...on the sea with Scotland’s lifeboats



Dive into Launch! - a cinema release of archive film and video celebrating RNLI communities across Scotland. Directed by Shona Thomson in a co-production with Screen Argyll. With a brand new immersive soundtrack composed and recorded by John Ellis, Arun Ghosh, David McEwan, Jason Singh, Jenny Sturgeon.

︎ Launch! is now in cinemas across Scotland - find a screening near you ︎

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“It takes a community to launch a lifeboat...”

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Launch! is part of Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 20/21

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What’s on: Launch! events


Launch! is now touring cinemas across Scotland throughout the Autumn and Winter.
Cinemas screening the 44-minute film are collaborating with local RNLI stations to celebrate the important work of their volunteers. Each event is different so look out for special extras like additional films of your local lifeboat, or an in-person discussion afterwards with RNLI crew, or a pre-recorded blether with the folk involved in making the film.
Please book your tickets with venues directly using the links below. If they’re not on sale yet, please check back with venues nearer their screening date:

Sat 16 Oct ELGIN Moray Playhouse
+ Local RNLI volunteers in attendance

Sat 16 Oct & Sun 17 Oct ABERDEEN Belmont Filmhouse
+ Live post-screening blethers with Shona and local RNLI crew

Sat 23 Oct MONTROSE Montrose Playhouse
+ Montrose archive films, live post-screening blether with Shona, local RNLI crew and local historian John Aitken

Sun 31 Oct STIRLING Macrobert Arts Centre
As part of the Central Scotland Documentary Festival

Mon 8 Nov BRODICK, ARRAN Screen Machine
+ Pre-recorded blether with Jenny Sturgeon and the RNLI archives

Wed 10 Nov EDINBURGH Filmhouse
+ Live post-screening blether with Shona, RNLI North Berwick crew and Jack Lowe of The Lifeboat Station Project

Fri 12 Nov PORTREE, SKYE An Talla Mor 1820
+ Local coastal films, live blether with Shona and local RNLI crew

Sat 13 Nov MACDUFF Macduff Fish Market with NEAT
+ Local RNLI film, hot food trucks, live blether with Shona and local RNLI crew

Sun 14 Nov TOBERMORY, MULL An Tobar
+ Live post-screening blether with Shona and local RNLI crew

Sun 14 Nov PORT ELLEN, ISLAY Screen Machine
+ Pre-recorded blether with Jenny Sturgeon and the RNLI archives

Thu 18 Nov ST ANDREWS The Byre Theatre
+ Live post-screening blether with local RNLI crew

Thu 18 Nov DUMFRIES Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre
In partnership with Nith Inshore Rescue

Thu 25 Nov TIGHNABRUAICH Screen Machine
+ Pre-recorded blether with Jenny Sturgeon and the RNLI archives

Sat 27 Nov BO’NESS Hippodrome Cinema
+ Intro from Shona, pre-recorded blether with Jenny Sturgeon and the RNLI archives, and local RNLI crew in attendance

Thu 2 Dec KYLEAKIN, SKYE Screen Machine
+ Pre-recorded blether with Jenny Sturgeon and the RNLI archives

Fri 3 Dec MALLAIG Screen Machine
+ Pre-recorded blether with Jenny Sturgeon and the RNLI archives

PAST SCREENINGS
Sun 5 Sep LERWICK, SHETLAND Mareel, at Screenplay Film Festival
Wed 15 Sep GREENOCK Waterfront Cinema
Thu 16 Sep & Sun 19 Sep INVERNESS Eden Court
Sat 25 Sep FORT AUGUSTUS Screen Machine
Tue 28 SepTARBERT, HARRIS Screen Machine
Sun 3 OctLINICLATE, BENBECULA Screen Machine
Sat 9 Oct CASTLEBAY, BARRA Screen Machine
Sat 9 OctCROSSAPOL, TIREE Screen Argyll, at An Talla Community Hall
Sun 10 Oct DUNOON Dunoon Burgh Hall
Wed 13 Oct WICK Lyth Arts Centre, at Northern Lights Festival
Wed 13 Oct COLL Screen Machine



Get a taste for the Open Sea...



“...Ghosh’s clarinet howl whipped up the drama of the call-out and Singh’s percussive vocalising complimented the heaving waves and stricken vessels on screen to evoke the sea as a fearsomely hissing, growling entity...”

The Scotsman ︎︎︎︎
Launch! at Celtic Connections
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Prior to national lockdown, we debuted a short version of Launch! as part of international music festival Celtic Connections on 18 January 2020 in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. We were honoured to be invited as part of the Coastal Connections Day line-up for Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 20/21.

This special event meant Jason, Jenny, Arun and John performed their brilliant soundtrack live alongside the film for over 300 people.

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