Z Arts Film Club

Z Arts Film Club

Weekly afternoon film club at Z Arts in Hulme.

Benefit of watching films

“If cinema therapy is practiced effectively, child medical patients’ need for comfort, expression, and self-identification will be successfully fulfilled, ultimately shortening their road to recovery.” (Buskirk, 2017) “Watching movies as a family can be tremendously beneficial. “Family Friendly”, or age appropriate films have the power to positively impact a child’s development and effectively strengthen family relationships”. (Work, 2017) “films can be useful therapy assignments, because their accessibility, familiarity, brevity, and entertainment value can spark client curiosity, build therapeutic rapport, and enhance homework compliance.” (Lampropoulos, 2004) it is increasingly believed that patient's recovery is improved by viewing "feel-good" films, or ones that make the patient laugh.” “There is merit in exploring the use of films as a psychotherapeutic intervention with clients, but this should be done cautiously and with careful deliberation”. (Schulenberg, 2003)



Project team

Neighbourhood Health Worker

LCO Care Navigators

Z- Arts

Moss Side and Hulme Roller Sports Club

Hibiscus Court


To get local people who are isolated out of the house and engaging in local activities. A film club would allow people to have a point of conversation about the film afterwards. It would also allow people who wanted to be out of the house but didn’t want to have a big social experience the space to do that as they could watch the film them go home and build up to being part of a large group. It is a gentle way to encourage people to socialise.


6 people attended the sessions. Unfortunately, the sessions are on hold due to COVID19 and local government restrictions.

Z- Arts want to discuss the possibility of running an online film club.

Strategic links to local/national policies



Increased mental wellbeing

Wellbeing and why it matters to health

Manchester Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Greater Manchester Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Five Year Forward View for Mental Health (Independent Mental Health Taskforce, 2016)

Strengthen family relationships

Manchester Population Health Plan

Aid recovery from illness

Healthy Lives, Healthy People (HM Government, 2010)

Manchester’s Self-Care Strategy

Help Child development

Developing Well: Aged 6 to 11 years

Developing well: Aged 11 to 19 years

Taking Charge of our Health and Social Care in Greater Manchester (GMCA, 2015)

Research/evidence base

Buskirk, W. D. (2017) Movies in medicine: cinema therapy for children Cinesthesia; volume 7 part 1

Lampropoulos, G. K. (2004) Psychologists use of motion pictures in clinical practice Professional Psychology: Research and Practice; Vol. 35, No. 5, 535–541

Nielsen, L. (2017) Marvel films as effective cinema therapy Cinesthesia; volume 7 part 1

Schulenberg, S. E. (2003) Psychotherapy and the movies Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy; 33, 1;

Work, A. (2017) The value of parental co-viewing on children and families Cinesthesia; volume 6 part 1


Patricia Williams - Neighbourhood Health Worker


T. 0161 271 0590

T. 07818 523 098

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