Manchester Film Cooperative Wed, 08 Apr 2015 22:33:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 8 April – Sell Off Wed, 08 Apr 2015 22:33:33 +0000 Sell-Off-webManchester Film Co-operative and Keep Our NHS Public Greater Manchester would like to invite you to a screening of the documentary film “Sell Off“, which tells the alarming story of how the health service as we know it has been quietly abolished. The screening will take place at the International Anthony Burgess Centre on the 8th of April at 7pm.

“Corporate interests rather than patient care is driving reform in today’s NHS and will divert money away from YOU. And the media are failing to tell you this. Almost without our noticing, it’s been replaced by a system modelled on the US in which care is delivered by profit-maximising companies that charge patients for treatment which is anyway to be restricted and reduced. One medical reporter the filmmaker knows claims that health reporting today is so poor because few journalists have real sources inside the NHS. Well, this film has a riot of medical sources – including one professor, two consultant radiologists, a cancer expert, a public interest lawyer, and several outspoken GPs. What they all say will be shocking, unusual and brave.”


Time: Bar and Cafe open from 5:30pm. Screening begins at 7:00pm.

Admission: Solidarity (optional) £7, Regular £5, Student/low wage £3, Unwaged: donation.

Location: International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester.

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22 March – Sylvia Pankhurst: Everything is Possible Sun, 22 Mar 2015 22:19:57 +0000 Everything-is-possible-webIn conjunction with a ‘Sylvia Pankhurst Heritage Bike Tour’ (which starts from the Gallery of Costume in Platt Fields Park at 12.00pm) Manchester Film Co-op is hosting a premier screening of this 2011 feature length documentary, tracing Sylvia Pankhurst’s ideas, campaigns and political life, beginning at 2:30pm at the People’s History Museum.  It is packed with little known facts from primary sources, rare archive imagery, interviews with historians and compelling testimony from Sylvia’s son, Richard Pankhurst and his wife Rita.  The campaigns Sylvia led embraced far more than ‘votes for women’ as she uniquely understood the fight for democratic rights required a challenge to the system.  Part of Wonder Women Radical Manchester.

‘Sylvia Pankhurst: Everything is Possible is a rare breed of film in managing to be as spine tingling as it is educational.  At a time when the possibility of changing society for the better seems impossible, the story of Pankhurst is a much needed reminder of why trying to, no matter what the odds look like, is so important.’ – Suzy Dean, writer, journalist and BBC Radio 5 live forum panellist.

‘Brilliant film – I’ve read and seen a lot about Sylvia – this ranks way up there!  Many thanks for bringing my grandmother to life in this way – focussing on the important, i.e. the issues and not on the trivia!’ – Helen Pankhurst

Doors: 14:30 – 16:00 (Further event information on the PHM website.)

Tickets: must be booked in advance on the EventBrite page.

Venue: People’s History Museum, Left Bank, Spinningfields, M3 3ER.

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3 March – Inequality for All Tue, 03 Mar 2015 01:00:26 +0000 10964842_10152837480013705_888940142_oManchester Film Co-op invites you to our screening of Inequality for All on Tuesday 3rd March at The Yard Theatre (Work for Change) in Hulme. Income Inequality is something (former US Labor Secretary) Reich, who appears in the film, has personal experience of, and these first hand experiences guide an emotively human way into an idea-driven film.

“We make the rules of the economy – and we have the power to change those rules.” – Robert Reich

The film will be followed by a Q & A with Kieran Turner-Dave, Green Party candidate for Central Manchester and Philip Duval of Equality North West.

Come and join us at The Yard Theatre for what we know to be a very engaging documentary and likely to be a very lively discussion.

Doors: 18:00 (Film begins 18:30, Q&A from 20:00).

Entry: Solidarity (optional) £7, Regular £5, Student/low wage £3, Unwaged: donation.

Venue: Yard Theatre, 41 Old Birley Street, Hulme, Manchester. M15 5RF.

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22 January – Home Thu, 22 Jan 2015 20:12:16 +0000 Home Flyer PrintManchester Film Co-op are pleased to invite you to a screening of Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s film ‘HOME’.

