Cinema in Manchester and the North

Tom Grieve, Cinema Editor

The movies are back and cinemas and screening spaces across the region have responded with a variety of festivals, seasons, special events and film marathons that showcase all the possibilities of the medium.

From HOME’s expansive, globetrotting ¡Viva! Spanish & Latin American Festival in Manchester, to Showroom’s Summer of Ghibli in Sheffield, to FACT’s genuinely adventurous season of rooftop indies in Liverpool, there is a mouthwatering selection of cinema on offer this month.

For those looking for thrills, try MASSIVE Cinema’s Q&A screening of Prano Bailey-Bond’s present video-nasty themed horror, Censor. Or Bigger Than Life x Arrow Film Club at GRUB’s Chapeltown Picture House, which features a viciously stylish double bill of classic Italian giallo from masters Mario Bava and Dario Argento.

Also at Chapeltown, RAD Screenings return with an all day celebration of the films of 1988, featuring muscles, movie stars and a certain killer doll. If you’re looking for a more breezy option, how about Heaton Park’s Film & Food Fest, which combines street food with some pop classics.

Here are our picks

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