Cinema in Manchester and the North

Tom Grieve, Cinema Editor

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.

Further ahead, look for Stockport Plaza‘s double bill of Alfred Hitchcock deep cuts, while RAD Screenings give Scott Pilgrim vs. the World the special treatment at Gorilla.

Here are our picks

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NHS HOME Manchester
Cinema 28–30 July 2018, from £7.00

Something for Everyone: Celebrating 70 Years of the NHS at HOME

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.

Cinema 28 July 2018, from £7.00

The Citadel at HOME

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.

Cinema 28 July 2018, from £9.00

White Corridors at HOME

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.

Cinema 29 July 2018, from £7.00

Mandy at HOME

Alexander Mackendrick’s Ealing drama Mandy is a film whose sentiments remain as pertinent today as they did in the 1950s.

Cinema 29 July 2018, from £7.00

Carry On Double Bill + Intro at HOME

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.

Cinema 30 July 2018, from £9.00

Britannia Hospital at HOME

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.

Hostile Detainment, These Walls Must Fall. Refugee Week Festival, HOME Manchester
Cinema 16–22 June 2018,

Refugee Week Festival at HOME

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.

Phil Collins: Can’t Do Right For Doing Wrong at HOME, Manchester
Cinema 7 July–16 September 2018, FREE

Phil Collins: Can’t Do Right For Doing Wrong at HOME

‘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.

Cinema 25 June 2018, from £5.50

Erin Brockovich + Introduction at HOME

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.

Culture Guides

Exhibitions in Manchester and the North


Proto-feminism, the secret lives of birds, and the darkly satirical images of one of Britain’s leading political artists – we look forward to some of the top exhibition highlights coming up this month.

Theatre in Manchester and the North


Open air performances, off-site productions and hotly anticipated world premières – we’ve got it all covered in our theatre guide.

Manchester Day


It’s family festival fever. The National Trust Children’s Book Festival, University of Manchester Community Festival, Manchester Histories Festival and that’s just for starters.

Poet Amy McCauley. Credit Francesca Sophia.


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…


While this summer’s festivals – including bluedot, The Good Life Experience and Festival No. 6 – provide a welcome distraction, the likes of the RNCM and The Stoller Hall continue to provide adventurous programming.