Films, Ceilidhs, Theatre & Events at the Grassmarket Centre

Winner of UK Film Society of the Year Community Award 2019

FILMS are screened under strict COVID-19 infection control guidelines and management.

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Sorry to Bother You (2018)
Dir: Boots Riley
15, US, Comedy / Fantasy, 112mins
Wednesday 26thAugust, 7:30pm

Boots Riley’s debut has to be seen to be believed. It follows slacker Cash (Lakeith Stanfield) starting a new job at a call centre. Initially struggling, he receives a tip from veteran caller Langston (Danny Glover) to use his ‘white voice’. Cash discovers he has a lucrative talent, that allows him to climb the corporate ladder. But with each step up Cash has to choose be-tween his conscience and his need to support himself and his family.
In this rollercoaster critique of capitalism, our society’s contradictions are heightened to the level of absurdity.


Yesterday (2019)
Dir: Danny Boyle
12, UK / US / Chi / Jap, Musical 111mins
Wednesday 2nd September, 7:30pm
Imagine if The Beatles no longer existed and you were the only per-son in the whole world who knew anything about them. That is the high concept premise for this modern musical drama from veteran British Danny Boyle.
Jack Malik (Himesh Patel) is the struggling singer-songwriter who comes out of a coma to discover that he is now the only person who remembers Liverpool’s finest pop act. So who wrote Help! ?


Colette (2018)
Dir: Wash Westmoreland
15, US / UK / Hun, Biopic, 109mins
Wednseday 9th September, 7:30pm, a screening for International Book Day

Keira Knightley gives a gutsy and committed performance in this English-language biopic of the notorious French author and per-former Colette. Colette’s iconoclastic attitudes toward gender and female emancipation put her at loggerheads with the conservative tenor of the times.
Having married an older friend of her father’s, the film details her struggle to liberate herself from Henry Gauthier-Villars pernicious ownership of her life and work.
This richly detailed period drama benefits from some impressive supporting turns from Dominic West, Fiona Shaw and Denise Gough.


Aferim! (2015)
Dir: Radu Jude
18, Rom / Bulg / Cze / Fra , Western / Drama, 108mins
Wednesday 16th September, 7:30pm

An award-winner at the Berlin International Film Festival, Radu Jude’s breakthrough feature film is a taut and disorienting western set in 19th century Wallachia (now in Romania).
Costadin is a police officer sent out into the wild hinterlands of the Austro-Hungarian Empire to find Carfin a Roma slave who has run away from his master’s estate. The film is subtitled and in B&W. Features scenes of cruelty and violence.


Where the Wild Things Are (2009)
Dir: Spike Jonze
PG, Aust / Ger / US, Fantasy, 96mins
Wednesday 23rd September, 7:30pm

Spike Jonze adapts the slender children’s classic by Maurice Sendak into a beautiful sprawling film like no other. Max (Max Records) is an imaginative boy prone to tantrums. After falling out with his mother he discovers a boat that leads him to an island of strange giant beasts. Max quickly becomes their king, and finds new friends amongst Carol (James Gandolfini), KW (Lauren Ambrose) and Alexander (Paul Dano), who help to free him from the solitude of his home life.
What starts out as escapist joy, becomes a gentle meditation on the impermanence of youth and the melancholy of growing up.


Misbehaviour (2020)
Dir: Philippa Lowthorpe
12A, UK, Comedy / Drama 106mins
Wednesday 30th September, 7:30pm

A comedy-drama that looks at the rank misogyny and racism that engulfed the 1970 Miss World Competition, sparking feminist pro-tests. This was also the year that marked the first time a black com-petitor had won the event.
Philippa Lowthorpe directs an all-star cast, including Keira Knightley, Jessie Buckley, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Lesley Manville, Rhys Ifans, Greg Kinnear and Keeley Hawes.


