Dirt Road to Lafayette
 Saturday 22nd February, doors open 18:30 for 19:00 screening
 
 The screening of this film will be followed by a solo gig from accordion player, Neil Sutcliffe (who plays the main character in the film) providing a mixture of Cajun, Zydeco and Blues music from the film and some additional Scottish sets and maybe a few songs as well. 
 
 

Film Synopsis

Following his mother’s recent death, Murdo and his father, Tom, journey from Scotland to North Alabama to visit their America/Scots relatives. Taking the cheap coach from Memphis they are forced to spend a night in Allentown, Mississippi. The following morning, Murdo ventures out to buy breakfast, and at the store he hears accordion music being played nearby. He follows the music and ends up in the back garden of Queen Monzee-ay, an African American grandmother who is playing her accordion on the garage porch. 

Murdo forgets about the breakfast order and is soon trading tunes - traditional Scottish, Irish, French, Zydeco - with the old woman and her family including Sarah, her granddaughter; it's invigorating.

Murdo confides in Sarah about his mother's recent death from cancer, and his sister's death from the same strain a few years prior. His dad is coping, but only just. It's the first time he has managed to articulate such feelings, the first time anyone has asked him how he feels. 

Queen Monzee-ay is playing a retrospective gig at the upcoming Lafayette festival in Louisiana and offers him the chance to come play. Murdo's father turns up, angry at Murdo for wandering off and declines an invitation to dine with Queen Monzee-ay's family. Sarah gives Murdo a CD with the music which they will be performing at the festival, for him to learn. The invitation and the music becomes a wedge which drives itself between Murdo and Tom.


 
 Neither Wolf Nor Dog

"What many regard as the most important Native American movie in a generation," Neither Wolf Nor Dog was screened by AFS on 30th May 2019. The film is on limited release, and the society was privileged that the director, Stephen Lewis Simpson, led a Q&A session after the screening. Ayr's audience gave the film a rating of 91.34%.

 

If trailer doesn't play on your device, please copy this link into your browser: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1MrJld-twgb4xaAlTQmvKYvgv1i5vwrMj

 Scottish Queer International Film Festival 

We hosted the SQIFF touring programme of LGBTQ+ short films from around the world on Sunday 24th February 2019. The 90min long programme was followed by a Q & A session with Helen Wright of SQIFF; Siobhan Fahey, chair of LGBTQ+ Ayr and producer of 'My Loneliness is Killing Me', one of the shorts and Campbell X the director of 'Visible', another of the shorts.

Newfoundland Soldiers in Ayr
  
This historical footage of a Newfoundland Regiment in Ayr was screened by AFS in November 2018 to commemorate 100 years since the end of WW1
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   








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