HOME Reopening Programme May 2021

Tom Grieve, Cinema Editor

HOME Reopening Programme May 2021 at HOME Manchester, Manchester 17 May — 30 June 2021 Tickets from £5.50 — Book now

The big screen is back, and Manchester’s HOME have sorted a blistering reopening programme that combines new releases and awards contenders with rare screenings of films plucked from the history of cinema. Of course, there will also be a selection of Q&As with talent and filmmakers, as well as introductions from film experts.

Opening in line with government guidance and with safety precautions in place, the cinema’s five screens are set to light up with the season’s biggest films, including the likes of Lee Isaac Chung’s affecting multiple Oscar-nominee Minari, Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield in Shaka King’s acclaimed civil rights drama Judas and the Black Messiah, and Ammonite, Francis Lee’s earthy period romance starring Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan.

Some films, such as Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland — a sweeping trip across modern America built around Frances McDormand — are presented properly on the silver screen following streaming debuts earlier this year. While brand new titles, including Christos Nikou’s high-concept Apples, and Billie Piper’s much-anticipated, and highly regarded, Rare Beasts have been held back to make a big screen bow. As an added incentive, Piper, who stars and directs for the first time, will be at HOME for a Q&A to promote Rare Beasts on Tuesday 25 May.

Irma Vep

Filmgoers familiar with HOME will know that new releases are only half the story here though. A brand new programme entitled “The Reverse Gaze: Filmmaking on Screen” mixes new titles such as Mank — David Fincher’s look at Citizen Kane and Herman J. Mankiewicz — and a Q&A screening of Prano Bailey-Bond’s video-nasty themed Censor with some dives back into cinema history that remind us of what we’ve been missing.

Featuring live introductions from HOME staff, film historians and academics, the series focuses on the artistic endeavour and the very act of creating moving images. Our pick of the season is Olivier Assayas’ dreamy meta-thriller Irma Vep, in which Hong Kong star Maggie Cheung plays a version of herself caught up in a remake of Louis Feuillade’s classic silent crime serial Les vampires. Michael Powell’s vicious and voyeuristic proto-slasher Peeping Tom, Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s brilliantly chaotic Beware of a Holy Whore and François Truffaut’s Day For Night are also highly recommended.

The full reopening programme is available on HOME’s website, where you can find details of further releases such as Gerard Johnson’s British bruiser Muscle, punk rock doc Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché and Tilda Swinton’s turn in Pedro Almodóvar short The Human Voice, amongst a host of others. Tickets for all films and events will be available following the Prime Minister’s announcement regarding the roadmap out of lockdown on Monday 10 May, with priority booking going to HOME Friends, followed by members.

HOME Reopening Programme May 2021 at HOME Manchester, Manchester 17 May — 30 June 2021 Tickets from £5.50 Book now

What's on at HOME Manchester

From England with Love at HOME
From England with Love at HOME

With stunning choreography and an inventive score, the ambiguities at the heart of England take centre stage in Hofesh Shechter’s compelling new dance work.

from £10.00
Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga
Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga at HOME

As the world fell, young Furiosa is snatched from the Green Place of Many Mothers and falls into the hands of a great Biker Horde led by the Warlord Dementus.

from £7.95
La Chimera
La Chimera at HOME

Josh O’Connor leads a ramshackle band of grave robbers in Alice Rohrwacher’s stunning new film, La Chimera.

from £7.95

Where to go near HOME Reopening Programme May 2021

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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