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“Idris gave me one of the greatest gifts of my career"

We spoke to Aml Ameen, star of ‘Yardie’, about method acting for Idris Elba, music, London vs. LA, and where he fits into it all

“O heavenly mingle!”

Antony & Cleopatra has scooped awards and wowed critics – now this love story of historic proportions is hitting cinemas as part of NT Live on 6th December

FILM: December's Cinematic Confectionary Box

December is upon us! And we all know what that means… No, we’re not talking mulled wine or mince pies – here at Culture Calling we have our eyes firmly fixed on the cinematic feast in store.

This week: 26 - 02 December

Our top picks this week include Christmas craft, witch craft, fairy tales and Love Actually with a live orchestra.

FILM REVIEW: Suspiria (2018)

Taking Dario Argento’s supernatural shocker Suspiria (1977) as the blueprint, Guadagnino serves up a cerebral, beguiling film

Armistice Day 100 years

Find events to commemorate and learn about the end of World War One.

This week: 05 - 11 November

This week’s culture scene is full of food for thought, inspired by science, nature and history

Hounslow calling: Ambreen Razia

We catch up with the writer/actress about her new show on BBC Three

This week: 29 - 04 November

With Hallowe’en on Wednesday and Bonfire Night celebrations this weekend, the festive season is kicking off with a bang!


The North of England meets Norway in Bliss! a bizarre tale in which a girl attempts to find her father. Out on VOD channels from 24 September.

Films to look forward to from Venice Film Festival!

Why not check out our summary of what films to (and what not to!) look forward to from the Venice Biennale? With many of the films soon to be streamed on Netflix, you’ll soon be able to get a taste of the world’s oldest film festival right from your sofa!

FILM REVIEW: Dusty and Me

Dusty & Me, the touching story of a boy and his greyhound, is Northern England’s answer to Ladybird, and will be released on VOD channels on 1 October!

“To torture yourself like this is a luxury.”

The latest play to grace the stage of the National’s Lyttelton Theatre is “Julie” starring Vanessa Kirby. But you don’t need to be in London to see this exploration of decadence and self-sabotage, it’s being screened around the UK on 6 September!

“On the threshold between life and death”

We chatted to Mark Espiner, a Director from collaborative theatre company Sound&Fury about their immersive sound installation Charlie Ward, which places audiences in the heart of a makeshift wartime hospital.

FILM REVIEW: Tracking Edith - A Spy with A Conscience

Mysterious, elusive, enigmatic: Edith Tudor-Hart was a woman who lived many different lives in her sixty-five years. In Tracking Edith director Peter Stephan Jungk attempts to expose the woman behind the rumours.

FILM REVIEW: Mad to Be Normal

Mad to Be Normal, the biopic focused on the radical and innovative psychiatric treatments conducted by Dr. Ronald David Laing, will be released on VOD channels on 13 August!

A Guide to Summer Films

As the heat wave ranges on, spend a bit of time indoors with these hot films!

French Independence Day: Top 5 French Films

For French Independence Day we've compiled a list of the Top 5 most innovative, influential, powerful and simply beautiful French films, spanning through the entire history of cinema!

A Sherlock Holmes Lover's Sight-Seeing Guide

Today is Sherlock Holmes Day, so grab your pipe and deer-stalker and check out these sites that inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s celebrated novels!

FILM REVIEW: Annihilation

Our review of new Netflix addition and sci-fi star Annihilation!

A Film Lover's Guide to Podcasts

The best things to plug into and listen to if you're a fan of the silver screen!

A Guide to Outdoor Cinemas

The best outdoor spots to watch films, whether it's under the stars, lounging in the sun or floating in a pool...

Classic Films on Netflix Right Now

When you've had your fill of Breaking Bad and Stranger Things, kick back and relax with some classics from the silver screen.

Top 5 Independent Cinemas in the Midlands

Our round up of the best places in the Midlands to catch the newest blockbusters as well as the arthouse indies.

A Wes Anderson Retrospective

Ahead of the release of Isle of Dogs we look back at the previous films of auteur Wes Anderson

Top 5 Ways to Treat Your Mum This Mother's Day

The best ways to treat your hard working mum, on this day that's just for her!

A Guide to Valentine's Day in Manchester 2018

Our suggestions of how to spend the most romantic day of the year in one of our favourite cities.

Top Events to Mark 100 Years of Voting Rights for Women

Our selection of the best ways to celebrate the centenary of voting rights for women.

Bristol Begins its Venture as the Newest UNESCO City of Film

The future of film in Bristol continues to brighten as it becomes recognised by UNESCO as a city of film.

14-18 NOW Programme Announcement 2018

What to expect for 14-18 NOW’s final year of creative programming in response to the centenary of the First World War.

Awards Season Films to see in 2018

You get the drinks, we'll get the popcorn.

A Film Lover’s Guide to Liverpool

If you’re a movie buff or an avid film fan, there’s no better city to visit than Liverpool. Here we give you some top tips on where to go and what to see to satisfy your cinemania.


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