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The midnight movie lives on in Dalston! Venture forth from your home cinema cocoon, or your laptop, to savour the delights of cult movies, forbidden pleasures and dark thrills on the big screen in the comfort of the Rio's atmospheric art deco auditorium. Ticket prices for these shows are £7.50 (except where stated).

And if you fancy hosting your own late show, why not choose a film (subject to availability) for a Friday or Saturday late night show on a date of your choice. You need to be a Friend of the Rio (cost £20) and the cost of the late show is £320 (including VAT) which includes admission for up to 50 guests. The screening will also be open to the public, at our regular late night admission price of £7.50 Other options including private screenings are also possible. For further details contact Charles at charles@riocinema.org.uk or on 7241 9415.

Still from filmSAT 6 Aug • Late Night

BRIDESMAIDS (15) 11.30pm see trailer

(US 2011) dir. Paul Feig 125m. Digital.
Kristen Wiig, Rose Byrne, Jon Hamm, Melissa McCarthy, Matt Lucas, Chris O'Dowd, Maya Rudolph, Ellie Kemper, Jill Clayburgh.

The surprise comedy hit of the year! Lovelorn and broke Annie is delighted to be asked to be chief bridesmaid at the upcoming wedding of her best friend. What she didn't expect was the ruthlessness of the other bridesmaids. As the battle to be crowned ultimate best friend begins, Annie finds it's no longer about the bride - it's all about the bridesmaids. Subtle, audacious and hilarious.

£7.50 top

SAT 13 Aug • Late Night

HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN (18) 11.30pm see trailer – show cancelled

(Canada 2011) dir. Jason Eisener 86m. Digital.
Rutger Hauer, Gregory Smith, Molly Dunsworth, Nick Bateman, Brian Downey

Originally a joke trailer as part of the Tarantino / Rodriguez GRINDHOUSE and now an over-the-top hommage to the spirit of low budget 70's/80's splatter movies. Rutger Hauer is the travelling vigilante who finds himself trapped in the urban hell that is Hope Town, an anarchic world overrun by murderers, drug barons and corrupt cops. Let all hell be unleashed!

£7.50 top

Still from filmSAT 20 Aug • Late Night

BRAZIL (15) 11.30pm see trailer

(UK 1985) dir. Terry Gilliam 143m.
Jonathan Pryce, Robert De Niro, Katherine Helmond, Ian Holm, Bob Hoskins, Michael Palin, Ian Richardson, Peter Vaughan, Kim Greist, Jim Broadbent.

Monty Python meets Franz Kafka in Terry Gilliam's unrelentingly imaginative and savage vision of the future. A mild-mannered government clerk finds his life destroyed when he tries to correct an administrative error caused by a bug of the non-software kind. There's a massive chain reaction of mistaken identity and suddenly he finds himself an enemy of the state in a nightmare world with just one weapon to fight back: his imagination.


Still from filmSAT 27 Aug • Late Night

FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS (18) 11.30pm see trailer

(US 1998) dir. Terry Gilliam 118m.
Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro, Tobey Maguire, Debbie Reynolds (voice), Cameron Diaz, Lyle Lovett, Gary Busey, Christina Ricci, Harry Dean Stanton, Ellen Barkin, Hunter S. Thompson.

Terry Gilliam's cinematic mastery of fantasy and madness meets its greatest challenge with Hunter S. Thompson's crazy narrative of panic, drugs and despair. Johnny Depp is great as the manic sports reporter who, with Samoan attorney Dr. Gonzo (Del Toro), heads to Las Vegas. A routine journalistic assignment soon turns into a feverish psychedelic odyssey. Savage and hilarious

Screening to be introduced by screenwriter Tony Grisoni


Film StillSAT 3 Sep • Late Night

ZABRISKIE POINT (15) 11.30pm see trailer

(US 1970) dir. Michelangelo Antonioni 106m.
Mark Frechette, Daria Halprin, Rod Taylor, Paul Fix, G.D. Spradlin, Kathleen Cleaver.

Set against a background of 1960's student radicalism and a Pink Floyd/Grateful Dead soundtrack this is an alien's view of America that is a visual experience like no other. A young man shots a cop, steals an airplane and heads to the desert, where he meets a young woman and falls in love. One hell of an hallucinatory apocalyptic finale sees an appropriate end to American materialism.


