Life of Pi

Life of Pi

Mon 5th December  |  7pm

After deciding to sell their zoo in India and move to Canada, Santosh and Gita Patel board a freighter with their sons and a few remaining animals. Tragedy strikes when a terrible storm sinks the ship, leaving the Patels’ teenage son, Pi (Suraj Sharma), as the only human survivor. However, Pi is not alone; a fearsome Bengal tiger has also found refuge aboard the lifeboat. As days turn into weeks and weeks drag into months, Pi and the tiger must learn to trust each other if both are to survive.


Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times referred to the film as “a miraculous achievement of storytelling and a landmark of visual mastery. One of the best films of the year.”










Golden Horse

10 December 2016 – 2:30 pm until 5:00pm

2:30 – 3:30 – Animation workshop for families and everyone with animator Penny Sharp

3:30 the start of the film “The Golden Horse” (2015 Latvia, Lithuania) by Reinis Kalnaellis and Valentas Askinis.

“The Golden Horse”  animated tale based on Latvian poet Reinis play inspired by Baltic mythology, perfect for children and families during festive period. 

Before the screening families are invited to the stop-motion animation workshop with Scottish animator Penny Sharp. 


Furious Black Mother imprisons Princess Sun into an ice coffin placed on the highest hill. Darkness, tears and despair covers grieving Kingdom. While evil is taking over the Kingdom, the King decides to make an announcement: the bravest man who saves the Princess will be able to marry her. Many young men are trying their luck to save her. But there is only one open-hearted man who is capable to withstand the forces of evil. 

Ticketed entry:

£6.00 (£5.00 concession) at the door


Workshop and film language – English


Grassmarket Community Project is a venue which is fully wheelchair accessible. The film is in Lithuanian language with English subtitles that will ensure that the film is accessible to the English speaking, deaf and hard of hearing audiences.

Love Thy Nature

Love Thy Nature (plus Q&A)

Mon 12th December | 7pm

Narrated by Liam Neeson, Love Thy Nature points to how deeply we’ve lost touch with nature – and takes us on a mesmerizing cinematic journey through the beauty and intimacy of our relationship with the natural world.

Neeson is the voice of “Sapiens” (our collective humankind) who, in the past few thousand years, has come to believe that we have transcended nature. Yet, experts uncover how a new era of nature-connection might just be dawning: “Biomimicry” scientists look to the natural world for the most brilliant cutting edge inventions, ecologists unveil how nature restores our communities, and doctors are finding new ways in which nature heals the body, mind, and brain.

The winner of 26 awards, Love Thy Nature shares the dazzling spectacles of our planet, while showing that a renewed connection with nature is key – not only to our well being, but also to solving our environmental and climate crises. And Sapiens’ journey reveals how a relationship with nature ignites a sense of meaning and wonder so profound that it touches us at the very core of what it means to be human.

The film will be followed by a Q & A  panel and audience discussion with Forest school practitioner, Andrea Fisher, Wilderness Guide Rhyddian Knight and award winning designer Lesley McMillan who designs interiors using our own Grassmarket Furniture inspired by nature into the lives of looked after children.




Finding Nemo

Finding Nemo

Sat 17th December | 11am

We kick off our Christmas Holidays Season with the much loved classic Finding Nemo

A clown fish named Marlin lives in the Great Barrier Reef loses his son, Nemo. After he ventures into the open sea, despite his father’s constant warnings about many of the ocean’s dangers. Nemo is abducted by a boat and netted up and sent to a dentist’s office in Sydney. So, while Marlin ventures off to try to retrieve Nemo, Marlin meets a fish named Dory, a blue tang suffering from short-term memory loss. The companions travel a great distance, encountering various dangerous sea creatures such as sharks, anglerfish and jellyfish, in order to rescue Nemo from the dentist’s office, which is situated by Sydney Harbor. While the two are doing this, Nemo and the other sea animals in the dentist’s fish tank plot a way to return to Sydney Harbor to live their lives free again. Written by Anonymous


“Finding Nemo is an underwater treasure. The animation has the depth of the ocean itself. The adventure is both fun and fulfilling.” Steven Isaac, Plugged In






Saturday 17th December  |  2pm

Stanley’s family is cursed with bad luck. Unfairly sentenced to months of detention at Camp Green Lake, he and his campmates are forced by the warden to dig holes in order to build character. What they don’t know is that they are digging holes in order to search for a lost treasure hidden somewhere in the camp.

One of the few recent movies I have seen that plunged me into that rare, giddy state of pleasurable confusion, of not knowing what would happen next, which I associate with the reading and movie going experiences of my own childhood. But there is no reason that children should have a monopoly on this primal, wonderful experience.” Dana Stevens, The New York Times



Wages of Fear

Wages of Fear

Sunday 18th December   |  2pm

GRAND SEASON (Grassmarket’s Nostalgic Digital Programme) presents Wages of Fear.

