At the RIO

This Week & Coming Soon to the RIO

Now Showing -third great week !
MOONLIGHT tells a story you may have seen and heard before, but not like this. Director Barry Jenkins’ tale of a young man’s struggle, told across three defining chapters in his life, is a striking and powerful revelation. Meet Little as an African-American boy in Miami who deals with his difficult home environment and his frequent victimisation at school by befriending local drug dealer Juan. Revisit him as teenager Chiron, who lashes out when  he struggles with the realisation he is gay and his complex love for his best friend; and finally as Black, an adult whose hardened exterior belies his extreme vulnerability, dreaming of reconnecting with his childhood friend. MOONLIGHT is an unforgettable landmark achievement – a sensual, thrilling, impeccably written, directed and acted piece of cinema that has much to say about the moments that define us, the people who shape our lives, and the love that can last a lifetime.

Now showing – one week only

TRESPASS AGAINST US is a dynamic mix of crime thriller and offbeat family drama with powerhouse performances from Michael Fassbender and Brendan Gleeson. Three generations of the Cutler family live as outlaws in their own anarchic corner of the West Country in a world where speed and strength settle scores and the law does not apply. A pulsating original score by The Chemical Brothers adds to the emotional intensity.

Sunday March 5 – John Hurt Double Bill

Love and Death On Long Island at 2.00pm
Stuffy English writer Giles De’Ath is a dinosaur who regards the 20th century as anathema. But then he becomes goofily obsessed with teen movie idol Ronnie Bostock, the hunky star of Hotpants College II and a head-on clash of cultures and unstoppable consequences ensues – not in Thomas Mann’s Venice but on Long Island, New York. In an acting masterclass, John Hurt is brilliant.

1984 at 3.45pm
In George Orwell’s 1948 vision of the future, Big Brother is watching us and there is no choice. A world that demands absolute conformity in action, word and thought is now divided into three vast states whose inhabitants are dominated by all powerful governments. Winston Smith rewrites history books for the Ministry of Truth, an insignificant cog in a regimented world until he embarks on a passionate affair with Julia and that’s illegal…

2 great movies for the price of 1 – The Double Bill discount will automatically apply at the checkout!

Showing from Friday March 10

The great Isabelle Huppert gives an unforgettable performance in Paul Verhoeven’s provocative, shocking, suspenseful and perversely funny exploration of twisted desires, power, pain and pleasure. She’s the ruthless head of a video game company, whose life is turned upside down when she is attacked in her own home by an unknown assailant. Her response becomes a strange and thrilling game, but one which could spiral out of control at any moment… A genre-bending original, rich in ambiguity, that dares to juggle shock and the comedy of manners, ELLE is consummate, fascinating, disturbing and mesmerising film making topped by the performance of an iconic actress at the height of her brilliance.


Fri 10 March & Sat 11 March at 11.30pm

It’s back to the visual splendour and brightly coloured camp of 1960s and 70s exploitation movies as director Anna Biller charges headlong into the supernatural and mystical world of modern witchcraft. Elaine is a witch in love with love, or at least the idea of it anyway. Her last few relationships haven’t worked out too well, so when she meets the man of her dreams – a detective investigating the disappearance of some of the local male population – desire turns to desperation and she begins to dabble in sinister forces that promise to fulfil her dream of true love, but at what cost? Lovely to look at, marvellously dark and deliciously subversive, THE LOVE WITCH is a glorious, enjoyable feast with something to say.

Sat 11 March at 4.15pm

Blending drama, mystery and magical realism and as gripping as it is unique, first-time writer-directorAnna Rose Holmer’s multi-award winning film is the story of eleven-year-old tomboy Toni. She is bewitched by the tight-knit dance team she sees practicing in the same Cincinnati gymnasium where she boxes. Enamoured by the power and confidence of the strong community of girls, Toni spends less and less time boxing with her older brother,  and even pierces her ears in an effort to fit in. But then something happens to complicate Toni’s desire for acceptance. THE FITS looks at adolescence, gender and self-discovery in a fresh, totally unexpected and spellbinding way.

Sun 12 March at 3.00pm

Space is the Place is a rare, unmissable trash culture, science fiction classic. Starring the Afrofuturism jazz star Sun Ra, this loosely based biopic offers the uninitiated a tantalising glimpse into his fantastical world. Born in 1914 as Herman Poole Blount, he had a vision in his thirties that he had somehow originated from Saturn and promptly changed his name to Sun Ra. Dressed from then on in elaborate Egyptian-inspired papal robes, and arriving in a music powered space ship, he spent the next 50 years on a mission to enlighten the world with his unique experimental music, and save the black race from social injustice by starting an all-black colony in the sky, while recruiting a legion of fans along the way.
With and intro by Roger Burton.

Sunday 19 March at 1.00pm

Long thought to be lost forever, this recently rediscovered 1922 film captures two of the biggest stars of the silent screen, Gloria Swanson and Rudolph Valentino, the only film where the pair appear together. Cast as would-be lovers in a gloriously doomed romantic affair, she plays a habitual clotheshorse, showcasing numerous glamorous gowns, while he cuts a picture of elegance in a wardrobe designed by his then lover Natacha Rambova. Among the film’s sartorial highlights are its resplendent eighteenth-century sequences, devised very much in the style of Wood’s mentor Cecil B. DeMille.This screening will be introduced by Adrian Garvey, with live musical accompaniment by Stephen Horne.

Film and Live Performance on stage at the RIO – Sunday 19 Mar at 3.00pm

Mo’ Better Blues, Spike Lee’s love letter to jazz, will be shown as part of the wider “Spike is 60” film festival celebrating the director’s 60th birthday.
It tells the story of renowned jazz musician Bleek Gilliam (Denzel Washington) as he chooses between teacher Indigo and aspiring singer Clarke whilst trying to take his band to the next level.
This screening will include an immersive jazz performance by musicians who will play improvised music throughout the screening.

RIO Exclusive – proceeds go towards our fund raising campaign

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Limited Edition Toni Erdmann Risograph print by Rob Flowers

3 Colour A3 print on 300 gsm acid free paper. Dimensions
A3 297 x 420mm

Edition of 50, signed by the artist.

Print £20 or £15 with a an online ticket purchase.

Rob Flowers is an illustrator who’s work has been used by clients as diverse as The British Museum / House of Holland / Terry de Havilland / Anorak Magazine / The Museum of Witchcraft & Magic / BBC Radio One / Nike and Children in Need.  With a distinctively bold style defined by crayon bright palettes, play forms and eccentric characters. Stationed in his Flowers Towers, studio, Rob is a Keen collector of kitsch ephemera and historical miscellany, counting 80s gross-out toys, 70s cartoons and early McDonald’s advertising memorabilia amongst his treasury. His Work draws on his fondness for mythology, combining whimsical imagery with symbolism and folkloric elements.

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