Cinema in Manchester and the North

Tom Grieve, Cinema Editor

Manchester gets its very own documentary cinema this month, 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.

At HOME, local programmers Bigger Than Life celebrate the release of Claire Denis’ latest film, High Life, with a screening of her most acclaimed: Beau Travail. Showing from a 35mm print in a special twentieth anniversary event, this is your chance to catch up with one of the great works of contemporary cinema.

Here are our picks

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Cinema 22 October 2003–20 September 2019, from £5.50

MIF19: Mon Oncle at HOME

Slapstick prevails again when Tati’s eccentric Monsieur Hulot is set loose in the ultramodern home of his brother-in-law, and in the antiseptic plastic hose factory where he gets a job.

Cinema 19 February 2006–25 September 2019, from £5.50

MIF19: In Cold Blood at HOME

Adapting Truman Capote’s true-crime novel about the senseless murder of a family in rural Kansas, In Cold Blood is a grimly authentic American horror story.

Cinema 14 July 2017–13 July 2019,

MIF19: David Lynch: The Art Life at HOME

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.

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 9–29 May 2019, from £5.50

Amazing Grace at HOME

In January 1972, Aretha Franklin made her legendary album Amazing Grace with the Southern California Community Choir and Reverend James Cleveland in the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles.

Cinema 20 June 2019, from £6

‘Hammer Horror’ Double Bill: The Devil Rides Out & The Plague of the Zombies at Stockport Plaza

Grimmfest presents a ‘Hammer Horror’ Double Bill.

Activity 21–26 June 2019, FREE

Cine-club at Alliance Française

Free Film screening with Alliance Française. Celebrate French cinema with English subtitles.

Cinema 6 July 2019, from £5.50

MIF19: David Lynch Shorts Programme at HOME

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.

Cinema 7 July 2019, FREE

MIF19: Twin Peaks S3 ep 1 & 2 at HOME

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.

Culture Guides

Exhibitions in Manchester and the north

Exhibitions

Like the 58th Venice Biennale which opened earlier this May, our latest pick of exhibitions across the north also has a strong ecological bent.

Quays Culture Summer Festival

Families

Spectacular tightrope walks, Transylvanian twirling and Manchester Day’s 10th birthday bash. It’s all here.

Tracy K Smith

Literature

We’re mixing international and local on the poetry and prose scene right now – from Africa to Altrincham, and from America to your imagination, guest readers have all your literature needs covered.

These New Puritans

Music

Ranging from extra-terrestrial pop to death metal to the future of electronic music, this month’s music guide is a corker.

Theatre in Manchester and the North

Theatre

Check out our updated theatre guide for intimate one-to-one performance, prosecco-popping open-air shows and a time-travelling new musical.

Arras

Food and Drink in Manchester and the North

Discover the best food and drink that the North has to offer in our expert guide to food and drink in Manchester and beyond.

Tours and Activities

Try something different in May with our round up of the month’s alternative Tours and Activities in Manchester.

Things to do right now

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Cinema 9–29 May 2019, from £5.50

Amazing Grace 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 22 October 2003–20 September 2019, from £5.50

MIF19: Mon Oncle at HOME

Cinema 19 February 2006–25 September 2019, from £5.50

MIF19: In Cold Blood at HOME