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Cinema in the City

A new cinematic experience by FACT that brings the best in new, independent film to extraordinary places across Liverpool.

Launching in August 2021 and supported by Film Hub North, Cinema in the City gives film fans a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience critically-acclaimed and award-winning films against the backdrop of the city's iconic architecture. Recognising Liverpool's local talent and rich film history, discover shorts by up-and-coming local filmmakers before the premiere and enjoy food and drink served by the city's much-loved independents.

This event has been postponed and will now take place on from Fri 13 - Sun 15 August at 18:00. If you have a query about postponement, please contact us by emailing or calling us on 0151 7074444.

Fri 13 - Sun 15 Aug 2021

FACT presents Cinema in the City at Cotton Exchange Rooftop Garden. Watch 3 recently released critically-acclaimed indie films in an open-air environment. This month's food and drink partner is Maray who will be serving up their renowned and well-loved Middle Eastern-inspired menu.


Friday 13 Aug, 18:00

In the semi-constructed circumstances of the compellingly ambiguous Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets, director brothers Bill and Turner Ross tap into the community spirit that local bars engender and the real connections people make in unexpected places. It’s the last night ever at the Roaring 20s cocktail lounge, and all’s fair in boozy truths and wavy fictions.



Saturday 14 Aug, 18:00

Francis Lee follows up God’s Own Country with Ammonite, a film that is every bit as immersive, tactile and emotionally powerful, aided by the devastatingly good Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan. In this fictionalised account of the life of 19th century palaeontologist Mary Anning, Winslet plays the pioneering scientist with Ronan as the gentlewoman who falls in love with her while staying in Mary’s beloved Lyme Regis.



Sunday 15 Aug, 18:00

Could it be that we are the things we don’t forget? In director Christos Nikou’s Apples, Aris, a solitary man in his late thirties, becomes a victim of an unexplained surge of memory loss disorders in his city and is forced to confront his severe amnesia through an experimental new treatment.


Cinema in the City is presented by FACT and supported by Film Hub North with National Lottery funding on behalf of the BFI Film Audience Network. This event is presented in partnership with Bruntwood.

FACT presents

Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets [15]

It’s the last night ever at the Roaring 20s cocktail lounge, and all’s fair in boozy truths and wavy fictions.

  • Running time: 98 mins
  • Genre: Documentary, Drama
  • Fri, 13 Aug
  • 18:00

FACT presents

Ammonite [15]

Acclaimed paleontologist Mary Anning works alone selling common fossils to tourists to support her ailing mother, but a chance job offer changes her life when a visitor hires her to care for his wife.

  • Running time: 118 mins
  • Genre: Drama, Romance
  • Sat, 14 Aug
  • 18:00

FACT presents

Apples [12A]

Amidst a worldwide pandemic that causes sudden amnesia, a man finds himself enrolled in a recovery program designed to help unclaimed patients build new identities.

  • Running time: 91 mins
  • Genre: Drama
  • Sun, 15 Aug
  • 18:00

FACT presents

The Killing of Two Lovers [15]

Robert Machoian’s terse, Utah-set drama explores the anguish of a couple whose relationship has disintegrated, but with only one of them wanting out.

  • Running time: 85 mins
  • Genre: Drama/Mystery
  • Fri, 20 Aug
  • 18:00

FACT presents

Rare Beasts [15]

Rare Beasts is the dark, funny, failed love story of Mandy and Pete...

  • Running time: 91 mins
  • Genre: Drama/Romance
  • Sat, 21 Aug
  • 18:00

FACT presents

Stray [18]

Through the eyes of three stray dogs wandering the streets of Istanbul, Stray explores what it means to live as a being without status or security.

  • Running time: 72 mins
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Sun, 22 Aug
  • 18:00