It was back in November 2010 that I interviewed the then manager of Screen Machine, Graham Campbell, about Scotland’s only mobile cinema. Taking mainstream films to remote and rural parts of Scotland, mainly in the Highlands and Islands, the not-for-profit cinema has been running since 1998 in one form or another.
Kept on the road in the main by grants and public funding, Screen Machine sees over 25,000 film fans pass through its doors each year, people who, in some cases, would otherwise have to make a 15-hour round-trip to see a film in a bricks and mortar cinema.
In the interests of full disclosure, I should say that since that interview my involvement with Screen Machine has grown, and I now look after some of the promotion of the cinema online and offline in my capacity as a digital editor – sadly ReelScotland isn’t a full time job that pays the bills.
So here’s the video, featuring an appearance from one of Screen Machine’s drivers/projectionists, Iain MacColl, as he sets it up for four days of screenings in Brodick, Isle of Arran. Hopefully it provides some feel for what it’s like watching a film inside a truck, albeit a very expensive and well equipped truck. You can also find it on Twitter and Facebook.