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

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


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 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!

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


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:





‘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.



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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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

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 (more…)