It might be summertime but given the weather lately you might find yourself in need of some indoor entertainment. Whilst the multiplex fare is looking particularly uninspiring this year, the independent cinemas and screening spaces of Manchester and the North have a whole host of interesting new releases, special one-off screenings and retrospectives to see you through.
As always HOME have it all. The Manchester arts centre lead the way with all the latest independent and art house films, including the excellent Transit and Quentin Tarantino’s much-feted Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood. Still showing from MIF19 is a season of David Lynch films — make sure you make time for the accompanying exhibition — while at the time of writing there are a precious few screenings left in the Pop Stars on Film season.
Looking further ahead, HOME’s annual dedication to Indian independent cinema, ‘Not Just Bollywood’, remains a crucial fixture in Manchester’s film calendar, this year crossing over with ‘Celebrating Women in Global Cinema’ — a year long programme of films showcasing women working in front and behind the camera.
In Liverpool, two distinguished institutions join forces to celebrate a big anniversary. Popular film magazine EMPIRE and cinema-chain Picturehouse both hit thirty and they’ve decided to look back at the past three decades in movies with a season that incorporates work by the likes of Steven Spielberg, Paul Thomas Anderson and Martin Scorsese.
There’s plenty more going on of course, read on to find out our cinemas highlights for the months ahead.
Here are our picks
Jamie Babbit’s cult romantic comedy stars Natasha Lyonne (American Pie, Orange is the New Black) as a cheerleader sent to a conversion therapy camp. Featuring a supporting turn from RuPaul Charles.
Brace yourself for dark mysteries and wilder dreams as Manchester International Festival invite cult artist and filmmaker David Lynch to take over HOME for a season of cinema, art and music.
Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood visits 1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing, as TV star Rick Dalton (DiCaprio, The Revenant) and his long-time stunt double Cliff Booth (Pitt) make their way around an industry they hardly recognise anymore.
When a clean-cut young man discovers a severed human ear in the grass, his quest to solve the grisly mystery leads him into the terrifying underworld of his own town.
Lynch travels the weird back roads of America in a tense thriller, clearly influenced by the works of Hitchcock and involving a mythical LA, a blonde and a brunette (both played by the same actress) and strange musings on identity and dreams.
This Fri 23 Aug, 18:00 screening of The Straight Story will be introduced by Jason Wood, Creative Director: Film and Culture at HOME.
This 20:00 screening of Mulholland Drive on sat 24 Aug will be introduced by Sarah Perks, curator David Lynch: My Head Is Disconnected.
This sprawling Hollywood nightmare takes the perspective of an out-of-favour actress (Dern) as a launching pad for a surreal trip through the streets of Tinseltown, the Polish underworld, a rabbit sitcom and back again.
Join 10 year old Sophie on the journey of a life time in this free screening of one Roald Dahl’s best loved stories.