This January, HOME commence their year-long endeavour, Celebrating Women in Global Cinema. It’s an initiative which will spread across the film programme, with specially selected strands, seasons and one-off events scheduled over 2019. For January we take a look at the The Personal is Political – The Films of Margarethe von Trotta, HOME’s look at the influential New German Cinema director, and Destroyer, the latest from Hollywood filmmaker Karyn Kusama.
Looking into February, film programmers Bigger Than Life present the UK’s first retrospective of the films of emerging queer filmmaker, Stephen Cone. Screening at Manchester Met’s Number 70, Oxford Street, this is your chance to catch up with one of American independent cinema’s brightest new talents, on the big screen for the first time.
Alternatively, if you like your cinema with a bit blood or bite, then Grimmfest’s Stockport Plaza double-bills might be the ticket. The venue itself is spectacular but horror fans can delight in a pair of smartly conceived gorefests in January followed by some zombie comedies scheduled for February.
Here are our picks
Bigger Than Life and Research in Arts and Humanities at Manchester Met present the first UK retrospective of the films of American independent film director Stephen Cone, at No. 70, Oxford Road this February. Audiences can expect queer-themed films with a focus on community and sexuality, friendship and spirituality.
A first for the BBC Philharmonic and The Bridgewater Hall, this unusual concert under the banner of Symphonic Cinema pairs sound with vision in a way rarely heard or seen in the classical concert hall.
Artist films can be puzzling, startling, frustrating, eye watering and often incredibly inventive, ripping up the filmmaking rule book. Discover a selection of recent work from artists who are living in, working in, hailing from or have studied across the North West.
Set over the course of their final year at high school, three teenage members of a South Carolina Baptist church wrestle with questions of body and spirit as they prepare to leave for college.
Set in the loose confines of a Chicago black box theatre, graduate student Holly (Josephine Decker) writes and directs an adaptation of one of her favourite childhood novels in this feature film from Stephen Cone.
When pastor’s son, Henry Gamble (Cole Doman) invites secular friends and members of his close-knit Evangelical community to celebrate his 17th birthday by the family pool.
A queer coming-of-age film set over the course of one hot Chicago summer, the laidback Princess Cyd follows teenager Cydney’s (Jessie Pinnick) extended visit with her novelist aunt, Miranda (Rebecca Spence).
For March, Small World Cinema Club present the gripping Romanian drama ‘Graduation’ by Palme d’Or winner Cristian Mungiu.
The first feature film produced by George Harrison, who supplied incidental music – features art student Malcolm (John Hurt), expelled from Oldham Art School, at war with ‘the Eunarchy’ of social conformists and sexual timidity.