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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.

Metropolis + live score

Tue. 25 September 2018

Spiegeltent, Barker's Pool, S1 2HB

As part of the Festival of the Mind, Film Unit will be taking over the glorious Spiegeltent a screening of the sci-fi classic complete with live score.

Pan's Labyrinth

Wed. 26 September 2018

Film Unit

Guillermo del Toro's dark fantasy set in the terror of fascist Spain.

Studio 54

Thu. 27 September 2018

Abbeydale Picture House

A documentary on the rise and fall of what many consider the greatest nightclub of all time.

Warrior

Fri. 21 September 2018 — Fri. 28 September 2018

Sheffield Cathedral

An animated rap music video installation, inspired by the inner thoughts of women from black and ethnic minority backgrounds.

You Were Never Really Here

Fri. 28 September 2018

Film Unit

Joe is a war veteran, turned hired gun, who struggles with mental illness, yet continues with his job of tracking down missing teenage girls.

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Multiple dates

Film Unit

Jump into a time machine and explore the youth of the famous Han Solo.

Threads

Sun. 30 September 2018

Millennium Gallery

An unforgettable film depicting the horror of a nuclear attack in South Yorkshire and the impact on rest of the country.

Festival of the Mind

Thu. 20 September 2018 — Sun. 30 September 2018

Feed your mind with a series of fascinating and inspiring talks, exhibitions and events.

Isle of Dogs

Multiple dates

Film Unit

A stop-motion animated film is set on an island made out of trash and populated by unwanted dogs.

World Vegetarian Day: Dominion

Mon. 1 October 2018

Film Unit

Join Film Unit, Wellbeing Café, and Vegetarian & Vegan Soc for a special supper club and screening.

Desolation Center

Tue. 2 October 2018

Picture House Social

A documentary about Reagan-era guerrilla punk concerts in the Californian desert, featuring the likes of Sonic Youth, Minutemen, Meat Puppets, Swans and Einstürzende Neubauten.

The Adventures of Prince Achmed with live score

Wed. 3 October 2018

Drama Studio, Sheffield University, Shearwood Road, S10 2TD

The world's oldest surviving animated feature film,
telling a story involving a prince, a princess, a witch, Aladdin, and a bunch of demons. With a live score played on a spectacular array of instruments from around the world.

Children of Men

Wed. 3 October 2018

Film Unit

In 2026, no children have been born for 18 years. Society has collapsed, but a miraculously pregnant woman offers a chance for salvation.

Sweet Country

Fri. 5 October 2018

Film Unit

Set in the harsh outback of northern Australia in 1929, an Aboriginal farmhand, Sam, is sent to work for Harry, a war veteran turned farmer.

Sensoria

Thu. 27 September 2018 — Sat. 6 October 2018

Sheffield's distinctly innovative, always interesting festival of sound and vision.

My Letter to the World

Sat. 6 October 2018

The Light Cinema, The Moor, S1 4PF

A documentary about Emily Dickinson, delving deep into her poetry and her hometown of Amherst, MA. Followed by Q&A.

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World

Sat. 6 October 2018

Picture House Social

A documentary telling the previously little told story of Native Americans' huge influence on popular music.

Deadpool 2

Multiple dates

Film Unit

Off the back of his successful mission to reunite with his girlfriend Vanessa, Deadpool is faced with new challenges.

Coco

Multiple dates

Film Unit

12-year-old Miguel's desperation to be a musician sees him take a journey to the Land of the Dead.

The Watermelon Woman

Wed. 10 October 2018

Film Unit

Cheryl is black, lesbian filmmaker living in Philadelphia, who, along with her friend Tamara, wants to make a film exploring black actresses in 1930s cinema.

Game Night

Fri. 12 October 2018

Film Unit

A game night becomes a real-life murder mystery.

Incredibles 2

Multiple dates

Film Unit

The Parrs, everyone’s favourite family of superheroes, are back.

Ghosts and Whispers

Sat. 13 October 2018

Sheffield General Cemetery

An unbroken sequence of music including work by Mozart, Stravinsky and Woolrich, accompanied by a new film by Brothers Quay.

Thoroughbreds

Multiple dates

Film Unit

After reconnecting with her emotionless friend Amanda, high-school student Lily is persuaded to kill her awful step-father.

Redcon-1 + Q&A

Tue. 16 October 2018

Film Unit

A special screening of Redcon-1, followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and cast.

Badlands

Wed. 17 October 2018

Film Unit

James Dean wannabe Kit (Martin Sheen) and bored school girl Holly (Sissy Spacek) decide to run away together and live in a tree house.

Have A Nice Day

Fri. 19 October 2018

Film Unit

Living in a small city in southern China, gang driver Xiao Zhang wants to help his girlfriend with her failed plastic surgery by taking her to South Korea.

BlacKkKlansman

Multiple dates

Film Unit

As an attempt to try and expose the Ku Klux Klan, African-American police officer Ron Stallworth decides to infiltrate the organisation.

Love, Simon

Multiple dates

Film Unit

A coming-of-age rom-com following a budding email romance between closeted boys Simon and 'Blue'.

