Sad News: Louise Duncan

We are all deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Louise Duncan on Tuesday.

Louise was keen that the church reach out to the community.  She made it possible for BVS to exist.  She backed us 100% in our efforts to provide a community cinema that included people of all faiths and none. We would not be here without her. Aside from her religious and pastoral work of which others will no doubt speak, I would also like to point out that of the many clergy men and women I have met over the years she was the all time best dancer. I doubt very much whether I will meet someone like her again.

Thank you Louise you will be hugely missed.
From Martin and the team at BVS.

The funeral is at 1pm on Saturday 28th Feb at the church and halls, then onto the High School concourse for the wake. All are welcome including kids.

What We Did on Our Holiday screening 7.30pm Saturday 7th February

From the creators of the hit BBC comedy series Outnumbered – What We Did on Our Holiday CERT 12A is a heart-warming, uplifting comedy for all the family.

Doug (David Tennant) and Abi (Rosamund Pike) and their three children travel to the Scottish Highlands for Doug’s father Gordie’s (Billy Connolly) birthday party. It’s soon clear that when it comes to keeping a secret under wraps from the rest of the family, their children are their biggest liability…


Saturday 7th February

  • What We Did on Our Holiday CERT 12A, 7.30 – 9pm, St Joseph’s Centre Eventbrite - What We Did on Our Holidays

Our February features will be preceded by Danny MacAskill’s brilliant new video The Ridge.

Tickets are also available from Balerno Post Office or the Mill Cafe in the St Joseph’s Centre.


Mr Peabody & Sherman screening 2.30pm Saturday 7th February

Mr. Peabody is a business titan, inventor, scientist, gourmand, two-time Olympic medalist and genius…who also happens to be a dog. Using his most ingenious invention, the WABAC machine, Mr. Peabody and his adopted boy Sherman hurtle back in time to experience world-changing events first-hand and interact with some of the greatest characters of all time. But when Sherman breaks the rules of time travel, our two heroes find themselves in a race to repair history and save the future, while Mr. Peabody may face his biggest challenge yet – being a parent. Written by Juan Diaz


Saturday 7th February

  • Mr Peabody & Sherman CERT U,  2.30 – 4pm, St Joseph’s Centre,Eventbrite - Mr Peabody & Sherman

Our February features will be preceded by Danny MacAskill’s brilliant new video The Ridge.

Tickets are also available from Balerno Post Office or the Mill Cafe in the St Joseph’s Centre.


Boyhood screening 7.30pm Friday 6th February

Our February screening weekend starts at 7.30pm on Friday 6th February with Boyhood CERT 15 which receives a 5 star rating from Rotten Tomatoes.

Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes.

Starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Mason’s parents and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as his sister Samantha, Boyhood charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before. Snapshots of adolescence from road trips and family dinners to birthdays and graduations and all the moments in between become transcendent, set to a soundtrack spanning the years from Coldplay’s Yellow to Arcade Fire’s Deep Blue.

Boyhood is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting. It’s impossible to watch Mason and his family without thinking about our own journey. (c) Sundance Film Fest

Friday 6th February

  • Boyhood CERT 15,  7.30 – 10.15pm St Joseph’s Centre Eventbrite - Boyhood

Our February features will be preceded by Danny MacAskill’s brilliant new video The Ridge.

Tickets are also available from Balerno Post Office and the Mill Cafe.


January Les Misérables #pitchfever fundraiser

Our next screening date is the 24th January when we will be supporting Balerno High School and feeder schools screen the much loved musical Les Misérables – this is a fundraiser for the #pitchfever 2G project to raise funds for a new 2G pitch at the High School. This screening will include a performance from the pupils of Balerno High School who are preparing for their school show Les Misérables.

Back to the film! Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption—a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit.

You can reserve your ticket via the buttons booking buttons below.

Saturday 24th January

  • Les Misérables CERT 12 #pitchfever fundraiser, 12.30 – 3pm, St Joe’s Centre  Eventbrite - Les Misérables #pitchfever fundraiser

For those of you new to BVS – we are a community cinema – tickets are free to attend and we are funded by donations. Please reserve your ticket via the button above. Doors open 30 minutes in advance.

And the video below tells you a little more about what #pitchfever is all about and why the kids are fundraising.

More information on the #pitchfever project, including details on how to get involved, can be found on the Dean Park School website. 

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



The Railway Man screening Sat 10th Jan at 7.30pm

Based on the remarkable bestselling autobiography, The Railway Man tells the extraordinary and epic true story of Eric Lomax (Colin Firth), a British Army officer who is tormented as a prisoner of war at a Japanese labor camp during World War II. Decades later, Lomax and his beautiful love interest Patti (Nicole Kidman) discover that the Japanese interpreter responsible for much of his treatment is still alive and set out to confront him, and his haunting past, in this powerful and inspiring tale of heroism, humanity and the redeeming power of love. 

  • The Railway Man CERT 15, 7.30pm – 9.30pm, Ogston HallEventbrite - The Railway Man

Tickets are also available from Balerno Post Office and the Mill Cafe.


How to Train Your Dragon 2 screening 10th Jan at 2.30pm

When Hiccup and Toothless discover an ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace.

Exciting, emotionally resonant, and beautifully animated, How to Train Your Dragon 2 builds on its predecessor’s successes just the way a sequel should.

 Saturday 10th January

  • How to Train Your Dragon 2 CERT PG, 2.30pm – 4.15pm, Ogston Hall Eventbrite - How to Train Your Dragon 2

Tickets also available from the Balerno Post Office and the Mill Cafe.


The Imposter screening Friday 9th Jan at 7.30pm

A gripping thriller straight out of real life, The Imposter is an original film experience that walks the razor’s edge between true-crime documentary and stylish noir mystery.

Nicholas was 13 the day he disappeared (June 13, 1994). He would have been 16 and 8 months when he was reported found in Spain (October 7, 1997)… In 1994 a 13-year-old boy disappears without a trace from San Antonio, Texas. Three and a half years later he is found alive, thousands of miles away in a village in southern Spain with a story of kidnap and torture. His family is overjoyed to bring him home. But all is not quite as it seems. The boy bears many of the same distinguishing marks he always had, but why does he now have a strange accent? Why does he look so different? And why doesn’t the family seem to notice these glaring inconsistencies? It’s only when an investigator starts asking questions that this strange tale takes an even stranger turn… — (C) Indomina

Friday 9th January

  • The Imposter CERT 15, 7.30pm-9pm, Ogston Hall Eventbrite - The Imposter

Tickets are also available at Balerno Post Office and The Mill Cafe.

Community Cinema – Free Admission – Funded by Donations