Films, Ceilidhs, Theatre & Events at the Grassmarket Centre




Sunday 28th October – 2pm – FREE

Film: Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Certificate PG ‧ 1971 ‧ Musical / Fantasy ‧ 1h 57m

This overlooked gem from the Disney back catalogue is the perfect way to kick off this season’s series of monthly matinees. Based on a Mary Norton novel about a group of young war evacuees who end up at the estate of Miss Eglantine Price (Angela Lansbury). They soon discover that their new carer is a spell-casting witch, whereupon a great musical adventure begins, transporting the children to the animated land of Naboombu.



Monday 29th October – 7.15pm (Note: doors open 7pm) – FREE

Film: Coco

Certificate PG ‧ 2018 ‧ Musical /Family ‧ 1h 25m

Pixar’s latest original film is a glorious return to the moving, emotionally engaged and exciting work of the likes of Ratatouille and Toy Story 3. Coco is a young Mexican child who longs to be a Mariachi, but has to contend with his family of shoemakers who have chosen not to tolerate a note of music since Coco’s musician great-grandfather walked out on the family years before. When a visit to the tomb of a musical legend allows Coco to crossover to the afterlife on the Mexican Day of the Dead, a long-buried secret comes to light that will have profound consequences for Coco and his family.

Monday 5th November – 7.15pm (Note: doors open 7pm) – FREE

Film: Nae Pasaran + Q & A

Certificate 12A ‧ 2018 ‧ Documentary ‧ 1h 36m

A powerful documentary that looks at how unionised Scottish factory workers in the 1970s, refused to help their companies supply warplanes to the Chilean dictator General Pinochet. This was a show of solidarity with their fellow workers in Chile and one we could still learn lessons from today. Mixing archive footage, interviews and animation Bustos Sierra’s film is a window on to a politics that has disappeared from the contemporary British scene. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers. Dir: Felipe Bustos Sierra

*Armistice Day Commemoration*

Monday 12th November – 7.15pm (Doors open 7pm)

Film: A Tribute to Harry Patch

Certificate 15 ‧ 2016 ‧ Montage / Documentary / Commentary ‧ 2h 15m

Beginning with a reflection on the current state of the World 100 years on from “The War To End All Wars” this film, a tribute to Harry Patch (1898 – 2009), last surviving soldier of WW1, asks the question: “Has their sacrifice been betrayed by our failure to end war?” The combined military expenditure of The World is currently in excess of $1.5 trillion. Estimated cost to eradicate global poverty: $150 billion. “It’s comin yet for a’ that, that Man to Man the world o’er, shall brothers be for a’ that”.- Robert Burns. This film is a montage of archive footage of WW1 and stills taken from subsequent wars. It is a personal thought-provoking collection of images and film.

Monday 19th November – 7.15pm FREE

Doors open 7pm

Film: Leave No Trace

Certificate PG ‧ 2018 ‧ Drama ‧ 1h 29m

Debra Granik finally follow-ups her award-winning 2010 feature Winter’s Bone, with this quietly observed road movie about a veteran soldier suffering from PTSD (a remarkable performance from Ben Foster), who has chosen to try and live a back-to-nature existence in the Oregon woods, with his 13-year-old daughter Thomasin McKenxie (who featured in The Hobbit trilogy). This peaceful, peripheral existence is irrevocably disrupted when a serious incident forces the father and daughter to reconnect with modern society. This is a film with a strong eco-consciousness based on Peter Rock’s award-winning novel My Abandonment.

*Matinee of the Month*

Sunday 25th November – 2pm FREE

Film: The First of the Few

Certificate U ‧ 1942 ‧ Adventure / Biography‧ 1h 58m

This is a rare screening of Leslie Howard’s account of aircraft designer R.J. Mitchell (played by Howard himself), who created the iconic British fighter aircraft the Spitfire. David Niven co-stars as fighter pilot Geoffrey Crisp, who helps an ailing Mitchell develop a fighter plane to rival that of the German Messerschmidt. Screening as a celebration of 100 years since the founding of the RAF.

Monday 26th November – 7.15pm FREE

Doors open 7pm

Film: A Ciambra (The Chamber)

Dir: Jonas Carpignano

Certificate 15 ‧ 2017 ‧ Crime / Drama‧ 1h 58m

This hard-hitting drama focuses on a small Romani community in the Southern Italian region of Calabria. A teenage boy called Pio, is drawn in to a life of crime despite trying to resist this fate. This touching, tragic and occasionally brutal film about family ties and following in the footsteps of your ancestors, was one of the most powerful dramas of last year. The film is in Italian with English subtitles, and has one strong scene of sexual abuse.

*Celebrating 70 years of the NHS*

Monday 3rd December – 7.15pm FREE

Doors open 7pm

Film: Heal the Living

Dir: Katell Quillevere

Certificate 12A ‧ 2016 ‧ Medical Drama ‧ 1h 41m

Three disparate sets of people are brought together when Claire (Anne Dorval) has to undergo emergency heart surgery. Bouli Lanners heads up the team of doctors who look to perform transplantation surgery to save Claire’s life. A prospective donor comes up when a young man is seriously injured in a car accident, leaving his family having to make a difficult decision. This gripping and emotional medical drama also stars Tahar Rahim and Emanuelle Seigner. It is screening to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the NHS. The film is in French with English subtitles.

