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We may be temporarily closed but we're still here to bring you a weekly dose of recommendations, in the form of an extra special Christmas bumper edition

From everyone at Filmhouse, we want to wish you a very Merry Christmas. We'll be taking a break next week and we will be back in the New Year.

Don't forget to follow our social media channels for more film content and reopening updates - you can follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
Trading Places (1983) // John Landis

Director of Programming: Rod

"If my favourite Christmas film can be defined by the one I’ve seen the most, it’s got to be John (stepped on my toe once at a party) Landis’ Trading Places!” 

Rent on Amazon Prime
Meet Me In St Louis (1944) // Vincente Minnelli

Head of Cinema Operations: Yvonne

"One of my favourite cinema moments was watching this in Filmhouse as an adult, having grown up knowing no one my age who’d ever heard of it, and noticing two younger teenage girls a few rows in front of me who clearly also knew every word."

Watch on BBC 2 on Christmas Eve at 1.25pm
Little Women (2019) // Greta Gerwig
Edinburgh Cinema Club: Isobel
"Do these sisters like each other all the time? Definitely not. But they still show up! Little Women is full of holiday spirit and features not one, but two dreamy Christmases’

Think thick blankets of snow, warmly lit windows and childhood friendships being marked by romantic feelings— Little Women has all the makings of a Hallmark card only it’s far more immersive."

Watch on NOW TV
Holidays (2016) // Various Directors

FOH Supervisor: Nelly

"Holidays are hell. This Uncanny Valley-flavoured anthology of indie shorts from filmmakers behind Tusk, Pet Sematary, Daniel Isn’t Real, Dracula Untold etc. brings holiday cheer, camp, corny, and gore."

Watch on Netflix
The Bishop's Wife (1947) // Henry Koster 

Head of Education & Learning: Yvonne
"It takes a lot to top It's A Wonderful Life as the perfect Christmas film for me, but The Bishop's Wife comes close. It was recommended to me last year by Diane Henderson, our amazing EIFF Deputy Artistic Director, and what a joyful discovery! It's a delicious, magical confection of festive fun."

Watch on Prime
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe // C. S. Lewis
Marketing Assistant: Ellie

"Each Christmas, I always end up re-reading the books from my childhood bookshelves at home. With wonderful classics by Enid Blyton, Eva Ibbotson, Louisa May Alcott and more, I’m spoilt for choice! Although I won’t be at my childhood home this year, I’m still looking forward to revisiting C. S. Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. Escaping to Narnia is always a welcome distraction, as you follow siblings Lucy, Edmund, Peter and Susan through the wardrobe and into a land of magical creatures, haunting wintry scenery and one ice-cold evil witch. A thrilling children’s tale full of heart and hope, perfect for a nostalgic re-read!'' 
An English Murder // Cyril Hare
Programme Officer: Raymah

"This somewhat forgotten 50s novel has recently been reissued to newfound acclaim. We find ourselves in one of the most classic set ups for the genre: a group of estranged family members head to their patriarch’s manor for Christmas - when one of the group keels over and dies. They find themselves snowed in, with telephone lines down, and only themselves to solve the crime. Hare’s commentary of post-war Britain (of which many of these are still a part of our contemporary conversations) feature class structures changing, attitudes towards foreigners and a reluctance to reconcile with one’s country’s history - which all lead a part in the unravelling of the mystery." 
Many bookshops in Edinburgh will order in books in that you request - here's some great bookshops you can support!
Chocolate Leaves

Front of House: Erin

"Me and my Gran used to make chocolate leaves. Get some winter leaves, like holly, and melt down either cooking chocolate or regular chocolate. Using a basting brush, paint chocolate on the the leaf, and put them into the fridge. Once set carefully peel the leaf away, and have a little chocolate leaf!"
New Filmhouse
Planning Application Live

Last week we shared the updated plans for the New Filmhouse, and let you know that the Planning Application had been submitted to the City of Edinburgh Council. It is now live to view on the Planning Portal.

Find out more about how to submit a comment here. The deadline for submitting comments is Mon 1 Feb 2021.
There And Snack Again

If you're longing for adventure and looking to add a sense of purpose to your festive break, why not consider a Lord of the Rings mega eat-a-long movie marathon? There And Snack Againcreated by sci-fi author Nate Crowley, guides you through how to prepare for 29 courses across 3 films (extended films obviously!)

Our Head of Development, Juliet, took on There And Snack Again and lived to tell the tale! You can see her journey here.

Merry Christmas from
the Filmhouse team!

We want to take the opportunity to say thank you for all the support you have given us throughout 2020. We've been touched by the messages of support and the outpouring of love for Filmhouse we have received. 

We hope you have a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year. We can't wait to welcome you back to Filmhouse in 2021.

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You’ll need to enter your payment card details as your subscription will automatically renew at the end of the free trial period unless you cancel beforehand. This offer is not compatible with the BFI Player Channel on Amazon Prime and the Apple TV app. Please note that BFI Player is unavailable outside the UK

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Filmhouse has partnered up with MUBI to offer our customers three months of films entirely FREE! With a selection ranging from cult classics to award-winning masterpieces, and a new film added every day, there's something for everyone to enjoy - with even more cinema to enjoy through their new LIBRARY.

The button on the sign-up page will prompt you to enter your credit card details: if you cancel before the end of the trial, you won't be charged – if you decide to stay on, you'll start a standard paid subscription with MUBI.

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