Since around May time this year I’ve been writing a monthly film event guide for The Skinny North West highlighting some of the best movie events worth checking out. Seen as my column is available on the magazine’s website as well as their print edition, I thought it was about time I started re-posting it on my blog. Check it out below.
Oof it’s getting chilly, isn’t it? Luckily, cinemas are nice and cosy. First up this month is Grimm Up North’s annual gory get together Grimmfest, boasting tonnes of tantalizing horror between the 2nd and 6th. Exclusive screenings, Q&As, the chance to get zombiefied by SFX maestro Shaune Harrison – there’s something for every fright-fanatic here. However, our pick has to be Grimm’s preview night screening of The Wicker Man: The Final Cut with director Robin Hardy Q&A. To create this new edit of one of Britain’s best horrors, Studio Canal conducted a worldwide search for lost footage – and found it – making this Hardy’s definitive vision. Cult classics aside, we’d also suggest catching Curse of Chucky on the 2nd, the Hellraiser trilogy with cast Q&A on the 4th, John Dies At The End on the 5th and the after party on the 6th.
Speaking of frightening fun, don’t miss Cornerhouse Manchester’s British Gothic Double Bill on the 26th where you’ll find Night of the Demon and Sir Christopher Lee’s Dracula playing back-to-back. Meanwhile, anti-horror folks might prefer John Ross’s Evidently…John Cooper Clarke, a doc chronicling the life and career of this eponymous Northern poet, followed by a live Q&A with the man himself.
On the 5th, Manchester’s Video Jam heads to Liverpool to take part in their Abandon Normal Devices Festival. They’ll host an evening of experimental shorts stripped of their sound and scored by a selection of innovative musicians, artists and poets. Their piéce de résistance has avant-garde ensemble Ex-Easter Island Head score Ron Fricke’s non-narrative doc Baraka, the first film to be restored at 8K resolution. The whole event takes place in Liverpool’s ornate Anglican Cathedral and celebrates the life and career of Golden Age actress, Hedy Lamarr.
If you do fancy braving the harsh October weather, give Blackpool’s Outdoor Cinema a visit. This newly installed drive-in is showing a selection of beauties on their 60m open-air screen at Whyndyke Farm. Over 2,000 local film fans cast their vote and personally picked a nice mix of family fun for the daytime and something a little meaner for later on. Dirty Dancing and A Nightmare on Elm Street christen the screen on the 25th, with The Lion King, Grease and The Shining set for the 26th and Dumbo, Toy Story, Star Wars and Halloween closing things out on the 27th. Lovely stuff.
Originally published in The Skinny North West (print and online).
Words by Simon Bland.
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