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New Picture House, St Andrews

Dundee Contemporary Arts

American Animals

A group of young men plan and execute a heist of a university library in 2004. A masterfully balanced and insightful blend of drama and documentary, with a dramatization of the heist interspersed with interviews with the real participants; the two styles should work against each other but they complement each other perfectly. Audacious and playful.

20 Sep: Thu 10.30am

The Big Lebowski

The Coen brothers give their unique twist to a Chandler-esque LA noir, as 70s hippy throwback Jeff 'The Dude' Lebowski (Bridges) is drawn into the sordid affairs of his millionaire namesake. Suddenly he has to sleuth his way through disorganised crime. Trademark oddball characters, surreal imagery and excellent performances grace this virtuoso comedy.

24 Sep: Mon 8.30pm

Ciné Sunday: Faces Places

Despite the 50 year gap in the ages of its creators, this film doesn’t feel like an inter-generational art project but instead a wonderful meeting of minds. Veteran filmmaker Agnès Varda (a national treasure at 90 years old) and the hip photographer/ muralist JR share a curiosity about the world which infuses every frame of Faces Places. As they set out on a road trip across France putting up large scale photographic installations, they muse on the meaning of community, history, life, loss and everything in between. 

There is a playfulness which comes across from the very first scene as they describe their first meeting – perhaps in a bakery, on the dance floor or even through a dating site – and it is clear the affection they have for each other is absolutely genuine. JR does not treat his elder collaborator with reverence or with kid gloves: these two are equals. Travelling in JR’s photographic truck, they wander around the country visiting small towns from Aubin to Bonnieux and Pirou-Plage.

In each location they allow themselves to be surprised by the stories which are important to each place. Creating a large-scale mural everywhere they go, they celebrate the last inhabitant in a row of miners’ cottages that is scheduled for destruction; a solitary farmer; a postman who was indispensable to his community; and a trio of dock- workers and their wives. In each of these encounters there is a mixture of joy and sadness. Faces Places captures a sense of time passing, vanishing communities and, for Varda, friends lost and a sense of mortality. This is done with such grace and good humour that you will enjoy every minute of its makers’ company. Tender and warm-hearted (with a small dig at Jean-Luc Godard included) this is a superb new addition to the glorious Varda canon.

Ahead of Faces Places we are presenting an Agnès Varda Season (Sat 1 - Sun 16 September):

Over six decades, Agnès Varda has established herself at the vanguard of world cinema. With her training in art history and her experience as a photographer, Varda continues to push the boundaries of what cinema as an art form can achieve, creating her own singular style by blending reality with poetic imagery, and fiction with documentary. As her latest film, the Oscar-nominated documentary Faces Places, finally graces our screens, we are delighted to celebrate her long career with this showcase of Varda classics.

23 Sep: Sun 11am

Cold War

In 1949 Poland, Wiktor (Kot) is given the job of starting a folk music and dance academy, where he falls for Zula (Kulig). Pawlikowski’s film, dedicated to his own parents, is shot in ravishing black and white and is a stunning love story, steeped in song and emotion and exquisitely crafted.

20 Sep: Thu 10.30am

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.

18 Sep–11 Dec: Tue 6–8pm

Exhibition Tours: Mike Kelley & Santiago Sierra

Join the DCA's Visitor Assistants for a guided tour around Santiago Sierra’s Black Flag and Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead.

16 Sep–10 Oct: Mon–Sun 11am & 3pm

Faces Places

Director Agnès Varda and photographer JR go on a road trip through France, intending to send home postcards that gather the history of the places they visit. Varda’s mischievousness and empathy radiate throughout, and the pair’s cross-generational friendship is enriching, inspiring and irrestistible.

21 Sep–27 Sep: Fri & Sat 1–2.29pm & 6–7.29pm; Sun 6–7.29pm; Mon 1–2.29pm & 6–7.29pm; Tue 1–2.29pm & 8.30–9.59pm; Wed 1–2.29pm & 6–7.29pm; Thu 3.15–4.44pm & 5.15–6.44pm

The Little Stranger

Dr Faraday (Gleeson) returns to Hundreds Hall, which he knew as a boy, to help care for the war-wounded family son (Poulter), but there seems to be a supernatural presence. Gleeson gives a career-best turn as the haunted Faraday but while it’s laudably subtle it’s also narratively inert.

