Films, Ceilidhs, Theatre & Events at the Grassmarket Centre


SEPTEMBER SOCIAL: HOME TURF #1 at the Grassmarket Community Project, Friday 6 SEP, 6:30-9:30PM

Kick-start your weekend with our fantastic Friday socials throughout September. Enjoy an alcohol-free evening, great company and fun. A great opportunity to get together in a social space, relax and enjoy company, play games (pool table lined up!), enjoy music (live music most weeks!) and kick start the weekend with some fun. The café will be open and serving drinks and snacks.

Mon 9th September, 7:15pm

FILM Oscar and Lucinda (1997) – (World Literacy Day Screening)

Dir: Gillian Armstrong 15, Aus / US / UK, Drama, 126mins

One of Australia’s finest filmmakers, Gillian Armstrong, adapts one of Australia’s finest novelists, Peter Carey. Oscar (Ralph Fiennes), a young Anglican priest sets sail for Australia, at just the same as Lucinda (Cate Blanchett), a teenaged Australian heiress, is returning to the country with plans of shaking the male-dominated society to its very core. Both these driven young people have a compulsion to gamble, and both feel they are ‘outsiders’. When they pool their energy and resources together on a dream of glass and steel, their lives are changed forever. Screening as part of World Literacy Day.

SEPTEMBER SOCIAL: HOME TURF #2 at the Grassmarket Community Project, Friday 13 SEP, 6:30-9:30PM

Kick-start your weekend with our fantastic Friday socials throughout September. Enjoy an alcohol-free evening, great company and fun. A great opportunity to get together in a social space, relax and enjoy company, play games (pool table lined up!), enjoy music (live music most weeks!) and kick start the weekend with some fun. The café will be open and serving drinks and snacks.

Mon 16th September, 7:15pm

FILM Adam’s Rib (1949) – (Classic Hollywood Season)

Dir: George Cukor U, US, Rom-Com, 99mins

One of the all-time great Hollywood couples, Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracey, play married lawyers who find themselves on opposite sides of the bench in court. George Cukor effortlessly brings to life one of the sharpest, wittiest and smartest comedy scripts of Hollywood’s Golden era, written by the team of Ruth Gordon (who later, memorably, appeared in Harold and Maude and Rosemary’s Baby) and Garson Kanin. This is quite rightly considered one of the finest Romcoms Hollywood ever produced.

SEPTEMBER SOCIAL: HOME TURF #3 at the Grassmarket Community Project, Friday 20 SEP, 6:30-9:30PM

Kick-start your weekend with our fantastic Friday socials throughout September. Enjoy an alcohol-free evening, great company and fun. A great opportunity to get together in a social space, relax and enjoy company, play games (pool table lined up!), enjoy music (live music most weeks!) and kick start the weekend with some fun. The café will be open and serving drinks and snacks.

Mon 23rd Sept | 19:30

FILM Take One Action Film Festival present: System Error

Tickets: Free  Recommended Age: 12+

As a central tenet of capitalism, the concept of growth dominates our politics, our economy, and our understanding of what makes the world go round. Yet the social fabric and nature itself are showing the strain of this constant drive for bigger and better at all costs.

Through candid conversations with staunch advocates of “business as usual” (finance journalists, multinational executives, lobbyists, traders and financiers such as former Trump communications officer Anthony Scaramucci, the self- proclaimed “artist of capital”), director Florian Opitz reveals the absurdities behind our current system – and asks if it may be time for a radical re-think.

BEYOND THE SCREEN

Join us in conversation after the film to explore how we may reinvent the economy into a people and planet-centred system, with guests including representatives from WEAll, the Wellbeing Economy Alliance.

SEPTEMBER SOCIAL: HOME TURF #4 at the Grassmarket Community Project, Friday 27 SEP, 6:30-9:30PM

Kick-start your weekend with our fantastic Friday socials throughout September. Enjoy an alcohol-free evening, great company and fun. A great opportunity to get together in a social space, relax and enjoy company, play games (pool table lined up!), enjoy music (live music most weeks!) and kick start the weekend with some fun. The café will be open and serving drinks and snacks.

