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Reclaim The Frame Presents: Be Natural + Q&A (PG)

Reclaim The Frame Presents: Be Natural + Q&A

Guest speakers: Clarisse Loughrey - Film Critic and Kirsty Fairclough - Associate Dean: Research and Innovation in the School of Arts and Media at Salford University + Q&A hosted by Cristina Garcia from Birds’ Eye View.


When Alice Guy-Blaché completed her first film in 1896 Paris, she was not only the first female filmmaker, but one of the first directors ever to make a narrative film. In Be Natural, Pamela B. Green acts as a detective, revealing the real story of Guy-Blaché and highlighting her pioneering contributions to the birth of cinema and her acclaim as a creative force and entrepreneur in the earliest years of movie-making.


Narrated by Jodie Foster, the film features commentary from Diablo Cody, Geena Davis, Julie Delpy, Ava DuVernay, Michel Hazanavicius, Patty Jenkins, Ben Kingsley, Andy Samberg, Agnès Varda, Evan Rachel Wood and more.


Director: Pamela B. Green


Reclaim The Frame is a mission to bring ever-greater audiences to films by women to widen and enrich cinema’s perspective of the world, run by charity Birds’ Eye View, and backed by the British Film Institute’s Audience Fund.

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Monday 27 Jan 202018:30 Book Now

No Fathers in Kashmir + Director’s Q&A (12A)

No Fathers in Kashmir + Director’s Q&A

Ashvin Kumar’s third film on Kashmir, NO FATHERS IN KASHMIR is a coming-of-age story about innocence and the exuberance of being young and hopeful. Based on hundreds of true stories, this tender storm of first-love and heart-break tells a deeper story of truth, humanity and compassion, of a tragic land and its much misunderstood, beautiful people.  


Cast: Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Soni Razdan, Anshuman Jha

Director: Ashvin Kumar


Q&A with director Ashvin Kumar an Oscar nominated and two time national award winning independent filmmaker. Ashvin has written, directed and produced a range of films, including the documentaries Inshallah, Kashmir (National award) and Inshallah Football (Dubai Jury Prize, Pusan AND grant & official selection, Chicago Official Selection, National Award), feature film, The Forest (Raindance, Stiges), Road to Ladakh (Raindance, Vancouver) short film Little Terrorist (Oscar, EFA & BAFTA LA nominations, winner of Montreal, Tehran and 25 other festivals) which has been invited to over 200 film festivals.  


Q&A is moderated by film scholar and writer Dr. Omar Ahmed. Dr. Ahmed co-curates Not Just Bollywood, a regular season of South Asian films for HOME in Manchester and writes regularly on Indian Parallel Cinema for various publications and at his website.


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Tuesday 28 Jan 202018:30 Book Now

The Dirty War on the National Health Service (12A)

The Dirty War on the National Health Service

The Dirty War on the NHS is the new documentary from renowned BAFTA and Emmy-winning filmmaker and journalist John Pilger. “This film is a tribute to a unique institution,” says Pilger at the start of The Dirty War, which is about threatened democracy. Above all, it is a warning. Pilger investigates the dismantling “by stealth” of the National Health Service, “a last bastion of true public service”


Director: John Pilger


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Wednesday 29 Jan 202019:30 Book Now

Urbanistas Present: Citizen Jane: Battle for the City (PG)

Urbanistas Present: Citizen Jane: Battle for the City

Writer and urban activist Jane Jacobs fights to save historic New York City during the ruthless redevelopment era of urban planner Robert Moses in the 1960s.


Director: Matt Tyrnauer


Join UrbanistasNW on Thursday 30th Jan as we celebrate the life and work of writer, urban activist and power house Jane Jacobs with an exclusive screening of Citizen Jane, a documentary that reveals her battle to save the redevelopment of New York City and overcome the label given to her by those who oppose her: "A mere housewife".


We'll be raising our glasses to Jane afterwards at Cultureplex with drinks and chats. See you there!




