The inaugural Manchester Film Weekender will be held on the weekend of March 17-19 2017, at the Chancellors Hotel and Conference Centre in Manchester. We will be showing a selection of eight full length films from Friday evening through Saturday and Sunday. The weekend is led by our guest speaker, who is an expert in the genre, and all films are opened up for discussion between screenings. Residential and non-residential options are available, you can also choose just to attend on Saturday or Sunday. Full booking details are here.

The theme for 2017 is German cinema, tracing the work of émigré film makers who left Germany pre-WW2 and made second careers in Hollywood. The films concentrate mainly on the work they did in Germany, with the exception of Billy Wilder and Douglas Sirk. View the complete programme.

The centre at Alston Hall in Lancashire, the venue for many years of successful weekend film festivals, sadly closed last year. However, we are now re-establishing the film weekend in Manchester. We intend this to be the first of many annual Manchester Film Weekenders and we very much hope you can join us for all or part of the weekend.


  • The Oyster Princess
    Ernst Lubitsch (1919)


  • Asphalt
    Joe May (1929)
  • The Blue Angel
    Joseph von Sternberg (1930)
  • M
    Fritz Lang (1931)
  • Emil and the Detectives
    Gerhard Lamprecht (1931)


  • People on Sunday
    Robert Siodmark/Edgar G Ulmer (1929)
  • 1, 2, 3
    Billy Wilder (1961)
  • A Time to Love and a Time to Die
    Douglas Sirk (1959)

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The Oyster Princess
One of Ernst Lubitsch's earlier romantic comedies, in which the Oyster King's life of lavish splendour is contrasted with that of the penniless Prince in a pointed social commentary on American consumerism.
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Joe May's sensual drama of life in the Berlin underworld is in many ways the perfect summation of German filmmaking in the silent era.
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People on Sunday
Notable not only for its portrayal of daily life in Berlin shortly before Hitler became Chancellor, but also as an early work by the future Hollywood writer/director Billy Wilder before he moved to the USA.