Harriet (2019)
Dir: Kasi Lemmons
12, US, Biopic, 125mins
Wednesday 7th October, 7:30pm

Cynthia Erivo gives a remarkable performance in this powerful bio-pic of the Underground Railroad operator and military leader Harriet Tubman. Starting with her own escape from slavery, the film shows how over a decade she helped liberate multiple members of her family and their slave community in Maryland.
Kasi Lemmons finally makes a film that is the match of her incredible 1990s debut feature Eve’s Bayou. What comes out of Erivo’s mesmerising performance is the sense of righteous purpose and sheer bravery that must have animated this important historical figure. Screening as part of Black History Month


Imagine (2012)
Dir: Andrzej Jakimowski
12A, Pol, Drama, 105mins
Wednesday 14th October, 7:30pm, Blindness Awareness Month Screening

A rarely seen film from Polish filmmaker Andrzej Jakimowski, star-ring the exceptional English character actor Edward Hogg as Ian a blind teacher working at a school in Lisbon for Blind Children. Ian is a charismatic presence who doesn’t adhere to the strict rules and guidelines of the institution.
Before too long rumours begin to emerge about Ian. Is he actually even really blind? How did he lose his vision if he is? And what murky details lie in his past that make it impossible for him to move on? A film that needs to be heard as well as seen.


Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat (2017)
Dir: Sara Driver
15, US, Documentary, 78mins
Wednesday 21st October, 7:30pm

Jean-Michel Basquiat was one of the most important artists of the late 20th century. Bandmates with Vincent Gallo, promoted by Andy Warhol, loved by Madonna, his was the career of a rock star writ large over the New York art world.
In this candid portrait by indie veteran and friend of the artist Sara Driver, we get to see his journey from boy to phenomenon. Screening as part of Black History Month


An American Werewolf in London (1981)
Dir: Jon Landis
18, US / UK, Comedy / Horror 97mins
Wednesday 28th October, 7:30pm, Hallowen Horror Screening
Halloween’s here and to bring in the season we have John Landis’s classic horror. Two American tourists in rural England are attacked by an unidentifiable beast. When one of them wakes up, he discovers that he has come away from the encounter with more than just scars. As a full moon approaches time is running out before he finds out the true nature of his affliction…
With groundbreaking and grotesque make up effects, this film represents a lost art that now would be left almost entirely to CGI. Thank-fully it is here in all its glory, if you can handle it…


Tully (2018)
Dir: Jason Reitman
15, US, Comedy / Drama, 96mins
Wednesday 4th November, 7:30pm

The third collaboration between director Jason Reitman and screen-writer Diablo Cody (Juno, Young Adult) Tully completes a trilogy that tackles growing up, motherhood, and the mental strain of both. Mar-lo (Charlize Theron) is a working class mother of two, heavily pregnant and barely coping with little support from her husband Drew (Ron Livingston). After the birth of her third child her more affluent brother Craig (Mark Duplass) offers to pay for a ‘night nanny’, some-one who comes to look after the baby whilst the parents sleep. Through her friendship with the enigmatic nanny, Tully (Mackenzie Davis), Marlo starts to find the support she needs.


Military Wives (2020)
Dir: Peter Cattaneo
12A, UK, Comedy / Drama 110mins
Wednesday 11th November, 7:30pm, Armistice Day Screening

As it is that time of the year again where we all turn our thoughts to the end of war and conflict in Europe, it feels fitting to be bringing this feelgood Brit hit to the GCP.
Peter Cattaneo, director of The Full Monty, brings us this true story of a group of women whose husband’s are based in Afghanistan. As part of life in their Yorkshire garrison town the women band together to form a choir in a bid to overcome their fears, worries and concerns about the deadly service their husband’s are having to per-form.


The Great McGinty (1940)
Dir: Preston Sturges
U, US, Comedy, 81mins
Wednesday 18th November, 7:30pm

A film classic from 1940 that is, in effect, a story told in flashback. Dan McGinty, played by western stalwart Brian Donleavy, is a bar-man in a corrupt country, whose life was irrevocably changed due to ‘one crazy minute’ of honesty.
Once he was a tramp who was offered a sum of money to commit voter fraud. He is so successful at this fraud that he comes to the attention of a local political fixer. McGinty moves his way up from heavy to political protégé, until such a point as the bum is the man set to become mayor. One of the funniest political satires ever filmed. Shown as part of our Classic Hollywood Season.


