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CREDITS Festival Director Alison Poltock Head of Programming Andrew Simpson Associate Director Eddie Berg Head of Press Stuart Haggas Producer Sophie Freeman Head of Industry Rachael Castell Programme Coordinator Dimitris Boutourelis Roots Programmer & Partnerships Coordinator Giulia Saccogna Associate Art Director James Pretty Head of Marketing Elizabeth Benjamin Head of Shorts Thomas Grimshaw Festival Assistant Holly Thicknes Guest Liaison Mariana Feijó Programming Assistants Emma Burles Jacopo Chiodi At this point we want to thank all of our partners, old and new, for supporting us in 2016; particularly our main host venue the Genesis, and the University of East London, who headline our Centrepiece Gala for the first time; as well as all of our patrons and the juries that are presiding over such a prodigious programme this year.
Volunteers Coordinator Owen Bevan Website Manager Ruben Santos Marketing & Events Assistant Ian Lowe
EEFF 2016 boasts a line up that’s very difficult to sum up in a brief introduction. From the 10 days of free screenings in our Roots programme; to a ‘Collapse of Civilisation’ weekend in a Masonic Temple; to a sunrise photographic walking tour; a macabre masked ball; a celebration of 40 years of punk; a Norman McLaren Psych night; and a vast selection of films looking at the human impact of global politics, it’s a phenomenal, varied line up.
Programme Designer GilesMarshDesign.com Masonic Temple Guest Curator Josh Saco New Queer Visions Programmer & Event Producer Simon Savory Pas de Deux – Commission Programme Producer Kate Wilson Shorts Committee Myriam Raja, Colm McAuliffe, Mary Halton, Holly Thicknes and Kate Williamson Thanks to our incredible volunteers, see website for names.
Thursday 23rd June 2016 – a day that could change the political terra firma of these small islands, forever. The day the people of Britain decide whether to remain a part of the European Union, or go their separate ways, and the day the East End Film Festival flings open its doors and embarks upon an intense eleven-day frenzy of cinema.
So whether you want to escape from, or engage with, the tumultuous world climate, we have an event for you. With 36 British feature titles, and 50 titles from nations beyond these shores, it’s fair to say we’re an international celebration of all things film. After closing with the cinematic take on the iconic British genius that is Gary Numan: Android in La La Land, all that’s left for us to say is: “Vive l’EEC!” (East End Community)
So while we’re all still friends, it seems appropriate to welcome a very talented Frenchman, Ian Bonhote, who chose over 17 years ago to make London his home, to open this special edition of the festival. His film Alleycats is a cinematically agile, breakneck dash through the streets of London (and East London), and as a festival focused on the most exciting first and second time directors, it’s an honour to be hosting its World Premiere. Another VIP from across the channel is our Director-in-Residence, Tolga Karacelik, who joins us to captain a selection of contemporary Turkish filmmaking voices after his brilliantly claustrophobic second feature Ivy, about a bankrupt cargo ship, won our top award in 2015.
We hope you’ll stay with us.
Alison Poltock and Andrew Simpson East End Film Festival
CONTENTS p36 THE MACABRE MASONIC MASQUERADE BALL
EAST END FILM FESTIVAL 2016 ANIMATED STING With thanks to the UEL students: Audio: Ernesto Green Animation: Yasin Ali Morgan Bretnall Michael Correira Emily Fleet Eloise Garlick India Hutton Daniela Nowak Freya Viridian Heather Whitney
p23 ROOTS p40 PSYCH SPACE
4 Awards 6 Jury 7 Our Patrons 7 Competition 8 Opening & Closing Night Galas 9 Centrepiece Gala 9 Turkish Focus 10 Films A-Z 22 Parties 23 Roots 27 Day of Refuge 30 Shorts 32 New Queer Visions 32 Long Shorts 33 UEL Future Shots 34 Masonic Temple Weekend 36 Macabre Masonic Masquerade 37 Events 38 Punk 39 Crime Scene 40 Psych Space 41 Cutting East 42 Industry 46 Venues & Booking 54 Calendar
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AWARDS The East End Film Festival exists to champion the most relevant, challenging and distinctive new films from first and second time directors from around the globe. The EEFF’s Competition Selection is a vital part of the platform that the festival offers to filmmakers, as well as an opportunity for us all to celebrate the best and bravest new cinema. EEFF’s Best Feature prize is raeserved for first and second time directors, with previous winners hailing from Russia, India, Romania, Argentina and Mexico. Other prizes celebrate the punchiest new nonfiction films, the most outstanding British short, the various crafts inherent in making great movies, and the chance for audiences to select their own favourite work screened at this year’s festival. A selection of films to be celebrated, this year’s Competition Selection heralds the great films of the year, and the great filmmakers of the years to come.
