Design City Film Season

Tom Grieve, Cinema Editor
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Design City Film Season at HOME Manchester, Manchester 12 — 23 October 2016 Tickets from £7.00 — Book now

October sees the return of Design Manchester. Now in its fourth year, Manchester’s festival of design and creativity is celebrating design in cinema with an eclectic season of acclaimed films at HOME. A different expert will introduce each film and provide personal stories, insights and critiques.

First up, on Sunday 16th October, is David Fincher’s Fight Club, which will be introduced by the film’s celebrated production designer Alex McDowell. Adapted from Chuck Palahniuk’s novel, the film stars Edward Norton as a disillusioned office worker who finds solace in pugilism after meeting a questionable guru named Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt). Perhaps not Fincher’s greatest work – Zodiac and The Social Network remain deeper and more quietly impressive – Fight Club nevertheless lingers as an influential, chest-thumping examination of disaffected masculinity.

Vertigo recently supplanted Citizen Kane when it was voted as the best film ever made in Sight and Sound’s prestigious once-a-decade critics’ poll. The 1958 film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, stars James Stewart as a San Francisco detective hired to track a woman who seems to be possessed by the past. Hitchcock’s woozy exploration of obsession is absolutely entrancing and should play brilliantly on the big screen. On Monday 17th October, design writer Alice Rawsthorn will be on hand to present the film and talk about Saul Bass’ iconic title sequence.

Image courtesy of Design Manchester
Image courtesy of Design Manchester

The Design Manchester team lighten the mood a little on Tuesday 18th October as film expert Christopher Frayling introduces Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. Stanley Kubrick’s classic satirical take on military incompetence and warmongering officials is equal parts hysterical and chilling. Unfortunately, and thanks largely to a certain megalomaniacal U.S. presidential candidate, the films apocalyptic vision remains as relevant as ever. Just remember: “You can’t fight in here. This is the War Room!”

Finally, on Sunday 23rd October, there’s a chance to catch Charles Atlas’ rarely screened  “docufantasy” Hail the New Puritan. This fictive portrait of charismatic choreographer Michael Clark promises a look at 1980s post-punk London subculture that is full of music, fashion and flamboyant dance sequences. The screening at HOME will be introduced by graphic designer Malcolm Garrett who has worked with Clark since 1987.

Design City Film Season at HOME Manchester, Manchester 12 — 23 October 2016 Tickets from £7.00 Book now

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Where to go near Design City Film Season

Indian Tiffin Room, Manchester

Indian Tiffin Room is a restaurant specialising in Indian street food, with branches in Cheadle and Manchester. This is the information for the Manchester venue.

The Ritz Manchester live music venue
Music venue
The Ritz

The Ritz was originally a dance hall, built in 1928, has hosted The Beatles, Frank Sinatra and The Smiths and is still going strong as a gig venue now.

Event venue

Homeground is HOME’s brand new outdoor venue, providing an open-air space for theatre, food, film, music, comedy and more.

Café or Coffee Shop
Burgess Cafe Bar

Small but perfectly-formed café – which also serves as the in-house bookstore, stocking all manner of Burgess-related works, along with recordings of his music. It’s a welcoming space, with huge glass windows making for a bright, welcoming atmosphere.

Rain Bar pub in Manchester
City Centre
Bar or Pub
Rain Bar

This huge three-floor pub, formerly a Victorian warehouse, then an umbrella factory (hence the name), has one of the city centre’s largest beer gardens. The two-tier terrace overlooks the Rochdale canal and what used to be the back of the Hacienda, providing an unusual, historic view of the city.

Bar or Pub
The Briton’s Protection

Standing on the corner of a junction opposite The Bridgewater Hall, The Briton’s Protection is Manchester’s oldest pub. It has occupied the same spot since 1795, going under the equally patriotic name The Ancient Britain.

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Into the Melting Pot at Manchester Jewish Museum

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