Films, Ceilidhs, Theatre & Events at the Grassmarket Centre

Winner of UK Film Society of the Year Community Award 2019


Monday 4th November, 7:15pm

FILM: Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

Dir: Bryan Singer / Dexter Fletcher 12A, US / UK, Biopic, 134mins

A feelgood Freddie Mercury biopic, featuring an Oscar-winning turn from Rami Malek as the shy kid from Zanzibar who becomes the stage-strutting voice of a generation. The film was embroiled in the controversy surrounding its director / producer Bryan Singer, and had to be completed by Sunshine on Leith’s Dexter Fletcher. However, this really is a crowd-pleaser perfectly suited to our communal cinema experience.

PLUS As with most of our screenings for this programme, the film will be accompanied by a Glasgow Short Film Festival short, in this case: Acceptable Face (Dir: Holly Summerson, 2019, 6mins)


Monday 11th November, 7:15pm (Classic Hollywood Season)

FILM: Champion (1949)

Dir: Mark Robson PG, US, Sports Drama, 87mins

Hollywood Legend Kirk Douglas is 103 in December. So it seems ideal to end are Classic Hollywood Season 2019 with a screening of Douglas’ breakthrough role as troubled fighter “Midge” Kelly. Mark Robson was responsible for the dark and uncompromising 1943 occult thriller The Seventh Victim—one of your programmer’s favourite films. Here he brings some of that noirish atmosphere to writer Ring Lardner’s tale of a boxer nailed to the board by his own demons and the corruption of the sport itself.

Next year we’ll be looking at titles from 1940, 1950 and 1960, as our Classic Hollywood Season returns. So if you have a favourite title from any of those years, contact film@grassmarket.org and we’ll do our best to screen it.


Monday 18th November, 7:15pm

FILM: We the Animals (2018)

Dir: Jeremiah Zagar 15, US, Drama, 94mins

Documentary filmmaker Jeremiah Zagar turns his acutely observational eye to this lyrical adaptation of Justin Torres’ coming-of-age novel. It tells the tale of three young, energetic, mixed heritage brothers, growing up in working class upstate New York. The film features a wonderfully raw and sensitive turn from young Evan Rosado as Jonah, the most reflective of the siblings, who is trying to make sense of his burgeoning sexuality and oppression that make his mother and father’s lives so arduous.

PLUS GSFF Short: Short Changed (Dir: Zoe Hutber, 2018, 5mins)


Monday 25th November, 7:15pm

FILM: The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet (2013)

Dir: Jean-Pierre Jeunet 12, Fra / Can, Adventure, 105mins

From the outrageous cinematic imagination of Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Delicatessen, Amelie) comes this adaptation of Reif Larsen’s 2010 YA bestseller. The eponymous hero is a 10-year-old science prodigy, who receives notification of having been awarded the Smithsonian’s prestigious Baird prize. Setting out from his home in Montana, the young and prodigious T.S. Spivet crosses middle America, coming across the weird and wonderful aspects of a country hitherto un-known to him. With a cast that includes Helena Bonham-Carter and Judy Davis, this is a firm favourite of a few of our GCPH regulars.

PLUS GSFF Short: Small Forest Stories (Dir: Veronika Fedorova, 2017, 3mins)


Thursday 28th November 5.30pm

PUBLIC EVENT: Grassmarket Community Project AGM 2019

Its been an incredible year for GCP. Join us at our Annual General Meeting at 5:30pm [finish 6:30pm]

Come and hear about the fantastic achievements of our community’s members and volunteers in 2018/19
Learn more about our fantastic network of referral agencies, customers, suppliers, partner organisations and friends who help us to deliver our services creating community and supporting vulnerable people in the heart of Edinburgh
Enjoy entertainment from our very own Grassmarket Community Choir and special guests the LinkLiving Kirkcaldy drum group “Beats Me”
Share and influence the vision, ambitions, ideas, hopes and dreams we have for next year.
Teas and Coffees will be served from 6:30pm

Book in and help us with the catering numbers: click here


Monday 2nd December 7:15pm

FILM: (2018) Brightburn

Dir: David Yarovesky 15, US, Action / Horror 90mins

From the creators of Guardians of the Galaxy December, comes this most unusual entry into the cinematic universe of the comicbook superhero. Freely riffing off of the origin story for Superman, Yarovesky and James Gunn look to explore what a young superhero might be like if they used their powers for purest evil, rather than heroic good. So brace yourself GCPH crowd as this is a far less pleasant variation on the usual big budget thrills and spills. Elizabeth Banks gives another great and gutsy performance as the inadvertent mother of humanity ’s mortal enemy.

PLUS GSFF Short: Cleaning in Progress (Dir: Grant Holden, 7mins, 2018)


Monday 9th December, 7:15pm

FILM: Bob Roberts (1992)

Dir: Tim Robbins 15, US, Drama / Satire, 99mins

Great character actor Tim Robbins made his directorial debut in 1992 with this mocking take on the rise of a populist presidential candidate, off the back of his much heralded business acumen. If that sounds all too familiar then you are already on the right page.

Robbins takes the titular lead role as the rabble rousing folk musician turned business magnate most concerned with highlighting how “The ‘times they are a changing ’ back ”. Features an extraordinary supporting cast, including Giancarlo Espositio, Gore Vidal, John Cusack, Alan Rickman, Helen Hunt and a young Jack Black.

PLUS GSFF Short:  Just Agree Then (Dir: Duncan Cowles & Ross Hogg 2018, 9mins)


Monday 16th December 2019, 7:15pm

FILM: Push (2019)

To Be confirmed** , Swe / Can, Doc, 92mins

Leilani Farha is a United Nations special rapporteur, who especially deals with issues of housing. In this gripping analysis of how so many people now find a home in their city to be an unaffordable luxury, Farhani travels the globe trying to make sense of who is being pushed out of the modern cityscape, and why. This documentary won the audience award at 2019’s CPH:Dox Festival in Copenhagen and would seem to be increasingly relevant to citizens of Edinburgh.

This screening may have a panel discussion afterwards.

**This film may be replaced with another documentary.


Monday 23rd December, 7:15pm

Happy Hanukkah Alternate Festive Screening

FILM: A Serious Man (2009)

Dir: Joel & Ethan Coen 15, US, Comedy / Drama, 103mins

The Coen Brothers have long been creating great genre-bending cinema, but nothing they have done before or since is quite like this blackly comic take on the Book of Job. Michael Stuhlbarg stars as Larry Gopnik, the cursed patriarch of a Midwestern Jewish family, whose life unravels toward an apocalyptic reckoning. Larry just wants to be ‘mensch’, but every time he tries to do the proper thing he finds himself further down the rabbit hole.

PLUS GSFF Short: Enough (Dir: Anna Mantzaris, 2017, 2mins)

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