BEST FEATURE EEFF 2016
Discovering the most distinctive new directors in world cinema, the festival champions the filmmakers making great work now, and who will be creating important cinema for decades to come. We are delighted to be presenting our Best Film Award in 2016. In 2015 Tolga Karaçelik received the festival’s main prize for his second feature Ivy, and Tolga returns to the EEFF this year as Director-in-Residence, heading up the festival jury and co-curating a selection of films from important new Turkish directors.
SHORT FILM AUDIENCE AWARD
Festivals may have programmers, juries and directors, but it’s the audience who really matter. Let us know your opinion after any of our shorts screenings and cast your vote for this year’s Short Film Audience Award winner.
RISING STAR AWARD
Supported by the Matthew Martino Benevolent Fund, the Rising Star Award was introduced in 2015 to support the best in new young filmmaking talent. This year’s award was presented to Just Another Saturday, directed by Phoenix Heights, at the last edition of Cutting East in 2016.
Created in 2014, the Accession Award exists to champion a particularly vital craft within filmmaking, as well as the recipient’s establishment of a career within their chosen field. Focusing on a different discipline each year, the EEFF 2014 Accession Award celebrated the art of cinematography, with 2015 championing the sonic power of the soundtrack. In 2016, we turn our attention to the subtle, all encompassing craft of screenwriting.
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Celebrating the most unique, human and arresting non-fiction film in this year’s EEFF programme, the East End Film Festival’s Best Documentary Feature Award champions stark reality portrayed on film, and a filmmaker in whose hands bare facts become something profound and cinematic. From the streets of Baghdad to secret inner worlds, this is a ‘beautiful and thought provoking selection of documentaries.
BEST UK SHORT FILM
The breeding ground for the most important new filmmakers, short film is an incredibly vibrant and vivid area of filmmaking, seemingly becoming more exciting and respected on its own terms year on year; it boasts a far higher glass ceiling in terms of gender and ethnic diversity than the world of feature films. Here we recognise a powerful voice working in short form, challenging the well-trodden cliché that a short film is somehow flimsier than a feature.
FEATURE JURY DIRECTOR IN RESIDENCE TOLGA KARAÇELIK
Tolga Karaçelik has directed two feature films and several award winning shorts. His debut feature, Toll Booth, screened at various festivals around the world, winning 13 awards. His second film, Ivy, premiered in Sundance and has been shown at more than 30 international festivals, including Toronto, Karlovy Vary and EEFF, where it won the 2015 Best Feature prize.
Ron Perlman is an American actor best known for his award winning role as Vincent in Beauty and the Beast, as the comic book character Hellboy in the Hellboy franchise and as Clay Morrow in television series Sons of Anarchy. He was a guest at the opening night of EEFF2014 with Dermaphoria by London Director, Ross Clarke
MOSTOFA SARWAR FAROOKI
Mostofa Sarwar Farooki has been dubbed ‘the next south Asian filmmaker to break out’, and as a key exemplar of new wave Bangladeshi cinema. He has made five films, including the award winning Television and Ant Story. He is currently working on No Bed of Roses.
