In the House


In the House (15) 2012, France 1hr 45 mins.  (subtitles)

A sixteen-year old boy insinuates himself into the house of a fellow student and writes about it in essays for his teacher unleashing an unstoppable series of events.

“Dark, tense, and wryly funny, In the House is brilliantly directed by François Ozon and features fine performances from its talented cast.”

Friday 28th November

Doors & Bar 7.30

Film @ 8.00



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The Man in the White Suit

Friday 31st October


Doors & Bar 7.30

Film @ 8.000

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A Touch of Sin

A “brilliant exploration of violence and corruption in contemporary China” (Jon Frosch, The Atlantic), A TOUCH OF SIN was inspired by four shocking (and true) events that forced the world’s fastest growing economy into a period of self-examination. Written and directed by master filmmaker Jia Zhangke (The World, Still Life), “one of the best and most important directors in the world” (Richard Brody, The New Yorker), this daring, poetic and grand-scale film focuses on four characters, each living in different provinces, who are driven to violent ends. An angry miner, enraged by widespread corruption in his village, decides to take justice into his own hands. A rootless migrant discovers the infinite possibilities of owning a firearm. A young receptionist, who dates a married man and works at a local sauna, is pushed beyond her limits by an abusive client. And a young factory worker goes from one discouraging job to the next, only to face increasingly degrading circumstances.

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Before Midnight

“One of modern cinema’s finest love stories, Before Midnight is essentially a film about people talking.  But, when the talk’s this good, this absorbing and revealing and witty and true, who’s going to complain?”

Philip Kemp, Total Film

Friday 29th August @ Hallhill, Dunbar

Doors & Bar 7.30

Film begins @ 8.00

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Blancanieves-wallpaper-pic-20This month’s film is Blancanieves (Cert12)

A band of bullfighting dwarves save the life of a young woman suffering from amnesia.

A astonishing take on the Snow White story set in 1920s Seville.

Watch the trailer here

Blancanieves (12) 2012, Spain, 1hr 44mins (Silent)

Friday 27th June

Doors & Bar 7.30, Film starts at 8.00pm

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2014 DAFTA Winners Announced!

DAFTA winners 2014

Last night (Monday 16th) we held the first ever DAFTAs – the award ceremony for the Dunbar Civic Week Short Film Competition.

More than 80 people came along to West Barns Village Hall to watch the shortlisted films and vote for their favourites.

And the winners are…

Under 12s

Tea and Biscuits by Ruaridh Page and Ellen Stewart. A hilarious send up by two eight year olds of what grown ups talk about when they get together for a cup of tea.


Summer Days by Caitlin Letch. A beautifully put together music video that really impressed the judges with its subtle, hypnotic editing evoking dreamy summer days.


A Most Unusual Boy by Fraser Stewart. A very professionally made film with a great idea at its core – John Muir as an old man meets his younger self  in modern day Dunbar.

Competition was fierce in the under 12 category with a wonderful stop motion animation by a group of 7 year olds from Belhaven Hill School – The Six Brave Vikings – coming a close second.

All the winners were presented with DAFTA clapperboard trophies and free sessions on the Foxfall Ropes Course at Foxlake by James Barbour of Foxlake Adventures.

Just click on the film titles to watch the films.

Or you can see all the entries to the competition by visiting our Vimeo channel here.


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Movie Monday 16 June

For Civic Week, we will be turning the beautifully refurbished West Barns Village Hall into a cinema for the day.

To accompany the films there will be tea, coffee, cake and biscuits on sale in the hall from 9.45 – 2.30pm.

The West Barns Inn (just across the road) will be doing a lunch special for film goers with soup and bread for just £2. Or, if you fancy something more substantial they are offering 1 course (with various delicious options to choose from) for £5.50. More details here

The Films

MUD (130 mins, Cert 12A)

Tea and coffee and cake and biscuits from 9.45. The film begins at 10.15am

A brilliant fim starring Mathew McConaughey and Reece Witherspoon.  You can watch the trailer here.

Though all are welcome, this is a special Big Scream event aimed at parents and guardians with babies under 1 year old.

Its a chance to see one of the best films of last year in a safe and comfortable environment for you and your baby.  No need to find a babysitter or worry about causing a disturbance.  Low lights will be left on in the auditorium and nappy changing facilities are available.

Tickets available on the door: Adults £4 (£3 concession) Babies are free!

Captain Phillips (134 mins Cert 12A)

Tea and coffee and biscuits and cake from 2.00pm.  The film will start at 2.30pm

If you missed this great film in the cinema now is your chance to see it on the big screen.

You will find the trailer here

Tickets available on the door: Adults £4 (£3 concessions) Children £2

and in the evening….


Doors open 6.00 ceremony begins at 6.30pm

A free family event!

Your chance to see all the films entered in this years DAFTA short film competition followed by the announcement of the winners and presentation of the prizes and tropies.

