Manchester is packed with fun film events this month, from premieres and big new releases to screenings of cult classics.
July also sees the first ever Manchester Film Festival, which promises an array of treats for film fans, from premieres to parties.
Whether you fancy catching Blue Velvet on the big screen, attending a live Q&A with the BAFTA winning editor for new film Amy, being served Prosecco by Butlers in the Buff at an exclusive Magic Mike XXL preview, or even having a go at making your own film, here’s our pick of the best film events in Manchester this month.
Magic Mike XXL: from 3 July
See Magic Mike and Magic Mike XXL back to back on Thurs 2 July, with an exclusive double bill at The Printworks Odeon. The only place to see Magic Mike XXL before the film is released, you’ll also get a glass of Prosecco served to you by a Butler in the Buff with your ticket.
Amy: from 3 July
Following his multi-award winning box office sensation Senna, director Asif Kapadia turns his talents to another cultural icon: Amy Winehouse, one of the biggest music talents in British history. There’s a special HOME screening on Fri 3 July featuring a live Q&A with BAFTA winning editor Chris King.
Industrial Soundtrack for the Urban Decay + Q&A and DJ: 4 July
The first film to trace the origins of industrial music, taking you on a journey through the crumbling industrial cities of Europe to America’s thriving avant-garde scene. The HOME screening on 4 July features a Q&A with directors Amélie Ravalec and Travis Collins along with DJ Stephen Mallinder, plus a DJ set following the event.
Blue Velvet: 9 July
There are some great screenings from Grimm Up North in July at Manchester Central Library in their season surrounding the nightmares and angst of American Suburban life – catch David Lynch’s twisted classic Blue Velvet on the big screen on 9 July.
Botanical Cinema Club: every Wednesday
Settle down on comfy beanbags and pillows at Blackdog NWS for the Botanical Cinema Club, showing classic cult films and new releases every Wednesday throughout the summer – check their social media for film clues. They’ve teamed up with Bombay Sapphire to create a special cocktail menu.
Manchester Film Festival: 10-12 July
Manchester’s first ever Film Festival (ManIFF) comes to the AMC 16 screen cinema in the iconic Great Northern Warehouse 10 – 12 July, featuring several UK and World premieres, alongside documentary and animated shorts, exclusive after parties, and a series of Inside the Filmmaker’s Studio unique workshops. The weekend will showcase 71 international and domestic films.
A Clockwork Orange: 13 July
On Mon 13 July, a chance to see Stanley Kubrick’s controversial film A Clockwork Orange, based on the novel by Anthony Burgess, on the big screen at Printworks.
Inside Out: from 24 July
11 year old Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness, who live in Headquarters, the control centre inside her mind. As Riley (and her emotions) struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, there is conflict amongst the emotions on how best to navigate a new city, house and school, in this moving new film from Disney Pixar.
Summer of ‘96 double bill: Independence Day / Twister: 26 July
On Sun 26 July, R.A.D Screenings and TROF take you back to the glorious year of 1996, when all Hollywood seemed to care about was the world getting blown the hell out of in some way… Head to Gorilla for a destructive 90′s blockbuster double bill of Independence Day and Twister.
The Filmonik Kabaret 2015: 27 July-2 Aug
The Filmonik Kabaret is an opportunity for filmmakers of all backgrounds and specialisms, be they actors, DOPs, directors or musicians, to come together for one week only (27 July – 2 Aug, based at the Wonder Inn) and make films in time for two public screenings (29 July and 2 Aug).