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The Sheffield culture guide written by in-the-know locals

What's On

Our Sheffield culture calendar. Make some plans with our picks of events, our art and theatre reviews, and programme highlights from the city's main festivals and venues.

Born In Flames

Tue. 26 November 2019 — Wed. 20 November 2019


A screening of 80’s sci-fi classic Born In Flames, exploring how direct action can confront sexism, racism and class discrimination. Followed by a Q&A with Anna Kime and So Mayer. Part of Site Gallery's Rewriting The Future exhibition.


Fri. 25 October 2019 — Thu. 21 November 2019


On a remote mountain, a group of child soldiers watch over a hostage and wait for instruction. With a score by Mica Levi (Under The Skin) and comparisons to Apocalypse Now and Lord of the Flies, Monos is one of most talked-about films of the year.

The Irishman

Fri. 15 November 2019 — Thu. 21 November 2019


Martin Scorsese's latest film – and his ninth collaboration with Robert De Niro. The master filmmaker returns to the genre that he helped define, with a mystery that has never been solved: who killed labour leader Jimmy Hoffa?


Thu. 21 November 2019


A creative documentary by Eelyn Lee, who joins a group of young writers from Sheffield on a quest to find out the meaning of Britishness – through poetry and interviews with the likes of former Lord Mayor Magid Magid, amongst others. Read our review.

Sorry We Missed You

Wed. 6 November 2019 — Thu. 21 November 2019


Director Ken Loach and writer Paul Laverty return with another vital story for our times - a powerful exploration of the contemporary world of work, the gig economy and the challenges faced by one family trying to hold it all together.

Eighth Grade

Sat. 23 November 2019

Film Unit

Thirteen-year-old Kayla endures the tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence as she makes her way through the last week of middle school. Eighth Grade is a coming-of-age comedy-drama that is both a hilarious and heart-warming.

Sheffield Modern

Fri. 22 November 2019 — Sun. 24 November 2019

An arts festival inspired by the city's architecture. With exhibitions, talks, walks, family-focussed workshops, installations, film screenings, and more.

Estate, A Reverie

Sun. 24 November 2019

The Void, Floor 1, Owen Building, Sheffield Hallam University, Howard Street, S1 1WB

A film by Andrea Luka Zimmerman, celebrating her community’s resilience in the face of the impending demolition of their east London estate. Interweaving portraits, re-enactments, and architectural studies. With introductory talk from Owen Hatherley.


Sun. 24 November 2019

Broomhall Centre, Broomspring Lane, Broomhall, S10 2FD

Broomhall Community Cinema relaunches with a film questioning the nature of relationships in the modern world. Heartbroken, Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) becomes fascinated with "Samantha" (Scarlett Johansson), the voice of an operating system.

TV Dinners x Memory Dance: Don't Rubbish the Inner City

Mon. 25 November 2019

A 1989 community video documentary produced by SCRAP (Sheffield Community Recycling Action Programme) as a snapshot of ‘re-use, repair and recycling’ at the end of the decade. Screening alongside a vegan dinner. Followed by a Q&A.


Fri. 4 October 2019 — Thu. 28 November 2019

A clown-for-hire by day, Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix) aspires to be a stand-up comic at night, but the joke always seems to be on him. One bad decision escalates, in this gritty character study of a man caught between reality and madness.

Marriage Story

Fri. 22 November 2019 — Thu. 28 November 2019


A film about breaking up, while trying to keep it together. It's a reflection of something we already know and recognise, perhaps have even felt and experienced personally, but seldom have the capacity to express or represent in a genuine way.

Judy & Punch

Fri. 22 November 2019 — Thu. 28 November 2019


In the town of Seaside, located nowhere near the coast, famous puppeteers Judy and Punch are trying to resurrect their marionette show. Until Punch’s ambition and penchant for a drink lead to an ill-fated turn of events that Judy must avenge.

Knives Out

Fri. 29 November 2019 — Thu. 5 December 2019


A witty whodunit with an all-star cast including Chris Evans, Daniel Craig, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette and LaKeith Stanfield. When a renowned crime novelist is found dead after his birthday, detective Benoit Blanc is enlisted to investigate.

The Nightingale

Fri. 29 November 2019 — Thu. 5 December 2019


Clare Carroll (Aisling Franciosi) is a young Irish convict, seeking vengeance for the brutal murder of her family with the help of an Aboriginal tracker who agrees to guide her through the bush. A haunting, powerful film from director Jennifer Kent.

Cities of Seven Hills

Multiple dates

Film Unit

A mini-season of films from around the world set in cities built on seven hills, hosted by Rare Giants.

Ilona Sagar: Deep Structure

Fri. 11 October 2019 — Sat. 14 December 2019

S1 Artspace

A beguiling film and exhibition inspired by Park Hill’s iconic architecture and its 1960s social experiment, and exploring wellbeing through looking at buildings as organisms. Does social planning have social effect? Read our review.

Vox Lux

Sun. 15 December 2019

Film Unit

A timely and unique examination of modern celebrity, with Natalie Portman giving a sensational performance as a Gaga-esque global superstar.