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Head HOME for Christmas

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and so on and so forth.

In fact, let us not mess around.

Let’s just go straight to Chris Rea. Ish.

Because this year, Mancs, Honorary Mancs, Visitors to Manc…

I’m going HOME this Christmas…

Why, you ask? Well I can’t wait to see those faces.

Whose, you ask?

Well everyone who frontline works there from Box Office to Bar. But of equal measure, I can’t wait to see some of the films and theatre productions that HOME Mcr are treating us to this yuletide season. Because, frankly readers? We’ve all been very good and have swerved the naughty list.

First up, At Home in the 80s.

I love three things (I mean I love more but for the purposes of the here and now, I love three):

  • Being at HOME
  • Christmas
  • The 80s

And so those clever people combine all three with their season of films inspired by this devastatingly brilliant decade.

Image courtesy of Park Circus/Disney

We all live for nostalgia at Christmas and these films deliver it in spades:

  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit?;
  • An American Werewolf in London;
  • This is Spinal Tap (watch out for more on this on sister blog What the Projectionist Saw;
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark;
  • Bill and  Ted’s Excellent  Adventure; and
  • Heathers.
Image courtesy of Park Circus/StudioCanal

We love the 80s and this is the only decade to bring us significant films.

Hey, who said that? HOME and I beg to differ. What about the era of slapstick?

Guess what, reader, HOME are bringing this to us as well with a season of Slapstick featuring the likes of Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and The Marx Brothers in:

  • A Night at the Opera;
  • One Week/Sherlock Jr – a Buster  Keaton double bill accompanied by live musicians HarmonieBand; and
  • Modern Times – again, watch out for feature on film blog What the Projectionist Saw, coming to a screen near you…

For full film listings head to

I love slapstick and I love HOME. But is there a second cultural medium bringing the two concepts together? I hear you ask (you’re saying a great deal today, reader).

Why yes! HOME may be inviting you into their intimate grown up cinemas this Christmas, but they haven’t shut up shop at their theatre spaces.

For older children (and adults), the Dutch musical explosion that is Slapstick (anyone know how to do an umlaut on a laptop – anyway there should be two dots of the ‘a’), hits HOME, with an ode to the timeless comedy of Messrs Chaplin, Keaton, Marx, Laurel and Hardy, with five world class performers combining musicianship, mayhem and physical comedy to bring a show that will mesmerise from start to finish. Running from 13-22 Dec.

For the little Mancs, Honorary Mancs, Visitors to Manc, (let’s say between the ages of 2-4)there is the delightful White, a fully immersive show where the little ones sit on bean bags in a magical white tent and hear the story of two friends in a magical white world whose job it is to watch over the birds and their precious eggs. Sarah Jessica Parker described the show as

One of the greatest experiences of a lifetime and the best 40 minutes of my life.

and you can’t argue with SJP. Running from 13-23 Dec.

And so we have it, for all details of dates, tickets and the venue itself, head to

For Christmas, there’s no place like HOME (I know it’s twee, but it works so…)

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HOME – it’s where the FilmFear is…

The third annual horror fest, FilmFear, returns to Manchester’s HOME this week – in association with Film4.

From 26 – 31 October, residents, visitors and all round horror fanatics from Manchester can enjoy 6 days of cult films, extreme cinema and an all round fright fest on the big screen.

With a mix of new and classic, audiences will have the chance to attack the Hallowe’en season like a Michael Myers attacking a babysitter, a bloodied prom queen attacking her classmates or a Jack Nicholson attacking a bathroom door.

Highlights from the new stable includes:

  • Everybody’s favourite human Nicolas Cage, sharing the screen with Andrea Riseborough and Linus Roache in Mandy, a story of love, revenge and the supernatural (head back to the blog for my review of the film in the days to follow);
  • British film Possum, starring Sean Harris and  Alun Armstrong, which debuts the work of film-maker Matthew Holness who will be signing books before the screening and then returning afterwards to take part in a Q&A with audiences,
  • St. Agatha, the latest in a possibly one of my favourite ever named genres – Nunsploitation – as brought to us by filmmaker, Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, Saw III and Saw IV; and
  • Swedish title Videoman; a mystery thriller which, again, this blogger will be reviewing like a good’un shortly after the screening.

Audiences can also expect to revisit or even discover for the first time three vintage spine-tinglers (where have you been?), including:

  • The Fog from the puppet-master of horror, John Carpenter; and
  • The Evil Dead (possibly the most horror film title of all time).

For those not fortunate enough to have access to the cultural Manchester mecca that is HOME, the FilmFear season will also be returning to Film4, with a season of premieres and favourites, running for six nights from 26 – 31 October, including:

  • The Witch;
  • The Visit; and
  • Kaleidoscope – the psychological chiller which featured in last year’s programme at HOME.

For full details of FilmFear at HOME Mcr, including titles, dates and tickets, head to

For details of the Film4 line-up, head to

See you on the other side…