Screen Machine 25th Anniversary
- Submitted by: Liam McArthur, Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats.
- Date lodged: Tuesday, 12 September 2023
- Motion reference: S6M-10410
That the Parliament celebrates the 25th anniversary of Screen Machine, Scotland’s mobile cinema; understands that Screen Machine brings new film releases to communities in the Highlands and Islands, including to many communities lacking access to a permanent cinema; appreciates what it sees as the importance of initiatives like these to rural and island communities, in supporting and enhancing their cultural life; commends all those involved in the service, which is run by Regional Screen Scotland; notes the campaign to secure new funding for Screen Machine, after the last permanent machine suffered a series of faults; understands that Regional Screen Scotland has requested funding from the Scottish Government to cover a deposit and begin building, without which it will have to wind down the service; believes that the loss of such a cultural asset would be significantly detrimental to communities across the Highlands and Islands, including Orkney, and calls on the Scottish Government to engage constructively with Regional Screen Scotland to agree a way forward that will safeguard this valuable service.
Clare Adamson, Alasdair Allan, Jeremy Balfour, Neil Bibby, Miles Briggs, Ariane Burgess, Alexander Burnett, Stephanie Callaghan, Donald Cameron (Registered interest)
, Maggie Chapman, Annabelle Ewing, Kenneth Gibson, Pam Gosal, Rhoda Grant, Dr. Sandesh Gulhane, Jamie Halcro Johnston, Bill Kidd, Douglas Lumsden, Audrey Nicoll, Paul O'Kane, Douglas Ross, Paul Sweeney, Sue Webber, Tess White