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New Picture House, St Andrews

Dundee Contemporary Arts

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.

1 May–12 Jun: Tue 6–8pm

Dundead Horror Film Festival

For the fifth year running Dundee indulges its more bloodthirsty side with a bank holiday weekend of cinematic thrills and scares. With a programme of sneak previews and terrifying classics, the event has an inclusive feel, welcoming suggestions via twitter and facebook.

2 May–5 May: Wed Times to be confirmed

Get Off Auto

A weekend photography course covering different file-formats, exposure, white balance and ISO settings. Bring your own camera and cables, as well as a USB stick. The course takes places inside as well as outdoors, so bring appropriate footwear.

28 Apr–18 Aug: Sat noon–5pm

The Greatest Showman

A musical version of the life of showman and genius of hype PT Barnum (Jackman), and how he went from running a museum of ‘curiosities’ to promoting Swedish soprano Jenny Lind (Ferguson). Jackman has rock-star charisma and Gracey delivers a kaleidoscopic, family-friendly spectacle.

29 Apr: Sun 1pm

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Juliet (James) is a successful writer in post-WWII London who discovers the eponymous book club, and learns about their lives under the German occupation of the island. Don’t let the twee title put you off, as it’s a beguiling and affecting celebration of friendship, courage and the joys of reading, full of warmth and good humour.

3 May: Thu 10.30am

Journeyman

Matty (Considine) is a former world middleweight champion who sustains a life-altering injury during a fight, and who must struggle to keep going his relationship with his wife Emma (Whittaker) and new baby. Tender and earnest drama from writer-director Considine, flawed by not giving enough narrative room to Emma and her journey but still effective.

30 Apr–3 May: Mon & Tue 8.30–10.02pm; Wed 8.45–10.17pm; Thu 8.30–10.02pm

Let the Sunshine In

Isabelle (Binoche) is a powerfully sexy middle-aged woman who for some reason can’t find a half-decent mate; on this farcical plot, Denis hangs an idiosyncratic, empathetic and intimate comedy, adapted from Roland Barthes’ A Lover’s Discourse with a wonderful sense of the absurd. Binoche is self-deprecating and achingly human.

27 Apr–9 May: Fri Times vary

Metropolitan Opera Live: Cendrillon

For the first time, Massenet’s version of the Cinderella story comes to the Met in this imaginative storybook production directed by Laurent Pelly.

28 Apr: Sat 5.55pm

Mounting and Framing

Learn how to cut various mounts and make, stain and varnish different types of frame. Bring along something to frame that is smaller than A4.

28 Apr–11 Aug: Sat 11am–6pm

Nothing Like A Dame

Insights and revelations from Joan Plowright, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Eileen Atkins as the four old friends reflect on their lives and careers.

2 May: Wed 6.30pm

Peter Rabbit

Mischievous bunny Peter (Corden) and his sisters Flopsy (Robbie), Mopsy (Debicki) and Cotton-Tail (Ridley) contend with Thomas (Gleeson), an uptight cottage garden owner. The interweaving of CGI animals with live action is flawless, Gleeson proves to have fine comedy chops and there’s a lot of slapstick, but anyone looking for Beatrix Potter will be sorely disappointed.

28 Apr–29 Apr: Sat 1–2.35pm; Sun 1.30–3.05pm

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.

28 Apr–29 Sep: Sat 11am–1pm

A Quiet Place

Lee Abbott (Krasinski), his wife Evelyn (Blunt), son (Jupe) and deaf daughter (Simmonds) live and work in an empty dystopian world in complete silence, hiding from creatures who hunt by sound. Krasinski's third film as director is a smart, weird sci-fi frightener that is beautifully simple but thoughtfully composed.

27 Apr–3 May: Fri 3.30–5pm & 8.45–10.15pm; Sat 3.15–4.45pm & 9.30–11pm; Sun 3.45–5.15pm & 8.30–10pm; Mon & Tue 3.30–5pm & 8.30–10pm; Wed 8.30–10pm; Thu 3.30–5pm & 8.30–10pm

Relaxed Screening: Peter Rabbit

This modern adaptation of the 1901 Beatrix Potter story begins as we might recognise, with Peter, his cousin Benjamin, and his three sisters Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail as they spend their days picking on Mr McGregor and stealing vegetables from his garden. On the day when Peter accidentally leaves his jacket behind, he goes back to retrieve it and all sorts of brand new (mis)adventures begin…

Voiced by James Corden, this is a big and bold Peter Rabbit that has certainly proven popular with young audiences around the world. It may not be for the Potter purists, but this rabbit, as the film claims, is “not your garden variety hero”.

28 Apr: Sat 10.30am

Shonky: the Aesthetics of Awkwardness

An exhibition exploring the nature of visual awkwardness through the work of artists and architects Arakawa and Gins, Cosima von Bonin, Niki de Saint Phalle, Benedict Drew, Justin Favela, Duggie Fields, Louise Fishman, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Kate Lepper, Andrew Logan, Plastique Fantastique, Jacolby Satterwhite, Tim Spooner and John Walter. Guest curated by John Walter.

15 Mar–27 May: Mon–Wed 10am–6pm; Thu 10am–8pm; Fri–Sun 10am–6pm

Centre for Film Studies

Film Studies 13th Annual Postgraduate Conference

13th Annual Postgraduate Film Studies Conference The Annual Postgraduate Film Studies Conference is a showcase of the dynamic research environment and impressive range of studies undertaken by the postgraduate community at the Department of Film Studies at the University of St Andrews. The conference is a two-day, student-organised event hosted […]

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 […]

The Ukamau Group: New Perspectives on Cinematic Practices, Overshadowed Practitioners, and Texts. One-day Symposium

The Bolivian film group Ukamau developed one of the most remarkable trajectories of Latin American political cinema, since the 1960s. Their work methodology was characterised by the incorporation of the Andean indigenous populations and subaltern subjects to emancipatory cinematic processes in countries (Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador) without well-established film industries. […]

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.

Explorathon

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.