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Greek Queer Cinema

This Friday THE QUEER ARCHIVE presents an after hours screening of the 18-rated and critically acclaimed Greek/U.K film production of HE LOVES ME by Greek director Konstantinos Menelaou.  We caught up with Konstantinos ahead of tomorrow’s function:

Hi Konstantinos! Can you give us a brief overview of what to expect on Friday night?

Friday night we (The Queer Archive) join forces with Rio Cinema and Dalston Superstore for the UK premier of my first feature film He loves me a Greek/UK production. Along with my film we present two Greek short films by Yorgos Angelopoulos and Thanasis Tsimpinis. A Man to Pet with be the hostess, I will play some music and have lots of wine at Superstore before the screening and we will join Mints after the screening for a much needed plate-breaking session.


What prompted you to put on this event?

Rio Cinema and Dalston Superstore are two venues very close to my heart and He loves me was conceived and inspired by events, affairs and heartbreaks that happened in and around Dalston. So it makes total sense to show the film here. It’s like the murderer going back to the crime scene.

What are your earliest memories of film?

I remember Hammer Horror and Amicus Horror films. Both British production companies that made amazing horror films in the 70s. I remember finding the VHS of Monster’s Club in my parents drawer and watching it when i was 5 or 6. I remember The Exorcist, Who’s that girl… I remember the smell of plastic at the video store in my neighbourhood.

What was your journey to become a film-maker?

I studied fine arts and not film. I have always been too intimidated by the world of film. I always thought it was such a huge thing and that i could never be good enough to ever make a film. I was making shorts and working on abstract ideas and forms until i finally found the strength to make my first feature. Now i know that there is not one way of making films. It can be a personal and creative process that doesn’t necessarily involve a huge set and crew and a lot of stress. 


What inspired He Loves Me?

It was a personal need to tell some stories based on my own experiences. It all became too confusing – relationships turned from innocent fun to heartbreaking nightmares, London was getting harder and harder and communication was very problematic. But i still had to share my thoughts and get a response so it was natural to me to put these thoughts into the film. It is an homage to the relationships that shaped me.

Can you tell us a little about the people behind the other two films?

The other two films are directed by Yorgos Angelopoulos and Thanasis Tsimpinis. Both of them are young directors based in Athens. Their films are amazing and their language is universal, thats why i thought it would be great to show them at our screening in London. There is a queer cinema scene in Athens inspired by this whole Greek cinema renaissance thats been happening the last ten years and it actually feels great to be a part of it.


Given the current political climate in Greece, and across much of Europe, why do you think it’s so important to keep making work about our queer identities?

It’s crucial to keep on having a strong voice and presence because there is still – and probably will always be – a force against the queer community. We need to keep our queer history safe, we need to keep on evolving, creating and celebrating our beautiful existence though making work that reveals the truth behind the lies and shows that love is not something that anyone should be afraid of. 

For more info on the event check here.

For the afterparty check here.

Peaches Christ & The Amy Grimehouse

In one week’s time, the combined forces of London’s Amy Grimehouse and San Francisco legend Peaches Christ are bringing to Dalston Paul Verhoven’s underrated cult movie SHOWGIRLS!! As the capital’s leading purveyors in trash films and b-movies, it’s only fitting that the girls of Grimehouse have teamed up with Peaches, who is now on her 17th annual showing of the film at hallowed venue The Castro, with the most beloved, beheeled but tragic drag queens SF has to offer, chewing the scenery and giving out free lap dances- a treat that will extend to next week’s screening too! Meanwhile here in London, the Amy Grimehouse are the brains behind the recent 12 hour long John Waters’s Filth Fest at Electrowerkz, as well as hosting regular nights over at the Hackney Attic screening cult and queer classics and entire evenings devoted to divas such as Cher and Kate Bush.

Ahead of the whole festivities, we caught up with both Peaches Christ and the girls of The Amy Grimehouse to find out just why they love Showgirls…

What is your favourite incomprehensible Showgirls quote?

Peaches Christ: “You are a whore darlin’.” I love the way Cristal delivers it in such a matter of fact way. Plus, I really love the word whore. I love saying it, calling people it… even being it.

