Manchester Film Weekender
On leaving school, John worked as an apprentice projectionist at a cinema in Dundee. Over the last more than 20 years he has been involved with Manchester & Salford Film Society, and was secretary for 16 years. In 2015, he formed Manchester Film Weekender, in response to the closure of Alston Hall in Lancashire where he had attended film weekends for many years.
He now runs two film seasons annually, one a nine film season at Altrincham Little Theatre and a nine-film weekend at Chancellors Hotel and Conference Centre in Manchester. He works with academics from the three universities in the city on programming and as guest presenters and speakers. As well as the upcoming seasons on Italian Cinema and Latin American Cinema, he will be involved in programming a season of six films for Altrincham little theatre, with the theme of Stage to Screen.