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Thursday 30 Jan 202018:30 Book Now

Adulthood (15)

Adulthood

BAFTA winner Noel Clarke directs, writes and stars in this 2008 sequel to KiDULTHOOD. 6 years later, Sam Peel is released from prison after comitting the murder of Trife. Once out and back on the streets of London, he is forced to face the people he hurt through his actions, soon realising his life is no easier on the outside.  A tale of retribution in this British drama.


Cast: Noel Clarke, Scarlett Alice Johnson, Adam Deacon

Director: Noel Clarke


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Friday 31 Jan 202019:30 Book Now

The Report (15)

The Report

In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, CIA agents begin using extreme interrogation tactics on those they think were behind it. The Report follows one man’s pursuit of justice and adherence to oversight accountability. A riveting political thriller, the film follows one man’s pursuit of justice.


Cast: Adam Driver, Annette Bening, Jon Hamm, Corey Stoll

Director: Scott Z. Burns


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Saturday 1 Feb 202015:00 Book Now

12 Years A Slave (15)

12 Years A Slave

Steve McQueen’s powerful 12 Years A Slave is based on an incredible true story of one man’s fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist forever alters his life.


Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong'o, Michael K. Williams, Benedict Cumberbatch, Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Paul Dano

Director: Steve McQueen


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Saturday 1 Feb 202018:00 Book Now

The Two Popes (12A)

The Two Popes

The Two Popes takes us beyond TV images of smoke rising from the Vatican chimney into the hearts, minds, and actions of those charged with leading over a billion faithful. Directed by Fernando Meirelles (City of God) this insightful story ushers us behind gilded doors to watch the once and future Popes grapple with faith and religious leadership in a rapidly changing world.


Cast: Jonathan Pryce, Anthony Hopkins, Juan Minujín

Director: Fernando Meirelles


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Sunday 2 Feb 202015:00 Book Now

Rocketman (15)

Rocketman

The fantastical story of a young Reginald Dwight, who changes his name to Elton John and collaborates with singer-songwriter Bernie Taupin to become one of the most iconic figures in pop history. Set to his beloved songs, Rocketman is the epic story of Elton John, and his metamorphosis from shy prodigy to international superstar.



Cast: Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden

Director: Dexter Fletcher


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Sunday 2 Feb 202018:00 Book Now

Spotlight (15)

Spotlight


In 2001, editor of The Boston Globe, Marty Baron, assigns a team of journalists to investigate allegations against John Geoghan, a priest accused of molesting more than 80 boys. Led by editor Walter Robinson, reporters Michael Rezendes, Matt Carroll and Sacha Pfeiffer interview victims and try to unseal sensitive documents. The reporters make it their mission to provide proof of a cover-up of sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic Church. This biographical dranma went on to become the winner of the 2016 Academy Awards for Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture.


Cast:  Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Stanley Tucci, John Slattery, Liev Schreiber

Director: Tom McCarthy


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Monday 3 Feb 202019:00 Book Now

Birdman (15)

Birdman

Michael Keaton returns in a blazing career-best performance as a washed-up former superhero actor, vying once again for stardom by producing his own stage comeback on Broadway. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself. Alejandro González Iñárritu’s brutal, brilliant satire of celebrity and the media frenzy it invokes fires on all cylinders.


Cast: Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Edward Norton

Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu


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Tuesday 4 Feb 202019:00 Book Now

Small World Cinema Club Presents: A Separation (PG)

Small World Cinema Club Presents: A Separation

The stand-out film of the 2011 Berlin Film Festival and winner of the Golden Bear, A Separation is a suspenseful and intelligent drama detailing the fractures and tensions at the heart of Iranian society.


Written and directed by Asghar Farhadi, the film boasts a range of superb performances from the ensemble cast who collectively received the Silver Bears for both Best Actor and Best Actress at the Berlinale. The compelling narrative is driven by a taut and finely written script rooted in the particular of Iranian society but which transcends its setting to create a stunning morality play with universal resonance.


