Cinema in Manchester and the North

Tom Grieve, Cinema Editor

As venues reopen, we look at the best film events available in cinemas, outdoors and in alternative venues, while continuing to champion online cinema either as a supplement, or for those unable to attend physical cinema spaces.

The big news this month is the reopening of HOME, Manchester’s foremost independent cinema. Returning with new safety procedures and spaced seating that go above and beyond expectations, HOME relaunches with a programme that combines new releases with much-loved classics.

Of course the most talked about title currently in cinemas in Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, but more intimate titles continue to debut online. Amy Seimetz’s She Dies Tomorrow is a dark, troubling exercise in existential dread, which sees a Los Angeles community succumb to the contagious belief that they have less than 24 hours to live. Less high concept is Sadaf Foroughi’s debut feature Ava, a thoughtful coming of age film that draws upon the filmmaker’s experiences growing up in Iran.

At YES meanwhile, film fans can book their free tickets to Above the Line’s socially distant pop-up in the Pink Room — this month there’s a focus on animated classics alongside films by Paul Thomas Anderson, Christopher Nolan and Hirokazu Kore-eda.

We are so grateful to National Lottery players, The National Lottery, DCMS and Arts Council England for supporting our freelance writers during this crisis. This means that, although venues remain shut and campaigns cancelled, our writers can be reengaged to help arts organisations and artists across the North of England share their online content with our culture-hungry readers.

Here are our picks

  • 1. BFI London Film Festival 2020 at HOME

    HOME

    BFI London Film Festival 2020 at HOME Manchester, Manchester and online, 7–18 October 2020, from £5 - Book now

    London Film Festival hits the road with a new hybrid edition that splits its programme between online streaming and cinema screenings around the country.

  • 2. Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival 2020

    Dark Cinema - Chris Watson

    Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival 2020, online, Until 11 October 2020, from £7.5 - Book now

    A whole film festival for the price of a cinema ticket. One of the UK’s most adventurous showcases of moving image art moves online for 2020.

  • 3. Monsoon at HOME

    HOME

    Monsoon at HOME Manchester, Manchester, Until 1 October 2020, from £5.50 - Book now

    This quiet, contemplative drama from Lilting director Hong Khaou sees actor Henry Golding as a British-Vietnamese man returning to his birth country of Vietnam for the first time in three decades.

  • 4. Sheffield Showroom Cinema Reopening

    Sheffield Showroom Cinema Reopening at Showroom Workstation, City Centre, Until 18 October 2020, from £7 - Book now

    Another of the North’s independent cinemas reopens its doors with a programme of new releases, dedicated film seasons and a partnership with London Film Festival.

  • 5. Tenet

    Tenet - Image courtesy of Warner Brothers

    Tenet at Vue Manchester Printworks, Manchester, Until 8 October 2020, from £4.99 - Book now

    Christopher Nolan’s mind-bending new sci-fi film is the summer spectacle hoping to get audiences back into cinemas.

  • 6. HOME Reopening Film Programme

    HOME Reopening Programme

    HOME Reopening Programme at HOME Manchester, Manchester and online, Until 30 September 2020, from £5.5 - Book now

    HOME is scheduled to reopen its cinemas on Friday 4 September with a whole raft of new safety procedures and a first rate film programme that picks up where it left off.

  • 7. Grimmfest 2020

    Monsters – Image Courtesy of Grimmfest

    Grimmfest at Odeon Great Northern, City Centre and online, 7–11 October 2020, from £8.50 - Book now

    Grimmfest returns with an online programme featuring all of the thrills, chills and gruesome kills you’d expect from Manchester’s premier genre festival.

  • 8. Above The Line – September at YES

    Above The Line at YES, Manchester, Until 30 September 2020, free entry - Visit now

    Above The Line continue their residence in YES’ The Pink Room this September with a socially distanced cinema that’s free to attend.

  • 9. She Dies Tomorrow – Streaming on Curzon Home Cinema

    She Dies Tomorrow, online, Until 31 October 2020, from £9.99 - Book now

    Amy Seimetz’s darkly fascinating film follows a group of friends in Los Angeles as they succumb to the contagious belief that they have less than 24 hours to live. Not quite horror, not quite sci-fi, this ominous new drama deserves to be seen.

  • 10. Sheffield Doc/Fest

    Sheffield Doc/Fest

    Sheffield Doc/Fest, online, Until 30 November 2020, free entry - Visit now

    Sheffield Doc/Fest goes online. One of the UK’s finest film festivals invites you to explore world class non-fiction from the comfort of your own home.

