Independent cinemas are doing well right now. Audiences are flocking to the surprise smash of Bong Joon-ho’s Academy Award-winning thriller Parasite , Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe’s alluring turns in The Lighthouse and Armondo Iannucci’s witty Dickens’ adaptation The Personal History of David Copperfield. Box office numbers are up and audiences are being treated to some genuinely thrilling films. Look out for all of the above as well as exciting new additions such as Lucio Castro’s acclaimed, cosmic gay romance End of Century, Michael Winterbottom and Steve Coogan’s skewering of Philip Green, and Céline Sciamma’s exquisite lesbian love story, Portrait of a Lady on Fire, over the next few weeks.
Away from the new films, there are opportunities to engage with two famously provocative auteurs in David Lynch in Liverpool and David Cronenberg at Stockport Plaza. At Manchester Museum, why not book a free ticket to experience Jurassic Park while sat amongst the fossils. While in Sheffield, there’s a weekend of cult cinema to dive into — including rare 35mm screenings.
Here are our picks
Breath in the sea air with Robert Eggers’ nightmarish tale of stranded lighthouse keepers. Featuring the talents of Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson this art-house horror blends stark, hallucinogenic visuals with claustrophobic violence and no little humour.
Working with non-professional actors, Haussner uses flashes of dark comedy to depict a stifling bourgeois respectability trying to keep the lid on the simmering mess hidden below.
The English language debut from Austrian director Jessica Hausner is clinically stylised and emotionally austere.
An Argentinian man from New York and a Spanish man from Berlin hook up by chance while in Barcelona.
This screening will be followed by a free, informal post-screening discussion led by Esther Lisk-Carew, Freelance Cultural Host
Derek Jarman: PROTEST! is a major retrospective of one of the most influential figures in 20th century British culture including many works which have never been seen in public before.
Manchester’s TV festival is dedicated to producing an inclusive, communal TV experience where fans and industry can come together to celebrate the past, present and future of television.
Hinterlands International Rural Film Festival celebrates rural film in dramatic ways across the landscapes of the Lakes and Dales.