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May 2019

FILM: Norma Rae (1979)

May 6, 2019 @ 7:15 pm - 9:00 pm
Grassmarket Community Project, 86 Candlemaker Row
Edinburgh, EH1 2QA United Kingdom
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We couldn’t resist programming this award-winning Sally Field vehicle for International Worker’s Day. Not only is it one of my personal favourite Hollywood films, it is also the original and the best in a sub-genre of films that includes the likes of Silkwood and Erin Broko-vich. Norma Rae (Sally Field) is a young North Carolinan working in a textile factory, who begins to unionise the workplace after conditions in the factory are shown to be having grave effects on her…

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An Artist’s Eye (2018) + Q&A

May 13, 2019 @ 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm
Grassmarket Community Project, 86 Candlemaker Row
Edinburgh, EH1 2QA United Kingdom
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“Stubbornness, selfishness… madness drives me”, this is how the subject of legendary British filmmaker Jack Bond (Vibration, Anticlock, It Could Happen Here, Dali in New York, The Blue-Black Hussar ) describes the creative impulse that spurs him on in his work. The subject in question is Chris Moon, a brilliant young British painter utterly devoted to his craft. Bond explores Moon’s process, his inspiration and his often difficult relationship with his work, in this intense portrait of creative fervour. We…

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June 2019

FILM: Freedom Fields (2018)

June 3, 2019 @ 7:15 pm - 9:00 pm
Grassmarket Community Project, 86 Candlemaker Row
Edinburgh, EH1 2QA United Kingdom
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Dir: Naziha Arebi TBC, UK / Libya, Documentary, 97mins This engrossing Scottish Documentary Institute release has played well to audiences across the globe, so we are really pleased to be bringing it to the Grassmarket community. Filmed over five years, Arebi and her team follow three young female football players, playing for their team in post-revolution Libya, just at the point when the hope of the Arab Spring descends into the chaos and violence of civil war. Freedom Fields is…

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January 2020

Anna and the Apocalypse (Film, 2017)

January 20, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Grassmarket Community Project, 86 Candlemaker Row
Edinburgh, EH1 2QA United Kingdom
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Dir: John McPhail 15, UK, Comedy Film starts 7:15pm, running time 93mins 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…

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Blindspotting (Film, 2018)

January 27, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Grassmarket Community Project, 86 Candlemaker Row
Edinburgh, EH1 2QA United Kingdom
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Dir: Carlos Lopez Estrada 12, US, Crime Comedy, Film starts 7:15pm (Doors 7pm), running time 95mins 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…

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February 2020

Pain and Glory (2019)

February 3, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Grassmarket Community Project, 86 Candlemaker Row
Edinburgh, EH1 2QA United Kingdom
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Dir: Pedro Almodovar 15, Spain, Drama, Film starts 7:15pm (doors 7pm), running time 113mins 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…

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InterSci Doc Screening

February 10, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Grassmarket Community Project, 86 Candlemaker Row
Edinburgh, EH1 2QA United Kingdom
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Start 7:15pm (doors 7pm) 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!) www.facebook.com/InterSciEd/ Please consult the Grassmarket website www.grassmarket.org and Facebook feed www.facebook.com/grassmarketcommunityproject for further details, closer to the screening date. Free, donations welcome.

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Blinded by the Light (2019)

February 17, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Grassmarket Community Project, 86 Candlemaker Row
Edinburgh, EH1 2QA United Kingdom
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Dir: Gurinder Chadha 12A, UK / US,  Musical, Film start 7:15pm (doors 7pm), running time 118mins 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…

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Free Solo (2018)

February 24, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Grassmarket Community Project, 86 Candlemaker Row
Edinburgh, EH1 2QA United Kingdom
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Dir: Jimmy Chin & Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi 12A, US, Doc Film start 7:15pm (doors 7pm), running time 100mins 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…

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