Cinemas have opened their doors again, with full social distancing and Covid protocols in place, and we couldn’t be happier. Venues and programmers across the region have responded to reopening by reminding us of the scope and power of the big screen experience, with curated classics, brand new films and even some outdoor events.
At HOME there’s an epic, nuanced showcasing of films about films, a chance to catch a landmark, underseen Senegalese classic and a spotlight on local filmmakers. That’s not to mention new releases such as Kelly Reichardt’s First Cow and Lee Isaac Chung’s Minari.
In Liverpool, FACT have launched Cinema in the City, a programme of acclaimed new indies ready to watch on a rooftop with top food and drink options. Grassroots programmers Above The Line have scheduled some screenings at Withington Public Hall Institute — including an unmissable chance to catch David Cronenberg’s dark, unsettling Crash.
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.
Picnic Cinema is back this September with a series of screenings of Withnail & I at Sleddale Hall aka Crow Crag — the cottage from the cult classic film.
Olivier Assayas’s live-wire international breakthrough stars a magnetic Maggie Cheung as a version of herself: a Hong Kong action-movie star who arrives in Paris to play the latex-clad lead in a remake of Louis Feuillade’s classic silent crime serial Les vampires.
Commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival and premiering at Manchester Central this July, All of This Unreal Time is a brand new short film and immersive installation written by Max Porter, directed by Aoife McArdle, and starring Cillian Murphy.
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.