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Ahmed hosts cult film screening

Riz Ahmed, the Four Lions actor, is to host a special screening of the Scorsese and De Niro classic Taxi Driver in a London carpark.

The British star is a curator for the Jameson Cult Film Club, along with This Is England's Stephen Graham and Matt Greenhalgh, the much sought-after screenwriter of music biopics Control and Nowhere Boy.

Riz will host the first cult film screening of the year, of Oscar-nominated Taxi Driver, in a Soho carpark on September 23.

He said: "Cult films are what excite me - unexpected stories that punch above their weight and leave a lasting impression on us. A film like Taxi Driver is part of the reason I went into acting.

"I'm excited to be a part of Jameson's celebration of cult film. I think making bold alternative films is what we do best in the UK and I'm proud to have worked with directors taking those risks.

"These are films that find pride of place in our collections long after the box office summer smashes have faded from memory - and I hope by promoting them we encourage UK film-makers to stay uncompromising and stay creative."

Snatch star Stephen will show a screening of classic horror film Carrie in Liverpool on October 28 and Matt will host a screening of James Cameron's Aliens in Manchester in November.

Screenings of cult horror films Quatermass And The Pit, Amityville Horror and Psycho will take place in October.

Jameson Cult Film Club events continue until March 2011. Free tickets are available at the Jameson Cult Film Club blog at http://jamesoncultfilmclub.com/

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