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Cinema Until 31 March 2021, from £9.99

Portrait of a Lady on Fire – Streaming on Mubi

Brittany, France 1770. Portrait painter Marianne (Merlant) is commissioned to paint the wedding portrait of Héloïse (Haenel), a reluctant bride to be who has just left the convent.

Dogs Don't Wear Pants at HOME Manchester.
Cinema Until 20 March 2021, from £9.99

Dogs Don’t Wear Pants – Streaming on Curzon Home Cinema

Heart surgeon Juha has lived life at an unengaged distance since his wife’s passing. And although it is often debilitating, his grief also throws up some rather surprising sexual urges.

System Crasher at HOME, Manchester - director Nora Fingscheidt's distinctive depiction of dysfunction in an under-resourced care system.
Cinema Until 2 April 2021, from £9.99

System Crasher – Streaming on Curzon Home Cinema

Controversial from the moment it premiered in Competition at the 2019 Berlin Film Festival, documentarian Nora Fingscheidt’s fiction feature debut portrays the life of a chaotic and troubled young girl.

Erena... Our Eritrea – Part of Journeys Festival International 2020
Cinema 30 September–4 October 2020, FREE

Erena… Our Eritrea – Part of Journeys Festival International 2020

Journeys Festival International presents a short documentary following an Eritrean pirate radio station.

Manchester Camerata
Cinema 1 October 2020 8:00 pm, FREE

Manchester Camerata: Untold

Manchester Camerata presents a new series of films which fuse music with spoken word to paint intimate portraits of real people from the local community.

A Tale of Three Journeys – Part of Journeys Festival International 2020
Cinema 5–11 October 2020, FREE

A Tale of Three Journeys – Part of Journeys Festival International 2020

Journeys Festival International 2020 presents an exciting online premiere of three newly commissioned animations, exploring pan-European friendship and collaboration, and the shared experience of the refugee situation in Europe.

Cinema 7 October 2020 5:30 pm,

Mangrove at HOME

In this present moment, with its rallying cry for abolition, McQueen’s incredible cast deliver with great assurance a seminal moment in British history that also encapsulates the global Black struggle.

Solomon’s Stone by Ramzi Maqdisi – Part of Journeys Festival International 2020
Cinema 7–11 October 2020, FREE

Solomon’s Stone by Ramzi Maqdisi – Part of Journeys Festival International 2020

The premiere screening of Solomon’s Stone will be followed by a Q&A with ArtReach’s Film Programmer Reba Martin and actor and filmmaker Ramzi Maqdisi.

My Jerusalem by Avital Raz – Part of Journeys Festival International 2020
Cinema 8–11 October 2020, FREE

My Jerusalem by Avital Raz – Part of Journeys Festival International 2020

Journeys Festival International presents a film broadcast of Avital Raz’s My Jerusalem, accompanied by a documentary of audience reactions to the piece.

Culture Guides

Images of protest: Black Lives Matter at People's History Museum

Exhibitions

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

Makefest At Home

Families

Need some inspiration for online activities and creative family fun? Look no further than our top picks online for families across Manchester and the North.

Poet Dean Atta. Photo by Hussina Raja.

Literature

Festival fever takes hold of Live Literature Land as it does every October, just this year it’s in the ether. Grab a glass and settle down in the Zoom room for some online readings.

Bicep

Music

Discover the best live-streamed concerts, broadcasts, musical activities and exhibitions on offer during lockdown Mk II.

Theatre in Manchester. Image courtesy of RashDash.

Theatre

We can’t wait to be back in the stalls again…until then our theatre guide brings the best of online theatre and interactive performance to enjoy at home.

Classical Music in Manchester and the North

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

Higher Ground

Food and Drink in Manchester and the North

For the August guide, we’ve dug out the best Food and Drink in Manchester and the North to explore now that lockdown has thankfully eased.

Isolation Broadcast

Online events

Discover the best things to do online from the organisations we love in Manchester and the North.

tours and activities

Tours and Activities

Socially distant walks and virtual tours are among the offerings in this month’s guide of Tours and Activities.

Things to do right now

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Cinema Until 18 October 2020, from £7

Sheffield Showroom Cinema Reopening

Cinema Until 1 October 2020, from £5.50

Monsoon at HOME

Cinema Until 30 September 2020, FREE

Above The Line – September at YES

Sheffield Doc/Fest
Cinema Until 30 November 2020, FREE

Sheffield Doc/Fest

HOME Reopening Programme
Cinema Until 30 September 2020, from £5.5

HOME Reopening Film Programme

Cinema Until 11 October 2020, from £7.5

Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival 2020

Cinema Until 8 October 2020, from £4.99

Tenet