Cinematic Hootenanny

Scotland is a wee country, but a great country. We’re known for whisky, humour, bonnie landscapes and rain. We’re less known, however, for our filmic talents. Scotland is host to some of the best talent in the film industry and we should celebrate that. So, get involved with Macrobert Arts Centre’s mini online weekend festival celebrating Scotland; it’s creators, it’s stories and the people who call it home. A Cinematic Hootenanny, if you will.  

It’s been a tough year and we’re all doing our bit to keep us all safe. Stay in for yer grannies, yer mammies and the wee laddies. Stay in for Scotland. Stay in for pure dead brilliant cinema and celebrate our wee nation with Macrobert.


Online Screenings

Sweet Sixteen

Fri 27 Nov, 7pm

Sweet Sixteen isn’t your typical Hollywood coming of age story. It is a gripping tale of a young Glasgow boy, Liam, trying to navigate the life handed to him. He wants a better life for him and his mum. All he needs to do his raise some cash and make sure his mum gets out of jail before she finds herself in any trouble. Nothing is easy in this part of the world but Liam isn’t giving up.

This Scottish classic was written by Paul Laverty (I, Daniel Blake, Sorry We Missed You, The Wind That Shakes the Barley) and he will be joining us after the screening for a rarely given Q&A.


Shorts Programme

Sat 28 Nov, 5pm

Our shorts programme has a bit of something for everyone and showcases some great talent helming our wee nation. Experience history with Mining Poems or Odes, laugh out loud with Directed by Tweedie or take a look at the lived experiences of Syrian refugees in Flight. The short films screening at our festival are not to be missed.

*The shorts programme is free to all and will be available on this page Sat 28 Nov between 5pm and 7pm 

Nae Pasaran

Sat 28 Nov, 7pm

What do a group of East Kilbride factory workers have to do with the downfall of Chilean dictator, Pinochet? Quite a bit, actually. Nae Pasaran, through archive footage and interviews, tells the stories of a small group of East Kilbride factory workers who went on strike to oppose the maintenance of Chilean fighter jets in their factory. The impact of their actions was more far-reaching than they could have imagined.

Felipe Bustos Sierra directs this riveting documentary and will be joining us after the screening for a Q&A to discuss the film more and to hear from you.



Sun 29 Nov, 5pm

Former boy racer, Finnie, never got out of his small fishing town. His monotonous daily life has made him numb, even to his family. When his son gets his girlfriend pregnant, Finnie can’t help but feel his son his following in his footsteps. To escape the overwhelming emotions, he steals his son’s car and takes one last joyride that could destroy everything or help him find himself again.

Director, Scott Graham, and producers, Rosie Crerar and Ciara Barry, will be joining the audience for a live Q&A after the screening. A rare opportunity to get a deeper insight into the film and the filmmaking process.

All events are online.  Approximately 30min before the advertised start time of each event you will receive an email with a direct link to the film screening and a password to allow you to view. We will also email you Zoom link for any post-show Q & As. 

For any issues with the instructions, please email

Passes entitle the holder to attend all Cinematic Hootenanny events.

Pay What You Can: You Choose





All passes are available under You Choose: Pay What You Can. Unsure what to pay? Check out Pay what you can FAQs

Please note: Instructions and links will be sent 30 minutes prior to each screenings advertised start time. If you have booked with less than 30 minutes until the advertised start time, please email with your order confirmation number to be sent screening instructions 


Supported by Film Hub Scotland, part of the BFI’s Film Audience Network, and funded by Screen Scotland and Lottery funding from the BFI.