Cinema in Manchester and the North

Tom Grieve, Cinema Editor

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

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Cinema Until 30 September 2021, FREE

Make Up – Streaming on BBC iPlayer

Cornwall has seldom seemed eerier than in Make-Up, the vivid first feature from director Claire Oakley.

Cinema Until 21 February 2022, FREE

Queer Treatment

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.

Cinema Until 26 June 2021, from £50.88

Picnic Cinema: Withnail & I at Sleddale Hall

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.

Cinema 27 June 2021, from £5.50

Irma Vep at HOME

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.

Cinema 2–4 July 2021, from £12.50

MIF21: All of this Unreal Time

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.

Kendal Mountain Festival
Cinema 18–21 November 2021, FREE

Kendal Mountain Festival

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.

Culture Guides

Laure Prouvost: The long waited, weighted gathering at the Manchester Jewish Museum

Exhibitions

Life is back! From the return of Yorkshire Sculpture International to a major Lucian Freud retrospective, checkout our top picks.

Doodle Den at the People's History Museum

Families

Need some inspiration for online activities and creative family fun? Look no further than our top picks online for families across Manchester and the North.

Poet Jason Allen-Paisant

Literature

There’s plenty on as we head into June, including a county-wide celebration of libraries and some tempting sniffs of upcoming real-life live literature…

Music

We round up the best socially distanced and full-scale gigs coming up in Manchester and the north.

Theatre in Manchester and the North.

Theatre

We’ve got outdoor performances, summer theatre festivals, gig musicals and much more in our theatre guide this month. Welcome back live performance – we’ve missed you.

Classical Music in Manchester and the North

We preview the standout classical music events and venues in Manchester and the north.

District Manchester

Food and Drink in Manchester and the North

A guide to Food and Drink in Manchester and the North, including plenty of new bars and restaurants and exciting new menus from old favourites.

Online events

Discover the best things to do online from the organisations we love in Manchester and the North.

Tours and Activities

The days are getting longer, the sun is shining brighter and the flowers of spring have truly sprung. We’re welcoming in the new season with a guide of Tours and Activities that will inspire you to make, learn and move.