This is a film still from the movie SYNCHRONIC (2019).

NOW STREAMING: from Rio Cinema (05 FEB+)

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.

In the next in our series of posts looking at what’s streaming from London’s favourite indie cinemas, we have a look at the Rio Cinema, a venue we know well from some very early hours projecting midnight movies with our wonderful friend Ranjit S. Ruprai aka SUPAKINO back in 2019 (see our archive of MIDNIGHT EXCESS for info).

Rio Cinema Online offers a range of new releases (scroll down for a roundup of what’s there right now) and a handpicked selected of themed programmes. Currently streaming in the latter are queer cinema (titles include MONSOON, THE WATERMELON WOMAN, & SAUVAGE to be joined soon by 1985, AND THEN WE DANCED, & TOM OF FINLAND); 5 star features (which we presume to mean ‘critically acclaimed’ rather than featuring the 1980s family pop combo… including ETERNAL BEAUTY, FALLING + Q&A, THE JUNIPER TREE, SUMMER 1993, & RAY & LIZ); documentaries (including iHUMAN, THE MOLE AGENT, FANTASTIC FUNGI + Q&A, IN MY BLOOD IT RUNS, MANSFIELD 66/67); and, international cinema (including A GIRL FROM MOGADISHU, COCOON, ALICE, EASTERN, LOVE CHILD, & 3 FACES).

Some of the Rio’s films are streamed through Vimeo. It’s easy to set up an account.


Quick links to the venue/box office.

This is a film still from the movie SYNCHRONIC (2019).


d. Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead, 2019/USA

“Anthony Mackie and Jamie Dornan star as New Orleans paramedics who encounter a series of horrific deaths linked to a designer drug. In a perfect storm of personal crises, their friendship and families are ripped apart by the mysterious pill’s bizarre effects.”


This is a film still from THE CAPOTE TAPES (2019).


d. Ebs Burnough, 2019/USA

Answered Prayers was meant to be Truman Capote’s greatest masterpiece, an epic portrait of NYC’s glittering jet-set society. Instead, it sparked his downfall. Through never before heard audio archive and interviews with Capote’s friends and enemies, this intimate documentary reveals the rise and fall of America’s most iconic gay writer.”


This is a film still from COUP 53 (2019).

COUP 53 + Q&As

d. Taghi Amirani, 2019/UK

“While making a documentary about the CIA/MI6 coup in Iran in 1953, Iranian director Taghi Amirani and editor Walter Murch (Apocalypse Now, The Conversation,The English Patient) discover never seen before archive material hidden for decades. The 16mm footage and documents not only allow the filmmakers to tell the story of the overthrow of the Iranian government in unprecedented detail, but it also leads to explosive revelations about dark secrets buried for 67 years.”


This is a film still from THE ALLINS - ONE HELL OF A FAMILY (2017).


d. Sami Saifs, 2017/Denmark

“In New Hampshire, a legend is buried. GG Allin, the most outrageous singer in rock’n roll history. He was known for defecating on stage, fighting and having sex with the audience. He died a mythological death in 1993, aged 37. Directed by the award-winning director Sami Saif, THE ALLINS is a loving and entertaining look at the family of the departed rock singer.”


This is a film still from AWAY (2019).


d. Gints Zilbalodis, 2019/Latvia

“AWAY is about a boy travelling across an island on a motorcycle, trying to escape a dark spirit and get back home. Along the way he makes a series of connections with different animals and reflects on the possible ways he ended up on the island. Part dream, part reality, AWAY explores our common, universal need to find a connection.”



d. Tomas Jefanovas & Christopher Brett Bailey

“Rated X is an audio-visual project, the duo collaboration of Lithuanian video and sound artist Tomas Jefanovas and Canadian performer, writer and musician Christopher Brett Bailey. Tomas Jefanovas pulls futuristic visuals out of retrograde video technologies to sculpt a psychedelic vision of space and time. Christopher Brett Bailey rages and croons.”





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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. //.