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Jenna Campbell

Film documenting the aftermath of the Manchester Arena bombing to be screened on fifth anniversary

A docu-film charting the aftermath of the Manchester Arena bombing will shown in the city centre on the five-year anniversary of the attack. The film, described by its creators as ‘a documentary love letter to Manchester’ will be screened on Sunday, May 22, at the Everyman St John's cinema on Quay Street near Spinningfields.

‘A Manchester Story’, directed by Anton Arenko documents the ‘untold stories’ that happened following the Manchester Arena bombing in 2017. The film follows a variety of stories from people across the city and beyond.

Sunday marks five years since the Manchester Arena bombing - one of the worst terror attack on British soil in over a decade. Terrorist Salman Abedi killed himself and 22 others when he detonated a suicide bomb in his backpack as mainly young concert-goers were leaving an Ariana Grande concert.


Rishi Kapoor, the founder and CEO of Paus, the independent film streaming start-up that has collaborated with Everyman Cinemas to bring the film to screens said: " I think it’s really important that every year we come together and reflect on what happened, what it did to the community and what it also means for the people of Manchester.

"We wanted to partner with Everyman and showcase the film on this day for because this is a Manchester story and we want to celebrate that emerging homegrown talent. We also want to champion independent film and cinema post-pandemic."

Following the Manchester Arena bombing, the film’s creators - Anton Arenko and Ste Bergin - wanted to create a film that showed the way the city and its people recovered from the terror attack. The film focuses on the positive actions of Mancunians and people from across the region in the wake of the attack.

The film documents the ‘untold stories’ that happened following the Manchester Arena attack (A Manchester Story)

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director. All proceeds will go to the charity We Love MCR, which raises money and awareness for causes across Greater Manchester.

Everyman has collaborated with independent streaming start-up Paus to bring the film to screens. The ad-free, subscription-free streaming service, supports independent filmmakers via digital micro-tipping, ticketed live events and non-fungible token (NTFs).

Once films are live on the Paus app, audiences and supporters can show their appreciation for the filmmaker by leaving a tip. The model gives 80 percent of the tip to the filmmaker.

To book a ticket, you can visit the Everyman Cinemas listing for screenings here. The film will also be available for free for 48 hours on the Paus streaming service.

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