Sad news – Derek Charman

Everybody who has been part of the BVS story will share our shock and sadness at the sudden death of Derek Charman. A central figure in all site operations, Derek provided huge amounts of technical guidance and advice to BVS and along with his church officers oversaw many of our screening weekends. Derek was instrumental in the design and procurement of all our movie infrastructure and we will miss his problem solving and solid delivery keenly: he loved to crack on and get things done and was a great influence on the establishment of the Village Screen. We used to joke that we’d get him in a BVS volunteers T-shirt one day, but in truth he’d thrown himself into our frenetic ‘all hands on deck ‘project from the very start.

From everyone at Balerno Village Screen



Festive screening Sat 20th December: It’s a Wonderful Life

Our festive screening weekend is Saturday 20th December when we are screening It’s a Wonderful Life and Frozen.

If you’ve never seen It’s a Wonderful Life it really is one of those films that you must see. This review gives a good insight into what it is all about and gives 3 reasons to watch it. 

Saturday 20th December

  • Frozen CERT PG, 6pm-7.45pm, Ogston Hall Eventbrite - Frozen (currently returns only with a waiting list)
  • It’s a Wonderful Life CERT U,  6pm – 8.10pm,  St Jo’s Hall Eventbrite - It's a Wonderful Life

See you again soon!


Weekend review and Christmas screenings

Our November 2014 screening weekend will go down in BVS history as the first weekend that we screened two films simultaneously bringing choice to your Saturday night viewing of The Book Thief or The Two Faces of January.

Thank you mentions

  • We shall start with the BVS crew – great job crew.
  • Then there were the delicious canapes – thank you Letter Box Bistro your efforts were greatly appreciated!
  • Thank you to Tunnocks for the tea cakes and wafers.
  • BVS crew member Jonathan gets a special mention for his efforts to resolve the technical issues on Saturday – sorry for the film delay but we believe two amps went ‘pop’.
  • And thank you – our audience - for your continual support and turning out in such large numbers to support our local village screen.

Ticket housekeeping

There are some people who are regularly booking tickets and then not attending. The reservation system helps us plan our volunteer levels, food & drink provision, venue health & safety and often a waiting list if a screening is at capacity. Can you please only reserve a ticket if you are sure you are coming along and if you need to cancel can you please give us as much notice as possible. We would really appreciate your support with this matter.

December screening weekend

Next month our screening weekend is Saturday 20th December when we are screening It’s a Wonderful Life and Frozen.

Saturday 20th December

  • Frozen CERT PG, 6pm-7.45pm, Ogston Hall Eventbrite - Frozen
  • It’s a Wonderful Life CERT U,  6pm – 8.10pm,  St Jo’s Hall Eventbrite - It's a Wonderful Life

See you again soon!


BVS cinema weekend coming up!

Join us over the weekend for great movies. On Friday evening we have Dallas Buyers Club and on Saturday afternoon Maleficent, followed in the evening by a choice of Two Faces of January or The Book Thief.  The choice is available following our shiny new screen, projector and blinds being installed in the St Jo’s Hall.

Grab yourself a ticket below and we will see you all again soon.  And new faces very very welcome – we are community cinema – free to attend and funded by donations. You can reserve tickets via the buttons below.

Friday 21st Nov

  • Dallas Buyers Club CERT 15. 7.30pm – 9.30pm, Ogston Hall Eventbrite - Dallas Buyers Club

Saturday 22nd Nov

  • Maleficent CERT PG, 2pm – 3.20pm, Ogston Hall Eventbrite - Malicifent
  • The Book Thief CERT 12A, 7.30pm-9.40pm, St Jo’s Hall Eventbrite - The Book Thief
  • Two Faces of January CERT 12A, 7.30pm-9.10pm,  Ogston HallEventbrite - Two Faces of January

Maleficent screening Saturday 22nd Nov 2pm

kidsbvsA beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal – an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces a battle with the invading king’s successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Maleficent realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom – and perhaps to Maleficent’s true happiness as well.

And a reminder for parents young children might find this a bit on the scary side so please excise judgement on suitability.

  • Maleficent CERT PG, Saturday 22nd Nov2pm – 3.20pm, Ogston Hall Eventbrite - Malicifent – tickets also available from the Mill Cafe and at Balerno Post Office.

