Christmas is coming, you just have to look at the film listings at your local cinema. From HOME’s nostalgia-inducing new film season, to CULTPLEX’s Christmas mash-up and FACT’s mouthwatering festive feast, there’s no mistaking the fact that Santa’s on his way.
As mentioned, HOME are appealing to 90s kids this year, with a set of films that includes everything from Home Alone to Jurassic Park to Hook. Meanwhile, at Manchester’s CULTPLEX, they’ve set out to prove that “Christmas film” is a broad church, with snowbound zombie flicks, sat alongside yuletide classics and The Office Christmas Specials. Over in Liverpool, FACT get festive with a season of food on film that captures the spirit of the season without laying on too much tinsel.
There’s also a bit of old Hollywood glamour in the air it seems. In Sheffield, Showroom brighten up the winter darkness with Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn in Charade. Need more star wattage? In Leeds, Hyde Park Picture House have two Marilyn Monroe musicals scheduled to ring in the New Year.