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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

The Boy and the Heron

Tue. 26 December 2023 — Thu. 4 January 2024

A hand-drawn fantasy based on director Hayao Miyazaki's childhood and his career at Studio Ghibli. In World War II, young Mahito flees Tokyo for the countryside and enters a fantastic realm through a tower with mysterious history tied to his family.

Tokyo Godfathers

Wed. 20 December 2023

The Light, The Moor, S1 4PF

Three homeless people – a former bicycle racer, a trans woman who used to work as a drag queen, and a runaway young girl – live together in Tokyo. On Christmas Eve, they find a baby in a rubbish dump and care for her as they track down her family.

Godzilla Minus One

Fri. 15 December 2023 — Thu. 21 December 2023

A new crisis emerges in Japan after World War II in the form of a giant monster, baptised in the atomic bomb. Set in the period of the original film, it returns the king of monsters to its roots as a metaphor for Japan's postwar anxiety and grief.

Earth Mama

Fri. 15 December 2023 — Thu. 21 December 2023


Young, pregnant and single mother Gia battles addiction and the oppressive foster-care system to regain custody of her children. Caught in a system that expects black single mothers to fail, Earth Mama is the story of her fight to reclaim her family.