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.
To celebrate the anticipated reopening of cinemas across the country, we’ll be talking about movies that reflect on the filmmaking process. From arguably one of the best films about Hollywood, Billy Wilder’s classic Sunset Boulevard, to Fellini’s monumentally meta 8 ½, self-reflexive films make the audience aware they are watching a film and create space to pause and reflect on the art of film. For this Film Club we recommend watching David Lynch’s weird and wonderful cult film Mulholland Drive which reflects on the Hollywood film industry. Alternatively, if you would like to bring your own self-reflexive film to talk about, we would love to hear your personal favourites during Film Club.
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Italian composer Ennio Morricone sadly died this month and we’re paying tribute to his epic scores by watching the classic spaghetti western directed by Sergio Leone, Once Upon a Time in the West. Beyond simply being the accompaniment for the movies he composed music for, Morricone’s scores became living and breathing characters that were the focal point of the scene. He helped make films such as The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Cinema Paradiso and The Mission into treasures of movie history that will never be forgotten. For this Film Club we’ll be talking about some of the greatest Morricone movies whose scores still give us goosebumps today. We look forward to hearing your favourites!
To kick off July’s edition of Film Club we’re responding to Black Lives Matter by discussing Selma, the critically acclaimed drama reenacting Martin Luther King’s voting rights marches, directed by Ava DuVernay who was the first black female director to be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Starring the hugely talented David Oyelowo, Selma is a vital piece of filmmaking which draws attention to a moment in history which should never be forgotten.
Whilst it will be almost impossible for many of us to get a whiff of the med this summer, for this Film Club we’ll be discussing the greatest movies that capture the summer. From the sizzling Call Me By Your Name evoking eighties Italy, The Graduate’s iconic rendition of a restless summer to Spike Lee’s searing Do The Right Thing set on the streets in New York, we’ll be discussing the films that are the best at capturing summer onscreen and piece together the types of stories they tell. If you would like to watch a film that will give you some inspiration, we recommend watching Roman Holiday starring Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn.
Desert Island Films
Last week we heard from actor George MacKay about one of his favourite films but what film would you take with you to a desert island? For film lovers that’s a very difficult question, but this week we’d like to talk about the movies that hold a special place in your heart. Whether it’s a classic Italian film, a cult British rom-com or a film from the Marvel Universe, we’ll be talking about the movies that you couldn't live without.
For this Film Club we’ll be discussing the themes of one of the most important British filmmakers, Ken Loach. From the social realist drama I, Daniel Blake, which film critic Mark Kermode named his all-time favourite Ken Loach film, to the poetic and enduringly influential 1969 classic Kes, Loach is one Britain’s most treasured filmmakers. If you would like to watch a Ken Loach film for free, we recommend one of his more upbeat films Looking for Eric, about a man who has visions of his favourite footballer Eric Cantona who helps get his life back on track.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.Watch the film
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.