There's no shortage of variety on offer in this month's new releases, from fact-based horrors (Utøya, Peterloo) to stylised oddness (Suspiria, Mirai). Dig further down and you'll find some unexpected luminaries in the neighbourhood (Hazel O'Connor, Garth Marenghi, Robert bloomin' De Niro) as well as a cathedral full of beards in honour of Life of Brian and a chance to bellow along with Sunshine on Leith. Plus various jobs, including a chance to work with us at Flatpack (deadline Monday - get moving!). To view this email in your browser click here.
Dramatising real-life tragedy is always a contentious decision, but never more so than when said tragedy is the result of a single demented individual. Do we risk legitimising that individual by giving them the oxygen of publicity? Utøya: July 22 arrives in the wake of Paul Greengrass’s July 22 (the latter now streaming on Netflix), both films depicting the nightmare Anders Breivik inflicted upon the people of Norway in July 2011, but in very different ways. Whereas Breivik is key to Greengrass’s film, director Erik Poppe chooses to keep him in the margins, focused instead on the young men and women who faced a terror beyond imagining. Unfolding in one single take for 72 minutes – the length of the actual attack - Utøya: July 22 is an exhausting, disturbing experience that doesn’t flinch from the terror of that horrific day.

Until 8 November at Mockingbird, Digbeth;
22 November at Stoke Film Theatre;
26-28 November at MAC, Birmingham;
26-29 Nov at Northampton Film House.

Depicting the murder of peaceful protestors in Manchester in the year 1819, Mike Leigh’s Peterloo might on first glance look like some kind of grand historical epic, but much of its running time fits comfortably into the Leigh oeuvre, offering intimate moments between desperate characters. A touch of theatrical grotesquery comes from Tim McInnerny as the pampered Prince Regent.
From 2 November at the Electric, Birmingham;
2-15 November at Derby QUAD;
9-15 November at Malvern Theatres;
16-22 November at Light House, Wolverhampton;
23-29 November at MAC, Birmingham.


Steve McQueen gives the heist genre a swift kick up the backside with this Gillian Flynn scripted drama based on the 1980s Lynda La Plante TV series, which sees a quartet of women (including the peerless Viola Davis) team up to pay off the substantial debt their dead husbands left behind.
From 9 November at the Electric, Birmingham;
16-29 November at Phoenix, Leicester;
From 23 November at Light House, Wolverhampton;
30 Nov-6 Dec at MAC, Birmingham.


The new film from Mamora Hosoda (The Boy & the Beast, Wolf Children) is noticeably less surreal than some of his previous work, although he still gives the topic of young children adjusting to a new sibling a quirky touch or two, including a spot of time travel and a talking dog.
On general release from 2 November.


Like most actors making their directorial debuts, Paul Dano’s first film is all about the performances. Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal excel as an unhappily married couple living in 1960s Montana, whilst a stoic Ed Oxenbould hints at a long screen career as their resilient son.
9-20 November at Broadway Cinema, Nottingham;
16-21 November at Light House, Wolverhampton;
23-29 November at Phoenix, Leicester;
30 November-5 December at Northampton Film House.


Luca Guadagnino pays tribute to giallo maestro Dario Argento with this flawed but fascinating remake of his spellbinding 1977 horror. Adding a whole hour to the original film’s brief running time might seem like overkill, but with so much beautifully stylized gore on offer alongside Tilda Swinton under some old man make-up, it seems churlish to argue.
23-29 November at Broadway Cinema, Nottingham;
From 23 November at the Electric, Birmingham;
23-29 November at Phoenix, Leicester.


Matteo Garrone delves into the crippling insecurities and toxic masculinity of gangster life in this beautifully constructed Italian drama about a dog groomer-cum-coke dealer (Marcello Fonte) whose best customer drags him further and further into a world of violence and intimidation. 
4-7 November at MAC, Birmingham;
6-8 November at Malvern Theatres;
15 November at Stoke Film Theatre;
17-22 November at Northampton Film House.


Michael Moore takes on both Donald Trump and the lackluster Democratic opposition who helped him take the US Presidency in this scattershot but undeniably entertaining documentary that even goes so far as to put the words of Adolf Hitler into Donald’s mouth. 
2-7 November at Light House, Wolverhampton;
5 November at Artrix, Bromsgrove;
7-8 November at Mockingbird, Digbeth;
1-5 Dec at Northampton Film House.


