As many cinemas work to prepare to reopen safely, a variety of outdoor screening events have sprung up to cater to film fans looking for the big screen experience. Our pick is definitely the The Village Screen’s drive in events in Salford, which features a more eclectic selection of cult and classic titles than most.
Meanwhile in the virtual world, smaller and independent films continue to make their way straight to streaming. We highlight some of the recent and upcoming releases we have enjoyed below. From New York comes Kitty Green’s The Assistant — a potent depiction of abuse within the film industry. While Claire Oakley takes us to Cornwall for her psychodrama-cum-queer-awaking Make Up.
We are so grateful to National Lottery players, The National Lottery, DCMS and Arts Council England for supporting our freelance writers during this crisis. This means that, although venues remain shut and campaigns cancelled, our writers can be reengaged to help arts organisations and artists across the North of England share their online content with our culture-hungry readers.
Here are our picks
Support your local independent cinema by streaming Clemency, the new film from Chinonye Chukwu. This acclaimed new drama stars Alfre Woodard as a warden overseeing death row executions in a maximum security prison.
From Spanish melodrama, to the Japanese studio system, to French coming-of-age cinema, Sheffield’s Showroom presents a series of free weekly film talks from esteemed academics.
Days of Bagnold Summer, online, Until 31 August 2020, from £9.99 - Book now
Simon Bird’s directorial debut is an affecting take on mother-son relations in British suburbia. Earl Cave and Monica Dolan make for delightful leads, while a supporting cast of Rob Brydon, Tasmin Grieg and Alice Lowe almost steal the show.
Infinite Football, online, Until 31 August 2020, from £9.99 - Book now
While football authorities debate the changes necessary to bring the game back, nobody is thinking as radically as wannabe revolutionary Laurentiu Ginghina. Romanian director Corneliu Porumboiu’s documentary raises questions above and beyond the beautiful game.
The follow-up to Aquarius from director Kleber Mendonça Filho, this time co-directing and co-writing with long term producer Juliano Dornelles merges sci-fi, the western, Brazilian bandit movies (cangaço) and horror for a highly original and ultra-violent look at a town under siege from a mysterious threat.
Heart surgeon Juha has lived life at an unengaged distance since his wife’s passing. And although it is often debilitating, his grief also throws up some rather surprising sexual urges.
Controversial from the moment it premiered in Competition at the 2019 Berlin Film Festival, documentarian Nora Fingscheidt’s fiction feature debut portrays the life of a chaotic and troubled young girl.
Natasha Lyonne and RuPaul Charles star in Jamie Babbit’s cult 1999 romantic satire.
Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson excel as a couple whose once enviable union crumbles under the weight of mounting resentments and divergent needs.
Rian Johnson (Brick) assembles an all-star cast in this characteristically intelligent whodunit about a famed southern detective who joins forces with local police to investigate a group of eccentric suspects following the murder of a wealthy crime novelist.
Claire Denis’ masterful reworking of Herman Melville is sensual and dangerous.
A relentless serial killer is stalking the streets of San Francisco, leaving citizens in a state of panic and baffling the authorities with the ciphers and menacing letters he leaves at the murder scenes.
Set in China’s underworld, Jia Zhangke’s tale of love and betrayal follows a self-sacrificial gangster’s moll as she comes out of prison and sets about tracking down her former lover.