Stream something wonderful (& make sure a % of your rental fee goes directly to London’s indie cinema venues).
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There are many ways to support your favourite indie screen venue during shutdown (whilst also having a good time!). One of our favourites is to step aside from our usual streaming subscriptions to stream something that genuinely gives money back to the venues we’re all currently excluded from.
With various distributors backing various indie venues, you can often pick which cinema your rental ‘ticket’ contributes to when booking directly from their streaming platforms. However, in a series of posts we’ll be trying to rekindle that momentarily ‘lost’ experience of travelling across London to sample different venues’ wares (one of our favourite things about covering the cinema scene rather than just the films).
Prices and viewing periods vary (depending upon the platform, but usually 48hrs), but the programme variety is always fresh and the reward of giving something back to shuttered venues enhances the overall experience.
We start with East End venue, Rich Mix.
Rich Mix is partnering with, amongst others, legendary doc distributors Dogwoof and female-led distribution company Modern Films to bring you their streaming programme. Scroll on for what’s streaming this week including a double bill of films by Zeina Durra, and new arrival, Ryan White’s ASSASSINS (from 29 JAN 2021).
Quick links to the venue/box office.
d. Ryan White, 2020
“In 2017, Kim Jong-nam — the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un — was assassinated in the bustling departures hall of Malaysia’s international airport. Two women, seen on CCTV rubbing a mysterious liquid into his eyes, were convicted of the crime. But were they trained killers, or simply pawns?”
d. Gints Zilbalodis, 2019
“After a crash landing, a young boy wakes on a mysterious island. Now he and a little bird must travel by motorcycle to escape a dark spirit and return home.”
IHUMAN + Q&A with the director
d. Tonje Hessen Schei, 2019
“Take a look inside the world of the artificial intelligence that is changing our lives, our society and our future.”
d. Zeina Durra, 2010
“Juggling the sudden abduction of her childhood sweetheart as well as a blooming love affair, Asya tries to make her way in an indifferent, hostile world. But nothing is as it seems.”
d. Eva Mulvad, 2019
“A heartbreaking portrait of Leila and Sahand, an Iranian couple who are forced to flee for their lives from Tehran where their secret affair and illegitimate child are both considered crimes, punishable by death.”
d. Zeina Durra, 2020
“When British aid worker Hana (Andrea Riseborough) returns to the ancient city of Luxor, she comes across Sultan (Karim Saleh), a talented archeologist and former lover. As she wanders, haunted by the familiar place, she struggles to reconcile the choices of the past with the uncertainty of the present.”
d. Sam Pollard, 2020
“Uncover the FBI’s surveillance and harassment of Martin Luther King with never-before-seen footage and declassified documents. Astonishing, tragic and searingly relevant.”
d. Maite Alberdi, 2020
“A stylish combination of an observational documentary and a spy movie, with sleek camerawork and wonderfully watchable characters. It’s a unique meditation on compassion and loneliness that will infiltrate your heart and never let go.”
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*THE SMALL PRINT: Opinions author’s own. // As accurate as we could make it. Apologies for any errors. Updates & corrections will be made to the online version only. // Event dates/times/formats are subject to change by the venue/organiser. Events may already be sold out at the time of posting, so please click quickly. // We try to list as many original format screenings as we can (8 to 70MM), but sometimes formats change due to age of the print, availability, logistics etc, so please check ahead with your venue if the format is your thing. // All images are used in the spirit of fair use for reporting & review – no ownership is implied or intended / unless otherwise credited to RADIANT CIRCUS as the original rights holder. We will remove any images immediately upon request – just get in touch. // We don’t filter our listings by age/certification: all readers & subscribers should therefore be 18+. // Finally, we always try to follow The Carny Code by “not screwing up anyone else’s game”, but everyone can make mistakes… If something does go wrong, we will always do our best to put it right. //.