This documentary film, narrated by Glenn Close, is almost entirely composed of aerial shots of various places on Earth. It shows the diversity of life on Earth and how humanity is threatening the ecological balance of the planet.  This visually stunning footage has now been seen by over 6 million people worldwide.

The film will be screened in Manchester Museum’s Living World Gallery, which also inspires us to think about humanity’s actions and the fine balance needed for all living things to share this world.

Book your free seat(s) by emailing or ringing 0161 275 2648 – donations for Manchester Film Co-Op will be gratefully accepted at the door.

Further info is available on the University of Manchester website here.

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9 December – The Light Bulb Conspiracy Tue, 09 Dec 2014 21:10:45 +0000 The-Light-Bulb-Conspiracy-WebManchester Film Co-op would like to invite you to a screening of Cosmia Dannoritzer’s film ‘The Light Bulb Conspiracy” and post screening discussion. This is the story of companies who engineered their products to fail. As the Christmas season approaches and we spend spend spend, take an evening off to contemplate planned obsolescence.

Once upon a time….. products were made to last. Then, at the beginning of the 1920s, a group of businessmen were struck by the following insight: ‘A product that refuses to wear out is a tragedy of business’ (1928). Thus Planned Obsolescence was born. Shortly after, the first worldwide cartel was set up expressly to reduce the life span of the incandescent light bulb, a symbol for innovation and bright new ideas, and the first official victim of Planned Obsolescence.

Doors: 18:30 (Film begins 19:00 sharp).

Entry: Solidarity (optional) £7, Regular £5, Student/low wage £3, Unwaged: donation.

Venue: Yard Theatre, 41 Old Birley Street, Hulme, Manchester. M15 5RF.

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28 October – The Brussels Business Tue, 28 Oct 2014 14:00:18 +0000 BrusselsManchester Film Co-operative would like to invite you to a screening of the documentary film The Brussels Business.

In the early 90s two young men discover the enormous influence of lobbying in Brussels. One becomes the leading lobby-watchdog in Brussels, the other one becomes a top lobbyist on world trade issues, representing 50% of the EU’s economy – banks, insurances, telecoms, touristic operators and a wide range of business federations.

By following one’s investigations and the other’s career this film takes us on a journey into the corridors of power of the biggest economy on earth – the European Union. In the form of a docu-thriller, THE BRUSSELS BUSINESS tries to answer a question millions of Europeans ask themselves: Who runs the European Union?


Following the screening we have a post film discussion on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). If you want to know more about TTIP and the EU we will have speakers from 38 Degrees, the University of Manchester and Ethical Consumer to ask any questions you might have.

Date: Tuesday 28th October 2014, 7pm.

Admission (includes free popcorn):
£7 – solidarity (optional)
£5 – waged
£3 unwaged/student
Low/No Wage – donations only

Venue: Yard Theatre, 41 Old Birley Street, Hulme, Manchester. M15 5RF

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Be A Part Of Manchester Film Co-op Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:31:07 +0000 Dear Manchester Film Co-op Audience Community! We are looking for applicants to immediately join our Board or assist us in preparing for The Bigger Picture – our Film Festival which will be screened across Manchester venues during March 2015.

In particular we are seeking board members who can offer skills, time and a passion for raising consciousness of social and environmental issues through the medium of film. Additionally, we would like to attract people with fund-raising and accounting skills & experience (initially unpaid until funding is successful). Familiarity with co-operative organisations desirable but not essential.


(July 2013 pedal-powered screening of Bag It at Plattfields Boathouse)

We hope you have enjoyed attending some of Manchester Film Co-op’s screenings from September 2012 after the organising group was reformed – the incorporate 2 previous members – in the summer of that year. Hopefully you will agree that we have screened a lot of high quality, thought -provoking films, involved you in engaging discussions on very topical big themes, at a range of exciting venues over the last couple of years.

A couple of the key movers and shakers in our organising group have had to move on in recent months. In anticipation of curating and coordinating a very networked, modular style Film Festival, MFC are now ready to get organised in a more formalised way. We plan to meet before 13 August with candidates who are successful in putting themselves forward. To signal your interest, please send an email including at minimum a paragraph about your self and background ASAP to: Sarah Redman –

With thanks & best wishes
Manchester Film Co-op

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