Amy Grimehouse: You actually are a whore Peaches. 

Which of Nomi’s “outfits” do you think you could pull off? Or would you be raiding Cristal Connors wardrobe?

PC: I love Nomi’s revenge outfit at the end of the movie a whole lot, but Cristal’s look is my favorite. I’m all about that midriff showing and the cowboy hat.

AG: We’re more into the Versayce dress. Classy Brit birds y’see.

What’s your theory on how Kyle McLachlan was blackmailed or bribed to be in Showgirls?

PC: I think he probably saw its value as an over-the-top spectacle. I also think he probably saw the value, literally, in his MGM paycheck.

AG: He’s a clever guy. It’s the best movie ever made. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that? PLUS the dolphin pool sex romp… curiosity probably got the better of him.

Peaches, how did you make Night Of A 1000 Showgirls “interactive” this summer at The Castro? And why is The Castro such a great venue to show Showgirls?

PC: Audiences are always encouraged to dress up and become part of the event. I also like to give permissions to react loudly to what’s happening while the movie screens. Also, our “FREE lap-dances with every large popcorn” gimmick really does deliver. It puts performers right into the laps of the audience, warming them up, and getting them all prepped and aroused for the movie itself.  

The screening at The Rio is two weeks before Halloween… what would be your dream all-nighter film bill for Halloween?

PC: I think the original Halloween still delivers as the ultimate holiday movie. I would LOVE to do an event with the John Carpenter classic screening and an onstage interview with Ms. Jamie Leigh Curtis herself. That would be a dream come true.

AG: The film Halloween is definitely up there and as we say, ‘on the list’. Ticks all the boxes and Jamie Lee is brilliant. We’ve done a William Castle double bill including The Tingler in full percepto which was ridiculously fun. Would love to do a Vincent Price all-nighter actually. And Elvira. Picking which movie to screen at Halloween is always AGONY, but this year we’re doing Beetlejuice at the National Trust’s Sutton House. We love having a big old scary house to play in!

Do you love Doggy Chow or are you a brown rice and vegetables kinda girl?

PC: Doggy chow all the way!

AG: I love doggy chow too! *looks seductively into Peaches eyes*

Okay, what is your take on that lunch scene- what is REALLY going on here??

PC: Lesbianism.

AG: Peaches has nailed it.

Who’s giving out the free lapdances with the large popcorn?

AG: London’s Hot Heels dancers are pulling out their most erotic moves and we’ve trawled Soho’s finest establishments.

PC: And we are even bringing over some California girls to help out.  

Is Showgirls even your favourite Paul Verhoeven film?

PC: Definitely. 

AG: Showgirls for sure, but Starship Troopers comes a close second, and then Total Recall, Basic Instinct, Black Book… We love that there’s always at least one gratuitous boob shot at some point in his films. 

And because everyone always wonders what happened to the protagonist after the film ends, could you tell us what you picture Nomi doing in a hypothetical sequel (Showgirls 2: Penny’s From Heaven does not count as a sequel in this context)….

PC: I’d love to see Nomi leave Vegas and end up starting a new life for herself with a new name and start to become a conservative republican politician- like Sarah Palin. She could still exhibit all the histrionics of Nomi but really be getting ahead preaching bullshit in the charismatic way she’s so good at. Of course her past would eventually start to catch up to her in Act 2. And in Act 3… we’d somehow wind up back in Vegas for a Republican conference or rally where all would be revealed… Get it? All would be revealed? Basically, she’d strip again.

AG: Shit. How do we make this happen? No really. *Grabs camera and ice cubes*

Join John Sizzle at Dalston Superstore for the Amy Grimehouse pre-party on Friday 17th October before 11pm before heading over to The Rio Cinema for the screening of Showgirls with special host Peaches Christ.

Amy Grimehouse ticket holders also get in free to Superstore after the screening. To book your ticket to see Showgirls, head to The Rio’s website.

Submit To Fringe!

