Films, Ceilidhs, Theatre & Events at the Grassmarket Centre
Monday 15th October – 7.15pm (Note: doors open 7pm) – FREE
Certificate 15 ‧ 2016 ‧ Drama ‧ 1h 41m
This incredibly powerful Israeli drama, is one of the best debut features of recent years. Telling the tale of three very different young Palestinian women, who end up sharing a flat together in Tel Aviv, Hamoud gives a really nuanced view of being a marginalised figure within a neglected minority of modern Israel’s population. It is a bold and engagingly human story, that does, however, feature at least one scene of sexual violence, so viewer caution is advised. In Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles.
“In Between is full of life, a triptych of sexual and cultural combat that takes us to places that I, for one, knew nothing about.” Joe Morgenstern – Wall Street Journal
*SCHOOL HOLS SPECIAL*
Tuesday 16th October – 10.30am – FREE
Certificate 12 ‧ 2017 ‧ Drama ‧ 1h 31m
Nora Twomey, the gifted filmmaker behind The Secret of Kells (2009) and Song of the Sea (2014), brings Deborah Ellis’ best-selling novel to the big screen. Parvana is an adolescent girl living in Taliban-controlled Kabul, who takes on the responsibilities of earning a living for the family, after the arrest of her invalided father. What makes Parvana’s story all the more remarkable is that as a girl in Taliban run Afghanistan, she does not have the right to work or earn a living, so she adopts the guise of a young male street hawker. A powerful and emotional insight into a modern Afghanistan shaped by the intensely patriarchal governance of the Taliban.
*SCHOOL HOLS SPECIAL*
Thursday 18th October – 10.30am – FREE
Film: Early Man
Certificate PG ‧ 2018 ‧ Adventure / Comedy ‧ 1h 27m
Nick Park’s Aardman Animations are back with their latest stop-motion animation epic. Possibly the most ambitious film the studio have undertaken, it tells the story of a young caveman called Dug, part of a community of simple-living cave prehistoric humans, who are spared the extinction that befalls the dinosaurs after a meteorite hits Earth. When a Roman Legion invades and forces Dug’s community out into the ‘Badlands’, Dug decides to try and find a way to defeat the Romans through challenging them to a match of the ancient game known as football. This is one history lesson that will definitely not leave the little ones bored to tears.
Ceilidh: Family Fundraising Ceilidh Night !!
£12 advanced – £15 on the door
Saturday 20th October 2018 – 7pm to 11pm
With all proceeds going to GRASS (Grassmarket Residents Association) & GRASSMARKET COMMUNITY PROJECT GRASS is a community group open to residents of the Grassmarket and streets leading off it and to anyone with an interest in the area. Our aims are to foster good community relations, organise local events, encourage sustainable improvements and engage with planning and development issues that affect the area. We also liaise with other organisations such as the Old Town Community Council with an interest in the Grassmarket.
GRASSMARKET COMMUNITY PROJECT runs 6 social enterprises and over 30 FREE activities each week aimed at reducing social isolation, improving people’s physical and mental wellbeing and helping them feel part of the community. To many of our members we are their family. We are open 7 days a week and 362 days a year – last year we provided over 8,500 free meals including a weekly soup kitchen service targeted at homeless and roughsleeping people or people who have no recourse to public funds. This service is a lifeline and in with partnerships we provide free haircuts and a free pet clinic.
TICKETS £12* in advance (£15 on the door) include Stovies
RAFFLE PRIZES & live ceilidh provided by *The Raggle Taggle Dance Band*
* Under 12’s FREE Please BYOB – there is no bar.
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*CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH*
Monday 22nd October – 7.15pm (Note: doors open 7pm) – FREE
Certificate PG ‧ 2017 ‧ Drama / Biopic ‧ 2h 7m
This brilliantly empowering drama tells the history of the female African-American mathematicians who enabled NASA to get ahead in the race to the moon. Directly challenging ideas of racial and sexual segregation this award-winning biopic is the perfect way to usher in Black History Month. Featuring established stars Octavia Spencer and Taraji P. Henson, it also marks the on-screen debut of pop sensation Janelle Monae.
*MATINEE OF THE MONTH*
Sunday 28th October – 2pm – FREE
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.
*HALLOWEEN / DAY OF THE DEAD SCREENING*
Monday 29th October – 7.15pm (Note: doors open 7pm) – FREE
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 4th November – 7.15pm (Note: doors open 7pm) – FREE
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)
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
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
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
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.