BOB & ROBERTA SMITH
A multimedia artist, Bob & Roberta Smith was the subject of the film Make Your Own Damn Art (EEFF 2012). Best known for Make Art Not War (Tate), and Interview, a painted transcription of a BBC radio interview. He lives and works in Leytonstone, East London.
Mark Donne is the writer-director behind documentaries Rime of the Modern Mariner (EEFF2010) and UK Gold (EEFF2013)—the latter a collaboration with musicians Thom Yorke (Radiohead) and 3D (Massive Attack). Previously commissioned by TATE Britain, he regularly collaborates with 3D and Young Fathers.
Katharine Round is a filmmaker with over 17 years experience in creative documentary for broadcast and cinema. Director of the critically acclaimed The Divide, she has made films for the BBC, Channel 4 and Discovery. She has had work exhibited at the Serpentine Gallery, the Barbican and the European Parliament.
Bruno Wizard is a London punk legend, founder, principal singer and co-writer of The Homosexuals and The Rejects. The award winning fly-on-the-wall documentary about his life, The Heart of Bruno Wizard, World Premiered at the East End Film Festival (EEFF).
OUR PATRONS KALEEM AFTAB
Kaleem Aftab is a film writer and producer. He authored a biography on Spike Lee. His producing credits include This is What it Is and Sundance competition entry The Imperialists Are Alive. He is also a proprietor of Woof Coffee, serving the best brew in London.
Sarah’s film Suffragette opened the BFI London Film Festival in 2015. She has also directed the BAFTA nominated Brick Lane and the Grierson nominated The Village at the End of the World, and was selected as one of Variety’s 10 directors to watch at Sundance.
ACCESSION AWARD SCREENWRITING
STEVEN BERKOFF PAWEL PAWLIKOWSKI MICHAEL NYMAN ASIF KAPADIA DANNY BOYLE JASON SOLOMONS JAIME WINSTONE
Bola is a screenwriter and playwright whose first play Gone Too Far! was performed at the Royal Court Theatre, Hackney Empire and Albany Theatre, winning the Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliated Theatre and earning her a nomination for the Evening Standard Most Promising Playwright of the Year. Bola’s screenplay adaptation of Gone Too Far! premiered at the London Film Festival in 2013. She is currently developing the sequel.
NITIN SAWHNEY JOE WRIGHT TONY GRISONI STEPHEN WOOLLEY JEREMY WOODING RON PERLMAN
Rachel is a writer-director and editor represented by United Agents. Her short film Emotional Fusebox was nominated for a BAFTA and a BIFA and her first feature, Adult Life Skills, won the Nora Ephron Prize at Tribeca (2016). It is released in the UK on June 24th. www.racheltunnard.com
Will is the Senior Programme Manager for Film at the British Council and advises the organisation’s offices in Latin America and EU Europe on their year-round film activity. Until March 2016 he headed up the department’s short film activity.
COMPETITION LINE UP
Celine is Creative England’s Senior Film Executive – Talent. With over 20 years experience in the industry in England, France and the US, she is responsible for discovering and nurturing the next generation of film talent, helping them progress to making their first feature film.
Alex Taylor is an award winning writerdirector whose debut feature film Spaceship (BFI, BBC Films and CE) received its World Premiere at SXSW this year. Spaceship is about a girl who fakes her own alien abduction and disappears—‘a day-glo fever dream of a movie’ (Screen International).
The East End Film Festival’s awards system is a vital part of the festival’s mission to discover, debate and develop new voices in cinema. EEFF’s main prize is reserved for the most outstanding, powerful and distinctive piece of cinema from a first or second time director. The Best Feature Award winner is invited to return to the East End Film Festival the following year, heading up the festival’s jury and serving as Director in Residence. The EEFF Director in Residence works alongside the festival’s programming team to create a special line up of films within the EEFF programme. Taking the form of a country specific
We are delighted to present the Official EEFF Competition line up for 2016 here.