When his wife (Leila Hatami) leaves him, Nader (Peyman Moadi) hires a young woman (Sareh Bayat) to take care of his suffering father (Ali-Asghar Shahbazi). But he doesn't know his new maid is not only pregnant, but also working without her unstable husband's (Shahab Hosseini) permission. Soon, Nader finds himself entangled in a web of lies manipulation and public confrontations.


A Separation is the first Iranian film to be awarded the Best Foreign Language Oscar.


"A separation is totally foreign and achingly familiar. It's a thrilling domestic drama that offers acute insights into human motivations and behaviour, as well as a compelling look at what goes on behind a particular curtain that almost never gets raised."

- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times


Cast: Payman Maadi, Leila Hatami, Ali-Asghar Shahbazi, Sareh Bayat

Director: Asghar Farhadi

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Wednesday 5 Feb 202018:00 Book Now

The Shape Of Water (15)

The Shape Of Water

At the height of the Cold War, two workers in a US government laboratory discover a terrifying secret experiment in this otherworldly fairytale from Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth). Del Toro has the ability to miraculously transform his vivid imagination to the screen and to use the fantasy genre to comment on the horrors of reality (race, politics, sexuality). Peppered with cinematic references and a work of unparalleled visual beauty with each and every frame a work of art, del Toro delivers unforgettable film poetry.


Cast: Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon

Director: Guillermo del Toro


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Wednesday 5 Feb 202020:30 Book Now

The Irishman (15)

The Irishman

Martin Scorsese’s epic saga of organised crime in postwar America. Written by Gangs of New York collaborator Steven Zaillian (Schindler’s List), Scorsese’s The Irishman weaves an engrossing and intricate web of connected events, audaciously cutting back and forth across decades. Presented through the prism of Sheeran’s (De Niro) memories of his criminal past, the film uses state-of-theart visual effects to ‘de-age’ the cast from their 70s through their 30s.


The seamless post-production allows Scorsese to bring together a megawatt cast including the former Goodfellas pairing of De Niro and Joe Pesci (out of retirement here for Scorsese), alongside Harvey Keitel, Stephen Graham, Anna Paquin, Jesse Plemons, Bobby Cannavale and Ray Romano. Al Pacino, appearing for the first time in a Scorsese film.


Cast: Joe Pesci, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro

Director: Martin Scorsese


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Thursday 6 Feb 202019:00 Book Now

Queen & Slim (15)

Queen & Slim

While on a forgettable first date together in Ohio, a black man (Kaluuya, Widows) and a black woman (Turner-Smith), are pulled over for a minor traffic infraction. The situation escalates, with sudden and tragic results. When the incident goes viral the pair unwittingly become a symbol of trauma, terror, grief and pain for people across the US. A powerful, consciousness-raising love story that confronts the staggering human toll of racism and the life-shattering price of violence.


Cast: Jodie Turner-Smith, Daniel Kaluuya, Bokeem Woodbine

Director: Melina Matsoukas


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Make a Scene Film Club Presents: All About Eve (U)

Make a Scene Film Club Presents: All About Eve

For Make A Scene Film Club's Oscars Special screening we present the 1950 Best Picture winner and "the bitchiest film ever made" All About Eve.


This classy camp classic sees Bette Davis in her withering best spitting out iconic lines ("Fasten your seat belts, it's going to be a bumpy night") as ageing actress Margo Channing who sees ingenue Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter) nipping at her heals and weaving her way into her life.


This film casts a long shadow and has the same basic story line as Showgirls, it's dripping in old Hollywood glamour, backstage Broadway bitching and a boasts a balls-to-the-wall performance from gay icon Bette Davis, this is the campest Best Picture winner this side of Gone With The Wind!


Grab a martini and come see this slice of film history back on the silver screen this Oscar weekend ahead of the 92nd Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday 9th February.


