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Now Showing Club

Now Showing Club

 
 

Now Showing Club is Manchester’s first dedicated documentary cinema and will be showcasing 50 films from Dogwoof’s back catalogue in 2019. Visitors can expect a curated selection of titles which have received 24 Oscar nominations, including Free Solo, Minding the Gap, RBG, The Act of Killing and Blackfish.

Screenings are every Monday and Tuesday at 7pm, tickets will be limited to 16 people per show and are available to purchase below.

 
 

What’s on in August

 

THE DEMINER (15)

Monday 5 August 19:00

After the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003 Fakhir, a father of eight and Major in the Iraq armed forces, goes on a mission to disarm the thousands of mines laid across Mosul. Shown via home movie footage shot by his fellow troops and discovered by his son years later, the videos show how Fakhir manages to disarm thousands of mines with just a simple knife and a pair of wire clippers. Despite many near-misses Fakhir knows he cannot stop while there are still mines in the city because the innocent people will pay the ultimate price

Running time: 1h 23m.

WINNER - SPECIAL JURY AWARD

IDFA 2017

 

WESTWOOD: PUNK, ICON, ACTIVIST (15)

Tuesday 6 August 19:00

With exclusive, unprecedented access, Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist is the first film to encompass the remarkable story of Vivienne’s life, her fashion, her personality, her activism and her cultural importance.

Since igniting the punk movement with ex-partner and Sex Pistols’ manager Malcolm McLaren, Dame Vivienne Westwood has been redefining British fashion for over 40 years, and is responsible for creating many of the most distinctive looks of our time. The film blends archive, beautifully crafted reconstruction, and insightful interviews with Vivienne’s fascinating network of collaborators, guiding us on her journey from a childhood in postwar Derbyshire to the runways of Paris and Milan. This is an intimate and poignant homage to one of the true cultural icons of our time, as she fights to maintain her brand’s integrity, her principles and her legacy in a business driven by consumerism, profit and global expansion.

Running time: 1h 23m.

 

BOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORY (12)

Monday 12 August 19:00

Hollywood star Hedy Lamarr was known as the world’s most beautiful woman – Snow White and Cat Woman were both based on her iconic look. However, her arresting looks and glamorous life stood in the way of her being given the credit she deserved as an ingenious inventor whose pioneering work helped revolutionize modern communication. Mislabeled as “just another pretty face,” Hedy’s true legacy is that of a technological trailblazer. She was an Austrian-Jewish emigre who invented a covert communication system to try and help defeat the Nazis, then gave her patent to the Navy, but was ignored and told to sell kisses for war bonds instead. It was only towards the very end of her life that tech pioneers discovered her concept which is now used as the basis for secure WiFi, GPS and Bluetooth.

Running time: 1h 28m.

NOMINATED – JERUSALEM FILM FESTIVAL

WINNER – AUDIENCE AWARD

San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 2017

 

MAKALA

Tuesday 13 August 19:00

A young man from a village in the Congo hopes to offer his family a better future. His only resources are his own two hands, the surrounding bush, and an iron will. When he sets out on an exhausting, perilous journey to sell the fruit of his labor, he discovers the true value of his efforts, and the price of his dreams.

Running time: 1h 36m.

WINNER - CRITICS' WEEK GRAND PRIZE

Cannes Film Festival 2017

 

MOUNTAIN

Monday 19 August 19:00

A unique cinematic and musical collaboration between the renowned Australian Chamber Orchestra and BAFTA®-nominated director Jennifer Peedom. A juxtaposition of image and music to explore the powerful force that mountains hold over the imagination of so many narrated by the Academy Award®-nominated actor Willem Dafoe. Explore the spellbinding force of high places from Antarctica to Hawaii and their ongoing power to shape our lives and our dreams.

Running time: 1h 14m.

 

THE WORK (15)

Tuesday 20 August 19:00

Set inside a single room in Folsom Prison, follow three men from outside as they participate in a four-day group therapy retreat with level-four convicts. Over the four days, each man in the room takes his turn at delving deep into his past. The raw and revealing process that the incarcerated men undertake exceeds the expectations of the free men, ripping them out of their comfort zones and forcing them to see themselves and the prisoners in unexpected ways. A powerful and rare look past the cinder block walls, steel doors and the dehumanizing tropes in our culture to reveal a movement of change and redemption that transcends what we think of as rehabilitation.

Running time: 1h 29m.

