Cinema in Manchester and the North

Tom Grieve, Cinema Editor

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

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Activity 20 October 2018–31 December 2019, FREE

Documentary Challenge at IWM North

Make and feature in your own mini-documentary at IWM North.

Cinema 24 January 2019, from £4

Spit That Out 2019: North West Artist Film Programme at HOME

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.

Cinema 7 February 2019, FREE

The Wise Kids (+Skype Q&A) at Number 70, Oxford Street

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.

Cinema 14 February 2019, FREE

Black Box (UK Premiere) at Number 70 Oxford Road

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.

Cinema 21 February 2019, FREE

Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party at Number 70 Oxford Road

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.

Cinema 28 February 2019, FREE

Princess Cyd (+Skype Q&A) at Number 70, Oxford Road

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).

Cinema 5 March 2019, from £3

Graduation at Small World Cinema Club, Foundation Coffee House

For March, Small World Cinema Club present the gripping Romanian drama ‘Graduation’ by Palme d’Or winner Cristian Mungiu.

Cinema 7 March 2019, from £6

Little Malcolm at Bluecoat, Liverpool

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.

Cinema 22 March–13 April 2019, from £5.50

¡Viva! Spanish & Latin American Festival at HOME

For its 24th edition, ¡Viva! returns with a HOME-wide celebration of film, theatre and visual art from across Spain and Latin America.

Culture Guides

Charles Rennie Mackintosh: making the Glasgow Style at Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool


On the brink of the new year, here’s a couple of the major exhibitions and smaller gems we’re looking forward to in 2019.

A World Inside A Book courtesy Suzi Corker


January ain’t dull. Create with light, become forensic archeologists, sculpt with mud, step inside books and find a giant piglet with a coat made from dosh.


January, February, March, April, even May… we’ve plenty for you to look forward to live literature wise as 2019 unfolds – from performance poetry and soundscapes to readings from magazines, memoirs and award-winning short stories.


Ranging from electronica to indie, this month’s music guide features some of the most singular voices in contemporary music.

Theatre in Manchester and the North


Five-star musicals, acclaimed site-specific performances and two-week-long eclectic arts festivals? There’s nothing dry about January.

Tours and Activities

Explore the other side of Manchester’s performing arts, as this month, we highlight some of the best tours of the city’s theatres, venues and concert halls.

Things to do right now

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Cinema 7 December 2018–20 January 2019, from £5

Slapstick Film Season at HOME

Activity 20 October 2018–31 December 2019, FREE

Documentary Challenge at IWM North

Exhibitions 12 January–1 February 2019, FREE

Motion Sickness at STOCK Gallery

Outdoor Art Club at The Whitworth
Families 19 January–9 February 2019, FREE

Outdoor Art Club at The Whitworth