Cast: Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz


Make A Scene have made a name for themselves in Manchester as a big queer film party “for friends of Dorothy and their friends” bringing camp cinema, queer film and LGBT TV to the big screen. Make A Scene specialize in “way-too-interactive” immersive screenings of films that don’t normally get the live cinema treatment. Rather than Ghostbusters, Jurrasic Park and Star Wars they bring Death Becomes Her, John Waters and Ab Fab to life. As well as crazy film parties Make A Scene have hosted screenings of new LGBT documentaries and narrative features including 120 BPM and A Fantastic Woman and are a real queer film club bound together by online discussion, community, a weekly newsletter and upcoming podcast.


And now they’re coming to Cultureplex with the mission to get weirder and queerer! Join Make A Scene every month for a residency that swings from high art to bad taste, from the greatest queer films ever made to films so bad only gay men could love them.


Each screening will be hosted by Make A Scene’s own Gary Williams and each month will be different, sometimes you’ll be joined by a drag queen picking her fave film, sometimes you’ll be treated to a double feature or a TV series but every month you’re invited to grab a cocktail and enjoy a slightly too relaxed cinema experience with likeminded queerdos then head to the bar after for indepth discussion (and bitching).


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Friday 7 Feb 202020:00 Book Now

Marriage Story (15)

Marriage Story

Revisiting some of the themes of The Squid and the Whale, writer-director Noah Baumbach digs deep into divorce with Marriage Story. Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson excel as a couple whose once enviable union crumbles under the weight of mounting resentments and divergent needs. Elegantly cutting back and forth through time, the film offers an elegant and moving post-mortem of their relationship.


Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Adam Driver

Director: Noah Baumbach


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Saturday 8 Feb 202015:00 Book Now

Moonlight (15)

Moonlight

It’s a bold claim but it’s hard to envision a more potent film in 2017 than Moonlight, the second feature from writer-director Barry Jenkins (Medicine for Melancholy). The film follows a young black male from childhood to adulthood as he navigates the dangers of drugs and violence in his depressed Florida neighbourhood, in addition to his complex love for his male best friend. An impeccably crafted study of African-American masculinity, Moonlight establishes Jenkins as a vital creative voice in contemporary cinema. Moonlight has been compared to Linklater’s Boyhood, but taken from a black perspective. It’s an assessment that acts as a disservice for this is a genuinely original artistic endeavour that just may re-map how we respond to and process cinema.


Cast: Mahershala Ali, Shariff Earp, Duan Sanderson

Director: Barry Jenkins


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Sunday 9 Feb 202016:30 Book Now

Manchester Modernist Society Presents: The Offence (18)

Manchester Modernist Society Presents: The Offence

This is the first film in a new series selected by PhD student Jonathan Smith as part of his ongoing studies into modernist architecture in British film:


“The Offence is one of the great overlooked British films of the 1970s. Not only does it feature a career best performance from Sean Connery as troubled Detective Inspector Johnson, it is also one of the best cinematic representations of post-war British Modernism. Filmed around the New Town of Bracknell, The Offence represents and engages with the new landscape of Municipal Modernism and Brutalism in Britain – most notably through the imposing, set-built, concrete police station where the climatic interrogation occurs. The Offence serves as a far more fascinating vison of post-war urban planning and architecture than its infamous peers A Clockwork Orange and Get Carter.”


The Offence is a 1973 British drama film based upon the stage play This Story of Yours by John Hopkins. It stars Sean Connery as police detective Johnson, who snaps whilst interrogating a suspected child molester. The film explores Johnson’s varied and often aggressive attempts at rationalising his actions, with his true motives revealed through a series of flashbacks. Trevor Howard and Vivien Merchant appear in major supporting roles.


Presented by Manchester Modernist Society.


Cast: Sean Connery, Trevor Howard, Vivien Merchant

Director: Sidney Lumet


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Thursday 13 Feb 202018:00 Book Now

Parasite (15)

Parasite

Kim Ki-teak’s family are all unemployed and living in a squalid basement. When his son gets a tutoring job at the lavish home of the Park family, the Kim family’s luck changes. One by one they gradually infiltrate the wealthy Parks’ home, attempting to take over their affluent lifestyle. Winner of the Palme d’Or, as well as top Golden Globe nominations including best director, foreign-language film and screenplay.