Monday 30th September, 7:15pm

FILM Wind Beneath Us, The (2016)

Dir: Nuwan Jayathilake 12, Sri Lanka, Drama, 120mins

The debut feature of young Sinhalese filmmaker Nuwan Jayathilake. A gentle family drama about two young brothers Vihanga and Kasun, who go on a quest to find their family’s prize bull, Sudda. This animal is not only the main bread-winner for an impoverished Sinhalese family, but it is itself a member of the family, and thus the young brothers actions are the actions of any family when a loved one has vanished. Shot in rarely seen rural Sri Lanka, whose lush mountain forests offer a secondary narrative of ecological preservation, this is a story of love and commitment with a universal appeal. In Sinhalese with English subtitles. Followed by a Q&A with the director.

Monday 7th October, 7:15pm

FILM Eighth Grade (2018)

Dir: Bo Burnham 12A, US, Drama / Comedy, 110 mins

Comedian Bo Burnham’s superb feature debut, is a carefully nuanced coming of age tale, about Kayla Day’s (Elsie Fisher) journey from middle to high school. Eschewing the easy laughs and gross-out humour of many US teen comedies, Burnham’s film feels fresh and authentic, focusing upon the awkwardness and anxiety of those tricky teenage years. Fisher’s wonderful central performance is vital to the film’s charms, marking her out as a young actor to watch. May be replaced by Artist Film Event featuring Luke Fowler and Nicky Hamlyn (TBC)

Monday 14th October, 7:15pm
FILM Captain Marvel (2019)

Dir: Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck PG, US, Action / Adventure, 123mins

Captain Marvel is yet another entry in the ever-expanding Marvel universe, but it is significantly different from many of the titles that have come before. Directed by US indie film darlings Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Half Nelson) and starring Oscar-winner Brie Larson (Short Term 12, Room) this is the origin story for Marvel’s most popular female superhero, Carol Danvers. Choosing to fully modernise the latent feminism that Danvers embodied in the 1960s comic books, Boden and Fleck have created an exemplary heroic icon to rival DC’s successful recent reinterpretation of Wonder Woman.

Tuesday 15th October, 10:30am

FILM Toy Story 4 (2019) – (School Half-Term Screening)

Dir: Josh Cooley U, US, Animation, 100mins

The Toy Story franchise looked complete as a trilogy, when Andy became to big for his toys and passed them on to a new home. It seems odd then to return to the world of Woody and Buzz for a fourth instalment. Debutant director Cooley, takes ten minutes at the beginning of the film to plunge the viewer back in to the franchise lore, pulling out an interesting narrative nugget about the loss of Bo Peep, as well as connecting Andy’s toys to a new, younger child, Bonnie. There are new characters like Forky and Duke Caboom, as well as a satisfyingly complex nemesis Gabby Gabby, voiced by Mad Men’s Christine Hendricks. All in all a welcome return.

Thursday 17th October, 10:30am

FILM Aladdin (2019) – (School Half-Term Screening)

Dir: Guy Ritchie PG, US, Action / Adventure , 128mins

Will Smith and Mena Massoud star in John August’s live-action reworking of the Disney family favourite, directed by Brit helmer Guy Ritchie. In a year that has seen Disney accelerate the remaking of their animated back catalogue, Aladdin was probably the pick of the three films produced. Will Smith is clearly having a great time in the role of Genie, which was memorably voiced by the late Robin Williams in the animated original. Magical.

Monday 21st October, 7:15pm

FILM If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) – (Black History Month Screening)

Dir: Barry Jenkins, 15, US, Romance, 117mins

In his follow-up to the Oscar-winning Moonlight, Barry Jenkins has impressively reworked James Baldwin’s 1974 novel about a good love in Harlem. Tish (KiKi Layne) and Fonny (Stephan James) are two young African-Americans making there way in a New York City that feels evermore segregated along class and race lines. When Fonny is sent to prison for a crime he likely did not commit, Tish has to make the difficult decision to stand by her man. Beautiful shot, on location, by James Laxton, this is a rhapsodic romance that seems to truly believe that love can indeed conquer all.

Monday 28th October, 7:15pm

FILM Africa in Motion 2019 Short Film Showcase

Africa in Motion is now in its 13th year and continues to bring the very best of African filmmaking to Scotland. We’re very pleased this year to be partnering with this important festival for an evening of short films from the continent. Expect a wide-ranging program of the most exciting new talents from South Africa to Algeria, Senegal to Kenya and everywhere in be-tween. More details for the showcase will be available on the Community website and Facebook after the festival programme is launched in September.