Cinema in Manchester and the North

Tom Grieve, Cinema Editor

Independent cinemas are doing well right now. Audiences are flocking to the surprise smash of Bong Joon-ho’s Academy Award-winning thriller Parasite , Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe’s alluring turns in The Lighthouse and Armondo Iannucci’s witty Dickens’ adaptation The Personal History of David Copperfield. Box office numbers are up and audiences are being treated to some genuinely thrilling films. Look out for all of the above as well as exciting new additions such as Lucio Castro’s acclaimed, cosmic gay romance End of Century, Michael Winterbottom and Steve Coogan’s skewering of Philip Green, and Céline Sciamma’s exquisite lesbian love story, Portrait of a Lady on Fire, over the next few weeks.

Away from the new films, there are opportunities to engage with two famously provocative auteurs in David Lynch in Liverpool and David Cronenberg at Stockport Plaza. At Manchester Museum, why not book a free ticket to experience Jurassic Park while sat amongst the fossils. While in Sheffield, there’s a weekend of cult cinema to dive into — including rare 35mm screenings.

Here are our picks

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Cinema Until 27 February 2020, from £7.50

Lovely Rita at HOME

Working with non-professional actors, Haussner uses flashes of dark comedy to depict a stifling bourgeois respectability trying to keep the lid on the simmering mess hidden below.

Cinema Until 27 February 2020,

Little Joe at HOME

The English language debut from Austrian director Jessica Hausner is clinically stylised and emotionally austere.

Cinema Until 27 February 2020, from £7.50

End of Century at HOME

An Argentinian man from New York and a Spanish man from Berlin hook up by chance while in Barcelona.

Cinema 1 March 2020 1:00 pm, from £7.50

Girlhood + Post-Screening Discussion at HOME

This screening will be followed by a free, informal post-screening discussion led by Esther Lisk-Carew, Freelance Cultural Host

Derek Jarman PROTEST! exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery
Cinema 2 April–31 August 2020, FREE

Derek Jarman: PROTEST! at Manchester Art Gallery

Derek Jarman: PROTEST! is a major retrospective of one of the most influential figures in 20th century British culture including many works which have never been seen in public before.

Cinema 7–10 May 2020, FREE

Pilot Light TV Festival Season 5 at HOME

Manchester’s TV festival is dedicated to producing an inclusive, communal TV experience where fans and industry can come together to celebrate the past, present and future of television.

Hinterlands Film Festival
Cinema 14–17 May 2020, from £6.5

Hinterlands Film Festival, Skipton

Hinterlands International Rural Film Festival celebrates rural film in dramatic ways across the landscapes of the Lakes and Dales.

Cinema 7–11 October 2020, 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

Phoebe Davies: Points of Rupture at Site Gallery in Sheffield


Art and women’s wrestling, Ancient Akkadian gravesites and invented artefacts – check out this month’s pick of exhibitions from across the north.

Half term fun - Young girl sat next to the tiger as part of the The Tiger who came to tea and the adventures of mog the forgetful cat exhibition


Check out our top picks for Families this month. Whether it’s art, music, theatre, science, crafts or insects (!) you’re after, we’ve got you covered…

Poet and performer Kate Tempest.


From Helen Fielding to Hilary Mantel, the literati hard-hitters are in town as Manchester Literature Festival and UNESCO City of Literature turn up the gas.


Lost in the middle distance between Christmas and spring, this funny old time of year has a saving grace: So. Many. Gigs.

Theatre in Manchester


Stage adaptations of cult film classics, award-winning verbatim performance and charming slapstick. You’ll find all this and more in our guide to the best theatre in Manchester and the North.

Classical Music in Manchester and the North

We preview the standout classical music events and venues in Manchester.

Food and Drink in Manchester and the North

It’s time to find the best restaurants for the weeks ahead. Here’s our guide to the best Food and Drink in Manchester and the North

Tours and Activities

Expect thrills, informative discussion, politically charged tours and wobbly towns in this month’s guide of Tours and Activities.

Things to do right now

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Cinema Until 27 February 2020, from £7.50

End of Century at HOME

Cinema Until 27 February 2020, from £7.50

Lovely Rita at HOME

Cinema Until 27 February 2020,

Little Joe at HOME

Cinema 25–27 February 2020,

Jessica Hausner at HOME

Cinema Until 27 February 2020, from £7.50

The Lighthouse at HOME