The movies are back and cinemas and screening spaces across the region have responded with a variety of festivals, seasons, special events and film marathons that showcase all the possibilities of the medium.
From HOME’s expansive, globetrotting ¡Viva! Spanish & Latin American Festival in Manchester, to Showroom’s Summer of Ghibli in Sheffield, to FACT’s genuinely adventurous season of rooftop indies in Liverpool, there is a mouthwatering selection of cinema on offer this month.
For those looking for thrills, try MASSIVE Cinema’s Q&A screening of Prano Bailey-Bond’s present video-nasty themed horror, Censor. Or Bigger Than Life x Arrow Film Club at GRUB’s Chapeltown Picture House, which features a viciously stylish double bill of classic Italian giallo from masters Mario Bava and Dario Argento.
Also at Chapeltown, RAD Screenings return with an all day celebration of the films of 1988, featuring muscles, movie stars and a certain killer doll. If you’re looking for a more breezy option, how about Heaton Park’s Film & Food Fest, which combines street food with some pop classics.
Here are our picks
Cornwall has seldom seemed eerier than in Make-Up, the vivid first feature from director Claire Oakley.
To coincide with LGBT History Month, Heart of Glass launches Queer Treatment, a new animated short film by the amazing Amy Pennington. Queer Treatment is inspired by conversations with members of the LGBTQIA+ community and explores connection, identity, representation and celebrating queer icons past and present.
The Earth Asleep, a new film and original live score from creative duo Clara Casian and Robin Richards, premieres this spring at HOME.
The four-day Kendal Mountain Festival is always packed with exciting activities for everyone from children to pensioners. Happening virtually in 2021, this year’s event is no less of an outdoors extravaganza.