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Anster Cinema – full programme

Anster Cinema’s full programme for 2022 is now available.

All films start at 6.45pm on the first Sunday of the month (with the exception of June, which will screen a week later so as not to clash with the Anstruther Harbour Festival).

Tickets: £5 / £2 under 18s – available on the door.

Refreshments available by donation to the AIA

Sunday 1st May: It Happened One Night

Frank Capra’s acclaimed and stunning Oscar-winning comedy sees a spoilt heiress on the run from her overbearing millionaire father. Crossing paths with a roguish reporter (Clark Gable), he promises not to turn her in if she provides him with an exclusive story. It is not long before the pair fall in love.

Dir: Frank Capra

Cert: U


Sunday 12th June: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Based on a true story, hardened journalist Lloyd Vogel (Matthew Rhys) is asked to write a profile of America’s beloved children’s entertainer Fred Rogers (Tom Hanks). We watch as his cynicism is gently worn down by Mister Rogers’ consistently kind, hopeful, forgiving and loving worldview.

Dir: Marielle Heller

Cert: PG


Sunday 3rd July: Nomadland

This Oscar-winning film stars Frances Dormand as Fern, whose change in circumstances sees her transition to become a modern-day economic nomad, living out of her van and travelling the roads of America’s Midwest to follow the work. As we accompany Fern on her journey, we meet some of the other characters who make up her new community.

Dir: Chloé Zhao.

Cert: 12A


Sunday 7th August: Captain Fantastic

Deep in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, isolated from society, devoted but unconventional father Ben (Viggo Mortensen) dedicates his life to transforming his six young children into extraordinary adults. When tragedy strikes the family they are forced to leave their wilderness paradise and begin a journey into the outside world that challenges Ben’s idea of what it means to be a parent and brings into question everything he has taught his family.

Dir: Matt Ross

Cert: 15


Sunday 4th September: Bait

Focusing on two Cornish fishermen, Bait is a truly original and beautifully shot drama. An experimental British hit, it deals with the tensions between locals and tourists against the backdrop of second homes, short-term lets and gentrification in a small fishing village.

Dir: Mark Jenkin



Sunday 2nd October: Phantom Thread
Daniel Day Lewis stuns in his final performance in this film by writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson (Licorice Pizza, Boogie Nights). Set in glorious 1950s post-war London, Phantom Thread follows Reynolds Woodcock, a renowned dressmaker at the centre of British fashion at the time. A well-known bachelor, his ordered life is shaken up when he falls in love with a waitress who becomes his muse. 

Dir: Paul Thomas Anderson

Cert: 15


Sunday 6th November: The Old Man & The Gun

Sharp, funny and based on a true story, we follow career criminal Forrest Tucker, who escapes from prison at the age of 70, eluding the FBI and enchanting the public. Starring Robert Redford, this light-hearted, touching and funny take on a cops-and-robber story is a great final film for the cinema icon.

Dir: David Lowery

Cert: 12A


Sunday 4th December: Little Women
Our Christmas screening is the 2019 adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s 1868 novel, directed by Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) and starring Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh and Eliza Scanlen as the four March sisters. Faithful to the original and well-loved story, Gerwig’s adaptation brings in some contemporary energy, with a storyline that follows Jo March as she reflects back on her life. 

Dir: Greta Gerwig

Cert: U


Design a Duck colouring competition

Design a duck is back!

Design your own duck – you can use our template or be as creative as you like and make your own dressed-up duck. Display your duck in your windows for everyone to enjoy.

Send us a photo of your duck before Monday 11th April for a chance to win some cracking prizes!

Copies of the colouring sheet are available in Anstruther from: Cellardyke phone box, Anstruther Post Office, East Neuk Pharmacy, The Corner Shop Cellardyke and the Anstruther Co-op. Or you can just start with a blank sheet of paper and make your own design.

To enter our competition for the chance to win a prize please take a photo of your design and send it to us at: or DM our Facebook page by Monday 11th April, 2022. Don’t forget to include your: name, age (if under 18), contact phone number and permission for us to share your design on social media.

Competition runs from Monday 28th March to Monday 11th April, 2022. Winning entries will be contacted and announced on our AIA Facebook page from Thursday 14th April. Prize winners can collect their prizes from Dreel Halls (back terrace) after our Easter Duck Race on Saturday 16th April, 10:30am.

All ages are welcome to participate! Good luck and get designing! 

Anster Cinema: Jojo Rabbit, Sunday 3 April, 6.45pm, Dreel Halls

Written and directed by the talented Taika Waititi, this comedy-drama stars Roman Griffin Davis as ten-year-old Hitler Youth member, Jojo Betzler.

Jojo’s discovery that his mother is hiding a young Jewish girl in the attic sets off a string of events that forces him to question his ideological beliefs and reconsider his choice of imaginary friend.

Dir: Taika Waititi
Cert: 12A
108mTickets: £5 / £2 under 18’s – available on the door.

Refreshments available by donation to the AIA 

Calling all knitters!

As part of our duck race celebrations we are hoping to raise funds for the AIA from our creme egg cosies again.

If you are handy with a pair of knitting needles and happy to donate your time and skill, please get knitting!

There are two patterns to choose from and you can find them here – the cute wee chicks we have had in previous years and a new addition, some sweet wee bunny rabbits.

