At HOME right now, film fans can enjoy one of the cinema’s signature summer seasons in the form of ‘The Dark Page‘. Featuring an expansive programme of film noir adapted from pulp novels, the season includes well-known masterpieces alongside some exciting b-sides and rarely-screened rarities.
Also showing, is Daniel Kokotajlo’s Apostasy. A dark drama about three women living as Jehovah’s Witnesses, the film draws upon the director’s own history with the Christian Group. Ahead of the film’s release, we sat down with Kokotajlo to discuss his upbringing and how he settled on an approach to such personal subject matter.
Further ahead, Make A Scene and Z-arts present interactive screenings of The Witches — families during the day and strictly 18+ in the evening. Whilst in the Northern Quarter, newly founded Small World Cinema Club present a screening of Oslo August 31st.
Here are our picks
Bigger Than Life present a screening of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s iconic British film, with an introduction by film scholar Andrew Moor. In order to showcase Jack Cardiff’s ravishing Technicolor cinematography, the film will screen from a 35mm print.
New in town pop-up film initiative, Small World Cinema Club present a screening of Joachim Trier’s Oslo August 31st. Expect warm vibes and a community feel — the film club encourages guests to hang around for a drink and chat afterwards.
‘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.
In a world of shadows, Patricia Highsmith looms large in terms of crime writing and exploring the dark and twisted underbelly of the human psyche. In Hitchcock’s adaptation of one of her earliest works a psychotic socialite confronts a pro tennis star with a theory on how two complete strangers can get away with murder… a theory that he plans to implement.
In 1970s France, the lives of two women intertwine during the progress of the women’s movement. As part of Liverpool Biennial 2018, FACT and Picturehouse present weekly screenings of the works of Agnès Varda, and a personally curated set of films to accompany her own.
Kubrick’s account of an ambitious racetrack robbery is one of Hollywood’s tautest, twistiest noirs. Aided by a radically time-shuffling narrative, razor-sharp dialogue from pulp novelist Jim Thompson, and a phenomenal cast of character actors, The Killing is offers a cold-blooded punch to the gut.
Elmore Leonard is undoubtedly one of the finest and most prolific of contemporary pulp writers and his novel Rum Punch is given a surprisingly mature transfer to the big screen by Tarantino. A work that looks at race and class, the film features a compelling central performance from Pam Grier as the eponymous airline stewardess who becomes embroiled in a world of crime.
Dir. Pedro Almodovaró, 2002, Spain, 112 min (15)
A beautiful exploration into identity and sexuality, as two men form a friendship based on the fact they both care for their comatose wives.
As part of Liverpool Biennial 2018, FACT and Picturehouse present weekly screenings of the works of Agnès Varda, and a personally curated set of films to accompany her own.
Directed by Carl Franklin and brilliantly shot by Tak Fujimoto, this is one of the few novels by black hard-boiled writer Walter Mosley to make it to the screen. Following the exploits of Watts detective Easy Rawlins, the film takes a long hard look at institutionalised racism in America and the nefarious nature of US politics.
The Man From Mo’Wax Manchester Premiere, featuring a Pitchblack Playback of an exclusive mix from UNKLE’s forthcoming new album, plus a never-before-seen interview with James Lavelle.
A remarkable journey to unpick the secret behind one of the world’s most popular and enduring art genres, a fresh look at the idea of First World War remembrance, and a city-wide takeover in honour of the Royal Academy’s 250th birthday; check out our latest pick of exhibition highlights and must-go events.