You might have to resort to your home cinema this month, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t plenty of ways to support and enjoy great films, whether its from established streaming services, independent distributors or local organisations.
We’re looking forward to diving into the treasures on offer in York’s Aesthetica Short Film Festival, which has moved its mammoth programme of films, masterclasses and interactive content online. Also streaming is Manchester Animation Festival, which manages to be one the highlights of our cinema calendar year after year — look out for Wolfwalkers, a brand new feature which has been earning rave reviews.
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
Grimmfest Christmas Horror Nights, online, 11–12 December 2020, from £10
Have a very gory Christmas with Grimmfest this year. This online event features festive frighteners for you to enjoy from home.
Brittany, France 1770. Portrait painter Marianne (Merlant) is commissioned to paint the wedding portrait of Héloïse (Haenel), a reluctant bride to be who has just left the convent.
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.
Patrick is a 38 year old handyman at his parents’ naturist campground. When his prize hammer is stolen, Patrick’s quest to solve the mystery of its’ theft leads to a much deeper mystery – who is he himself?