mr turner

Mr. Turner screening 7.30pm Sat 25 April

Mr. Turner CERT 12A is screening on at 7.30pm on Saturday 25th April at 7.30pm.

The film explores the last quarter century of the great if eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851). Profoundly affected by the death of his father, loved by a housekeeper he takes for granted and occasionally exploits sexually, he forms a close relationship with a seaside landlady with whom he eventually lives incognito in Chelsea, where he dies. Throughout this, he travels, paints, stays with the country aristocracy, visits brothels, is a popular if anarchic member of the Royal Academy of Arts, has himself strapped to the mast of a ship so that he can paint a snowstorm, and is both celebrated and reviled by the public and by royalty.

Saturday 25th April

  • Mr. Turner CERT 12A, screening 7.30pm to 10pm, St Joseph’s Hall Eventbrite - Mr. Turner Before the screening for Mr. Turner we will be joined by Frank & Stewart from folk band Holm who will be performing from 7 to 7.30pm. We encourage you to come down early and enjoy the music – described as Atmospheric Americana with a European avant-garde twist.

Our screenings are free to attend – we are funded by donations. Tickets are also available from Balerno Post Office or the Mill Cafe in the St Joseph’s Centre.



The Boxtrolls screening 2.30pm Sat 25 April

The Boxtrolls CERT PG is screening at 2.30pm on Saturday 25th April.

‘The Boxtrolls has more humour than heart, but should please adults and children alike’, Anna Smith, The Telegraph.

The Boxtrolls are a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs in the amazing cavernous home they’ve built beneath the streets of a city called Cheesebridge. The story is about a young orphaned boy raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors who tries to save his friends from an evil exterminator, the town’s villain, Archibald Snatcher. When Snatcher comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls. Eggs decides to venture above ground and “into the light,” where he meets and teams up with fabulously feisty Winnie. Together, they devise a daring plan to save The BoxTrolls family. The film is based upon the children’s novel ‘Here Be Monsters’ by Alan Snow.

Saturday 25th April

  • The Boxtrolls CERT PG, screening 2.30pm to 4.05pm, St Joseph’s Hall  Eventbrite - The Boxtrolls

Our screenings are free to attend – we are funded by donations. Tickets are also available from Balerno Post Office or the Mill Cafe in the St Joseph’s Centre.


We Are the Best! screening 7.30pm Fri 24 April

We Are the Best! is screening at 7.30pm on Friday 24th of April. It won the best film at the Tokyo Film Festival and nominated for various awards and receivies a 97% rating on rotten tomatoes. Please also note this film is subtitled.

We Are the Best! is Moodysson’s adaptation of his wife Coco’s graphic novel about three young misfits growing up in early ’80s Stockholm. Pixieish, mohawk-sporting Klara (Mira Grosin) and her best friend Bobo (Mira Barkhammar) are 13-year-old rebels looking for a cause.

Despite having no instruments-or discernible musical talent-the two put all their energy into forming an all-girl punk band, recruiting their shy, classical guitar-playing schoolmate Hedvig (Liv LeMoyne) as the third wheel. With tender affection for his young characters and the period in which his film is set, Moodysson paints an ebullient and sharply observant portrait of DIY spirit and growing up different. (c) Magnolia

Friday 24th April

  • We Are the Best! CERT 15, screening 7.30pm to 9.15pm, Ogston Hall Eventbrite - We Are the Best

Our screenings are free to attend – we are funded by donations. Tickets are also available from Balerno Post Office or the Mill Cafe in the St Joseph’s Centre.


Fairtrade in Balerno

Thank you to Lesley Henderson for talking to us tonight about Fairtrade activity in Balerno.

We showed the trailer for the Fair Trade Matters campaign – the full video is available below.

Please get in touch with Lesley if you and/or your organisation would like to know more, and/or to help FairTrade to thrive in Balerno. Fresh ideas and new people always most welcome.

Contact Lesley Henderson or Jane Forster



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.

Pride screening 7.30pm Sat 14th March

Pride is screening at 7.30pm on Saturday 14th March.

It’s the summer of 1984 – Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is on strike. At the Gay Pride March in London, a group of gay and lesbian activists decides to raise money to support the families of the striking miners. But there is a problem. The Union seems embarrassed to receive their support.

Saturday 14th March

  • Pride CERT 15, screening 7.30pm to 9.30pm, St Joseph’s Hall Eventbrite - Pride

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


Marvellous screening 7.30pm on Friday 13th March

Our March screening weekend starts at 7.30pm on Friday 13th with Marvellous.

Neil Baldwin, born just after World War II, is considered to have learning difficulties but he has an appetite for life and, encouraged by his mother Mary, leaves his butchery job to join the circus as Nello the Clown, being undaunted when the circus moves on without him. He moves to Keele University, where Mary has a cleaning job, appointing himself the unofficial greeter to new students, a role rewarded by an honorary degree in 2013. He also gets to manage its unofficial football team, named after him, and in 1992 talks his way into becoming the kit man and mascot of his beloved football team Stoke City.

For Neil there are no boundaries – his interest in religion leads to his becoming a lay preacher whilst he presents himself at the House of Commons for tea with MP Tony Benn and at Cambridge University, where he strikes up a friendship with Prince Andrew, which results in his being on the queen’s Christmas card list. With his indomitable attitude overcoming early set-backs and the death of his beloved mother for Neil life is – marvellous. Written by don @ minifie-1

Friday 13th March

  • Marvellous CERT 12,  7.30pm to 9pm, St Joseph’s Hall  Eventbrite - Marvellous

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


Danny MacAskill: The Ridge 6 & 7th February

Thanks to Cut Media we are delighted to screen Danny MacAskill’s brilliant new video The Ridge at Balerno Village Screen on 6 & 7th February.

For the first time in one of his films Danny climbs aboard a mountain bike and returns to his native home of the Isle of Skye in Scotland to take on a death-defying ride along the notorious Cuillin Ridgeline.

No tickets required for this as we will screen The Ridge at each of our February screenings.

If you don’t fancy our main features but would like to see The Ridge on the Big Screen add a comment below or contact us via social media/email- if we get enough interest we will try and add a separate Ridge screening early Saturday evening.

Danny has done well since the 2009 Balerno Gala



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.

Community Cinema – Free Admission – Funded by Donations