June sees the launch of HOME’s Albert Finney season. Entitled Son of Salford, this nine-film series allows local audiences to explore the rich and varied career of one of the regions most famous exports. With films ranging from family musical Annie, to out-there cop thriller Wolfen, there should be something for everybody.
Over in Liverpool, FACT have got a retrospective of their own, with a month-long celebration of acclaimed auteur Stanley Kubrick. Kubrick made classics in just about every genre going and you can’t go wrong with any of FACT’s selections.
Here are our picks
HOME look back at the career of local lad, Albert Finney with a retrospective that encompasses everything from the kitchen sink dramas where he made his name to the glitz and glamour of Hollywood.
Stockport Plaza go back to the beginnings of Alfred Hitchcock’s career for a double-bill of early works. Despite lesser-known status, these films nevertheless feature all of the sex, murder and dark intrigue you’d expect from the master of suspense.
Picnic Cinema are back with a series of cult and classic films screened in extraordinary locations. Think werewolves in Hamsterly Forest or The Dude in the grounds of Muncaster Castle. Book while you can as tickets for Picnic Cinema’s blockbuster events always go quickly.
To mark the establishment of a national health service in the UK, HOME present a season of films that champion, poke fun at and critique various aspects of and attitudes to the much loved, and defended institution.
Based on a 1937 novel by A. J. Cronin, The Citadel was widely seen as a call for the creation of a national health service in the UK.
Made four years after the establishment of the NHS, White Corridors centres on the quietly heroic daily lives of those working in a cottage hospital brought to life by an impressive ensemble cast.
Alexander Mackendrick’s Ealing drama Mandy is a film whose sentiments remain as pertinent today as they did in the 1950s.
By the late 1960s the institutions of the NHS had become so much a part of British life that they provided the perfect backdrop for the Carry On team’s comedy antics.
Britannia Hospital is another of Lindsay Anderson’s barbed critiques of British social institutions, here he targets the organisation within the NHS, particularly in light of an encroaching culture of privatisation.
Gain a deeper understanding of the ‘refugee experience’ both in Manchester and beyond and celebrate their contribution to the UK with HOME’s inaugural Refugee Week Festival, featuring art, film, theatre, live music, dance and more.
‘Can’t Do Right For Doing Wrong’ at HOME brings together three politically charged works by the Turner-Prize nominated artist Phil Collins who returned Engels to Manchester in 2017.
Most of the plaudits for Steven Soderbergh’s legal drama justifiably went to Julia Roberts for her gutsy performance in the title role of a working class woman who takes on the Pacific Gas and Electric Company.
There’s plenty of poetry and a fantastic flash fiction workshop and showcase to catch, book launches and new collections coming out of our ears, and experimental wordage a-go-go from writers of both prose and pomes. And if you don’t like sitting still, there’s even a literature trail or two on their way…