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The Whitaker Cinémathéque 19/20

Now in its 5th season, The Whitaker Cinémathéque ‘Film Club’ returns this September bigger and better than ever. Every 3rd Thursday of the month we bring you a cinematic feast, showcasing 10 ‘must-see’ films throughout the season. Viewers get to indulge in the most recent award winners alongside independently produced art house movies on limited release. This really is an eclectic mix of cinema for all film lovers to enjoy.

Become a member and get access to all 10 films for just £50, with lots of additional benefits exclusive to members.


exclusive to members include:

  • Reserved priority front seating

  • Exclusive access to ‘Film Club’ online forum & discussion about individual films

  • Priority booking for ‘Early Bird’ pre-film dining

  • Early ‘reduced rate’ booking for special screenings

  • Earn Loyalty rewards for film reviews, ‘Early Bird’ food bookings & introduce a friend to redeem at the Whitaker

  • Q&A with Film Director & Actor for select films


2019/2020 PROGRAMME


The Favourite - 19th September 2019

This spiky, unconventional, lush and lusty period drama features intrigue at court and tremendous, daring performances by Olivia Colman (Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA Best Actress) Rachel Weisz (BAFTA) and Emma Stone.

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos. 
2018. Ireland/UK/USA. 1hr 59 mins.

Cold War - 17th October 2019

Set against the backdrop of the 1950s Cold War in Poland, shot in gorgeous monochrome with an exceptional cast, two people of differing backgrounds and temperaments start an almost impossible romance.

Director: Pawel Pawlikowski.
2018. Poland/UK/France. 1hr 29 mins.



PINA - 21st November 2019

Wim Wenders pays a heartfelt tribute in his acclaimed documentary to another artist, the legendary choreographer Pina Bausch and her Tanztheater Wuppertal ensemble.

Director: Wim Wenders. 2011. Germany/France/UK . 1hr 43 mins.

Stan and Ollie - 19th December 2019

A tribute to a pair of beloved entertainers with a moving look behind the scenes and at the burdens and blessings of a creative bond. Beautifully shot and full of some of the best slapstick comedy.

Director: Jon S Baird. 2018. UK. 1hr 38 mins.



Shoplifting - 18th January 2020

An immersive drama about a makeshift family group who are struggling to make ends meet but open up their home to a young girl. Gradually we learn about their own secrets and past.

Director: Koreeda Hirokazu. 2018. Japan. 1hr 38 mins.

Amazing Grace - 20th February 2020

A revealing look at a key moment in American musical and social history, and an invaluable record of one of America’s greatest artists doing what she did best. Soul shaking gospel. One of the great music films, pure soaring joy.

Dir: Sydney Pollack (realised by Alan Elliot). 1hr 30 mins.



The Pick of Manchester International Kino Short Film Festival - 19th March 2020

This returns by popular demand to give us a special chance to see a unique picked mix of the latest inspiring and award-winning short films from around the world including our own North West area. Covering a wide variety of topics and techniques- there is something memorable here for everyone.

Capernaum - 16th April 2020

A protective streetwise child tuned to survival in the slums of Beirut and living on his wits. He is suing his neglectful parents for bringing him into the world…

Director: Nadine Labaki. 2018. Lebanon/France/USA. 2hr 30 mins.



If Beale Street Could Talk - 21st May 2020

The adaptation of a James Baldwin novel, telling the tale of a young black woman trying to clear the name of her partner, who has been falsely accused of rape.

Director: Barry Jenkin. 2018. USA. 1hr 59 mins.

Can You Ever Forgive Me - 18th June 2020

Lee Israel is a frustrated, hard-drinking author who can barely afford to pay her rent or bills in 1990s New York. Desperate for money, she hatches a scheme to forge letters by famous writers to sell bookstores and collectors. When dealers catch on, Lee recruits a dubious friend to help her continue her self-destructive cycle of trickery and deceit.

Director: Marielle Heller. 2018. USA. 1hr 47 mins.


Earlier Event: 19 September
Film Night - The Favourite
Later Event: 2 October
Acoustic Night