Virtual Riverside

Welcome to 'Virtual Riverside' - a collection of community activities and carefully curated programming from across the internet to keep you occupied and engaged during the Coronavirus lockdown.

See our complete list of community events on our Digital Dive In page

Whilst our cinema is closed, we'll be carefully selecting some of the best films which you can watch for free at home during the lockdown period. From timeless classics, eye-opening foreign films to art house staples, we'll be bringing the spirit of Riverside to your living room, as well as hosting weekly post film discussions via Zoom.


Some Like it Hot

To celebrate what would have been Marilyn Monroe’s 93rd birthday we will be watching and then discussing Billy Wilder’s iconic comedy Some Like it Hot, dubbed as one of the best comedies ever made. 

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What better way to end the bank holiday with the film which is known as “the best Hitchcock film Hitchcock didn’t make”, Charade by Stanley Donen. Starring cinematic icons Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn, comedy meets suspense in this intelligently written comedy-thriller which starts in the French alps.

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The Lunchbox 

For next week's Culture Club we're paying tribute to the great Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan (The Life of Pi, Slumdog Millionaire) who sadly passed away recently. Khan stars in the BAFTA nominated 2013 film The Lunchbox, which is a moving romantic drama about love in unlikely places. 

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Water Lilies 

After her Oscar nominated film Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) had a short run at Riverside Studios before lockdown, we’re taking a look back at monumental French director Celine Sciamma’s earlier mesmerising look at the female gaze inWater Lilies. Sciamma paints a vivid and authentic picture of coming-of-age same sex desire with teenage synchronised swimmer, Adele Haenel, who would later go onto star in Portrait of a Lady on Fire.  

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Aimless Bullet 

Aimless Bullet is a social realist drama that regularly topped South Korea’s national polls, and is a favourite of director Bong Joon Ho, director of this year’s Best Film Oscar winner, Parasite. The plot follows three siblings variously trying to get their lives back on track amid the poverty and social rubble left by the Korean war. 

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Everyone has heard of M by Fritz Lang but how many people have actually seen the film? This week we'd like to discuss one of Lang's landmark films that went down in history. Even today, M is astonishingly modern, and it is even regarded as the blueprint for suspense thrillers.

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Scarlet Street, the mastermind behind Metropolis, Fritz Lang directs this hugely entertaining 1945 noir tragedy about two criminals who take advantage of a middle-aged painter in order to steal his artwork. Stars the renowned Hollywood “golden era” actor Edward G. Robinson. One of the many American films from the period that have now fallen into the public domain. 

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All That Heaven Allows

All That Heaven Allows
by Douglas Sirk This 1955 technicolour treat starring Rock Hudson is not only one of the most romantic films of all time, it also offers smart critiques of the rigid American class system and social expectations for women.

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I Wish by Hirokazu Kore-eda. To kick off this week's Virtual Cinema, head to 4oD to watch the flawless family drama I Wish (2011) by the talented Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda, whose 2020 film The Truth starring French heavyweight actresses Juliette Binoche and Catherine Deneuve was due to screen at Riverside.

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The Lady Vanishes by Hitchcock. Lose yourself in The Lady Vanishes by Hitchcock, one of the best comedy-thrillers of all time. With a strong leading lady, magnificent comic script and mesmerising plot, this 1938 masterpiece is one of Hitchcock's most underrated films.

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RIVERSIDE RECOMMENDS To keep up to date with what else is going on in the world of the arts to make use of: The Culture Diary This is a government backed initiative to makes the arts available in digital form during this difficult time.