Films, Ceilidhs, Theatre & Events at the Grassmarket Centre

Winner of UK Film Society of the Year Community Award 2019

Born Yesterday (1950)

Dir: George Cukor U, US, Rom-com, 103mins

Monday 13th January, 7:15pm (Classic Hollywood Season)

Legendary Hollywood director George Cukor, one of the safest pair of hands in Tinsel Town, especially when it came to high quality, whipsmart comedies, directs Judy Holliday to an Oscar in one of the great American films about greed and political corruption.

A complex love triangle is formed between Broderick Crawford’s conniving tycoon Harry Brock, political journalist Paul Verrall (William Holden) and Judy Holliday’s thoroughly modern Pygmalion, Billie Dawn. Cukor’s genius is in keeping the politics subtle and on the nose, while the comedy is classy and waspishly witty.

Anna and the Apocalypse (2017)

Dir: John McPhail 15, UK, Comedy, 93mins

Monday 20th January, 7:15pm

A Xmas Zombie Apocalypse threatens the sleepy Scottish town of Little Haven. Armed with hockey sticks, fireworks and full on singing voices, Anna and her school buddies fight for survival at the end of the world.

John McPhail’s hugely entertaining second feature is a breath of fresh air in an increasingly tired and overworked genre. Feeling a bit like Shaun of the Dead reimagined by Bill Forsyth this is riotous fest of guts, gore and great, great singing.

Blindspotting (2018)

Dir: Carlos Lopez Estrada 12, US, Crime Comedy, 95mins

Monday 27th January, 7:15pm

A backhanded love letter to Oakland, California this crime caper – written by its two stars—follows Colin Hoskins (Daveed Diggs) as he struggles to complete his probation, while trying to look after his hot-tempered best friend Miles (Rafael Casal).

Ostensibly a buddy comedy with a thin crime narrative running through it, Diggs and Casal work the genre to explore issues of police brutality, drug violence, homelessness and urban gentrification. One of the films of 2018, we feel this is the perfect companion piece to the forthcoming April screening of Push, deserving of the biggest and widest possible audience.

Pain and Glory (2019)

Dir: Pedro Almodovar 15, Spain, Drama, 113mins

Monday 3rd February, 7:15pm    

Spanish maestro Pedro Almodovar returns to the big screen and reunites with old muse Antonio Banderas for a deeply self-reflexive and highly personal take on ageing and loss.

Banderas plays Salvador Mallo, a film director crippled by self doubt and a series of torturous mental and physical maladies. When he bumps into an actor he worked with years before on a breakthrough project, they rekindle their creative partnership after burying the hatchet on decades of ill will and bad feeling.

One of the films of 2019 and a great return to form for one of European cinemas most exuberant cinematic talents.

InterSci Doc Screening

Monday 10th February, 7:15pm

The Grassmarket’s InterSci Conversation Group will be hosting a special documentary screening this week. InterSci engages top scientists working on ground breaking and insightful subject matters with top audience members at the Grassmarket Community Project—come along and be blown away (not literally!)

Please consult the Grassmarket website and Facebook feed for further details, closer to the screening date.

Blinded by the Light (2019)

Dir: Gurinder Chadha 12A, UK / US,  Musical, 118mins

Monday 17th February, 7:15pm

Javed (Viveik Kalra) is a British-Pakistani growing up in dour and provincial Luton at the height of of the Thatcherite 1980s. A talented writer Javed is an enigma to his hardworking mother and father, who simply want him to get a good education and follow a solid profession into the middle classes. Javed has other, more creative ambitions, and bizarrely enough a chance encounter with the music of The Boss proves inspirational. A feelgood treat especially in these straitened times.

Free Solo (2018)

Dir: Jimmy Chin & Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi 12A, US, Doc, 100mins

Monday 24th February, 7:15pm

An extraordinary documentary, that was one of the surprise box-office hits of 2018. Chin and Chai Vasarhelyi follow the free-climbing exploits of Alex Honnold—the first person to ever free solo climb El apitan—an infamous sheer mountain climb in Yosemite National Park.

Shot using a dizzying array of camera technologies that fully immerses the viewer in Honnold’s terrifying undertaking, the film also explores Honnold’s own underlying mental health issues. Unlike anything else you are likely to see.