Morvern Callar (2002)
Dir: Philippa Lowthorpe
15, UK, Drama, 97mins
Wednesday 25th November, 7:30pm

Lynne Ramsay’s second feature film is this brilliant adaptation of the Oban & Ibiza set novel by Scottish writer Alan Warner. Ramsay’s genius here is to approximate the strange and introverted atmosphere of the novel, that shows a world very specifically from the point of view of the emotionally scarred titular character.
Samantha Morton, who was still at an early stage of her career, turns in a mesmerising performance as a woman who seizes upon the selfish act of her lover’s suicide to find a path to her own liberation. You will never have seen a film quite like it. Deals with themes resulting from suicide and depression throughout.


The Rhythm Section (2020)
Dir: Reed Morano
15, US / UK, Thriller, 109mins
Wednesday 2nd December, 7:30pm

A film that has already disappeared without a trace, despite only being released earlier this year. We would ask you to consider why, as to our eyes this is a fascinating expansion of the film universe that the James Bond spy thrillers exist in.
It features a powerfully physical performance from Blake Lively as Stephanie, a woman whose family has been killed in an airline crash. Having collapsed in to drug addiction and prostitution, she is visited by a journalist who claims the airline crash was an act of terrorism. Relating her recovery to unearthing the truth about her family Stephanie is animated by vengeance to find her family’s killers.


But I’m a Cheerleader (1999)
Dir: Jamie Babbit
15, UK, Rom-Com, 92mins
Wednesday 9th December, 7:30pm

Years before Boy Erased (2018) or The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) came this dream like comedy tackling gay conversion therapy. Megan (Natashe Lyonne) is an all American cheerleader, who after an intervention from friends and family, is sent to “True Directions”, a conversion therapy camp, to ‘cure’ her homosexuality. However as she meets other young people like her and makes friends, Megan begins to understand that her identity isn’t some-thing that can, or should, be fixed. Jamie Babbit and Natasha Lyonne’s more recent success with Russian Doll (2019) comes 20 years after this this satire of heteronormativity, with the iconic Ru-Paul playing hilariously against type as “ex-gay” Mike.


Albert Nobbs (2019)
Dir: Rodrigo Garcia
15, Uk / Ire, Drama, 113mins
Wednesday 16th December, 7:30pm

A film adaptation of a stage play that established Glenn Close as a theatrical heavyweight back in 1982. This is the story of a woman who spends over 30 years living as the gentleman butler of a well-to-do 19th century Dublin hotel. Close takes on the title role as the quietly unassuming butler who is very conscious of his own privacy.
The strength of this film lies very much in its performances with Close’s impressive turn being bested by Janet McTeer’s depiction of a domestic abuse survivor who has also found herself in a male identity.
The film was co-written by Close and Irish novelist John Banville.


Tokyo Godfathers (2003)
Dir: Satoshi Kon 15, Jap, Anime, 92mins
Monday 23rd December, 7:30pm, Alternative Xmas Screening

Satoshi Kon’s Christmas nativity portrays individuals at the edge of society being brought together in a touching adventure between three homeless people in Tokyo: estranged alcoholic Gin, bereft transwoman Hana and teenage runaway Miyuki, who together find an abandoned baby on Christmas Eve. In their attempts to find out the providence of the child and reunite it with its parents the three find themselves involved in a series of events that take them to the heart of Tokyo’s underworld. With Subtitles.


Grassmarket Community Picture House Film Chat
During the ‘lockdown’ period Ewan and Rohan were meeting with many of our regulars online to have an informal film chat about select film titles that were freely available to watch on BBC and Channel 4 streaming services.

As part of our film events going forward we will continue these film chats every Monday at 19:15. All you need to participate is to login to the Zoom Chat details below. All are welcome.

We will continue to recommend two online screenings in the GCP Bulletin each week.
Meeting ID: 897 1308 6683 Passcode: Film
Email: film@grassmarket.org if you have any queries. if you have any queries.