Little Men 24 Nov

November 24, 2017
7:30 pmto10:00 pm

This painful, complex, beautifully acted and inexpressibly sad drama from Ira Sachs is about something that looms large in real life, but never usually gets acknowledged in the movies in any but the vaguest way – banal, undignified embarrassment over money, and the deadly serious damage this causes.

This film is very different from the general run of ingratiating middlebrow indies that pop up on screen periodically, drenched with implausibility, sentimentality and lame bet-hedging humour. Like his previous film Love Is Strange, Sachs’s Little Men is composed with scrupulous observational intelligence and care. It is really engaging.

From Peter Bradshaw’s review in The Guardian.  You can read the full review and watch the trailer here.

Little Men(PG)
2016, US, 85 mins
Friday 24th November
Doors and Bar 7.30
Film begins at 8.00



Under The Shadow (15)

October 27, 2017
12:30 amto10:00 pm

“Focusing on a mother and daughter besieged by forces both worldly and otherwise in a Tehran apartment block, Under the Shadow presents a gripping portrait of an independently spirited woman shackled by sharia law who becomes more scared of the demonic forces tormenting her daughter than of the lashes threatened by her rulers or of fire falling from the sky. A very impressive feature debut by Iran-born, London-based film-maker Babak Anvari, this is thoughtful, provocative and increasingly scary fare, which succeeds equally as feminist fable, fractured family drama and full-on fright-fest.”

Mark Kermode in The Guardian 2. 10. 16

You can read the full review (which also includes the trailer) here.

Under The Shadow(15)
2016 UK/Qatar 84 mins, Subtitles

Friday 27th October
Doors & Bar 7.30
Film starts at 8.00



Notes on Blindness

September 29, 2017
7:30 pmto10:00 pm

A poetic and intimate story of loss, rebirth and transformation which documents one man’s journey into a world beyond sight.

You will find a great review of the film here.

You can watch the trailer here.

Notes on Blindness
(U)2016, UK 90 mins
Friday 29th September
Doors and Bar 7.30
Film starts at 8.00

Son of Saul

August 25, 2017
7:30 pmto10:00 pm

This month’s film is Son of Saul.  Rotten Tomatoes summed it up like this – Grimly intense yet thoroughly rewarding, Son of Saul offers an unforgettable viewing experience and establishes director László Nemes as a talent to watch.

You can watch the trailer here.

Son of Saul (15)

Hungary, 105 mins, Subtitles

Friday 25th August at Hallhill

Doors and Bar 7.30

Film starts at 8.00


The Lobster

June 30, 2017
7:30 pmto10:00 pm
7:30 pmto10:00 pm

A surreal comedy set in a dystopian future where single people are arrested and given 45 days to find love or be turned into an animal.

In 2010 we screened a film called Dogtooth which was written and directed by Yorgos Lanthimos.  Dogtooth was one of those films that sharply divided the audience between those who thought it was fantastic and those who thought it was one of the worst things they had ever seen.  The audience scores were all 9s and 10s or 1s and 2s.  Nothing in between.  In the past 7 years I have had more conversations about Dogtooth – either about how great it was or how awful – than any of the other 100 plus films we have screened.  So, for better or for worse we are now screening Yorgos Lanthimos’ new film The Lobster.  I am hoping it will go down as well (and as badly) as Dogtooth.

You can watch the trailer here.

The Lobster (15)

2015 Greece/Ireland 118 mins.

Friday 30th June @ Hallhill

Doors & Bar  7.30

Film starts at 8.00


The DAFTAs @ Hallhill Healthy Living Centre, Sunday 18th June

June 18, 2017
4:00 pmto5:00 pm

The red carpet is back, for the DAFTAs (Dunbar Amazing Film Talent Awards) ceremony.  We will be screening all the films shortlisted for this year’s competition.  The competition is in its fourth year and has set a new record for the number of films entered.  It promises to be a hotly contested and highly enjoyable event.  There will be an audience vote for the winners followed by the presentation of prizes.

Doors open for the DAFTAs at 3.30pm, screenings start at 4.00.  The event will last approx. 1hr.

There will be a special prize for the most glamorous person on the red carpet.

Entry is free for this family event – so come and vote for your favourite film!