21 Sep–27 Sep: Fri–Sun 1–2.51pm, 3.30–5.21pm, 6–7.51pm & 8.30–10.21pm; Mon 1–2.51pm, 3.30–5.21pm & 6–7.51pm; Tue & Wed 1–2.51pm, 3.30–5.21pm, 6–7.51pm & 8.30–10.21pm; Thu 1–2.51pm, 3.30–5.21pm & 7.15–9.06pm


Lucky (Stanton) is a committed atheist who takes a quiet pleasure in his daily routines, while coming to terms with his mortality. Debut director Lynch downplays the drama, resting the film on Stanton’s cantankerous, charming performance and his interactions with others. An elegant and moving meditation on life and death and a fitting memorial to its late star.

18 Sep–20 Sep: Tue–Thu 1–2.28pm, 5–6.28pm & 9–10.28pm


Overlong but impeccably crafted screen version of the E. M. Forster novel, in which a young Edwardian man slowly but movingly comes to terms with his homosexuality in the face of widespread bigotry. Although over-indulgent, the film uses beautiful locations, a 'Brideshead2-style cast and a langorous evocation of pre-War Britain to sweeten an angry pill about the strictures of the class system and the unchanging face of prejudice. Wilby is a revelation in the title role, skilfully capturing the complexity of the emotional traumas faced by his character.

23 Sep: Sun 3.15pm

Mike Kelley: Mobile Homestead

The Scottish premiere of Mike Kelley’s remarkable Mobile Homestead film trilogy, made between 2010 and 2011 in the artist’s hometown of Detroit. The film charts the journey which took a facsimile of his childhood home from the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit to his original home in the suburbs of the city.

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

Print Studio Tour

Take a tour of the DCA's print studio and view their state-of-the-art equipment for both traditional printing and creating digital artworks.

22 Sep–31 Jan 2019: Thu 6.30–6.45pm; Sat noon–12.15pm

The Rider

Brady (Jandreau) is a South Dakotan bronco rider whose head has been stapled together following a rodeo accident, and who must face that another fall could kill him. Zhao uses non-professional actors to great effect, and the film broods with unforced inner tension and lyric naturalism.

21 Sep–27 Sep: Fri & Sat 3.30–5.14pm & 8.15–9.59pm; Sun 1–2.44pm; Mon 3.30–5.14pm & 8.15–9.59pm; Tue 3.30–5.14pm; Wed 3.30–5.14pm & 8.15–9.59pm; Thu 1–2.44pm & 9.30–11.14pm

Santiago Sierra: Black Flag

Work by Spanish artist addressing hierarchies of power and class, in which the artist planted the black flag (an anarchist symbol) at both the North and South poles.

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

Screen Printing (Intermediate)

A four week course helping you develop your skills, using photographic techniques and power assisted screen printing tables. Suitable for those who have completed the beginners class. The course covers how to construct a screen print using images from photo stencils. In the first week you can partake in basic drawing and block-printing techniques which then can be used in your designs.

19 Sep: Wed 6pm

Teenage Superstars

Documentary about the Scottish music scene of the early 90s, relating the conception and incubation of bands like Primal Scream, Teenage Fanclub, etc. More lucid and entertaining than McPhee and Slaven’s 2015 Big Gold Dream, it tells these bands’ stories in granular detail and has a larger and more articulate cast.

20 Sep: Thu 8.30pm

Twilight Taster Sessions

Short taster sessions hosted by the Dundee Contemporary Arts' print studio for those who are unsure as to which course they'd like to take. Tutors will talk participants through different techniques and results to aid in the decision-making process.

20 Sep: Thu 5.30pm

Wood Engraving

Beth Robertson shares engraving techniques and participants can cut into box, lemon or cherry wood to create a detailed print.

18 Sep: Tue 6pm

Centre for Film Studies

Foley Explosion @ The Byre Studio Theatre

Brought to St Andrews by the Centre for Film Studies, Foley Explosion is an immersive storytelling show about Russia; an alternative spy thriller featuring live Foley sound effects. Julie Rose Bower uses looping technology layering sounds to conjure a movie in the mind in this solo show about a year […]

Neil Brand – The Silent Pianist Speaks

Neil Brand, composer, writer, pianist and presenter and presenter of BBC4’s acclaimed ‘Sound of…’ series brings his one-man-show to the Byre – a whirlwind tour of his job, the silent movies he accompanies live, the music he loves and the times everything has gone wrong – first seen in Edinburgh […]

The St Andrews Photography Festival – The Stereoscope meets the Crinoline: Fashion, Technology and Comedy

Paul Flaig will be giving an illustrated lecture on the curious, comic meeting of two mid-nineteenth century technologies: the stereoscope and the crinoline. A Lecturer in Film Studies at St. Andrews, Flaig will explore how and why this cumbersome yet au courant woman’s petticoat became a frustrating obsession among male […]

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.