CRIME: Hong Kong Style

In February – April 2016 HOME, Manchester will present CRIME: Hong Kong Style, a BFI PDF funded project which showcases a selection Hong Kong crime films from the 1950s to current new releases.  

The CRIME Hong Kong Style document outlines the season with some indicative titles – the final list of season and tour titles is currently being secured, but with fabulous titles like Baldheaded Betty, who wouldn’t be hooked already?  

We excited to hear that HOME are working on this and now they have their project funding fully secured they are signing up venues to the tour to join the 13+ venues who are already part of the project.   

Large, small, community, pop-up and part-time venues are all welcome to sign up to the tour.  

Venues who have already completed an EOI for the HOME PDF application do not need to submit a new form, though the information below will still be useful to venues.  

The season will tour UK-wide from February – April 2016, and it is planned that up to 10 titles will be available for venues to book.  There will be a range of formats available: DCP / 35mm / Blu ray / digibeta / DVD.   

HOME are working to keep the screening fees as low as possible, and plan that fees will be kept at standard UK terms – fantastic for imported films!   They are currently looking at some UK Premieres, and if included on the tour, these films may have higher fees.  

Home are encouring venues to screen as many of the films as possible, but bookings from 1 – 10 films are welcome.   CRIME: Hong Kong Style films can be booked by community venues and small, single screen venues at a lower MG.  

Just ask Rachel Hayward for more information. 

HOME will also be presenting a range of resources to support venues in their screenings.

Resources available to tour venues: 

Podcasts x3  These will be available online and can be posted on your own venue website and each will have a specific topic: 

–       Introduction to the CRIME: Hong Kong Style season

–       Focus on guest directors in

–       Women in Hong Kong Crime Films

Written film notes, available as PDFs for tour venue websites or to be handed out at screenings.  There will be minimum of 10 film notes which will cover a variety of topics relevant to the season and some which focus on specific films. 

These materials will be produced by the season curator Dr Andy Willis, University of Salford, and other contributors. 

Engagement and events:

HOME have invited guest filmmakers from Hong Kong to take part in events and Q&As for the HOME season and tour, and will be able to offer Q&As in tour towns / cities. They are also offering a small funding allocation for venues that wish to programme an accompanying introduction, post-screening discussion or other similar event.  Andy Willis and other contributors to the season will be available for talks if your venue is interested.  


HOME will work directly with a PR agency specifically for the tour. The tour will be supported by posters, fliers, a genre map which provides a ‘family tree’ of Hong Kong Crime Films, and a cinema trailer. Venues will be provided with a marketing and branding pack which will include, amongst other things, copy of varying lengths for print and web, images, credits needed for the season.

What next? 

If you are interested in getting involved, please return the tour sign up form to

We hope to confirm as many venues as possible before 14 December, though we may still be able to take some bookings in the New Year for later in the tour.