Cinema in Manchester and the North

Tom Grieve, Cinema Editor

There’s a whole host of one-off screenings and independent festivals worth your attention this month. Fledgling television fest Pilot Light returns for a second season with a line up that features everything from independent web-series to a screening of the pilot for cultural phenomenon Mad Men. If science fiction is more your thing, then look out for Supernova at the end of the April; this years one-day edition of the festival features classics from some real genre juggernauts.

Meanwhile at Waterside Arts Centre, Northern Noir look back at the films that were packing cinemas forty years ago. Not to be outdone, Liverpool plays host to a screening of all-female horror anthology XX presented by feminist horror collective The Final Girls and plucky new festival Hammer and Nail pops up in The Handyman Supermarket.

Here are our picks

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