DEAD SLOW AHEAD
AS I OPEN MY EYES
GARY NUMAN: ANDROID IN LA LA LAND
Dir: Tobias Nolle Switzerland | 2016 | 91 min
Dir: Leyla Bouzid France, Tunisia | 2015 | 102 min
THE CHILDHOOD OF A LEADER
I always film in the East End when I can. I love it. Festivals like the East End Film Festival make people more aware of the area, and that’s a good thing.” — Danny Boyle, EEFF Patron
Dir: Brady Corbet UK, Hungary, France | 2015 115 min
THE DARKEST UNIVERSE Dir: Tom Kingsley, Will Sharpe UK | 2016 | 90 min
Dir: Emin Alper Turkey, France, Qatar | 2015 119 min
THE LURE ADULT LIFE SKILLS Writer: Rachel Tunnard
CHASING ROBERT BARKER Writers: Daniel Florencio, Nefeli Zygopoulou
THE DARKEST UNIVERSE Writers: Tiani Ghosh, Will Sharpe
LOVE IS THICKER THAN WATER Writer: Ate de Jong
Writers: Neil Atkinson, Daniel Fitzsimmons
A PUNTER’S PRAYER Writer: Savvas D. Michael
focus, previous Directors in Residence have included Bobby Parnescu (Francesca, Romania, 2010), Vikramaditya Motwane (Udaan, India, 2011), Armando Bo (El Ultimo Elvis, Argentina, 2012), Sebastian Hoffman (Halley, Mexico, 2013), and Noaz Deshe (White Shadow, Tanzania, 2014), who prompted a a radical departure from our normal strand in 2015 with Deprogrammed, which rejected the very idea of national identity. This year’s Director in Residence, Tolga Karacelik, brings the idea of national cinema back to the fore.
Dir: Agnieszka Smoczynska Poland | 2015 | 92 min
OPERATION AVALANCHE Dir: Matt Johnson USA, Canada | 2016 | 94 min
WE ARE THE FLESH
Dir: Mauro Herce France, Spain | 2015 | 74 min
Dir: Steve Read, Rob Alexander UK | 2016 | 85 min
Dir: Paul Van Carter UK | 2016 | 85 min
THE HARD STOP Dir: George Amponsah UK | 2015 | 85 min
HOMELAND (IRAQ YEAR ZERO)
Dir: Abbas Fahdel Iraq, France | 2015 | 334 min
NATIONAL BIRD Dir: Sonia Kennebeck USA | 2016 | 92 min
NOTES ON BLINDNESS
Dir: Pete Middleton, James Spinney UK | 2016 | 90 min
Dir: Emiliano Rocha Minter Mexico | 2016 | 79 min
Dir: Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami Germany, Iran, Switzerland 2015 | 90 min
Dir: Daniel Hoesl Austria | 2016 | 84 min
Dir: Daniel Abma Germany, Netherlands, Cuba 2016 | 86 min
OPENING NIGHT ALLEYCATS +Q&A & AFTERPARTY
Dir: Ian Bonhôte First Feature | UK | 2016 | 100 min World Premiere Genesis Thursday 23 June, 7.00pm £15
Every year, the East End Film Festival seeks to champion the most exciting, distinctive new films from first and second time directors. Seeking the irrepressible creativity and energy that comes from first steps into feature filmmaking, and stories that touch on the nature of life in London, the EEFF’s Opening Night Gala is a space for us to delight in the announcement of important new voices in film.
CLOSING NIGHT GARY NUMAN: ANDROID IN LA LA LAND +Q&A & AFTERPARTY Dirs: Steve Read, Rob Alexander UK | 2016 | 85 min London Premiere Genesis Sunday 3 July, 7.00pm £12.50
In 2016’s Opening Night Gala film, London-based filmmaker Ian Bonhote makes a rip-roaring debut feature in Alleycats, a thriller that romps through the streets of London from the seat of a bicycle. When bike courier Chris witnesses what looks like a murder, his first instinct is to cut and run. But when his curiosity draws him back in, he’s soon embroiled in a world of corruption, political power, and illegal bike racing.
