Mark established this community cinema in Stromness in 2012 and is currently Chair of the trust and main programmer. It has become a community hub and a source of entertainment, education and inspiration showing fiction and documentary films from around the world.

West Side Cinema have a loyal audience and reputation for high quality and engaging programming. Their event driven model has brought filmmakers and screenwriters to Orkney, delivered quality workshops and talks, and collaborations with local festivals, organisations and businesses.

In 2017 Mark represented WSC as project coordinator of a pilot film festival in Orkney, achieving almost 100 screenings and events in 13 locations across Orkney. He also ran a touring community cinema project giving unique film access and support to Orkney’s remote outer isles.

See West Side Cinema’s website and facebook pages

See the website for the pilot film festival Film Fortnight

John Maclean director of Slow West in conversation at West Side Cinema.