Tokyo Story

Wed. 24 October 2018

Film Unit

Shūkichi and Tomi are an elderly couple who journey to Tokyo to visit their now-adult children.

Hereditary

Fri. 26 October 2018

Film Unit

Annie Graham (Toni Collette) is a deeply troubled woman coming to terms with her mother's death.

Rocky Horror Picture Show

Sat. 27 October 2018

Film Unit

A hard of hearing friendly screening of the horror classic.

Immersive Screening: Rocky Horror Picture Show

Sat. 27 October 2018

Film Unit

An immersive screening of a horror classic, in collaboration with Sheffield Horror Society.

Sheffield Modern

Fri. 26 October 2018 — Sun. 28 October 2018

A celebration of Sheffield's heritage of post-war architecture. With talks, walks, film screenings, exhibitions, workshops, and more.

Brasília: Life After Design

Sun. 28 October 2018

Picture House Social

A documentary about the capital of Brazil, a concrete utopia born out of the desert. Screening alongside a pair of shorts featuring Sheffield modernism on film.

Dark River

Multiple dates

Film Unit

Alice works as a sheep-shearer, travelling around different farms in North Yorkshire.

Suspiria

Wed. 31 October 2018

Film Unit

A 1970s horror classic set in a prestigious German ballet academy where something evil lurks.

Western

Fri. 2 November 2018

Film Unit

In a remote area of Bulgaria, a group of German labourers compete to win favours with hostile locals.

Bad Samaritan

Multiple dates

Film Unit

A David Tennant-starring thriller delving into the moral dilemma faced by a pair of burglars who discover a captive woman.

First Reformed

Multiple dates

Film Unit

Reverend Ernst Toller (Ethan Hawke) deals with a series of issues, ranging from a tormented past to fears of climate change and extremism.

Samsara

Wed. 7 November 2018

Film Unit

A crew of filmmakers travel around the world exploring the intricacies of human worship.

Gleaning Truths: The films of Agnes Varda

Sun. 9 September 2018 — Thu. 8 November 2018

Showroom

A season dedicated to artist, feminist and filmmaker extraordinaire. The Grandmother of the French New Wave.

The Third Murder

Fri. 9 November 2018

Film Unit

Misumi is on trial for the murder of a factory owner.

Custody

Multiple dates

Film Unit

Two parents bitterly contest custody for their troubled son, the mother claiming the father is violent and abusive and the father insisting the mother has turned his children against him.

Funny Cow

Multiple dates

Film Unit

A female comedian tries to make a name for herself in working men’s clubs in the 1970s.

Tyrannosaur

Wed. 14 November 2018

Film Unit

Full of a rage that plagues his life, Joseph is close to self-destruction.

On Chesil Beach

Fri. 16 November 2018

Film Unit

Young, newly-wed couple Florence and Edward attempt to consummate their marriage in the summer of 1962.

The Hunter

Multiple dates

Film Unit

Willem Dafoe tramples through Tasmania in search of the thought-to-be-extinct Tasmanian tiger.

Tully

Multiple dates

Film Unit

The story of a mother and her night nanny, starring Charlize Theron.

Paris, Texas

Wed. 21 November 2018

Film Unit

After going missing for four years, and suffering from amnesia, Travis Henderson reappears out of the desert.

Faces, Places

Fri. 23 November 2018

Film Unit

Filmmaker Agnès Varda and artist JR travel across rural France, creating giant portraits of the people they meet.

Mary and the Witch's Flower

Multiple dates

Film Unit

A Japanese children's animation about a little girl who takes a magical broomstick ride to a school for witches.

Zama

Multiple dates

Film Unit

In one of the remote outposts of the Spanish Empire in the 18th century, the local magistrate Zama waits desperately for news of the long-awaited promotion that will reunite him with his family in Buenos Aires.

Stalker

Wed. 28 November 2018

Film Unit

Andrei Tarkovsky's 1970s science fiction classic.

Venom

Fri. 30 November 2018

Film Unit

Journalist Eddie Brock comes into contact with an alien symbiote, turning him into Venom.

World AIDS Day: 120 BPM

Multiple dates

Film Unit

A drama set amidst the campaign for action to tackle the AIDS crisis in 1990s Paris.

The Breadwinner

Multiple dates

Film Unit

Living in Taliban-occupied Afghanistan, Parvana is an eleven-year-old girl on a mission to reunite her family.

Destroy All Monsters

Wed. 5 December 2018

Film Unit

A 1960s continuation of the Toho Godzilla franchise.

Journeyman

Fri. 7 December 2018

Film Unit

Approaching the end of his career, boxer Matty Burton suffers a horrific brain injury following an incredibly taxing previous fight.

American Animals

Multiple dates

Film Unit

Sick of their mundane lives at Transylvania University in Kentucky, four friends embark on the daring mission to steal the most valuable book at the university library.

Christopher Robin

Multiple dates

Film Unit

Now an adult, Christopher Robin is focused on his new life, losing his childhood imagination.

Doc/Fest

Thu. 6 June 2019 — Tue. 11 June 2019

Showroom

Each June, the world of documentary descends on Sheffield to showcase some of the most fascinating factual films going.