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New Picture House, St Andrews

Dundee Contemporary Arts

Andrew Lacon

Andrew Lacon’s newly commissioned response to Gallery 1 at DCA. A substantial yet subtle installation across the whole gallery that challenges our expectations regarding how artworks are presented and asks questions about how certain raw materials.

8 Feb–25 Feb: Mon–Wed 10am–6pm; Thu 10am–8pm; Fri–Sun 10am–6pm

Bookbinding from Tokyo to Timbuktu

Based on techniques spanning the continents, from Asia to Africa, learn some ancient skills and make a book.

24 Feb: Sat 11am

Creature from the Black Lagoon

Scientists try to capture a prehistoric beast who lurks in the jungle.

23 Feb: Fri 8.45–9.59pm; Sat 4–5.14pm

Dark River

Alice (Wilson) goes back to the scene of her childhood trauma after 15 years, to lay a claim to the Yorkshire farm that was promised her, but her brother Joe (Stanley) insists it should go to him. Barnard’s third feature features a superb performance from Stanley and a deeply affecting one from Wilson as the gutsy, damaged Alice.

2 Mar–8 Mar: Fri 3.15–4.44pm & 8.15–9.44pm; Sat & Sun 8.15–9.44pm; Mon–Wed 3.15–4.44pm & 8.15–9.44pm; Thu 3.15–4.44pm & 9–10.29pm

DCA Young Photo Club

Skills-building workshop for young photographers with tutored sessions led by local photographers and time to show your work on a big screen. The session begins with a 'how to' introduction to let you try new techniques and familiarise yourself with the camera's settings.

27 Feb–27 Mar: Tue 6–8pm

Dundee Toastmasters Meetup

A branch of the international Toastmasters Public Speaking and Leadership organisation meets twice a month in Dundee city centre - and we'd love you to join us!

We meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month at the DCA (Dundee Contemporary Arts) centre in the Nethergate from 6.45 - 9.00pm. Whatever your goals in life may be, your success depends on your ability to communicate effectively. Individuals who can express their ideas so that they are heard, understood and acted upon, possess one of the primary qualities of leadership.

You are welcome to come along to any meeting as a guest so you can find out whether Toastmasters is right for you. There's no charge for attending as a guest, so you can find out what Toastmasters is all about for yourself before deciding whether to join Dundee Toastmasters and embark on a programme that will multiply your communication and leadership skills.

Becoming a member

The Toastmasters programme is suitable for everyone (though the minimum age for membership is 18yrs). The atmosphere at meetings is friendly, informal, and supportive.

Members come from a variety of occupations: education, PR, journalism, sales, hotel administration, design, museums and many other categories from computing to homeopathy. Many of them have to talk to groups regularly in the course of their work, and feel there is room for improvement. Everyone believes that developing the ability to speak in public is character-forming and beneficial to their careers. Becoming a member of Dundee Toastmasters provides access to the Toastmasters International communication and leadership programs. You also become a part of the world-wide Toastmasters' community.

You are welcome to come to any of our meetings (there's no need to arrange this in advance) as a guest for free.

What does membership cost?

Dundee Toastmasters membership costs about the same as attending an average evening class. It is a non-profit making, educational organisation. All our funds go towards the hiring of a venue to hold our meetings, the purchase of educational materials for the benefit of members, and promoting the club to those who might benefit from what it has to offer.

To join the club you have to pay a one-off registration fee to Toastmasters International at a cost of £20. This includes your Communication and Leadership Manuals, and a subscription to the Toastmasters monthly magazine with lots of hints and tips on public speaking.

The Dundee Toastmasters subscriptions are currently £100 for six months, or £157 for 12 months (a saving of £43 annually). In addition, when joining for 12 months there is the option to pay by monthly standing order at £13 a month.

28 Feb–1 Mar: Wed 6.45pm

Gukoroku - Traces of Sin (Gukôroku)

An murder investigation goes cold until a journalist discovers new information.

24 Feb: Sat 8.30pm

Japanese Girls Never Die

Cryptic graffiti appearing across town; a girl gang violently attacking men at random – are they all related to Haruko Azumi’s disappearance? This anarchic and vibrant drama follows the lives of women, from teenagers to twenty-somethings, in contemporary Japan.

26 Feb: Mon 9pm

Kate V Robertson: This Mess is Kept Afloat

The first solo exhibition in a UK institution by Robertson. The work draws our attention to the walls, the floor, ceiling and windows of an expansive space at the DCA. Robertson explores the external and internal to create a sensually rich experience.