Film StillSAT 10 Sep • Late Night

THE PASSENGER (12A) 11.30pm see trailer

(Italy/Spain/France 1975) dir. Michelangelo Antonioni 126m.
Jack Nicholson, Maria Schneider, Jenny Runacre, Ian Hendry, Steven Berkoff, Ambroise Bia.

The international romantic thriller is turned on its head as Jack Nicholson's burned-out journalist assumes the identity of a dead man and embarks on a dangerous charade and a treacherous journey through Africa and Europe. Encounters with gun runners and an affair with the mysterious Maria Schneider are the set pieces but it's the images and atmosphere that make it a masterpiece from one of cinema's most visionary directors.  


Film StillSAT 17 Sep

FANTASTIC PLANET (La Planete Sauvage) (PG) 11.30pm

(France 1973) dir. Rene Laloux 71m. Subtitles. Digital.
Voices of Jennifer Drake, Eric Baugin, Jean Topart, Jean Valmont.

René Laloux and Roland Topor's psychedelic sci-fi feature is a mesmerising animation landmark that predates the imagination, techniques and concerns of Studo Ghibli by some 30 years. On the futuristic planet Yagam, the human-like Oms are kept as pets and beasts of burden by the Draggs, the 39-feet beings who are the ruling class. But when Om Terr accidentally receives an education... Immense and unforgettable.



Film StillSAT 24 Sep • Cigarette Burns Cinema presents in association with Scala Forever

The Female Convict Pinky Violence All-Night Triple Bill 11.30pm see trailer

'Back in the late 60s the Japanese film studios targeted the growing teenage audience by combining Pinky or soft porn films with the violent Yakuza and Samurai genres, thus was born: Pinky Violence. Directors' and actors' involvement was often contractual, yielding a genre full of subversion, pushing the stylistic envelope with experimental and adventurous film making. Top of the list is the hugely influential Female Convict Scorpion series. We follow Sasori as she is double crossed and set up by her high ranking detective lover. A powerful performance by Meiko Kaji (Lady Snowblood) creates one of cinema's most unforgettable women. Imprisoned, defiant and bent on revenge, they call her Scorpion for a reason.' (Josh Saco, Cigarette Burns Cinema)

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(Japan 1972) dir. Shunya Ito 87m. Subtitles. Digital.
Meiko Kaji, Rie Yokoyama

(Japan 1972) dir. Shunya Ito 92m. Subtitles. Digital.
Meiko Kaji, Fumio Watanabe

(Japan 1973) dir. Shunya Ito 87m. Subtitles. Digital.
Meiko Kaji, Mikio Narita

Introduced by author of the indispensable Behind the Pink Curtain and co-editor of Midnight Eye, Jasper Sharp.


Still from filmFRI 30 Sep • Late Night

THE STORY OF LOVERS ROCK (*) 11.30pm see trailer

(UK 2011) dir. Menelik Shabazz 96m. Digital.

Lovers Rock, often dubbed 'romantic reggae' is a uniquely black British sound that developed in the late 70s and 80s against a backdrop of riots, racial tension and sound systems. A forgotten period of music, social and political history is recalled and recreated with live performances, comedy sketches, dance, interviews and archive material all of which shed light on both the music and the generation that embraced it.


SAT 1 Oct • Late Night At Home with the Ludskis

'…From Dada to Grandma the beat goes on…' (18) 11.30pm see trailer

Following the success of their launch and Housewarming, The Ludskis invite you to their second late night event and after party extravaganza. Expect a transcendent mixture of performance, installation, live music, film and many more art forms curated by the inimitable Granny Ludski.

'At Home with the Ludskis' breaks away from the traditional art exhibition and the typical cinema going experience, to create something startling, fun and thought provoking. It embraces the post-contemporary with passion as it pushes aside the mundane.

'At Home with the Ludskis' has an ongoing open submission policy. The deadline for this show is 24 August.

'At Home with the Ludskis' operates an innovative profit share scheme with everybody exhibiting, performing or facilitating the exhibition getting a slice of the pie. The Ludskis are an anonymous curatorial team based in Shacklewell, London.


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