Monday 10th December – 7.15pm FREE

Doors open 7pm

Film: The Florida Project

Dir: Sean Baker

Certificate 15 ‧ 2017 ‧ Drama ‧ 1h 41m

Halley (Bria Vinaite) is a single mother raising her precocious 6-year-old daughter Moonee (Brooklynn Prince) in a motel complex a stone’s throw from Disneyland in Florida. Through a combination of recklessness, stubbornness and insecurity, Halley could lose her daughter, in spite of the motel manager Bobby’s (Willem Dafoe) best efforts to help her out. Sean Baker affirms his indisputable talent for extracting strong performances from non-actors in this film about the darker side of Disney’s dreamland. Features very strong language.

Monday 17th December – 7.15pm FREE

Doors open 7pm

Film: Donkeyote

Certificate 15 ‧ 2017 ‧ Documentary ‧ 1h 26m

Last year’s EIFF Best Documentary Award winner, is a deceptively simple documentary following one man and his donkey, journeying westwards on the Trail of Tears in the US. Chico Pereira’s delightfully quirky and humane documentary road movie, is brimful of humour, heart and soul. It serves as an interesting addition to an outsider filmography about mythologies of the American west, that might also include films like Vanishing Point (1971), Kings of the Road (1976) and Stroszek (1977). Screening with support form the Scottish Documentary Institute. In Spanish with English subtitles.

*Christmas Eve Snuggle-In*

Monday 24th December – 7.15pm FREE

Doors open 7pm

Film: Swimming With Men

Certificate 12A ‧ 2018 ‧ Comedy‧ 1h 37m

The closing film of this year’s EIFF, this is a typically warm-hearted British ensemble comedy loosely based on the Swedish synchronised swimming team of the early mid-2000s. Rob Brydon heads a cast of British film and television talent, as Eric Scott, a man suffering a mid-life crisis, who begins to find a new meaning and purpose by participating in synchronised swimming. This crowd-pleasing comedy is the perfect way to kick-off your festive fun.

*Christmas Holidays Special*

Thursday 27th December – 10.30am FREE

Film: A Christmas Story

Dir: Bob Clark

Certificate PG ‧ 1983 ‧ Comedy / Family ‧ 1h 34m

The purveyor of great schlocky horror and teen sex comedies, Bob Clark, forever redefined his cinematic legacy with this perennial festive favourite about one boy’s quest to get his very own BB Gun. Capturing a time and a place so authentically, and with an unerring ear for the ways in which children make sense of the adult world around them, this is a Xmas film with a bit of spikiness mixed in with the saccharine sentimentality. No other modern Xmas tale has come up with so many original comic tropes as Bob Clark does here. This is the film that makes the likes of Scrooged and Bad Santa possible.

*Christmas Holidays Special*

Friday 28th December – 10.30am FREE

Film: Basil The Great Mouse Detective

Dir: Ron Clements, Burny Mattinson, Dave Michener, John Musker

Certificate U ‧ 1986 ‧ Family Adventure ‧ 1h 12m

We like to offer you something a little different here at the Grassmarket Community Picture House. Disney films are a staple of most festive film viewing, however, during the 1980s the studio wasn’t anywhere near as popular a fixture of the holiday period as it is now. The golden period of Disney family films had given way to a more awkward and unusual assortment of darker releases. As a result it is unlikely that many of you have seen this zoological variation on the Sherlock Holmes story, featuring the voice of Vincent Price. Ripe for rediscovery this is a real treat for young and old alike.

* Matinee of the Month *

Sunday 30th December – 2pm  – FREE

Film: Mildred Pierce

Certificate PG ‧ 1945 ‧ Drama ‧ 1h 41m

This year there has been a major retrospective of the films of Hollywood icon Joan Crawford, promoted by the BFI. This crime melodrama in which a mother tries to ensure justice is done in the investigation into the murder of her husband, was one of Crawford’s most formidable and striking roles, giving her ample opportunity to flex her considerable talents. If you have never seen a Crawford performance on the big screen before, then this is the perfect introduction.

Monday 31st December – 7.15pm – FREE

Doors open 7pm

Film: A Quiet Place

Dir: John Krasinski

Certificate 15 ‧ 2018 ‧ Drama / Horror ‧ 1h 30m

We see in 2019 with one of the surprise box-office hits of 2018. Actor John Krasinski struck cold with this exceptional high-concept horror drama, that gave a central role to deaf child star Millicent Simmonds. In a near-future world where an alien invasion has forced the population to prioritise silence in a bid to survive, one family struggles to bring a new life in to a dangerous world. Genuinely original and profoundly moving this does everything a horror movie should do. Predominately in Sign-language with English subtitles.