With preparations for next year’s Fringe! Film Fest fully underway, we sat down with one of the programmers, the lovely Konstantinos (also director of The Queer Archive) to find out more about how they source amazing queer films for us to watch at The Rio and other venues across east London, year after year…

What three qualities do you look for in a Fringe! Film Fest submission?

Love over sex, realism, expanded ways of installing/exhibiting work. 

What is your most favourite thing, personally, that you’ve ever screened at Fringe?

Our midnight screening of IN BED WITH MADONNA.

What’s the most important skill, from your experience, needed to be a Fringe! programmer?

An urge to push the envelope.

If you were putting on a dream all-night screening- what would be the theme and what films would you show?

The theme would be ‘horror’ and I would screen Andy Warhol’s Dracula, The Hunger, Vampyros Lesbos and The Attack Of The Giant Moussaka.

Why is it important for the local community, both LGBT and beyond, to support Fringe?

Fringe! is a non for profit project run by volunteers. Our program includes film, art exhibitions, lectures, workshops and all sorts of cultural activities available to the members of our community. A good part of our program is for free, which allows everyone to join. The growing interest and positive feedback we get from the local community is what keeps us going.

What was the last queer film you saw that really moved you or inspired you in some way?

Keep the Light On by Ira Sachs.

To what extent now do you feel that LGBT acceptance is connected to queer representation in film and TV?

LGBT acceptance is a problematic issue. What is accepted in big cities like London is not necessarily accepted everywhere else. But, it goes without saying that film, art, music have been instrumental in the queer community’s efforts to address problems, suggest solutions, celebrate a healthy lifestyle and engage with other communities. 

What are your five essential queer films for someone exploring the genre for the first time?

These are 5 randomly picked titles from my top 100 list:

My Own Private Idaho – Gus Van Sant

Hedwig And The Angry Inch – John Cameron Mitchell

Female Trouble – John Waters

Querelle – Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Paris Is Burning – Jennie Livingston

Any hints you can tell us about Fringe! 2014?

We’ve extened the length of the festival from a long weekend to a whole week! Yeaaaiiii!!!

And finally, do you have a message for anyone thinking of submitting to next years festival?


To submit to the Fringe! Film Fest visit the website:

Nic Fisher’s Totally Fetch

Friday sees Gutterslut’s Nic Fisher join us for the Totally Fetch: Fringe! Vs Mean Girls official afterparty, alongside Hannah Holland, Duchess Of Pork, Kostakis, John Sizzle and Vangelis & Tareq. And to get us in the mood, the lovely Nic made us this totally fetch mixtape which we’ll be alternating between that and re-watching Mean Girls so we’re fully armed with every imaginable (and amazing) line ready for the quote-a-long tomorrow night at the Rio Cinema. Make sure you get your ticket from the Rio’s website!


1. Round Table Knights – So Good (Teenage Mutants Remix)
2. Nicone – Why (Monte Remix)
3. Kolombo, Compuphonic – Sand Storm (DeMarzo Remix)
4. LouLou Players, Kolombo – Don’t Go Away (Zombie Disco Squad Remix)
5. Nick Curly – Underground (Dennis Ferrer Remix)
6. Flashmob – Hot (Original Mix)
7. Dusky – Nobody Else (Original Mix)
8. ReKreation – Before Me (Leftwing & Kody Remix)
Join Nic at Totally Fetch: Fringe! Vs Mean Girls Afterparty on Friday 12th April from 9pm – 4am at Dalston Superstore.

Fringe! Film Festival 2013

With Fringe! Film Festival currently taking place at various locations across East London, and the official Mean Girls screening afterparty, Totally Fetch: Fringe! Vs Mean Girls taking over both floors of Superstore with Hannah Holland, Nic Fisher, Duchess Of Pork, Kostakis, John Sizzle and Vangelis & Tareq playing the biggest hits from 2004 and the best bits from the Mean Girls soundtrack it’s going to be like the prom you wished you’d had.

We asked the guys at Fringe! to tell us about about a few of the events they’ve got happening during the festival…

WEDNESDAY: Bob Mizer Fight Club exhibition

The Bob Mizer Foundation and Fringe! present a one-week-only installation sampling later period wrestling films from the estate of legendary photographer, filmmaker and independent publisher Bob Mizer at Studio 1.1 on Redchurch Street.