In a squalid South American oil town, four desperate men sign on for a suicide mission to drive trucks loaded with nitro-glycerine over a treacherous mountain route to a faraway oil fire. The result is a white-knuckle ride from France’s legendary master of suspense, Henri-Georges Clouzot.


“nail-biting action scenes – calibrated to the millimetre – with a command of earthy performances” Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York 



The Third Man

The Third Man

Monday 19th December   |  7pm

GRAND SEASON (Grassmarket’s Nostalgic Digital Programme) presents The Third Man. An American pulp writer arrives in post-WWII Vienna only to find that the friend who waited for him is killed under mysterious circumstances. The ensuing mystery entangles him in his friend’s involvement in the black market, with the multinational police, and with his Czech girlfriend.


“This will haunt you. The style, the plot, the character and of course …that tune.”  Empire Magazine


“Several factors contribute to make “The Third Man” as powerful and as stunningly original now as it was when it premiered to great acclaim in 1949.” Common Sense Media




Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid

Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid

Wednesday 21st December   |  11am

GRAND SEASON (Grassmarket’s Nostalgic Digital programme) presents Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid, the true story of fast-draws and wild rides, battles with posses, train and bank robberies, a torrid love affair and a new lease on outlaw life in far away Bolivia. It is also a character study of a remarkable friendship between Butch – possibly the most likeable outlaw in frontier history – and his closest associate, the fabled, ever-dangerous Sundance Kid.


“Very funny in a strictly contemporary way-the last exuberant word on movies about the men of the mythic American West who have outlived their day.” New York Times


“Note-perfect performances, a screenplay steeped in both nostalgia and a timely sense of insight, and anti-heroes you can’t help but love: Butch and Sundance may be the most likeable film ever made.” Empire



It's a Wonderful Life

It’s a Wonderful Life

Friday 23rd December   |  11am

GRAND SEASON (Grassmarket’s Nostalgic Digital programme) presents It’s a Wonderful Life, the story of George Bailey who has spent his entire life giving of himself to the people of Bedford Falls. He has always longed to travel but never had the opportunity in order to prevent rich skinflint Mr. Potter from taking over the entire town. All that prevents him from doing so is George’s modest building and loan company, which was founded by his generous father. But on Christmas Eve, George’s Uncle Billy loses the business’s $8,000 while intending to deposit it in the bank. Potter finds the misplaced money, hides it from Billy, and George’s troubles begin. After George Bailey (James Stewart) wishes he had never been born, an angel (Henry Travers) is sent to earth to make George’s wish come true. George starts to realize how many lives he has changed and impacted, and how they would be different if he was never there.

No matter how often you see this perennial Christmas favourite, you will be entranced. Flawless.  Randy White, Common Sense Media


Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Saturday 24th December  |  2pm

Our GRAND SEASON continues with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. While truanting from school, young siblings Jeremy and Jemima meet the beautiful Truly Scrumptious (Sally Ann Howes), who falls for their widowed father, Caractacus Potts (Dick Van Dyke), and his various oddball inventions, including the family’s noisy rebuilt car, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. One day at the beach, Caractacus tells Truly and the children a fanciful fable about the villainous Baron Bomburst (Gert Frobe) and his evil designs on the Potts family car.


“The stuff of children’s wildest fantasies.” Common Sense Media



Charlie Chaplin's The Kid

Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid

Tuesday 27th December   | 11am

Chaplin’s first full-length feature is a silent masterpiece about a little tramp who discovers a little orphan and brings him up but is left desolate when the orphanage reclaims him. Chaplin directed, produced and starred in the film, as well as composed the score.

Considered one of Charlie Chaplin’s best films, The Kid also made a star of little Jackie Coogan, who plays the boy cared for by The Tramp. When his mother, Edna, later has a change of heart and aches to be reunited with her son, she finds him and wrests him from The Tramp, making what turns out be one of the most heart-wrenching scenes ever included in a comedy film.

“In the modern age of voice-over and extreme close-ups, the silent medium offers a refreshing take on filmmaking, and viewers willing to try something they’re not used to will be paid back in full.” Common Sense Media

“Some wonderful comic sequences and Coogan’s cherubic charm that makes this very special.”  Empire Magazine



To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird

Thursday 29th December   |  11am

Our GRAND SEASON concludes with To Kill A Mockingbird. In a small Alabama town in the 1930s, scrupulously honest and highly respected lawyer, Atticus Finch puts his career on the line when he agrees to represent Tom Robinson, a black man accused of rape. The trial and the events surrounding it are seen through the eyes of Finch’s six-year-old daughter, Scout.


While Robinson’s trial gives the movie its momentum, there are plenty of anecdotal occurrences before and after the court date: Scout’s ever-strengthening bond with older brother, Jem, her friendship with precocious young Dill Harris, her father’s no-nonsense reactions to such life-and-death crises as a rampaging mad dog, and especially Scout’s reactions to, and relationship with, Boo Radley, the reclusive ‘village idiot’ who turns out to be her salvation when she is attacked by a venomous bigot.

“A classic adaptation of an American classic. Storytelling doesn’t get much better than this.”  Empire