...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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︎ Thank you!

“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:

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 Sep TARBERT, HARRIS Screen Machine

Sun 3 Oct LINICLATE, BENBECULA Screen Machine

Sat 9 Oct CASTLEBAY, BARRA Screen Machine

Sat 9 Oct CROSSAPOL, 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

Sun 17 Oct ABERDEEN Belmont Filmhouse

Sat 23 Oct MONTROSE Montrose Playhouse

Mon 8 Nov BRODICK, ARRAN Screen Machine

Wed 10 Nov EDINBURGH Filmhouse

Thu 18 Nov ST ANDREWS The Byre Theatre

Thu 25 Nov TIGHNABRUAICH Screen Machine

+ More dates to be announced...


If you’d like Launch! to screen in your community before the end of 2021: please ask your local cinema to email us to discuss how to book the film. You can find your nearest cinema or film club on Mapping Scotland’s Screen Community.

We can offer cinemas the 45-minute film in a variety of formats with subtitles and the specially recorded soundtrack, as well as tips on running activity around the film in support of their nearest lifeboat station. All for a subsidised screening fee.

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.