Full info

THURSDAY: Five Dances

The opening film, Five Dances, will be screened at Hackney Picturehouse on Thursday 11th April from 9:30pm. Directed by Alan Brown, this will also be the European premiere and is a classic tale about finding love and succes in the big city.

Tickets and info

FRIDAY: Satan’s Angel: Queen Of The Fire Tassles

The Hackney Picturehouse will be showing the UK premiere of this documentary about lesbian burlesque star Satan’s Angel whose legendary flaming tassel has been entertaining nightclubs since the early ’60s.

Tickets and info

SATURDAY: In Their Room London

This is the world premiere of the third instalment of Travis Matthews’ In Their Room project. Shot in London during last year’s Fringe! festival, this brand film from the director of I Want Your Love and Interior.Leather.Bar is showing on Saturday 13th April at The Rio from 11:30pm.

Tickets and info

For the full Fringe! Film Festival lineup visit the official site:

5 Totally Fetch Mean Girls Quotes

With Fringe! Film Festival kicking off around East London tonight, we caught up with organiser Alexander to find out a bit more about their party here next weekend. On the day of the party, Fringe will be hosting a quote-a-long screening of cult teen classic Mean Girls at our wonderful neighbours The Rio cinema, followed by a HUGE afterparty right here at Superstore! Hannah Holland, Nic Fisher (Gutterslut), John Sizzle, Duchess Of Pork and Kostakis will all be raiding their record boxes for fabulous tunes for dancing to. Way better than prom anyway.

For your chance to win a pair of tickets to see Mean Girls and for free entrance to the afterparty, email the correct answer to the following question to with the subject “Totally Fetch!” by 10am Tuesday 9th April to be entered into our prize draw.

Who wrote the screenplay to Mean Girls? Is it…

a. Tina Fey

b. Tina Gay

c. Tina Hey!

Ahead of both the screening and the afterparty, we asked Alexander to pick his top five Mean Girls quotes and why he loves them…

Never has feminism been brought to the point so succinctly as by Gretchen Wieners…

All you ever needed to know about sexual health, pregnancy and death by intercourse, as explained by Coach Carr.

Regina George, as seen by her adoring schoolmates. The pretty face of bullying gets away with just about anything. Never has having your face punched been so awesome.

I love Gretchen Wieners and it was hard to choose between Gretchen cracking and Gretchen being really sorry that she’s so popular. But it had to be the latter.

There’s so many good things about this clip I don’t even know where to start. Being half a virgin? Regina’s all carb diet? No, it’s most definitely Karen’s psychic powers. It’s really helpful being clairvoyant.

 Join Alexander at Totally Fetch: Fringe! Vs Mean Girls Afterparty here at Dalston Superstore on Friday 12th April from 9pm – 3am

Voodoo Ray’s

You may have heard some local rumours of late-night cheesy happenings on Kingsland High Street. We are very proud to reveal that we have finally opened Superstore’s brand new sister venue Voodoo Ray’s – a late night pizza spot just down the road from us next to The Rio.

Our chefs bake giant 22” pizzas in an American baker’s oven using the best ingredients we can find including Caputto flour for the dough, Italian plum tomatoes for our Napoli sauce and Fior di Latte mozzarella. Choose a slice (or two) from our selection and we reheat it for you – it’s piping hot in about a minute.

We make refreshing frozen margaritas to accompany your pizza – a house margarita made from top-quality Sauza Hornitos reposado tequila, Cointreau, agave syrup, and citrus juices plus a rotating selection of seasonal specials. They are churned in Ugolini Italian granita machines.

You can also pick up a beer to wash down your slice – at the moment we stock Hobo Czech lager, Punk IPA from Scotland, Brooklyn, Brooklyn East India and Asahi, all in recyclable cans (definitely watch this space for more to come including Maui and Pabst). We have also paired our favourite premium liquor with mixers like Stoli vanilla with Cherry Coke, Jagermesister with Dr Pepper, and Stoli red with San Pelligrino blood orange.

