Cinema in Manchester and the North

Tom Grieve, Cinema Editor

We’re on the cusp of October, which means the film programmers of Manchester and the North have put their Hallowe’en hats on and conjured up a host of spooky screenings. This year there’s something for everybody, from the scaredey-cats to the seasoned gorehounds.

Abandon Normal Devices go underground with a terrifying double-bill screened in Peak Cavern. Gothic Manchester Festival celebrate in style with Nicolas Winding Refn’s fashion satire The Neon Demon Whilst Stockport Plaza make use of their historic theatre to present two of Universal’s legendary monster movies back-to-back.

Away from the horror there’s still time to catch a musical at FACT or check out the Indian independent film scene at HOME. Meanwhile, silent film musician and television presenter Neil Brand provides a live score to Sergei Eisenstein’s hugely influential epic Battleship Potemkin at Stoller Hall.

Here are our picks

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Tip top experiences for families that stretch our perceptions and minds right now – experimental new technology to radical re-imaginings, awe-inspiring outdoor arts and the last two glorious festivals this summer.

Lemn Sissay.


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Gig theatre, an American classic and two people dancing like idiots – all this and more in our monthly guide.


This month’s top picks all share a notably political emphasis – using art to highlight the many vast divisions that have underpinned society over the last 100 years.

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