After the tense courtroom drama of The Third Murder, Japanese director Hirokazu Koreeda returns to more familiar territory with this moving, Palme d’Or winning story of a poverty-stricken family whose dynamics are subtly changed when they take in a little girl they find abandoned on the street.
23-29 November at Broadway Cinema Nottingham;
30 November-6 December at Phoenix, Leicester;
30 November-6 December at Northampton Film House.

Monday 5 November, 6pm at the Electric Cinema, Birmingham
FROZEN CONFLICT (dir: Steffi Wurster) + Q&A
New documentary about the ‘frozen conflict’ between Transnistria and the Republic of Moldova, a state in which armed combat has ended but the conflict is still unresolved.

Monday 5 November, 8.30pm at Mockingbird, Digbeth
BAD REPUTATION (dir: Kevin Kerslake)
A by-the-book Joan Jett documentary.

Wednesday 7 November, 4pm at BCU Parkside, Birmingham
SIGN PAINTERS: THE FILM (dirs: Faythe Levine & Sam Macon)
An afternoon of ‘typographic inspiration’ courtesy of this US doc about the lost art of hand painted signs.

Thursday 8 to Saturday 10 November at various Birmingham venues
Cine-Excess 2018
Annual conference on cult film which this year has a Vincent Price theme as it welcomes his daughter Victoria and Frightmare director Pete Walker to Birmingham.

Friday 9 November, 7pm at MAC, Birmingham
BEEN SO LONG (dir: Tinge Krishnan) + Q&A
An exclusive theatrical one-off event, the only chance to see this contemporary musical in Birmingham on the big screen. Followed by a cast and crew Q&A.

Friday 9 November, 7.30pm at Warwick Arts Centre
Coventry On Film: From ‘A Heap of Broken Images’
The Warwick Arts Centre cinema might be closed for the foreseeable future for a swanky refit, but special screenings will be still be taking place in other parts of the centre – like this collection of films tracing the history of Coventry, projected in the Woods-Scawen Room by the Studio.

Friday 9 November, 8pm at Feckenodeon, Feckenham
LOST IN PARIS (dirs: Dominique Abel & Fiona Gordon)
Magical slapstick adventure.

Saturday 10 November, 2pm at Coventry Cathedral
THE MAN WHO BUILT PEACE (dir: Imad Karam) + Q&A
The story of Frank Buchman, one of the key contributors to French-German reconciliation after WWII, appropriately screening during the 2018 Coventry Peace Festival.

Saturday 10 November, 2.30pm at The Courtyard, Hereford
NAKED NORMANDY (dir: Jean Becker)
Lots of human flesh on display in this ensemble comedy starring François Cluzet, screening as part of the touring French Film Festival.

Sunday 11 November, 5pm at Centrala, Digbeth
POLYLAND (dirs: Dasa Raimanova & Zofia Brom)
Centrala marks 100 years since Polish independence with a screening of this engrossing doc which follows three women from different minority groups as they seek to find their place in Polish society.

Tuesday 13 November, 7pm at Temperance, Leamington Spa
BUSKING TURF WARS (dir: Peter Trifunovic)
Super low budget mockumentary about two warring buskers on the streets of Leeds.

Tuesday 13 November, 7pm at The Core, Solihull
BREAKING GLASS (dir: Brian Gibson) + Q&A
A cult punk curio from the 80s gets a rare public outing, with star Hazel O’Connor in attendance for a Q&A and mini-gig featuring a number of songs from the film.

Thursday 15 November, 8.30pm at MAC, Birmingham
POSSUM (dir: Matthew Holness) + Q&A
Garth Marenghi himself visits the MAC to talk about his latest film, a creepy old school horror featuring an unnerving performance from Sean Harris and a terrifying spider puppet.

Friday 16 November, 7pm at The Lamp Arts Centre, Walsall
SUNSHINE ON LEITH (dir: Dexter Fletcher)
Sing-along screening of the 2013 Proclaimers musical.

Friday 16 November, 7.30pm at Kinokulture, Oswestry
THE LAST MAN ON EARTH (dirs: Sidney Salkow, Ubaldo B. Ragona)
Electronica duo Animat perform a live score to this little remembered apocalyptic sci-fi based on the Richard Matheson novel I Am Legend.

Tuesday 20 November, 7.30pm at Birmingham LGBT Centre
FEMALE TROUBLE (dir: John Waters)
‘The world of the heterosexual is a sick and boring life.’ John Waters films just get better as time goes on. See one of his finest trash classics alongside fellow reprobates.

