Mutiny in Heaven: The Birthday Party

Hailed as “a one band war” and “the most violent band in the world,” The Birthday Party with Nick Cave was one of the definitive post-punk groups and goth rock pioneers, creative and destructive in equal measure. Their incendiary live performances were the stuff of violent, anarchic legend. Featuring a wealth of rare and unseen archives, original artwork, unreleased tracks, studio footage, animation, and told exclusively by the group’s members, MUTINY IN HEAVEN is the story of epic struggle, artistic genius and total chaos, bringing the band’s own account to the screen for the first time.
Narrated exclusively by the original band members, the film delves deep into a band’s psyche, chronicling how Nick Cave and his school friends startled audiences with their confrontational performances, primal screams, outlaw gothic horror, and anarchic lifestyle. Featuring never-before-seen personal footage from band members, dynamic animation sequences, and jaw-dropping concert clips, the film provides a sweaty, electrifying front-row seat to one of the most legendary live acts. It’s destined to be an instant documentary classic. Featuring Nick Cave, Rowland S. Howard, Mick Harvey, Phill Calvert, and Tracy Pew.
“For the unfamiliar, learning about the power and the fury of the Birthday Party is essential. For Cave completists, this is another thing to collect, albeit from an era that the singer himself does not frequently explore these days.” (Spectrum Culture)
Wednesday, September 27
Doors 6:00 pm | Movie 6:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time.
Advance tickets HERE

MUTINY IN HEAVEN (Ian White, 2023 / 86 mins / PG) Nick Cave has aged like a fine wine over the years, deepening his iconic status as both an unparalleled performer and songwriter. In the electrifying new film Mutiny In Heaven, Nick and his first band, The Birthday Party, offer an unfiltered, intimate, and immersive exploration of the influential post-punk group that catapulted him onto the global stage.

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The thrilling, debauched and frequently hilarious adventures of the legendary Melbourne post-punk band, in their own words.

About The Rio

Voted the #1 Independent Theatre in Vancouver, the Rio Theatre is a multimedia venue featuring arthouse, mainstream and cult-classic cinemas as well as live entertainment. Built in 1938, the Rio has been fully restored with a state of the art digital projector, surround sound, a huge stage and 420 luxurious seats.

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