Anster Nicht: The Archaeology of the Fife Coast, 17th March at 7.30pm at Dreel Halls

People have lived, worked and played at the Fife coast for thousands of years, and the evidence is all around us in the incredibly varied and rich archaeological heritage.

Joanna Hambly will give an overview of Fife’s coastal archaeology and delve deeper into the stories of some of our remarkable sites.

You will also learn about resources to guide you on your own exploration of Scotland’s coastal archaeology and how to contribute to knowledge about it.

Joanna Hambly is an archaeologist and research fellow at the University of St Andrews. Through her work with the SCAPE trust, she manages an award-winning national programme of community research into the archaeology of Scotland’s coasts.

Members and non-members are welcome to attend our public talks at Dreel Halls in Anstruther. If you are not yet a member of the AIA you can attend individual Anster Nichts for £3 per event. Membership is £10 per year and to find out more please visit our Membership page.

Anster Cinema: The Personal History of David Copperfield, Sunday 6 March, 6.45pm, Dreel Halls

Directed by Armando Iannucci and starring Dev Patel in the title role, this is an energetic and witty romp, which takes unapologetic liberties with Dickens’ semi-autobiographical novel, David Copperfield.

We follow the twists and turns of fortune, from birth to infancy, through adolescence to adulthood, as the good-hearted David Copperfield navigates Victorian England in a tale of kindness and wickedness, poverty and wealth.

Dir: Armando Iannucci
Cert: PG

Tickets: £5 / £2 under 18s – available on the door

Anster Nicht: The Levenmouth Rail Campaign, 17th February at 7.30pm at Dreel Halls

For February’s Anster Nicht we look forward to hearing about the forthcoming return of trains to Leven.

Come and meet Eugene Clarke, of the Levenmouth Rail Campaign, and Kirsty Ryder, of Scotland’s Railway. Eugene will explain how the Rail Campaign came about, focusing on how they went from half a dozen enthusiasts in a room with an idea, to producing investment of £70m to reinstate the railway line, plus £20m on active travel paths, £25m on cleaning up the River Leven, and a further £10m to help the community to take full advantage of the new line. Kirsty will talk us through the current project to reinstate the railway.

Eugene spent most of his adult life in Largo with the last 15 years in Cellardyke. After a career in education he set up his own business consultancy specialising in people communication, before retiring a few years ago. He has been a board member of NHS Fife, Fife IJB, Police Investigation Review Board and East Fife FC and helped start up the East Fife Supporters Trust and the the Cellardyke Tidal Pool group.

Kirsty is a communications manager with more than six years’ experience delivering projects for Network Rail. Having previously worked on the Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP) and the Stirling Dunblane Alloa (SDA) electrification programmes, Kirsty has a wealth of experience working with community groups and stakeholders to deliver positive communications and engagement on the Levenmouth Rail Link project.

Members and non-members are welcome to attend our public talks at Dreel Halls in Anstruther. If you are not yet a member of the AIA you can attend individual Anster Nichts for £3 per event. Membership is £10 per year and to find out more please visit our Membership page.

Anster Cinema: Anstruther Skatepark Group takeover!

Anster Cinema presents this curation of the Anstruther Skatepark Group’s favourite short films.

Featuring skate films from local young people to YouTube clips of 13 year old Olympian Sky Brown and professional skaters across the world, this relaxed screening lasts around 45-60 mins.

There will be breaks in the screening for socialising and an opportunity to meet with members of the Antsruther Skatepark Group to find out about its plans for a skatepark in Anstruther.

Certificate: PG

Tickets on the door, pay what you can. All funds go to the Anstruther Skatepark Project. 

Anster Nicht: Gàidhlig anns an Ànsruthair/ Gaelic in Anster, 20th January at 7.30pm, Dreel Halls

Folk don’t always associate Gaelic with the East of Scotland, and hardly ever with the East of Fife, but if you know where to look the evidence is around us hidden in plain sight – or so says Gaelic Community Development Worker, Kirsty Strachan.

Based with Fife Council, Kirsty’s role is to support the Gaelic communities in Fife and help map the way for those trying to find their way into the language and culture.  On the 20th January she will take this mapping quite literally,  exploring the placenames of the East Neuk and beyond, to illustrate a linguistic history many are unaware of.

Relaxed and informal, this talk is for anyone curious about language, landscape and history.

Members and non-members are welcome to attend our public talks at Dreel Halls in Anstruther. If you are not yet a member of the AIA you can attend individual Anster Nichts for £3 per event. Membership is £10 per year and will allow you to attend all three Anster Nichts of the season and to receive advance information about our events and activities. For more information on membership please visit our Membership page.

Anster Cinema returns!

Anster Cinema is thrilled to return with the alternative Christmas classic, Edward Scissorhands, on Sunday 5th December at 6.45pm at Dreel Halls.

Tim Burton directs Johnny Depp as the gentle but awkward outsider, Edward Scissorhands, in this story of self-discovery and isolation.

When a visitor draws him into the social world, Edward meets and falls for Kim (Winona Ryder) but is he destined to remain always an outsider?

Director: Tim Burton/
Duration: 105 minutes
Certificate: U

Tickets: £5 / £2 under 18s – available on the door