You can take a slice to go or eat inside – some people just like to stop by for a drink.

Voodoo Ray’s opens from 6pm in the week (4pm at the weekend) until the small hours. We stay open until 1am from Sunday through to Thursday and 3am on Friday and Saturday.

Oh, and there’s something downstairs called Dance Tunnel…

The Pizzas…

Regular Slice  3.50
Fior di latte mozzarella, Napoli tomato sauce, herbs

Buffalo Margherita (v)  3.80
Buffalo mozzarella, fresh tomato, basil

Garden Centre (v)  3.80
Mushroom, aubergine, red & green peppers, red onions, mozzarella, tomato sauce

H & M  3.80
Ham, mushroom, mozzarella, tomato sauce
* This might need a better name… all suggestions gratefully recieved  

Green + White (v)  3.80
Ricotta, spinach, pine nuts, grana padano, mozzarella

Giorgio Moroder (v)  3.80
Goats cheese, sun blush tomatoes, zucchini, tomato sauce, mozzarella

Honolulu  3.80
Ham, pineapple, tomato sauce, mozzarella

Cabbage Patch Kid  4.20
Savoy cabbage, bacon, tomato sauce, mozzarella

Cheese Dreams (v)  4.20
Fontina, dolcelatte, grana padano, mozzarella, tomato sauce
*Has been known to actually cause cheese dreams

Hot Mix 5  4.20
Pepperoni, jalapeño, red chillies, red pepper, mozzarella, tomato sauce

Got Beef  4.20
Minced steak, béchamel, aubergine, mozzarella, tomato sauce,

The Meat Is On  4.20
Minced steak, pepperoni, ham, pancetta, mozzarella, tomato sauce

Porky’s  4.20
Cumberland sausage, stilton, red onion, flat leaf parsley, tomato sauce, mozzarella

The Full Moon Slice  4.20
Fresh tomato, mozzarella, bacon dust, mayonnaise
*Only available after midnight!

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Breakin 2: Electric Boogaloo at The Rio

We’ve got a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky winner to see Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo this Friday!

Considered a cult classic; it’s only fitting that London film-night Cigarette Burns Cinema is showcasing this quirky (and camp!) movie, having previously screened oddities and firm favourites such as Lizard In A Womans Skin, Videodrome Profondo Rosso and even Robocop. 

CBC tells us: “When developers move in and threaten to destroy the neighbourhood it leaves the warring gangs no choice but to pop n’ lock in unity to defeat the city scum. Released in ‘84, Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo, has become the byword for redundant sequel, jumping on the breakdance bandwagon and running riot through urban trends, it swiftly descends into farce, as hardened gang bangers, drop to the floor to show off their newest, dopest moves. Shown on 35mm in London, for the first time in decades.

To win a pair of tickets email us at with the subject “Breakin 2: Electric Boogaloo” and answer the following question*

Complete the following sentence “If you forget it…”

a. “…you’ll sweat it: Electric Boogaloo.”

b. “…don’t fret it: Electric Boogaloo.”

c. “…you’ll regret it: Electric Boogaloo.”

Email the correct answer by 9am Friday 19th October to be in with a chance to win.

*The answer is definitely in the trailer.

The Cigarette Burns Cinema showing of Breakin 2: Electric Boogaloo is at The Rio, Dalston at 11:30pm on Friday 19th October.

For more info and tickets visit:

Working Girl At The Rio

This Friday our neighbours and hands down the best cinema around, The Rio, are screening a special Fringe! Trims showing of Working Girl.

Melanie Griffith’s shoulder pads, Sigourney Weaver’s lingerie…. Joan Cusack’s hair!!! 

Fringe! says: “How to get ahead in this mess of an economy? Easy, take a leaf out of Melanie Griffith’s book as she makes it from Staten Island secretary to the boardroom table unseating Sigourney Weaver in the process. A head for business and a bod for sin. It’s all you need. Oh and Joan Cusack’s sky high hair (single-handedly responsible for that ozone hole back in the day).

The screening will be hosted by East End tranny with a fanny Holestar who will give you advice on how to work yourself to the top, power dressing, should pads and tranny empowerment at work. Plus a special appearance by Carly Simon’s Massive Mouth.”