Cast: Kang-Ho Song, Sun-kyun Lee, Yeo-jeong Jo

Director: Bong Joon-ho


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The Public (15)

The Public

An act of civil disobedience turns into a standoff with police when homeless people in Cincinnati take over the public library to seek shelter from the bitter cold.


Cast: Emilio Estevez,  Alec Baldwin, Taylor Schilling,

Director: Emilio Estevez


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Le Cercle Rouge (PG)

Le Cercle Rouge

Alain Delon plays a master thief, fresh out of prison, who crosses paths with a notorious escapee and an alcoholic ex-cop. The unlikely trio plot a heist, against impossible odds, until a relentless inspector and their own pasts seal their fates.


Cast: André Bourvil, Alain Delon, Gian Maria Volonté, Yves Montand

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville


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Saturday 22 Feb 202013:00 Book Now

A Streetcar Named Desire (4k Restoration) (15)

A Streetcar Named Desire (4k Restoration)

Disturbed Blanche DuBois moves in with her sister in New Orleans and is tormented by her brutish brother-in-law while her reality crumbles around her.


Cast: Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter

Director: Elia Kazan


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Sunday 23 Feb 202015:00 Book Now

Daniel Isn't Real (15)

Daniel Isn't Real

A very stylish trip to the dark side from the SpectreVision production outfit that brought us last year’s similarly wild audience favourite Mandy. Miles Robbins, so memorable in a small role from last year’s Halloween, plays a troubled youngster whose imaginary friend from childhood – Daniel, played by Patrick Schwarzenegger – returns to raise Hell when he reaches college. The simple scenario opens out into a whole underworld of surprises, complete with ingeniously-staged shocks and some clever special-effects.


Cast: Miles Robbins, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Mary Stuart Masterson

Director:  Adam Egypt Mortimer


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Sunday 23 Feb 202018:00 Book Now

Reclaim the Frame Presents: Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (12A)

Reclaim the Frame Presents: Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

This artful and intimate meditation on the legendary storyteller examines her life, her works and the powerful themes she has confronted throughout her literary career.


Director:  Timothy Greenfield-Sanders


Reclaim The Frame is a mission to bring ever-greater audiences to films by women to widen and enrich cinema’s perspective of the world, run by charity Birds’ Eye View, and backed by the British Film Institute’s Audience Fund.

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Monday 24 Feb 202018:30 Book Now

Just Mercy (12A)

Just Mercy

World-renowned civil rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson works to free a wrongly condemned death row prisoner.


Cast: Brie Larson, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx

Director: Destin Daniel Cretton


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Tuesday 25 Feb 202019:30 Book Now

Fando & Lis (18)

Fando & Lis

Fando and his partially paralyzed lover Lis search for the mythical city of Tar. Based on Jodorowsky's memories of a play by surrealist Fernando Arrabal.


Cast: Tamara Garina, Sergio Kleiner, Diana Mariscal

Director: Alejandro Jodorowsky


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Thursday 27 Feb 202019:00 Book Now

The Lighthouse (15)

The Lighthouse

Two lighthouse keepers try to maintain their sanity while living on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.


Cast: Robert Pattinson, Willem Dafoe, Valeriia Karaman

Director: Robert Eggers


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Friday 28 Feb 202019:30 Book Now

Stand By Me (15)

Stand By Me

After the death of one of his friends, a writer recounts a boyhood journey with his friends to find the body of a missing boy.


Cast: Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman

Director: Rob Reiner


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Saturday 29 Feb 202015:00 Book Now

The Lost Boys (4k Restoration) (15)

The Lost Boys (4k Restoration)

After moving to a new town, two brothers discover that the area is a haven for vampires.


Cast: Jason Patric, Corey Haim, Dianne Wiest

Director: Joel Schumacher


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Saturday 29 Feb 202018:00 Book Now