Cinema in Manchester and the North

Tom Grieve, Cinema Editor

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.

In Liverpool, FACT celebrate French New Wave pioneer, Agnès Varda, with a huge season timed to her to tie in with new work commissioned for the Biennial.

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

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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 18–21 August 2018, from £7

Strangers on a Train at HOME

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.

Cinema 22 August 2018, from £11.2

L’une Chante, L’autre Pas – Agnès Varda: Pioneer

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.

Cinema 24 August 2018, from £9

The Killing at HOME

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.

Cinema 27 August 2018, from £9

Jackie Brown at HOME

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.

Cinema 29 August 2018, from £11.2

Talk to Her – Agnès Varda: Pioneer at FACT

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.

Cinema 29 August 2018, from £9

Devil in a Blue Dress at HOME

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.

Cinema 30 August 2018, from £10

The Man From Mo’Wax Premiere At Odeon Great Northern

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.

Cinema 1–4 September 2018, from £7

Mildred Pierce at HOME

After her cheating husband leaves her, Mildred Pierce proves she can become independent and successful, but can’t win the approval of her spoiled daughter.

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Cinema 27 July–30 August 2018, from £5.50

Apostasy at HOME

Cinema 18 July–17 October 2018, from £12.20

Agnès Varda: Pioneer at FACT

Cinema 5 August–4 September 2018, from £7

The Dark Page at HOME

Cinema 18–21 August 2018, from £7

Strangers on a Train at HOME