Cinema in Manchester and the North

Tom Grieve, Cinema Editor

As we head into 2022 we’re excited to see that the cinemas and screening spaces across Manchester and the North continue to provide the region’s filmgoers with a varied menu of thought-provoking cinema, beloved classics and brand new films.

At HOME we’re most excited to see a complete season of Derek Jarman films. The provocative, pioneering polymath and gay rights activist is a true British original, and we can’t wait to rediscover his work on the big screen. Similarly, the multifaceted Manchester arts org has also lined up dedications to French New Wave icon François Truffaut and legendary British screenwriter Nigel Kneale.

Over in Leeds, meanwhile, we’re shouting about Power, Corruption & Lies, a series of screenings organised by Hyde Park Picture House that surveys the ways in which artists and filmmakers have engaged with political discontent over the last four decades. From Thatcher to Occupy London, these three expertly curated evenings of short films feature world renowned figures alongside emerging and underground film artists.

Or, how about one of the greatest love stories ever committed to celluloid? Make it a Valentine’s to remember at Stockport Plaza as the Art Deco super cinema transports audiences to Casablanca, with an evening featuring dinner, drinks and a screening of the Hollywood classic.

Here are our picks

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Cinema Until 21 February 2022, FREE

Queer Treatment

To coincide with LGBT History Month, Heart of Glass launches Queer Treatment, a new animated short film by the amazing Amy Pennington. Queer Treatment is inspired by conversations with members of the LGBTQIA+ community and explores connection, identity, representation and celebrating queer icons past and present.

Cinema 5 February 2022 1:30 pm, FREE

The Colour of Dreams & Director Q&A at Leeds Art Gallery

Leeds Art Gallery present a free, special screening of BAFTA award winning, Emmy-nominated writer-director Susanna White’s The Colour of Dreams this February.

Cinema 11–13 February 2022, from £11.50

Cinema in the City at LUSH Liverpool

Set in the heart of the city centre, at LUSH Liverpool, Cinema in The City is back this February, with another weekend of contemporary feature films alongside shorts from emerging filmmakers plus food and drink from local traders

Cinema 14 February 2022 7:15 pm, from £6.00

Roman Holiday & Live Accordion Set by Simon Wood at Howard Assembly Rooms

A special Valentine’s Day screening of classic romantic comedy Roman Holiday (1953), opening with an accordion set by Simon Wood.

Cinema 25 February 2022 7:30 pm, from £18.00

The Wind + Live score by Erland Cooper featuring the Chorus of Opera North at RNCM

Scottish composer Erland Cooper rescores the acclaimed silent film The Wind for 18 women of the Chorus of Opera North.

Cinema 23–28 June 2022, FREE

Sheffield DocFest 2022

Shefield DocFest returns this June with a mammoth programme that explores and expands the limits of documentary.

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