Wednesday 21 November, 8pm at The Hive, Shrewsbury

Wednesday 21 November, 8.30pm at Derby Cathedral
First time that Python’s controversial comedy is getting a screening in an Anglican cathedral, part of the UK-wide Comedy Genius programme. 

Thursday 22 November, 5.50pm at Light House, Wolverhampton
THE WITCH (dir: Robert Eggers)

Thursday 22 November, 6pm at MAC, Birmingham
FEMALE HUMAN ANIMAL (dir: Josh Appignanesi) + Q&A
Fascinating mix of documentary, meta-fiction and thriller set in the world of modern art, with director Josh Appignanesi on hand to talk all things surrealist.

Thursday 22 November, 8pm at Kilder Bar, Birmingham

Friday 23 & Tue 27 November, various times at Northampton Film House
Jim ‘Greasy Strangler’ Hosking’s latest bizarre confection is only getting a very limited cinematic release, but it’s well worth tracking down, not least for Matt Berry as Rodney Von Donkensteiger.

Sunday 25 November, 6.15pm at Millennium Point, Birmingham
JUST CHARLIE (dir: Rebekah Fortune) + Q&A
Midlands director Rebekah Fortune visits the Birmingham Film festival (running 20 to 25 November) for a screening of her moving new film about a young football prodigy who comes out as transgender.

Monday 26 November, 8.30pm at Stratford-upon-Avon Picturehouse

Tuesday 27 November, 5.45pm at the ICC Birmingham
An Experience With Robert De Niro
One of the world’s most famous actors chats Raging Bull, Goodfellas and The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle (maybe not the last one). Tickets go up to £400, although you do get a nice dinner included.

Wednesday 28 November, 6.30pm at Big Comfy Bookshop, Coventry
WINTER’S BONE (dir: Debra Granik)

Thursday 29 November, 4pm at Custard Factory, Digbeth
Into Film: Getting The Most Out Of Your Film Club
A chance for educators to find out how best to engage young people with film at schools and colleges.

Birmingham’s politically engaged festival of queer arts and culture returns with a flourish this autumn, and it really is developing into one of the country’s finer LGBTQ arts events, thanks in large part to the programming skills of Adam Carver. The heavier events are always balanced out with what the website defines as ‘a healthy amount of glitter’, and as usual film is a large part of that line-up, spread out across a number of city centre venues.
Queer Sex On Screen
Ikon Gallery host a night that asks some piercing questions about queer sex in regards to mainstream cinema, pornography and feminism, including a rare screening of 1971 feature Boys In The Sand, the first gay porn film to receive any kind of crossover success in the US.
A Fantastic Woman + panel
The question of trans representation and cisgender actors playing trans roles is a big topic of contention right now in the world of cinema, and it’ll be the main focus of a panel being held at Loft Lounge after a screening of Sebastián Lelio’s Oscar-winning drama A Fantastic Woman.
Queer Day School
Head to the Birmingham LGBT Centre for a day of learning organised by artist Olivia Sparrow looking to cater for gay people disenchanted with traditional modes of learning, offering talks, films and plenty of chat. If you’d like to screen a film yourself, get in touch via
Invisible Women + Q&A
A new documentary looking to shine a light on two forgotten figures of the fight for gay rights here in the UK - Angela Cooper and Luchia Fitzgerald, who’ll both be in attendance alongside director Alice Smith. The screening is preceded by a chance to look around Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery’s new politically minded exhibition Women Power Protest.
For more information on SHOUT 2018, head to

(dir. Kahlil Joseph, US 2013 - 7 mins)

In a similar vein to last month's SotM, this one is a plug for an exhibition, Strange Days: Memories of the Future currently on at 180 The Strand running until 9 December. It's a pretty special line-up of video art[ists]. The space (if you've not been there before), is well worth the trip alone, but give yourself the best part of a day - there are a lot of films to watch... 

DEVELOPMENT AND MARKETING MANAGER at Flatpack, Birmingham (closing 5 November)

LEARNING AND PARTICIPATION MANAGER at Performances Birmingham (closing 7 November)

FILM OFFICER at Derby Quad (closing 12 November)

DEVELOPMENT MANAGER at Lichfield Festival (closing 14 November)

ASSISTANT HOUSE MANAGER at Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham (closing 16 November)

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR at Music For Everyone, Nottingham (closing 19 November)

FINANCE OFFICER at Artcore, Derby (closing 25 November)

ASSISTANT PRODUCER at Creative Black Country, Wolverhampton (closing 30 November)
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