His sister Danni has to take on the role of the hero, and go up against the entire establishment. Featuring a fantastic turn by John Hannah (Four Weddings & A Funeral, Sliding Doors, The Mummy) as a shady MP, Alleycats is a riotously entertaining, tense gauntlet ride through the streets of London (and East London), featuring a flock of rising British talent, all of them on wheels. An exciting, bold piece of Londoncentric filmmaking, we are delighted to present Alleycats as our Opening Night Gala.
Always celebrating the clash of sound and image, the East End Film Festival has a longstanding and passionate commitment to music and its mercurial creators. From Joe Strummer to The Libertines, and from Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry to Amy Winehouse, East End Film Festival (EEFF) has been delighted to premiere some of the last decade’s finest music documentaries. Gary Numan: Android in La La Land is utterly at home in that company. A story of a man who has gone from global fame to the brink and back again, Steve Read & Rob Alexander’s film follows the artist behind bonafide smash hits Cars and Are ‘Friends’ Electric? as he returns to the world stage, and moves to California. An electronic music pioneer famous for his standoffish demeanour, sharp threads and eyeliner, Numan’s journey into the musical wilderness, long undiagnosed Asperger’s, marriage to his biggest fan, and triumphant return is the stuff great movies are made of. A human story with killer songs, Android in La La Land is a film for would-be Numanoids everywhere.
UEL CENTREPIECE GALA SHEPHERDS AND BUTCHERS +Q&A Dir: Oliver Schmitz South Africa | 2016 | 107 min London Premiere Hackney Picturehouse Wednesday 29 June, 7.00pm When a traumatised death row guard is arrested for a violent murder, no one in 1987 South Africa will take his case. But when maverick lawyer John Weber (Steve Coogan) steps forward, he challenges the very system that allows prisoners to be executed for their crimes, directly leading to a change to the law in the dying days of Apartheid. Featuring phenomenal turns from Coogan and Andrea Riseborough, Oliver Schmitz’s film is a powerful and harrowing drama inspired by true events.
TURKISH STRAND Each year, the East End Film Festival presents a special focus on the cinema of one country. Inspired by the previous year’s Best Feature Award (reserved for first and second time directors), the winning filmmaker is invited to return to the festival the following year as EEFF’s Director in Residence. Heading up the Best Feature Jury, they work with the EEFF programming team to create a special national focus. We are delighted to welcome Turkish filmmaker Tolga Karaçelik to London as our Director in Residence for 2016. Described by Irvine Welsh as “A literal ship of fools piece...brilliantly directed and performed”, his second film, Ivy, was a deserving winner of last year’s prize.
Turkish Cinema doesn’t exist. There are just filmmakers from Turkey, and these are their films. That’s what I love about my country’s filmmakers, they are all unique. They don’t have a common sound. There’s no unity. I detest unity. There is only cinema, and this is its richness. This is where cinema begins for me: the luxury of not having to assume a common ground” —Tolga Karaçelik, Director-in-Residence, EEFF 2016
Working with us on a selection of films from some of Turkey’s most important, distinctive new directors, highlights of this year’s Turkish selection include a phenomenal state-of-the-nation thriller in Frenzy, two films from female directors (one of them Kurdish) that show very different sides of the generational divide, a rare foray into B Movie genre territory in Baskin, and a chance to see Karaçelik’s phenomenal debut, Toll Booth.
A PUNTER’S PRAYER +Q&A
Dir: Savvas D. Michael First Feature | UK | 2016 | 93 min European Premiere | @aPuntersPrayer
A RIVER +Q&A
Dir: Anthony Tombling Jr First Feature | UK | 2016 | 51 min World Premiere | @ARiverFilm
ADULT LIFE SKILLS +Q&A
Dir: Rachel Tunnard First Feature | UK | 2016 | 96 min London Premiere | @adultlifeskills
Genesis Friday 24 June, 9.00pm
Genesis Sunday 3 July, 5.00pm
Hackney Picturehouse Friday 24 June, 6.30pm
The bet of a lifetime takes centre stage in this London-set dramedy about dreaming big and rolling the dice. Jack (Tommy O’Neill) is down on his luck, and running out of chances to escape his increasingly precarious life. Betting it all on the horses, perhaps fortune beckons. Or maybe life isn’t that straightforward. Featuring Dexter Fletcher, this rollicking debut makes the case that when the odds are stacked against you, bet your life on it.
