Travel back in time this December to the decade that bought us Indiana Jones, Bill and Ted, and “one of Britain’s loudest bands”. Featuring films from directing legends and a festive fusion of genres, the programme includes: Robert Zemeckis’ ground-breaking live action-animation Who Framed Roger Rabbit?; John Landis’ comedy-horror An American Werewolf in London; Rob Reiner’s ultimate mockumentary This is Spinal Tap; Steven Spielberg’s first Indiana Jones adventure Raiders of the Lost Ark; Stephen Herek’s stoner comedy Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure; and, Michael Lehmann’s subversive high school black comedy Heathers.
Jennifer Hall, Film Programme Producer at HOME and 80s fan, commented: “I can take or leave Christmas films, but 80s films, now they remind me of Christmases gone by. With comedy, action, and adventure, this year’s season of 80s films showcases a large cross section of genres from the 80s. From a trio of Heathers to time travelling Rufus and of course the infamous Indiana Jones, these characters inspired a generation, and the enduring quotability and watchability of these classics make them perfect for big-screen festive viewing. Come back in time with us for a retro extravaganza.”
At HOME in the 80s
Who Framed Roger Rabbit? + Introduction
Fri 14 Dec, 20:40
Sun 23 Dec, 15:30
Dir Robert Zemeckis/US 1988/104 mins/Cert. PG
Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, Joanna Cassidy
A tale of a man, a woman and a rabbit in a triangle of trouble. When toon-hating detective Eddie Valiant is hired to investigate a scandal, it quickly escalates and he becomes the only person who can prove that Roger Rabbit is innocent of murder.
Event: The screening on 14 December will be introduced by Jen Hall, Film Programme Producer and season curator at HOME.
Sat 15 Dec, 20:40
Dir Michael Lehmann/US 1988/103 mins/Cert. 18
Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty
Veronica is a high school girl who can’t stand her three best friends, all named Heather. When her mysterious new boyfriend J.D. accidentally kills one of the Heathers, they make it appear like she committed suicide. It soon becomes clear that it may not have been an accident and Veronica must hurry to stop J.D. before he goes too far. This dark twisted comedy is a brilliant take on the coming-of-age movies of the 1980s.
This is Spinal Tap
Mon 17 Dec, 20:40
Dir Rob Reiner/US 1984/82 mins/Cert. 15
Rob Reiner, Michael McKean, Christopher Guest
Spinal Tap, one of England’s loudest bands, is chronicled by film director Marty DiBergi on what proves to be a fateful tour.
Screening from a 35mm print.
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure + Introduction
Wed 19 Dec, 18:20
Dir Stephen Herek/US 1989/90 mins/Cert. PG
Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, George Carlin
Bill and Ted want to start a band, but to do that, they must pass their history class to avoid Ted being sent to military school. When a mysterious figure from the future arrives in a time travelling phone booth, together they collect historical figures to help them complete their final history presentation. Party on Dudes!
Event: This screening will be introduced by Simon Bland, Freelance Film Journalist & Digital Content Assistant at HOME.
An American Werewolf in London + Introduction
Thu 20 Dec, 20:40
Dir John Landis/GB US 1981/97 mins/Cert. 18
David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, Joe Belcher
Two American college students on a walking tour of Britain are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists.
Event: This screening will be introduced by Jason Wood, Artistic Director: Film at HOME.
Raiders of the Lost Ark + Introduction
Sat 22 Dec, 18:10
Dir Steven Spielberg/US 1981/115 mins/Cert. PG
Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman
The first in the epic and successful trilogy (yes, I said trilogy) of Indiana Jones films. Set in 1936, archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis can obtain its awesome powers.
Event: This screening will be introduced by Sorcha Ní Fhlainn, Senior Lecturer in Film Studies and American Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Tickets are now on sale now via www.homemcr.org or the HOME Box Office on +44 (0)161 200 1500.
HOME is Manchester’s centre for international contemporary culture. Since opening in 2015, HOME has welcomed over two million visitors to its five cinemas, two theatres, art gallery, book shop and restaurants.
HOME’s five screens showcase the best new independent film releases alongside a unique programme of film seasons, festivals, and special events. HOME’s bold and diverse programming has screened 626 films from 57 countries in the past year, and its robust audience numbers consistently make HOME one of the UK’s top performing independent cinemas for new releases.
A popular choice for established and emerging filmmakers keen to participate in Q&A events with engaged audiences, HOME has welcomed the following filmmakers and more since opening: Clio Barnard, Gurinder Chadha, Felix Chong, Paddy Considine, Armando Iannucci, Ken Loach, Alice Lowe, Rungano Nyoni, Lynne Ramsay, Nicolas Winding Refn, Whit Stillman, and Ben Wheatley.
Overseen by Artistic Director for Film Jason Wood, HOME also produces a specially curated, original programme of film seasons and special events and is committed to supporting UK film talent and introducing emerging filmmakers to a wide audience.
The patrons of HOME are filmmakers Danny Boyle and Asif Kapadia, theatre director and filmmaker Nicholas Hytner, actress Suranne Jones, playwright and poet Jackie Kay MBE, artists Rosa Barba and Phil Collins, and actress and author Meera Syal CBE.