Music fans are used to spending the summer months at festivals, dancing in a field, drink in hand. But given the June weather this year, they might be better advised to take a trip to the cinema, where Manchester and Liverpool’s premier arthouses have scheduled film seasons that survey the overlap between movies and music.
At HOME in Manchester, Sound and Vision: Pop Stars on Film looks at audio icons who have made their mark on screen. The season ranges from Elvis Presley’s long-running parallel career, to Mick Jagger’s striking turn in Performance, to Prince’s iconic star vehicle Purple Rain. There are rarities and unexpected twists — Mariah Carey in Precious anyone? — as well as multiple slots for the ever intriguing Debbie Harry and David Bowie.
In Liverpool, FACT bring festival season indoors, with a selection of music films that showcase the power and significance of live performance. The programme ranges across concert films, documentaries and narrative features, bringing crucial figures and moments in popular musical culture to the big screen.
Back in Manchester, we’re treated to a spanking new documentary cinema as Now Showing Club launches at Old Bank Residency. Screening the best of specialty distributor Dogwoof’s back catalogue, audiences can experience some of the world’s premier non-fiction films in an intimate 16-seater venue. Make sure you book early to avoid disappointment.
Here are our picks
The gift of sound and vision. Some stars have managed to translate success in the charts to the box office. Elvis. Prince. Madonna. Bowie. HOME’s latest season is a visual jukebox dedicated to multi-hyphenate talents.
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.
Incorporating Lynch’s earliest forays into filmmaking, this selection of shorter works illustrates the director’s restless creativity, the breadth of his imagination and his ability to unsettle.
More than a quarter of a century after its debut, series three of David Lynch’s show is just as baffling, mystical and occasionally deranged… only now there’s a new crime to solve.
In a brave and groundbreaking hour of television, Lynch takes the viewer on an incredible journey. Guaranteed to blow your mind.
Reviled on release, this film set in Deer Meadow, an alternate and hellish Twin Peaks, has undergone a huge critical reappraisal and is now seen as one of Lynch’s most satisfying if complex works.
Illuminating Lynch’s own art, music and films while shining a light on his unique world and journey from small-town America to art school in Philadelphia, this documentary offers audiences a greater understanding of both the man and the artist.
“When I had my first meditation, this inner bliss revealed itself so powerfully – thick happiness came rushing in. And I said, ‘This is it.’ There it was. And everything just got better and better.” David Lynch
This screening will be introduced by David Hughes, who has been teaching Transcendental Meditation for 40 years and has written many articles on the subject.