8 Feb–25 Feb: Mon–Wed 10am–6pm; Thu 10am–8pm; Fri–Sun 10am–6pm

Lady Bird

Christine (Ronan) is a 17-year-old from Sacramento, dreaming of the life that awaits her while having to deal with her hyper-critical mother. Gerwig’s solo directorial debut is a sure-footed charmer, wise, witty and breezing along with sunny optimism and an acute understanding of human nature.

2 Mar–8 Mar: Fri & Sat 1.15–2.49pm, 3.30–5.04pm, 6–7.34pm & 8.30–10.04pm; Sun 1–2.34pm, 6–7.34pm & 8.30–10.04pm; Mon 1.15–2.49pm, 3.30–5.04pm & 8.30–10.04pm; Tue–Thu 1.15–2.49pm, 3.30–5.04pm, 6–7.34pm & 8.30–10.04pm


Zhenya (Spivak) and Borisi (Rozin) can no longer stand the sight of each other, but then their 12-year-old son goes missing; even then it takes a while before they notice. Despairing portrait of modern Russia, in which people are so preoccupied with their own desires that everyone else is irrelevant.

23 Feb–1 Mar: Fri 1–3.07pm, 3.30–5.37pm & 6.15–8.22pm; Sat 1–3.07pm & 6–8.07pm; Sun 1–3.07pm, 3.45–5.52pm & 6.30–8.37pm; Mon 1–3.07pm & 6.15–8.22pm; Tue 1–3.07pm, 3.45–5.52pm & 8.15–10.22pm; Wed 1–3.07pm, 3.30–5.37pm, 6–8.07pm & 8.45–10.52pm; Thu 1–3.07pm…

The Mercy

The true story of Donald Crowhurst (Firth), a weekend sailor who persuaded an investor to build him a yacht so that he could enter a round-the-world yacht race, with disastrous consequences. Firth does brave and moving work as Crowhurst falls apart under the stress, but the conclusion is unconvincing.

2 Mar–8 Mar: Fri 1–2.41pm & 6–7.41pm; Sat & Sun 6–7.41pm; Mon–Wed 1–2.41pm & 6–7.41pm; Thu 1–2.41pm

Metropolitan Opera Live: La Bohème

The world’s most popular opera returns with an exciting young cast in Franco Zeffirelli’s production.

24 Feb: Sat 5.30pm

The Near Shore

Fresh from its premiere at Glasgow Film Festival, we are excited to bring you the only other UK screening of this programme of silent film work presenting perspectives on Scotland and Ireland, with lively musical accompaniment by Irish musicians.

Including works by filmmakers from both sides of the water; the fascinating footage features holidays, honeymoons, and early science fiction. The traditional folk trio of Patrick Carayannis, Rodney Lancashire and Seamus Hernon, and renowned avant-garde free-improvisational pianist Paul Smyth will alternately score the programme, making for a very special night in DCA cinema.

The rarely seen silent films include* The Farm Below the Mountain* (1958), a film made by Scottish amateur Ernest Tiernan in Co Leitrim;* Ireland by Air*, starring Scottish aviatrix Winnie Drinkwater; the films of Desmond Leslie of the aristocratic Leslie Clan of Scotland; and Butlins holiday camp films by John Tomkins.

This collaboration between The Irish Film Institute and Dundee Contemporary Arts is supported by Culture Ireland as part of GB18: Promoting Irish Arts in Britain.

26 Feb: Mon 6pm

Oh Lucy!

A lonely woman living in Tokyo decides to take an English class where she discovers her alter ego, Lucy.

25 Feb: Sun 9pm

Photography Forum

A discussion group for amateur photographers. Compare notes on practising photography, get advice, show your work and look at others' portfolios.

Booking is essential.

24 Feb–28 Apr: Sat 11am–1pm

The Shape of Water

In 1962 Baltimore, Eliza (Hawkins) is a mute who works as a cleaner in a secret government facility alongside the chatty Zelda (Spencer); there she makes a connection with a mysterious monster (Jones). A wondrous tale of underwater love, with an apt and refreshing approach to female sexuality; from screenplay through casting, score and production, it all gels superbly.

1 Mar: Thu 10.30am

Sword of the Stranger

A contemporary anime chanbara (Japanese swordplay film) about a young boy and his dog and their battle with the mighty Ming dynasty.