From a precarious past to an uncertain future. A River explores the River Afan’s polluted past and its miraculous recovery, while also focusing on the current battle of locals and environmentalists against fracking in the area. Narrated by actor Michael Sheen and featuring a soundtrack by Massive Attack musicians Robert Del Naj and Euan Dickinson, this is a paean to community, local democracy and the natural world.
This witty, moving debut finds Anna (a career-best Jodie Whittaker) hiding out in her mum’s garden shed. Making hilarious home movies, her isolation is a coping mechanism in the face of grief. But her family, friends and the rebellious child next door won’t let her cut herself off forever. A hilarious, heartfelt ode to moving on, from Rachel Tunnard, an important new voice in British film, this won the Nora Ephron Prize at the Tribeca Film Festival.
ALLEYCATS +Q&A +AFTERPARTY
Dir: Ian Bonhôte First Feature | UK | 2016 | 100 min World Premiere | @alleycatsfilm Genesis Thursday 23 June, 7.00pm Ian Bonhote makes a rip-roaring debut in Alleycats, a thriller that romps through the streets of London from the seat of a bicycle. When bike courier Chris witnesses what looks like a murder, his first instinct is to cut and run. But when his curiosity draws him back in, he’s soon embroiled in a world of corruption, political power, and illegal bike racing. A tense, suspenseful piece of cinema, on wheels. Opening Night Gala, see page 8.
BEST FEATURE COMPETITION
Dir: Tobias Nölle First Feature | Switzerland | 2016 | 91 min | UK Premiere | @aloys_film Hackney Picturehouse Friday 24 June, 9.15pm In Tobias Nölle’s gloriously mad debut feature, a lonely, reclusive P.I. enters the world of ‘telephone walking’ when a mysterious woman steals his surveillance tapes. Exploring the imaginary worlds made possible by a simple phone call, the fantastical existence that this unlikely couple create is a bizarrely moving world of cabaret performance, barnyard animals and genuine human connection. An utterly distinctive love story loaded with amazing imagery, bleak humour and delicate emotion. An absolute one-off. Supported by the Embassy of Switzerland
BEST FEATURE COMPETITION
AND THEN I WAS FRENCH +Q&A
Dir: Claire Leona Apps First Feature | UK | 2016 | 106 min World Premiere | @ATIWFmovie Genesis Wednesday 29 June, 9.00pm A debut feature with an intriguing psycho-sexual edge, And Then... sees shy student Cara shaken up when the alarmingly charismatic Jay arrives in town. Briefly things seem to be moving in the direction of romance; but when Jay’s alluring French girlfriend comes to stay, Cara’s personal awakening takes her to darker, more dangerous places. Combining a tale of lost and tortured youth with a dash of subterranean charge and dangerous kink, this is an impressively off-kilter British debut.
AS I OPEN MY EYES (À PEINE J’OUVRE LES YEUX) +Q&A Dir: Leyla Bouzid First Feature | France, Tunisia | 2015 102 min | UK Premiere Rich Mix Thursday 30 June, 8.45pm
Tunisia in the months leading up to the Jasmine Revolution provides the backdrop to this tale of rebellious youth and rock ‘n’ roll. Eighteen year old Farah is being pressured to become a doctor by her family. But what she really wants is to sing in her band and experience the Tunis underground music scene. The best fictional film yet made about the Arab Spring, Bouzid’s debut is a humane portrait of the counterculture in a conservative society, with incredible songs and serious heart.
