Cinema in Manchester and the North

Tom Grieve, Cinema Editor

There are new venues for you to explore in Manchester this month. Cultureplex’s Mini Cini continues to impress with a cutting edge programme of classics, art house and documentaries, while the luxurious new three-screen Everyman St. John’s caters to cinemagoers looking to unwind in style.

At HOME, audiences should rush to catch Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci in Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman on the big screen while they can. The legendary filmmaker has caused a recent ruckus with his comments about superhero flicks, but there is no doubt that this slow-burn, moving meditation on mortality is one of the cinema events of the year.

Here are our picks

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Activity 20 October 2018–31 December 2019, FREE

Documentary Challenge at IWM North

Make and feature in your own mini-documentary at IWM North.

Cinema Paradiso: Shorts Programme at Paradise Works
Cinema 28 November 2019, 6:30 pm, FREE

Cinema Paradiso: Shorts Programme at Paradise Works

Cinema Paradiso returns to Paradise Works to launch HOME’s Artist Film Weekender 2019.

Cinema 30 November 2019, 12:00 am, from £4.50

Laura Huertas Millán: Ethnographic Fictions at HOME

From a Colombian drug lord building a replica of the mansion from ’80s soap opera Dynasty in the Amazon rainforest, to the filmmaker’s own aunt going through rehab after a suicide attempt, the work of Colombian filmmaker Laura Huertas Millán fuses methods from documentary, ethnography and fiction to create a hybrid hypnotic cinema.

Cinema 30 November 2019, 2:00 pm, from £4.50

Northern Artist Focus: The Carnival Films of Rhea Storr Q&A at HOME

A short Q&A will accompany this event.

Cinema 30 November 2019, 8:00 pm, FREE

Freak Orlando + Q&A

In this surreal masterpiece by transgressive feminist filmmaker Ulrike Ottinger, Freak Orlando navigates a gender-bending, shape-shifting history of the world in five chapters.

Cinema 1 December 2019, 12:00 am, from £4.50

T Trinh T. Minh-ha & Onyeka Igwe: Speaking Nearby + Q&A at HOME

This screening includes a post-screening discussion with director Onyeka Igwe and curator Gill Park.

Cinema 1 December 2019, 10:30 am–12:30 pm, from £6

Filmmaker Masterclass with Laura Huertas Millán

Following the screening of Laura Huertas Millán’s Ethno-Fictions, Laura will join us for an in-depth masterclass concentrating on her Ethnographic Fictions series.

Cinema 1 December 2019, 1:00 pm, from £4.50

The Future Cries Beneath Our Soil Q&A at HOME

This screening includes a post-screening Q&A with director Pham Thu Hang.

A character from the Muppet Christmas Carol
Cinema 6 December 2019, 6:30 pm–8:30 pm, FREE

Sing-a-long with The Muppet Christmas Carol

Join The Dukes theatre in the beautiful surroundings of Lancaster Priory for a special sing-along-with screening of Jim Henson’s much loved Christmas classic.

Culture Guides

Judy Chicgo at BALTIC, Gateshead – Exhibitions in Manchester and across the North


One of the most important feminist artists of the last 50 years, Judy Chicago’s first major UK retrospective tops our pick of exhibitions this month.

Family things to do. An art installation at Lightopia.


Check out our latest top picks of family things to do and enjoy some quality time together this autumn.

Jade Montserrat


There are plenty of magical live literature happenings in the run-up to, during and even after the festive season – and lots of book-buying opportunities, perfect for presents for friends and family, or even yourself.


From Irish hip hop to Afrobeat, absurdist punk to post-metal, this month’s music guide is a real melting pot.


With a distinctively festive feel, the temperature outside may have dropped but our theatre guide to Manchester and the North is sizzling hot with unmissable performance.

Classical Music in Manchester and the North

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

Food and Drink in Manchester and the North

Our expert guide to food and drink in Manchester and the North. Taking in bars, restaurants and everywhere to go to eat, drink and get merry.

tours and activities

Tours and Activities

Learn a new skill with November’s crafty guide to the Tours and Activities of Manchester.

Things to do right now

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Cinema 22–28 November 2019, from £7.50

Marriage Story at HOME

Activity 20 October 2018–31 December 2019, FREE

Documentary Challenge at IWM North

Cinema 1 January–31 December 2019, from £5.50

Celebrating Women in Global Cinema at HOME

Cinema 15–28 November 2019, from £7.5

The Irishman at HOME

Cinema 29 October–12 December 2019, from £3.30

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