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Martin Parr

Christmas movieNight: Turkey and Tinsel

19th November, 2014

In a few weeks we’ll be throwing open our studio doors to host a festive movieNight screening of Martin Parr’s ‘Turkey and Tinsel'.

The documentary tells the story of JR Holyhead Travel - a family-run coach company located in the Black Country that has been in business for 25 years. They offer ‘Turkey and Tinsel’ holidays as a way of driving business during the usually quiet pre-Christmas period.

The film sees Martin, the much loved photographer and filmmaker known for capturing the social classes of England, film a group of charming Black Country pensioners on their five-day Christmas break to the Midland Hotel in Weston-super-Mare.

It’s a warm and comical documentary which shows a previously unseen side of the festive season. We can’t wait to wrap ourselves in fairy lights and down mulled wine while we watch it.


David Lynch

Design Manchester Festival movieNight screening of David Lynch's 'Meditation, Creativity, Peace'

16th October, 2014

We get excited about every film we show as part of our movieNight series, however as our office is teeming with Twin Peaks fans there is an extra special buzz about our next movieNight.

As part of the Design Manchester Festival programme, we’ll be hosting one of the first UK screenings of ‘Meditation, Creativity, Peace’ a documentary by uber director and all round dude David Lynch. 

This fascinating documentary follows him on a 16-country tour of Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America to spread the word about the individual and global impact of meditation – something he has practised for the last 41 years.

With wit and passion in equal measure, Meditation, Creativity, Peace shows the director’s commitment to Transcendental Meditation as a way of changing the world, starting from within.

The film also offers a rare insight into Lynch’s creative process, through interviews and revealing moments from the tour. 

If you’d like to come to the screening on Tuesday 28th October you can register for tickets on the Eventbrite page. Tickets are very limited so be quick!

The Design Manchester Festival (running from 21st -31st October) celebrates creativity, collaboration and inclusivity in the worlds of art, design, illustration, animation and photography.

In addition to our movieNight we are also taking part in another DM14 event, ‘North – The Great Debate’ on Wednesday 29th October. Our CEO Lou Cordwell will be part of the panel where politicians, educators, creatives and entrepreneurs from across the region and the country will tackle the hot topic of design and devolution. The event will be chaired by The Observer's assistant editor Robert Yates and tickets are available on Eventbrite

Pulp venue

movieNight #3 Pulp

25th September, 2014

They came, they saw, they watched him thrust.

We had a packed house for our movieNight screening of the Pulp documentary at Manchester’s Deaf institute last night. It was our biggest event to date and over 150 people watched with delight as we were taken through the journey of the band's final gig in Sheffield. Peppered with great sound bites from the group, commentary from the colourful characters of Sheffield and plenty of gyrating from Jarvis it was a really enjoyable watch. We also discovered that Jarvis once had a Saturday job in a fishmonger.  Who knew?

Details of our next movieNight will be released soon, watch our Twitter feed for announcements.

movieNight #2 Sign Painters sign

movieNight #2 Sign Painters

18th June, 2014

Last week we held our second movieNight at the Anthony Burgess Foundation in Manchester. About sixty of mN’s nearest and dearest came together to watch ‘Sign Painters’ - a documentary that charts the history of traditional sign painting.

It was full of brilliant characters and gave a real understanding of how the industry boomed and then went into swift decline in the 80s. When it was ‘overrun by the techno-fuelled promise of quicker and cheaper.’

In addition to our clients and friends we sought out and invited the small number of traditional sign painters there are remaining in the region. In fact we commissioned one of them, Jim Medway, to create us a new magneticNorth sign. It is the sign you see in the image above and it’s wonderful. Thanks Jim.

We’ve done a Storify about movieNight you can have a read of. Also, if you want to come to one of our future movieNights or suggest a film for us to show just let us know via our Twitter @mNwork.

movieNight #2 Sign Painters

Announcing movieNight #2: Sign Painters

14th May, 2014

movieNight is back. And he’s badder than ever. Sorry, that is actually a reference to an old Arnie Schwarzenegger film. What we meant to say is our very own series of film screenings ‘movieNight’ is back and better than ever with the next one confirmed to take place on Wednesday 11th June.