 

QUEST

Monday 26 August 19:00

This intimate chronicle of an African-American family in Philadelphia spans ten years, beginning at the dawn of the Obama presidency. Parents Christopher "Quest" Rainey, and Christine’a "Ma Quest” Rainey navigate the hardship and strife that grips their North Philly neighborhood as they raise their children, and cultivate a creative sanctuary for their community in their home music studio. This tender portrait of the Rainey family is both a vivid illumination of race, class and life in modern day America, and an inspirational testament to love, healing and hope.

Running time: 1h 44m.

 

CITY OF GHOSTS (18)

Tuesday 27 August 19:00

A real-life international thriller, City of Ghosts exposes a new type of warfare: a battle over ideas, a fight for hearts and minds, a conflict over clicks and views. Captivating in its immediacy, it follows the journey of “Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently”—a handful of anonymous activists who banded together after their homeland was taken over by ISIS in 2014. With astonishing, deeply personal access, this is the story of a brave group of citizen journalists as they face the realities of life undercover, on the run, and in exile, risking their lives to stand up against one of the greatest evils in the world today. Directed, produced, and filmed by Academy Award–nominated and Emmy-winning filmmaker Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land, 2015 Sundance Film Festival Directing Award), City of Ghosts is a singularly powerful cinematic experience that is sure to shake audiences to their core as it elevates the canon of one of the most talented and exciting documentary filmmakers working today. - Sundance Film Festival

Running time: 1h 32m.

Winner - The Unforgettables

Cinema Eye Honors Award

Winner - Grand Jury Award

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2017

Winner - Politiken's Audience Award

CPH:DOX 2017

Winner - In Spirit for Freedom Award

Jerusalem Film Festival 2017

Nominated - Best Documentary

BAFTA 2017

Nominated - Grand Jury Prize

Sundance Film Festival 2017

Nominated - Best Documentary, Best Director, Best Political Documentary

Critics' Choice Documentary Award

 

What’s on in September

 

RISK (15)

Monday 2 September 19:00

Laura Poitras, Academy Award-winning director of CITIZENFOUR, returns with her most personal and intimate film to date. Filmed over six years, Risk is a complex and volatile character study that collides with a high-stakes election year and its controversial aftermath. Cornered in a tiny building for half a decade, Julian Assange is undeterred even as the legal jeopardy he faces threatens to undermine the organization he leads and fracture the movement he inspired. Capturing this story with unprecedented access, Poitras finds herself caught between the motives and contradictions of Assange and his inner circle.In a new world order where a single keystroke can alter history, Risk is a portrait of power, betrayal, truth, and sacrifice. Executive Produced by Sam Esmail, creator of Mr. Robot.

Running time: 1h 26m.

 

WHITNEY ‘CAN I BE ME’ (15)

Tuesday 3 September 19:00

From acclaimed director Nick Broomfield comes a new film about one of the greatest singers of all time. Whitney Houston was the epitome of superstar, an “American Princess”, the most awarded female artist ever. Even though Whitney had made millions of dollars, had more consecutive number ones than The Beatles, and became recognized as having one of the greatest voice of all time, she still wasn’t free to be herself and died at just 48 years old. Made with largely never-seen before footage and exclusive live recordings, WHITNEY ‘Can I Be Me’ tells Whitney Houston’s incredible and poignant life story with insights from those closest to her.

Running time: 1h 45m.

 

MACHINES (12)

Monday 9 September 19:00

Moving through the corridors and bowels of an enormous and disorientating structure, the camera takes the viewer on a descent down to a dehumanized place of physical labor and intense hardship. This gigantic textile factory in Gujarat, India might just as well be the decorum for a 21st century Dante’s Inferno. In his mind-provoking yet intimate portrayal, director Rahul Jain observes the life of the workers, the suffering and the environment they can hardly escape from. With strong visual language, memorable images and carefully selected interviews of the workers themselves, Jain tells a story of inequality, oppression and the huge divide between rich, poor and the perspectives of both.

Running time: 1h 11m.

Winner - Grierson Award for Best Documentary - International

2017

Nominated - Cinema Eye Honors for Outstanding Achievement in a Debut Feature Film

2017

 

CITIZEN JANE: BATTLE FOR THE CITY

Tuesday 10 September 19:00

In 1960 Jane Jacobs’ book The Death and Life of Great American Cities sent shockwaves through the architecture and planning worlds, with its exploration of the consequences of modern planners’ and architects’ reconfiguration of cities. Jacobs was also an activist, who was involved in fights in mid-century New York to stop ‘master builder’ Robert Moses from running roughshod over the city. This film retraces the battles for the city as personified by Jacobs and Moses, as urbanization moves to the very front of the global agenda. Many of the clues for formulating solutions to the dizzying array of urban issues can be found in Jacobs’ prescient text, and a close second look at her thinking and writing about cities is very much in order. This film sets out to examine the city of today though the lens of one of its greatest champions.