27 Feb: Tue 6pm

Centre for Film Studies

CFS Speaker Series: Mandy Rose (UWE) on Currents in NonFiction Virtual Reality

Technologies of Seeing and Technologies of Corporeality: Currents in nonfiction virtual reality About the paper: After the false start of the 1990s, developments in hardware and software have enabled the development of virtual reality (VR) as a mass market proposition, and the platform is emerging as a significant force in […]

George R. Romero @ St Andrews + Land of the Dead, an IGCCC event

Best known for his zombie “revival” into global screens, Romero passed away in July 2017 and we, at the Institute of Global Cinema and Creative Cultures, want to celebrate him with a two-day commemoration. IGCCC’s workshop George R. Romero @ St Andrewswill celebrate the life and the legacy of ‘the […]

George R. Romero’s Martin (1978), screening and discussion, an IGCCC event

The commemoration of George R. Romero will conclude with the screening of the highly acclaimed Martin (1978). The screening will be introduced by Connor McMorran (St Andrews University) who will lead us into Romero’s monstrous world. For information, please contact Andrea Gelardi ag306@st-andrews.ac.uk

Wu Tianming @ St Andrews, an IGCCC workshop


On zero-to micro-budget filmmaking: a workshop with William Brown

In the digital age, it seems that ever-growing numbers of people can and do make films. In this workshop, then, we shall discuss zero-, micro- and low-budget digital filmmaking, including how to do it and some of the pitfalls involved in it. What is more, we shall reflect upon how […]

IGCCC talk: Prof. Zhang Zhen, TBC


Film Screening: “The Sun Island” (dir. Thomas Elsaesser, 2017). Screening and Discussion with Professor Thomas Elsaesser

The Sun Island (dir. Thomas Elsaesser, Germany, 2017, 72 mins) Screening and discussion with the film director The Sun Island is a documentary essay film about coincidences, shattered lives and posthumous fame. A found footage family film about love and passion, friendship and heartbreak in Berlin between the wars. But ​a film […]

CFS Speaker Series: Professor Thomas Elsaesser, “Trapped in Amber: On the Materialities of Media Memory”

Trapped in Amber: On the Materialities of Media Memory A lecture by Professor Thomas Elsaesser   **See also the screening of Professor Elsaesser’s film The Sun Island (2017) on May 15th at 5pm   Thomas Elsaesser is Professor Emeritus at the Department of Media and Culture of the University of Amsterdam. From 2006 […]

University of St Andrews

Gifford Lecture Series 2017 - A God to Contend With

The fifth lecture in the University's Gifford Lecture Series for 2017, this year to be given by Professor Michael Rea on the theme 'Though The Darkness Hide Thee: Seeking the Face of the Invisible God'. Over the course of six lectures, Professor Rea, Director of the Center for Philosophy of Religion at the University of Notre Dame in the USA, will take a theologically informed approach to the topic of 'divine hiddenness', the idea that God’s existence is far less evident — and that vivid, unambiguous experience of God’s presence is much less frequent — than one might expect from a perfectly loving deity. Philosophers often treat divine hiddenness as evidence that God doesn’t exist but, according to Professor Rea, that line of thinking is based on drawing parallels between divine love and human love. In his lectures, he will contend that it is not reasonable to believe that perfect, divine love would resemble human perceptions of ideal parental or romantic love.

Searching for a New Science

Oxford physicist Ard Louis and filmmaker David Malone meet famous scientists, philosophers and writers (including agnostics and people of faith such as Peter Atkins, Frans de Waal, Jane Goodall, Roger Penrose, Ben Okri, John Cottingham, George Ellis, Sunetra Gupta and others) to discuss questions about meaning and the nature of the universe in this premiere of a new film on the big questions of science and religion.

Films and Artefacts Series: Death on the Nile

Relax, nobody’s been murdered at MUSA, but museums do sometimes hold dangerous objects in their collections. Join Morna Annandale, Curatorial Trainee, to discover how museums deal with hazards lurking behind-the-scenes.

Films and Artefacts Series: Suffragette

The University of St Andrews played a leading part in developing women’s higher education in the 19th century. Watch the award-winning film, Suffragette, and find out about the ‘Lady Literate in Arts’ scheme and its legacy with MUSA's Exhibitions and Collections Curator.


Ever wondered how to make solar cells out of raspberries? Or how the dancin' has affected our social and cultural history? If so, join us for our largest ever celebration for European Researchers’ Night across Scotland as we fill the Byre Theatre with activities and live shows. Our third extravaganza of discovery, debate and entertainment takes place in Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh and St Andrews.