And if that’s not ridiculously exciting enough, Working Girl is only the first in a series of irregular cult movies to be shown in the lead up to Fringe! Film Festival 2013! After the success of Showgirls and In Bed With Madonna, we’re not surprised Fringe! is back at The Rio with more of our favourite films

To win a pair of tickets to see Working Girl at The Rio this Friday email us at with the subject line “She Works Hard For The Money” by 2pm Thursday 4th October 2012 answer the following question…

Who wrote the title track “Let The River Run” on the Working Girl soundtrack? 

a. Paul Simon

b. Simon Le Bon

c. Carly Simon

Fringe! Trims presents: Working Girl takes place this Friday at The Rio Cinema, 107 Kingsland High Street, Dalston, E8 2PB.

For tickets visit The Rio’s website.

Win Madonna Tickets!

…..At the Rio! So yes, technically we mean you can win a pair of tickets to see In Bed With Madonna at the neighbouring Rio cinema who are screening it on Friday 13th as part of the upcoming Fringe! The London Gay Film Festival. Much more fun and fabulous we think! Not only that but we’ll be hosting the official after-party here at Dalston Superstore along with our friends Hot Boy Dancing Spot. 

HBDS residents Lovely Jonjo and Hello Mozart join Hannah Holland (Batty Bass), David Oh, Scott Webster  and the festival’s Kostakis for a night of high heeled hi-jinks serving up a soundtrack of 80’s, disco and pop fun at Hot Madonna Dancing Spot!

To win tickets to both these amazing events, just answer this super-easy question…

What is the name of Madonna’s oldest child?

a. Lourdes

b. Ohmy Lord

c. Sharon

Email your answers to and you could be in with a chance! If you can’t make the screening on Friday 13th April we will be happy to swap the pair of tickets for any of the Fringe! The London Gay Film Festival screenings listed below.

Competition entries must be in by 6pm today (Thursday 5th April 2012)

Riot Acts @ Hackney Picturehouse – Friday 13th April 4pm

Joe + Belle @ Hackney Picturehouse – Friday 13th April 10:45pm 

Asexual @ Rio – Saturday 14th April 2pm

High Art @ Aubin cinema – Saturday 14th April 4pm

Private Romeo @ Hackney Picturehouse – Saturday 14th April 4pm

Gang Girls Trilogy @ Hackney Picturehouse – Saturday 14th April 10:45pm

Young Soul Rebels @ Rio – Saturday 14th April 11:15pm

Gays on TV – retro documentaries @ Rio – Sunday 15th April 1:30pm

Swoon @ Rio – Sunday 15th April 4pm

Community Action Centre @ Aubin cinema – Sunday 15th April 8:30pm

Fringe! The London Gay Film Festival takes place in various locations from 12-15 April. For more information visit their wesbite, like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

Hot Madonna Dancing Spot will be on Friday 13th April from 10pm – 4am. 5 all night / 3 with In Bed With Madonna Rio ticket / Free with impressive Madonna outfit.


The second annual Fringe! gay and lesbian film festival is almost upon us! We asked organiser and local hero Mr Alexander Karotsch to give us the lowdown…

Please explain what Fringe! is for the uninitiated

Fringe! is a DIY and community film and arts festival that takes place across various venues in East London over one long weekend in April.

Who is involved?

There are six of us in the core team, an increase of three from the first year. Liz is our producer extraordinaire, Anna heads up the First Love Project and works with me on press, Konstantinos is one of our curators and programmers along with Josefeen and Muffin. I work on publicity, programming and general organising (which sometimes results in me bossing around everyone, in the nicest possible way).

And then there’s of course our myriad of collaborators without who the festival just wouldn’t be possible. There are too many to list here so check out the programme on our website to see who we’re working  with this year. 