Things to Come Friday 26th May

May 26, 2017
7:30 pmto10:00 pm

A union to cherish between a writer-director and star working at peak power, Things to Come offers quietly profound observations on life, love, and the irrevocable passage of time.

You can watch the trailer here.

Things To Come (12)

France 2015, 100mins (Subtitles)

Friday 26th May @ Hallhill

Doors and Bar 7.30

Film Starts at 8.00


Dunbar Short Film Competition 2017 – The DAFTAs

The competition is free to enter and is open to everyone. Whether you are young or old, a budding film maker, have something important to say or just want to do something creative with your digital camera we would like to hear from you.

Your film can be on any subject and in any genre, it can be documentary or fiction, it can be live action or animation. You can film it on a camera, a tablet or even on your phone. The only restriction is that it has to be between 2 and 5 minutes long.

The deadline for entries is midnight Saturday 10th June

The entries will be judged in three age categories: under 12, 12 – 16 years and over 16.  This year we are also introducing a Documentary category (all ages) and a Collaboration category where adults have had a substantial input in the creation of the film such as a teacher working with a class of pupils or a parent/carer working with children.

All the shortlisted films will be screened on Sunday 18 June as part of a special film event during Dunbar Civic Week and the final winners in each category will be announced.  The winners will each receive a DAFTA (Dunbar Amazing Film Talent Award) trophy and the winning films will be screened again later in the year as part of Dunbar Film’s regular programme.

How to enter.

Competition rules.

Watch entries from previous years:




Tokyo Story

April 28, 2017
7:30 pmto10:30 pm


‘In terms of family drama, has any film been more moving than Yasujiro Ozu’s Tokyo Story?

Time and again, Ozu has made films about family, and the shifting structure we refer to as “time and again”. Family is less a fixed entity than a kind of weather system that keeps coming back. So children need parents, and need to outlive them. But while the weather will go on, and your children will become parents, so your life will close, and you will not be there to see the way your own children look back as if to say they understand you, too late.

Is this tragedy or comedy? Ozu is never quite sure. He seems to wonder whether any progression can amount to tragedy, or whether it is not simply as inevitable as passing time and changing light.

This may not sound “entertaining” or active or even interesting, which only means the viewer needs to undergo the gentle process of being helped to see through Ozu’s withdrawn but compassionate style. So he watches from the corner of a room at a low level (for Japanese domestic life is often conducted from a sitting position) and he declines to rush in with forgiving, approving, loving close-ups – because he believes people are beyond forgiveness or individual glamour.

Family is a group in which everyone has his or her reason. In Tokyo Story, Shukishi and Tomi Hirayama (Chishu Ryu and Chieko Higashiyama) visit their grown children, full of hope and the wish to be recognised, but they find the children too busy, too preoccupied. This is not depicted as bad behaviour, or a sign of cultural breakdown; it is the way of the world. The acting is intimate, humane and reserved yet there are no stars, let alone heroes or heroines. There are no “happy endings” in the terms western culture requires. Instead, the riddle of happiness or its opposite runs through “time and again” like light on moving water. Does it sound dull, or too simple? Be warned – it can make other films seem unbearably crass.’

David Thomson Guardian 20/10/10

Tokyo Story (U)

1953, Japan, 135 mins, Subtitles

Friday 28th April  Hallhill

Doors and Bar 7.30

Film starts at 8.00

You can watch a trailer here.




March 31, 2017
7:30 pmto10:00 pm

A powerful portrait of female empowerment set in a remote Turkish village.

Early summer in a village in Northern Turkey.  Five free-spirited teenaged sisters splash about on the beach with their male classmates.  Though their games are merely innocent fun, a neighbour passes by and reports what she considers to be illicit behaviour to the girls’ family.  The family overreacts, removing all “instruments of corruption,” like mobile phones and computers, and essentially imprisoning the girls, subjecting them to endless lessons in housework in preparation for them to become brides.   As the eldest sisters are married off, the younger ones bond together to avoid the same fate. The fierce love between them empowers them to rebel and chase a future where they can determine their own lives.

You can watch the trailer here.

Mustang(15) France/Turkey 95 mins

Friday 31st March @ Hallhill

Doors and bar 7.30

Film begins at 8.00



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