Running time: 1h 32m.

 

DANCER (12)

Monday 16 September 19:00

Blessed with astonishing power and poise, Sergei Polunin took the dance world by storm and became the Royal ballet’s youngest ever principal. At the peak of his success, aged 25, he walked away, driven to the brink of self-destruction by stardom - his talent more a burden than a gift. Here is an unprecedented look into the life of a complex young man who has made ballet go viral. Urban rebel, iconoclast, airborne angel, Sergei is transforming the shape of ballet as we know it. But virtuosity comes with a high price. How can you be free to be yourself when you are ballet’s ‘hottest property’?

Running time: 1h 25m.

 

BEST (GEORGE BEST: ALL BY HIMSELF) (12)

Tuesday 17 September 19:00

He was football’s first rock and roll star – a handsome, charismatic Belfast boy who could thrill and excite the crowds with every turn of the ball. But George Best was also the lead in his own Shakespearean tragedy, a flawed genius, brought down by drink, temptation and depression. In this 30 for 30 documentary jointly presented by ESPN Films, the BBC and Northern Ireland Screen, director Daniel Gordon (Hillsborough) recounts the tale of this beloved but be-devilled superstar with riveting, evocative footage and testimony by those who knew him at his best—and worst. There’s a lot of ground to cover in Best’s short life—from his electrifying debut with Manchester United at the tender age of 17, through the glory years that United won the 1968 European Cup, his adventures in the North American Soccer League, not to mention his time spent romancing the world's most beautiful, intoxicating women. But Gordon tells Best’s story with a skill worthy of the man himself. The film draws you into the drama that surrounded Best and makes you understand just why an estimated quarter of a million people lined the route of his funeral cortege to mourn his tragic passing.

Running time: 1h 32m.

 

CAMERAPERSON (15)

Monday 23 September 19:00

A boxing match in Brooklyn; life in postwar Bosnia and Herzegovina; the daily routine of a Nigerian midwife; an intimate family moment at home: these scenes and others are woven into Cameraperson, a tapestry of footage captured over the twenty-five-year career of documentary cinematographer Kirsten Johnson. Through a series of episodic juxtapositions, Johnson explores the relationships between image makers and their subjects, the tension between the objectivity and intervention of the camera, and the complex interaction of unfiltered reality and crafted narrative. A work that combines documentary, autobiography, and ethical inquiry, Cameraperson is both a moving glimpse into one filmmaker’s personal journey and a thoughtful examination of what it means to train a camera on the world.

Running time: 1h 42m.

Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking

Cinema Eye Honors

Oustanding Achievement in Cinematography - Kirsten Johnson

Cinema Eye Honors

Oustanding Achievement in editing - Nels Bangerter

Cinema Eye Honors

 

LIFE, ANIMATED

Tuesday 24 September 19:00

Life, Animated tells the remarkable story of how Owen found in Disney animation a pathway to language and a framework for making sense of the world. By evocatively interweaving classic Disney sequences with verite scenes from Owen’s life, the film explores how identification and empathy with characters like Simba, Jafar, and Ariel forge a conduit for him to understand his feelings and interpret reality. Beautiful, original animations further give form to Owen’s fruitful dialogue with the Disney oeuvre as he imagines himself heroically facing adversity in a tribe of sidekicks. With an arsenal of narratives at his disposal, Owen rises to meet the challenges of adulthood in this moving coming-of-age tale.

Running time: 1h 32m.

Academy Awards - Feature Documentary Nominee

2017

Nominated - Grierson Award for Best Documentary

2017

 

GIMME DANGER (15)

Monday 30 September 19:00

Life, Animated tells the remarkable story of how Owen found in Disney animation a pathway to language and a framework for making sense of the world. By evocatively interweaving classic Disney sequences with verite scenes from Owen’s life, the film explores how identification and empathy with characters like Simba, Jafar, and Ariel forge a conduit for him to understand his feelings and interpret reality. Beautiful, original animations further give form to Owen’s fruitful dialogue with the Disney oeuvre as he imagines himself heroically facing adversity in a tribe of sidekicks. With an arsenal of narratives at his disposal, Owen rises to meet the challenges of adulthood in this moving coming-of-age tale.

Running time: 1h 32m.