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Funding boost for Village Screen

We are delighted to announce that the City of Edinburgh Council has approved a grant to support Balerno Village Screen. This is fantastic news and will allow us to install suitable projection and sound equipment to enhance the cinema experience and help us make the facilities available to the wider community. 
The funding will also allow us to develop a programme of training and workshops for children who want to learn more about making film. 
A huge thank you goes to the City of Edinburgh Council for having the vision to support this project and also thank you to the community of Balerno and surrounding areas for endorsing our community cinema by turning out in numbers to support us and sending your messages of support! 
Happy Friday everyone – tickets for our April screenings of ARGO and Monster in Paris available Tuesday 12th March. 

Meet the BVS critic: Darran Murphy

Hey, I’m Darran I just reviewed Argo for you guys but I also run my own blog at

I grew up in Edinburgh and went to high-school in Balerno and love that you guys have a community cinema now!

Darran Murphy
Darran Murphy

I was the kid that stayed on the bus out of school straight past my house and rode on to a cinema in the city where I would watch any and all new films that were out. I literally grew up in film. I love cinemas – they are the places where I feel most comfortable in the world: being able to forget yourself for a short time in those dark rooms, lit only with the fantastical light and imagery of a projector, is a rapturous thing. I still go to the cinema all the time and now – with my blog – I love writing about films I’ve watched too.

My blog is primarily a venue for my photography and film talk.

One of my favourite photography posts is this one –
A favourite film post of mine is this one –

I hope you can find something to enjoy if you choose to stop by.

You can find my Balerno Village Screen reviews listed on the reviews page.

Bye for now,

Darran Murphy

Argo – review by Darran Murphy


iran us embassy
The real Iran US Embassy being invaded in 1979

Argo is this years Oscar-winning best picture and is directed by Ben Affleck, who also stars. Affleck’s Gone Baby Gone (2007) quietly yet powerfully announced him as a director really worth looking out for. The film starred his brother Casey Afleck and Michelle Monahghan as a husband and wife private investigating team looking into the disappearance of young girl. It was Ben Affleck’s first full length feature as a director and it instantly became a favourite of mine. Argo is his third full-length feature and it solidifies Affleck as a rock-solid directing talent. Continue reading

Skyfall weekend in review

Skyfall weekend saw the rugged and attractive members of the Balerno Village Screen committee busy ensuring the five separate screenings were an enormous success with over 400 villagers enjoying the Village Screen experience.

Ogston blinds

Behind the scenes major developments were accomplished on sound, screen, blackout curtains and blinds.   A massive thank you to David Baillie (decorator), Al Murray scaffold and blind painter supreme, Smithy and Jonathan on the sound system and Jen Jacques for curtain wizardry.  Singling people out is of course iniquitous as the entire committee worked their socks off to make the weekend such a huge success.

hall backStarting on Friday night we squeezed in an extra showing of Skyfall for those who hadn’t picked up tickets.  This show had an age range from three to eighty three and proved very popular, despite the tight timescale for the extra show.  Next up we put on Brave as a Saturday matinee for children, families and the young at heart.

The sound was so powerful that the bears seemed real.  The picture quality was also top notch.  By this time of course everyone was being filmed by Media Co-op who were making a feature of our cinema for Scotmid (our biggest funder). Another great show with almost no popcorn spilt and absolutely no children lost in our tremendous blackout curtain arrangement.Aston Martin filming

Upwards and onwards the 4pm showing of Skyfall in the Ogston Hall was standing room only with everything going off without a hitch.  Then following a tight turnaround we managed to screen Skyfall in the Ogston and St Joseph’s complete with Aston Martin donated for one night only by Murray Motors, laser and smoke machine from Lindsey Middleton, red carpet from Apex International Hotel and a huge amount of generosity and goodwill from the people of Balerno.

What a fabulous weekend, thanks to everyone for their support. See you next month for Argo (best film at this year’s Oscars) – tickets will be made available soon…..

Martin Gemmell, Chair of Committee

Skyfall and Brave update

Very exciting – less than 24 hours until Skyfall comes to Balerno! There are a handful tickets available for Friday night from the Mill Cafe or the Post Office so there is still time to get a ticket. On Saturday both Brave and Skyfall tickets have all gone.

If you are coming on Saturday, please be aware that Scotmid are making a film about Balerno Village Screen. You may be filmed in or around the screening or asked for an interview if you are attending any screening. They may also want to interview some children, usual disclaimers will be available for signing. If you wish to discuss this please feel free to ask one of the committee members (wearing the BVS t-shirts).

Refreshments and popcorn will be available at each screening and please arrive with enough time to get seated – doors open around 30 minutes before screening time.

And if you were listening to BBC Radio Scotland this afternoon you might have picked up the BBC Movie Cafe feature on Balerno Village Screen when they came to The Artist – you can listen again via the BBC Iplayer (starts 28.15) includes interviews with Iain Smith, Louise Duncan and some members of the audience – was it you?

Skyfall Friday screening

Owing to popular demand, we’ve decided to put on an additional screening of Skyfall: 7.30pm on Friday 1st March. If you would like to come along, you can pick up a ticket from The Mill Cafe or the Post Office on the High Street or you can book online:

All tickets for all of the screenings on Saturday have been taken up and we are currently working through any returned tickets (there are only a few) and we will reallocate them to those who are on the Saturday waiting list.

Looking forward to seeing you all next weekend.

March tickets still available

Just to let you know you can still get tickets for the March screenings at Balerno Village Screen.

Brave screening 11.15am Sat 2nd March – online tickets sold out but there are around 10 tickets still available at the Mill Cafe and Post Office.

Skyfall screening 4pm Sat 2nd March – online tickets sold out but 10 tickets still available at the Mill Cafe.

Skyfall screening 7.15pm – online tickets sold out and around 40 from the Mill Cafe and the Post Office. Tickets available on a first come first served basis.