12 Years A Slave

(134 minutes, Cert. 15)

Doors 8.00pm Film begins at 8.30pm.

This is the sort of film that is so much more powerful when seen in a cinema with an audience.  So if you haven’t seen it, have only seen it on DVD or want to see it in a cinema again this is your chance.

Trailer here

How to get to West Barns Village Hall

There is free parking in the West Barns Village Hall car park.

The Hall is also easily accessible by bus.  You will find details of all the relevant timetables here


There are steps (5 with handrails both sides) between the car park and the hall.  The kerb is dropped on thee road at the hall’s front entrance.  All the facilities of the hall are on a single level and there is wheelchair access throughout including the toilets.  All the seating is movable and there is no need to give advance notice if you are a wheelchair user.  However, if there is anything you would like to discuss please get in touch.  You can email us here.

The hall is not fitted with hearing loop equipment.


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DAFTA winners to make a splash!


Foxlake Adventures have donated some brilliant prizes to the DAFTA short film competition. Winners will receive free passes for a session on the amazing Foxfall Ropes Course at Foxlake in Dunbar.

Foxfall is where GoApe meets Total Wipeout and is unlike any other ropes course challenge in the UK, no safety harness, just the water looming below.

It is a great prize and if you haven’t seen it, you should really check out this short film so you can see what a fantastic fun experience it is.

The competition closes on Friday 30 May so there is still time to enter.  Entry is free and open to all ages.

If you win a BAFTA all you get is a trophy. If you win a DAFTA not only do you get a fabulous trophy, you also get the chance to navigate a giant spider’s web like Bilbo in the Hobbit, cross rope bridges like Indiana Jones then deal with flying surf boards, tackle sliding fenders ending with a giant splash into the water on a zip line like James Bond!

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Lore Friday 30th May

Left to fend for themselves after their SS officer father and mother, a staunch Nazi believer, are interred by the victorious Allies at the end of World War II, five German children undertake a harrowing journey that exposes them to the reality and consequences of their parents’ actions. Led by the eldest sibling, 14-year old Lore, they set out on a harrowing journey across a devastated country to reach their grandmother in the north. After meeting the charismatic Thomas, a mysterious young refugee, Lore soon finds her world shattered by feelings of both hatred and desire as she must learn to trust the one person she has always been taught to hate in order to survive. Lush cinematography and an evocative, haunting mood infuse this unconventional take on the Holocaust legacy with unforgettable impact.

See it on the big screen in Dunbar.

Friday 30th May

Doors and bar 7.30
Film begins at 8.00


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Nostalgia for the Light Friday 25th April

The best explanation of why I think you should come and see this film is to quote Peter Bradshaw’s review of it from the Guardian in full:

‘It isn’t simply that Patricio Guzmán’s Chilean documentary Nostalgia for the Light is moving: it has a tragic grandeur that really is very remarkable. It is deeply intelligent, intensely and painfully political, and yet attempts, and succeeds, somehow to transcend politics and perhaps even history itself. The film found its starting point in the title of a 1987 book by the French scientist Michel Cassé: Nostalgia for the Light: Mountains and Wonders of Astrophysics. It reflects on how a golden age for Chilean astronomy was due to begin in the vast lunar landscape of the Atacama desert whose high altitude and dry climate made it the ideal site for a huge new observatory in 1977 and promised to open up the country as a scientific Mecca.

But in the same era Chile was destined to be a closed society, and Atacama became known as the site for the Chacabuco Mine prisons: the concentration camps instituted by General Pinochet for political opponents. Later, bodies were buried in secret mass graves in the desert. Some were uncovered – the resulting TV pictures have echoes of Cambodia, the former Yugoslavia and wartime Germany – but not all. Now, in 2012, the grim and bitter business of searching goes on. The wives and sisters of the disappeared, now old women, continue their daunting task in the colossal desert, and will do so until death overtakes them. Guzmán interviews one, Violeta Barrios, and it is a stunning and heart-rending piece of cinema.

The astronomy itself continues: the study in which many of the film’s interviewees hope to find a distraction or redemption. There is something Kubrickian in the way Guzmán evokes the desert’s massive alienness, and the images border on the hallucinatory. It is as if Atacama is the distant planet, being watched by another astronomer on the moon. One interviewee says Chile needs an observatory that can look at its own landscape, find the missing bodies, uncover and root out all its unresolved agony. One young astronomer, whose parents were taken away during the Pinochet years, says: “Astronomy has helped me give another dimension to the pain and loss.” Her candour and courage are deeply moving. For Guzmán, the science of astronomy is not simply an ingenious metaphor for political issues, or a way of anaesthetising the pain by claiming that it is all tiny, relative to the reaches of space. Astronomy is a mental discipline, a way of thinking, feeling and clarifying, and a way of insisting on humanity in the face of barbarism. This is one of the films of the year.’

Come and see it this Friday at Hallhill in Dunbar.

Doors and bar 7.30

Film begins at 8.00


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