Cinema in Manchester and the North

Tom Grieve, Cinema Editor

The big news this month is Manchester International Festival’s announcement that film director David Lynch will be taking over HOME as part of this year’s festival. The internationally renowned artist and filmmaker behind Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive and Twin Peaks will bring his trademark blend of dreamy menace to Manchester, with a programme of cinema, music and visual art. Full details are still to be revealed, but we take a closer look in our preview.

HOME have also launched a year-long programme dedicated to Celebrating Women in Global Cinema. In a time of #MeToo and continued underrepresentation across the board, this initiative is welcome indeed, and features a genuinely ambitious programme of films and events sourced from across the globe.

There’s also some notable genre cinema scheduled for the coming weeks too as Grimmfest present a Japenese horror double that takes us back to the turn of the millennium, while the folk over at Yes have come up with a Mother’s Day double bill that deviates from what you might expect.

Here are our picks

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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 22 March–13 April 2019, from £5.50

¡Viva! Spanish & Latin American Festival at HOME

For its 25th edition, ¡Viva! returns with a HOME-wide celebration of film, theatre and visual art from across Spain and Latin America.

Heart of Darkness at The Lowry
Cinema 16–18 April 2019, from £17.50

Heart of Darkness at The Lowry

This April at The Lowry – imitating the dog will bring their bold and original vision to Joseph Conrad’s timely novel, Heart of Darkness.

Childrens 2–12 May 2019, from £00.00

Leeds International Festival 2019

Leeds International Festival, the UK’s leading metropolitan festival of new ideas and innovation, is back for its second year, this time featuring more than 50 events and 40 speakers over 15 days.

Cinema 3–6 October 2019, from £20.00

Grimmfest at Odeon Great Northern

One of the top genre film festivals in the World, Manchester’s annual festival of horror, cult and fantastic film returns to Odeon, Great Northern this October.

Culture Guides

Exhibitions in Manchester and the north


Highlights from Manchester International Festival’s stellar 2019 visual arts programme top this month’s pick of exhibitions from across the north.

Stella at Waterside


Design the playground of your dreams, witness giant outdoor spectaculars and meet Stella a Star Engineer.

Writer Jenn Ashworth. Photo by Martin Figura


There’s a definite spring in the old live literature step as our diaries fill up for the coming months with plenty of prose and poetry, creative nonfiction and memoir. Outlook good…


From legends of the electronic underground to rising voices in jazz, this month’s music guide is a real melting pot.

Theatre in Manchester and the North


Birmingham Royal Ballet, Manchester’s Yang Sing and Northern wrestling all feature in our eclectic theatre guide this month.

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

Challenge yourself to take on Manchester’s immersive games in this month guide, alongside some historical tours and one-off experiences.

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