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The Sheffield culture guide written by in-the-know locals

Joe Harris

Our Favourite Places would be nothing without our contributors — a massive thanks to all of them!

Tell us about you...
I'm Joe. I like films and vinyl.

I'm the co-founder of Reel Steel – a film magazine and screening event group, based in Sheffield. You may have been to one of our screening events at Sheffield's historic Abbeydale Picture House, where we've shown everything from cult 80s horror to Studio Ghibli on 35mm.

What does Sheffield mean to you?
Sheffield is a great example of the 'independent' spirit.

It's full of people who have gone out and done things for themselves – opening a new bar or a record store, creating a film screening or music event. The cultural landscape of the city is full of so many independent traders and events and it's all the better for it.

It really is a city of makers.

What's your favourite Sheffield place?
The Abbeydale Picture House.

What would you do to improve the city?
Let me think about that one...

Latest contributions

Voice of Silence

Thu. 17 June 2021


A beautifully shot, bittersweet crime caper. Tae-in and Chang-bok run a humble business selling eggs, but the bulk of their income comes from providing spotless crime scene clean-up services to the criminal fraternity.

The Reason I Jump

Fri. 18 June 2021 — Wed. 30 June 2021


An immersive cinematic exploration of neurodiversity, based on the bestselling book by Naoki Higashida. Based on the experiences of nonspeaking autistic people from around the world and descriptions Higashida wrote about his autism when he was 13.


Mon. 14 June 2021 — Thu. 17 June 2021


The story of Ibrahim and the transformative effect that a 25,000 franc money order from his nephew in Paris has on his fortunes in Dakar. Made in 1968 by Ousmane Sembène, it's seen as the first feature made in an African language. Restored in 4K.

In The Earth

Thu. 17 June 2021 — Thu. 1 July 2021

The latest from acclaimed director Ben Wheatley. A psychedelic trip exploring the dark side of mother nature. As the world searches for a cure to a virus, a scientist and park scout end up on a voyage through a forest that comes to life around them.