There are plenty of reasons to head to the movies this month, with venues lining up specialist curated film seasons, outdoor moonlit events and full on film festivals to entice cinemagoers over the next month or so.
At HOME, there’s a programme of film for Black History Month which focuses on Black joy, love and light and features a broad spectrum of rediscovered rarities and exciting big screen presentations, with stars from Aretha Franklin to Ice Cube. Meanwhile, we were excited to see the lineup for Yorkshire Silent Film Festival, which boasts Buster Keaton, Anna May Wong and Japanese avant garde horror — so something for everybody.
Also in Yorkshire, The Black Cinema Project have partnered with Leeds Industrial Museum for a programme of short films exploring the adult world of migration, belonging and communities, through the eyes of children, while Luna Cinema are presenting a series of cheesy feel good films on the grounds of Harewood House.
Looking a little further ahead, we’re heartened to see the proper return of Grimmfest, Manchester’s premier cult and genre film festival, as well as Bradford’s Widescreen Weekend, which celebrates the big screen experience in one of the country’s biggest and best cinemas. We’re also looking forward to the return of Not Just Bollywood, HOME’s exploration of Indian cinema, which this year pays tribute to the late Irrfan Khan and a shines a light on Bengali film.
Here are our picks
The UK’s largest celebration of live-scored silent film returns with a selection of global titles showing across six of Yorkshire’s finest towns and cities.
Cornwall has seldom seemed eerier than in Make-Up, the vivid first feature from director Claire Oakley.
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.
Kurosawa expertly sustains the suspense over a lengthy duration, imbuing this classic story with an almost Shakespearian grandeur.
The four-day Kendal Mountain Festival is always packed with exciting activities for everyone from children to pensioners. Happening virtually in 2021, this year’s event is no less of an outdoors extravaganza.
Exploring family love, identity and race, you’ve got another chance to see this punchy and poetic stage production by Box of Tricks. Stick around afterwards for a Q&A with playwright/performer David Judge.