Why did you start it

We set up the festival in 2011 in response to the LLGFF being cut down from two to only one week. To make up for the missing weekend the three founding members (Liz, Anna and me) we decided to put on some films over the ‘lost’ weekend. It quickly ballooned from showing a few films into a full blown festival with loads of stuff from interactive events to talks and from performance art to parties happening. We had something on offer for everyone, from the thought provoking to the playful. We organised the whole festival in just two months. Putting together a weekend of events in such a short time was pretty mental but it really paid off and the first festival was a huge success. This year the LLGFF is thankfully back to an almost full run but we’ve decided that there’s a space for us to do something that’s maybe a little bit different and also reaches a different audience. Showing films is still at our very core but we’ve expanded the programme to also include more events, performance and art including our first commission Super 8 Cam, which will be showing in the DSS basement over the Fringe! weekend.

What makes East London unique?

There is an amazing creative spirit and community in East London who we are incredibly thankful for and indebted to, from filmmakers, artists, graphic and fashion designers to DJs, musicians, trannies and performers.

It’s a bit like the village where I come from where everyone knows everyone just much better. No-one’s going to run to tell my mum if I’ve done something wrong but the whole village might still find out.

It’s also an incredibly international environment which makes it super easy to establish contact with likeminded people all over the world, whether in London itself or abroad.

What is the First Love Project?

The First Love Project is our community outreach programme which we are running for the first time this year. It is designed to get young gay people in East London, especially those from ethnic minority groups, involved in filmmaking. To start off the project we have set up a Vimeo site where anyone can upload a short video about their first love, whoever or whatever that might have been. A selection of the best videos will be screened at Rich Mix and after the screening there will be discussions and workshops for anyone who wants to learn more about TV, film and radio.

Who are the up-and-coming local film makers we should be on the lookout for?

Antonio da Silva is a friend of ours, originally from Portugal and now living in East London. We’ll be showing his short Mates, about online flirting, random internet hookups, social media and pornography, before our opening film I Want Your Love, and he is also one of the filmmakers who is contributing to Super 8 Cam.

Another of our favourites is Campbell X who produces experimental films and shorts which combine both fiction and documentary elements. Her first feature Stud Life about a lesbian and her best gay friend is having its premiere at the LLGFF.

Look out for the Fringe! meets Hot Boy Dancing Spot party at Superstore on April 13th (after the In Bed With Madonna late-night screening at the Rio!)

Have a look at the Fringe website for more information on what’s happening over the festival

LIKE their fanpage on Facebook.
Drinks will be sponsored by Briska Cider.

Dario Argento

Cult cinema night Cigarette Burns returns to our neighbour, the wonderful Rio Cinema, next weekend with a rare screening of Dario Argento’s classic thriller Profondo Rosso. Considered by many to be his masterpiece, it’s a prime and visceral example of the uniquely Italian genre ‘giallo’, a blend of suspense, horror and mystery.

David Hemmings stars as music teacher Marcus Daly who witnesses the murder of a famous psychic. After realising he might hold a clue to the identity of the killer, he obsesses over this, not realising he’s endangering his own life and that of his friends and family. He, his best friend Carlos, and feisty reporter love interest Gianna must then try to evade the attempts on their lives by the hatchet-wielding figure. 

Profondo Rosso film poster

Aside from its lengthy scenes of violence, Argento adds a sense of realism and everyday nature to Profondo Rosso, which even extends to his portrayal of gay characters; something almost unheard of in ’70s Italy. As Josh from Cigarette Burns tells us, 

“Sex and sexuality run deep through Dario Argento’s films, from foot fetishes to strangulation, but against the stereotypical ideas of a conservative mid 70s Italy, Argento’s approach to the revelation of Carlos’ homosexuality is shot through an almost indifferent lens. As we find him hiding away in his gay lover’s flat, half passed out on the bed, David Hemmings hardly notices his best friend’s sexuality. While as an audience, we veiw it as a plot device, a red herring, but regardless of that, Carlos is a frightened yet comfortable gay man, hiding away in the safest place he knows, in the arms of the person who loves him, not some aberrant beast. Even 30 years later, it’s still difficult to find such portrayals grace our screens.”

Profondo Rosso screening by Cigarette Burns Cinema at The Rio on Saturday 18th February at 11:30pm. Tickets are 7.5 and can be bought from The Rio’s website.