Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, the new film from acclaimed director Jacques Audiard (A Prophet) is a gripping, human tale of survival. On the losing side of a civil war in Sri Lanka, a Tamil soldier (Antonythasan Jesuthasan) poses as the husband and father of two other refugees in order to escape their ravaged homeland. Arriving in France, the makeshift “family” sets about establishing a new life-only to find themselves once again embroiled in violence on the mean streets of Paris. A heartrending saga of three strangers united by circumstance and struggle, Dheepan is both a tour-de-force thriller and a powerful depiction of the immigrant experience.

You can watch the trailer here.

This months film will be preceded by a free cheese and wine for members from 7.00pm and our AGM.

Dheepan (15) 2016 France 112 mins Subtitles

Friday 24th February


Doors and Bar 7.30

Film starts at 8.00


January 27, 2017
7:30 pmto10:00 pm

Our first film of 2017 is the Icelandic film ‘Rams’.

In a remote valley two estranged brothers are forced to come together – after 40 years of feuding – to save their cherished rams.

A darkly comedic drama, by turns hilarious and heartbreaking”  The Guardian

“Switching from dour humour to humanist drama without seeming contrived, this is a masterclass in combining character and landscape that is played with deceptive poignancy by the excellent leads.”  Empire Read more ›

Slow West

November 25, 2016
7:30 pmto10:00 pm

A young Scottish man’s odyssey across 19th century in search of the woman he loves is guided by a mysterious outlaw towards a terrible reckoning.

You can watch the trailer here.

SLOW WEST (15) 2015, New Zealand, 1hr 24 mins.

Friday 25th November  at Hallhill

Doors and Bar 7.30pm

Film starts at 8.00pm

The Pearl Button

October 28, 2016
7:30 pmto10:00 pm

From Chile, a story about water through which flows a stream of historical recollections, and poetic reflections rendered with breathtaking clarity.

You can watch the trailer here.


THE PEARL BUTTON (15) 2016, Chile, 1hr 22mins (Subtitles)

Doors and Bar 7.30pm

Film begins at 8.00pm


September 30, 2016
7:30 pmto10:00 pm

1950s Brooklyn – an Irish immigrant falls in love but when her past catches up with her she is forced to choose between two countries, two lives.

You can watch the trailer here.

BROOKLYN (PG13) 2015, Ireland, 1hr 51mins.

Friday 30th September at Hallhill.

Doors & Bar 7.30

Film begins 8.00



August 26, 2016
7:30 pmto10:00 pm

Not far from the ancient Malian city of Timbuktu, now ruled by the religious fundamentalists, proud cattle herder Kidane lives peacefully in the dunes with his wife Satima, his daughter Toya, and Issan their twelve-year-old shepherd.  In town, the people suffer, powerless, under the regime of terror imposed by the Jihadists determined to control their faith. Music, laughter, cigarettes, even soccer have been banned.  The women have become shadows but resist with dignity.  Every day, the new improvised courts issue tragic and absurd sentences.  Kidane and his family are being spared the chaos that prevails in Timbuktu but their destiny changes abruptly in this stunningly rendered film from a master of world cinema.©CohenMedia

You can watch the trailer here.

Timbuktu (12A) 21015 France, 1hr 37mins, (Subtitles)

Friday 26th August at Hallhill,

Doors and Bar 7.30

Film starts at 8.00


DAFTA Winners 2016

DAFTA winners 2016On Sunday more than 80 people came along to Hallhill to walk the DAFTAs red carpet, watch the shortlisted films and vote for their favourites.

We had some brilliant entries this year with surreal Lego stop motion animations, fashion advice for soft toys, a peek inside the mind of a sleeping dog, an eye opening film about Finland, charming puppetry about sea shore litter, a great documentary raising awareness of the recent Ecuador earthquake  and finishing up with an illustrated version of Donald Where’s yer Troosers?

Thank you to everyone who entered for the huge amount of work and creativity that went into making these films.  You can see them all here on the DAFTAS 2016 Vimeo Channel.

This year films were judged in 4 categories:  Under 12s Fiction, Over 16s, Documentary (all ages) and Collaborations – where an adult has played a significant role in creating the film.

And the winners were…

Under 12s

Dream on Doggie by Ellen Stewart and Ruaridh Page.  Another crowd pleaser from the multi award winning team of Stewart and Page: Maddy the greyhound’s dream where animals talk like humans and even Maddy herself make a bizarre appearance.   Watch it here.

Documentary (all ages)

Dunbar and the Ecuador Earthquake by Anushka and Orla  Demer.     A very accomplished documentary about the effort in Dunbar to raise money for the Ecuador Earthquake Relief Fund.  Watch it here.

16 and over

Finland  by Michael Purves.  A film with a really professional feel to it that captures a fun filled holiday to the lakeland area of Finland.   Watch it here.


Donald Where’s Yer Troosers? By P6C Dunbar Primary School and Susan Mowatt produced during the Artist in Residence Programme.  An illustrated version of the famous Any Stewart song.  Watch and sing along here!

All the winners were presented with DAFTA clapperboard trophies.

DAFTAs Award Ceremony 4pm Sunday 19th June

We are rolling out the red carpet for the 3rd annual DAFTAs this Sunday (19th June).

We will be screening all the films entered into this year’s competition. The standard of entries has been very high this year so its going to be a really entertaining 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 4.00pm.

Please note this is earlier than the time advertised on the Civic Week programme.

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!

dafta 2016 montage

DAFTA Short Film Competition Deadline is Tonight!

The DAFTAs deadline is midnight tonight.  If you are having problems finishing your film or submitting your entry don’t worry just send us an email at:  info@dunbarfilm.org.uk   or justmailforgames@gmail.com   and we’ll see if we can help.

45 YEARS Friday 27th May

May 27, 2016
7:30 pmto10:00 pm

In the week leading up to their 45th wedding anniversary a couple receive an unexpected letter which contains potentially life changing news.

You can watch the trailer here

45 Years (15) 2015, UK, 1hr 35mins.

Friday 27th May, Hallhill.

Doors and bar 7.30

Film starts at 8.00