Two Faces of January Screening Saturday 22nd Nov 7.30pm

With striking visuals, complex characters, and Hitchcockian plot twists, The Two Faces of January offers a pleasantly pungent treat for fans of romantic thrillers.

1962. A glamorous American couple, the charismatic Chester MacFarland (Mortensen) and his alluring younger wife Colette (Dunst), arrive in Athens by boat via the Corinth Canal. While sightseeing at the Acropolis they encounter Rydal (Isaac), a young, Greek-speaking American who is working as a tour guide, scamming tourists on the side. Drawn to Colette’s beauty and impressed by Chester’s wealth and sophistication, Rydal gladly accepts their invitation to dinner. However, all is not as it seems with the MacFarlands and Chester’s affable exterior hides darker secrets. When Rydal visits the couple at their exclusive hotel, Chester presses him to help move the body of a seemingly unconscious man who he claims attacked him. In the moment, Rydal agrees but as events take a more sinister turn he finds himself compromised and unable to pull himself free. His increasing infatuation with the vulnerable and responsive Colette gives rise to Chester’s jealousy and paranoia, leading to a tense and dangerous battle of wits between the two men.

  • Two Faces of January CERT 12A, Saturday 22nd Nov, 7.30pm-9.10pm, St Jo’s Hall Eventbrite - Two Faces of January – tickets also available from the Mill Cafe and Balerno Post Office
Dallas Buyers Club

Dallas Buyers Club Screening Friday 21st Nov 7.30PM

Matthew McConaughey stars in Dallas Buyers Club as real-life Texas cowboy Ron Woodroof, whose free-wheeling life was overturned in 1985 when he was diagnosed as HIV-positive and given 30 days to live. These were the early days of the AIDS epidemic, and the U.S. was divided over how to combat the virus.

Ron, now shunned and ostracized by many of his old friends, and bereft of government-approved effective medicines, decided to take matters in his own hands, tracking down alternative treatments from all over the world by means both legal and illegal. Bypassing the establishment, the entrepreneurial Woodroof joined forces with an unlikely band of renegades and outcasts – who he once would have shunned – and established a hugely successful “buyers’ club.” Their shared struggle for dignity and acceptance is a uniquely American story of the transformative power of resilience. (c) Focus Features.


  • Dallas Buyers Club CERT 15. Friday 21st November, 7.30pm – 9.30pm, Ogston Hall Eventbrite - Dallas Buyers Club – tickets also available from the Mill Cafe and Balerno Post Office

The Book Thief – screening Saturday 22nd Nov 7.30pm

Based on the beloved international bestselling book, The Book Thief tells the story of an extraordinary, spirited young girl sent to live with a foster family in WWII Germany. Intrigued by the only book she brought with her, she begins collecting books as she finds them. With the help of her new parents and a secret guest under the stairs, she learns to read and creates a magical world that inspires them all.

  • The Book Thief CERT 12A, Saturday 22nd November, 7.30pm-9.40pm, Ogston Hall Eventbrite - The Book Thief - tickets also available at the Mill Cafe and from Balerno Post Office
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Colin Cloud – Forensic Mind Reader & Good Vibrations

Balerno Village Screen has secured the attendance of the amazing Fringe Star, Colin Cloud, Forensic Mindreader to do a performance before we screen Good Vibrations on Friday 3rd October. We are soooo excited to have such a talented up and coming star in the cinema!

“GENIUS … Truly amazed. Go and see him – you literally won’t believe your eyes” *****Edinburgh Reporter

Colin is trying out new material before he flies the following day to New York where NBC have commissioned his own TV show – we are delighted to help out!

His show is funny and mind blowing and a recent video of him in action is below.

If you would like to attend please book a ticket via the button below and join us in welcoming Colin Cloud to Balerno! There are only a handful of tickets left so don’t delay. Colin will do a 15 minute show before the film so will be finished around 20 minutes later than previously advertised.

Friday 3rd Oct

As part of the Balerno Music Festival: Good Vibrations,  with pre show entertainment from Colin Cloud 7.30pm – 9.15pm, Ogston Hall Eventbrite - Good Vibrations





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