The Rio Cinema has been running a schools programme since 2005 aiming to support a variety of subjects across the national curriculum.

Rio Education are delighted to welcome Film Creative’s WHAT HAPPENED TO J as part of their anti bullying programme supporting the citizenship curriculum.  This secondary schools’ programme aims to broaden young people’s cultural awareness, literacy skills and cineliteracy abilities, with screenings enhanced by group discussion and debate.  

WHAT HAPPENED TO J? is an interactive anti bullying  and programme targeted at all secondary ages. This 45 minute long programme includes a 10 minute interactive dramatic narrative film, a 30 minute quiz show / debate and talk with a cinema educator.

WHAT HAPPENED TO J?  is about a young girl who has aspirations to become an actress. We follow her through her daily life in school where she is bullied every day by jealous schoolmates. This causes her to act inappropriately amongst friends as well as becoming discouraged from following her dreams. As the film draws to a close J is forced to make a decision which could change not only her life, but also the lives of others. What decision will she make?

Audiences debate the different decisions our protagonist could make before seeing three different endings played out on screen.  This enables to students to understand the complex issues surrounding bullying, and the perspectives of the different characters involved. 

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Screenings of WHAT HAPPENED TO J? take place at The Rio Cinema London Hackney and are supplemented with pre-screening discussions led by a cineliteracy educator and filmmakers from Film Creatives. Ticket prices, booking procedures and venue information can all be found below; advance reservations are essential and the bookings are open now! 

During the workshop the children get to debate within a quiz show. The debate is based on the issues and all the characters decisions in the film, especially the main character who gets bullied. But one of the main points about the debate is that the teams will determine the outcome of the film. This would be based on the decision they think is taken by the protagonist. The children will then get to watch all the outcomes and decisions the protagonist could or should have made. This will give the children more on an insight of different perspectives of the story.

You can book to attend the programme at the Rio cinema in London, Hackney and choose your own dates: 

Discussion will be held by cinema talker and film director Nathan Theys and cinema talker Ciara Rose Brennan.

When making your booking please be ready to specify the number of children and adult tickets that you require. Payment can be made by cheque, cash or card on the day of your visit. Visit www.riocinemaeducation.org.uk for maps and information on public transport routes to the Rio venue.

Access and Facilities

All Rio Cinema sites are accessible to customers with limited mobility, including wheelchair users.  For specific details on each site visit www.riocinemaeducation.org.uk and follow the links to the relevant site.


For booking information please go to www.riocinemaeducation.org.uk, contact sara@riocinema.org.uk