website.
Films showing will include Iorram (Boat Song) – a documentary made entirely in Scots Gaelic as a lyrical portrait of the fishing community, past and present and was funded by The National Lottery through Screen Scotland.
Also featuring in the film list will be accolade-winning Nomadland with Frances McDormand starring as a van-dwelling nomad in America’s mid-west. This was winner of four BAFTAs and three Academy Awards.
Screen Machine last toured between September and December 2020 when it visited 20 different locations before the latest lockdown began.
Just as it did before Christmas, Screen Machine will again make contact with primary schools in selected locations to offer day-time screenings of films that classes can watch together. The more relaxed rules around physical distancing for primary aged children makes it possible for us to offer that popular service.
Due to physical distancing requirements, its total capacity for each screening will be only 20 people – 25 per cent of the usual full capacity.
A new ticket category – Welcome21 – which costs £5.50 has also been introduced and will run until the end of 2021, so anyone who is a frontline worker, who is having difficulty making ends meet because of the pandemic, or is claiming benefits, can take advantage of the reduced price.
Robert Livingston who is the director of Regional Screen Scotland, said: ‘We’re well aware that many of our customers will have found their finances to be stretched since
the first lock down began – perhaps because they have lost their job, been on furlough, or work in an industry such as tourism that has been adversely affected. If that’s you, then when you go to book your ticket on-line, please book a Welcome21 ticket. This will be charged at our concessionary price of £5.50 instead of our full price of £7.50. There’s no need to bring any proof of your circumstances along to the Screen Machine – there will be no questions asked!’
Visit www.screenmachine.co.uk to find out more.
Caption: The 80 seat Screen Machine will only be able to be 25 per cent full for now due to Covid restrictions but is back on the road