We’ll be showing ‘Sign Painters’ – a charming documentary that looks at the history and current revival of traditional sign painting.

The official blurb about the film is below and you can watch the trailer here.

There was a time, as recently as the 1980s, when storefronts, murals, banners, barn signs, billboards and even street signs were all hand-lettered with brush and paint. As with many skilled trades, the sign industry has been overrun by the techno-fuelled promise of quicker and cheaper. The resulting proliferation of computer-designed, die-cut vinyl lettering and inkjet printers has ushered a creeping sameness into our landscape. Fortunately, there is a growing trend to seek out traditional sign painters and a renaissance in the trade.

Like our first movieNight, the event is invite only but we’ll be giving away tickets on Twitter in the next few weeks. If you really, really, really want to come please drop us a line at and we’ll see if we can sort you some tickets.

Don’t say we never give you anything!

movieNight post event

movieNight #1 The Human Scale

24th March, 2014

For us, one of the best things about our first movieNight, which we held last week, was not only having a full house but also having a room full of people who stayed and discussed the issues the film raised once it had finished. In this case  - how do you make cities better places to live in?

Ray; head of our mN Cities team had selected the ‘The Human Scale’ – a documentary from Gehl Architects about urban planning and how many modern cities need rethinking to truly consider how people live within them.

There were some fascinating case studies including a look at how New York City reclaimed Times Square for pedestrians and the opportunities and challenges presented to the planning team rebuilding Christchurch after the 2011 earthquake.

The evening, like the film was great, with a broad mix of mN’s ‘nearest and dearest’ in attendance and for us it was exactly what we want our movieNights to be: the chance to show inspiring and thought provoking films which create debate within the audience  - all with a liberal sprinkling of beer and sugar laden snacks.

We’ll be announcing details of our next movieNight in the next few weeks, so watch this space if you want to come along.  

movieNight ticket giveaway

movieNight ticket giveaway

17th March, 2014

Our pick ‘n’ mix is packed and the mN studio is getting pretty hyped for our first movieNight this Wednesday – a screening of the documentary ‘The Human Scale’. We are almost at a full house in terms of numbers but wanted to give away the one remaining pair of tickets to you lovely bunch. If you want the pair of tickets just drop us a tweet to @mNwork or an email to We’ll put all the tweets and emails we get into a hat and pick someone at random by 12pm on Tuesday 18th March. The film starts at 6.30pm on Wednesday 19th March at The Cornerhouse. 

The Human Scale

mN movieNight

18th February, 2014

Like proud pushy parents, we’re thrilled to announce that the first ‘mN movieNight’ will be taking place on Wednesday 19th March. It will be the first in a series of screenings of films and documentaries selected by the mN team that will be hosted at venues across Manchester. The inaugural one, taking place at The Cornerhouse, will be a screening of the ’The Human Scale’ – a fascinating film that looks at the way in which we live in urban areas.

‘50% of the world’s population lives in urban areas. By 2050 this will increase to 80%. Life in a mega city is both enchanting and problematic. Today we face climate change, loneliness and severe health issues due to our way of life. But why? Danish architect and professor Jan Gehl has studied human behaviour in cities through 40 years. The Human Scale documents how modern cities repel human interaction, and argues that we can build cities in a way which takes human needs for inclusion and intimacy into account.'

The Human Scale was selected by Ray; head of our Cities team – as a film that he feels reflects mN’s focus on ‘digital cities’ as a core specialism. He’ll be saying a few words at the beginning of the screening about why it was his pick.   

For the first movieNight event we’ve decided to just invite mN’s ‘nearest and dearest’ (i.e. people on our Christmas card list) but will absolutely be opening up the invitation list and ticketing to a wider audience for future events. In fact, for those of you who really want to come to the screening we’ll be giving away a few sets of tickets on our Twitter feed over the next few weeks.