AUTHOR: THE JT LEROY STORY
Dir: Jeff Feuerzeig Second Feature | USA | 2016 | 110 min
Dir: Can Evrenol First Feature | Turkey, USA | 2015 | 97 min
Hackney Picturehouse Saturday 25 June, 3.00pm
Hackney Picturehouse Saturday 25 June, 11.00pm
Genesis Monday 27 June, 9.00pm
One of the greatest scandals in literary history; the story of JT Leroy is tailormade for the movies. Admired for his tough prose and tragic childhood, JT was revealed not to be the transgender child of a truck-stop prostitute, but 40-year-old phone sex operator Laura Albert. Having drawn the devotion of Tom Waits, Gus Van Sant, Madonna and Winona Ryder, there would be hell to pay when the truth came out. The tallest of tall tales.
A squad of unsuspecting cops plunge through a trapdoor—to a Hell created from their nightmares and darkest secrets—when they stumble upon a Black Mass in an abandoned building. A rare foray into genre cinema from Turkey, laced with unbearable tension, blood-soaked torture scenes and ominous symbolism. Featuring a cast of terrifically convincing actors, this debut from Can Evrenol is a trip into your own worst nightmare.
An intimate portrait of friendship, love triangles and home furnishings, Jan Hillman’s debut feature follows the journey of three friends across London. Transporting a couch to its new home, this new bit of furniture is a vehicle for mining themes of friendship and unspoken desire among modern urban twentysomethings, in the process exploring the Tinder generation’s approach to sex, secrets and secondhand sofas.
Dir: Jon Hillman First Feature | UK | 2015 | 70 min World Premiere
THE BLUE WAVE
Dir: Zeynep Dadak, Merve Kayan First Feature | Turkey | 2013 | 97 min Rio Saturday 2 July, 1.30pm Zeynep Dadak and Merve Kayan’s impressive debut sees Deniz return from holiday to the provincial city of Balıkesir, immediately falling back into her old life, gossiping with her friends, caring for her rebellious younger sister, and crushing on high school heartthrob Kaya and guidance counsellor Ferat. A perfectly realised view of the impulsive seachanges of hormonal teenage life, where both nothing and everything happens all at once, and a million miles from the Turkey seen in most festival exports.
In partnership with Open City.
Dir: Zack Taylor First Feature | USA | 2016 | 92 min World Premiere | @CassetteFilm Genesis Monday 27 June, 7.00pm
CHASING ROBERT BARKER +Q&A
Dir: Daniel Florencio First Feature | UK, Iceland, Brazil 2015 | 90 min | UK Premiere @ChasingBarker Rich Mix Friday 24 June, 8.30pm
Perhaps the original democratic, barrierbreaking format in modern music, the cassette tape still refuses to die. Exploring the role of this revolutionary invention in the proliferation of pop culture, Cassette features musical luminaries such as Henry Rollins, Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) and Ian MacKaye (Minor Threat, Fugazi), who appear alongside a legion of young bands still releasing music on tape, and the man who unleashed a new music sharing culture on the world, paving the way to the likes of MySpace and Spotify.
Grizzled and dour photographer David hits the jackpot when he receives a tipoff that leads him to iconic actor Robert Barker. But having made the front page, his editor wants even more dirt on the mysterious star. What follows is a long dark night of the soul, as David’s own tabloid-afflicted past catches up with him, in this gripping Icelandic-UK psychological drama that lays bare the dark reality of the paparazzo scene.
BEST FEATURE COMPETITION
THE CHILDHOOD OF A LEADER
Dir: Brady Corbet First Feature | UK, Hungary, France | 2015 | 115 min | London Premiere Hackney Picturehouse Friday 1 July, 6.30pm
What makes a dictator? Actor Brady Corbet’s (Martha, Macy May, Marlene, Simon Killer) directorial debut offers an answer in this fable of totalitarianism, which follows an American boy living in France whilst his father negotiates the Treaty of Versailles. Inspired by the childhoods of various twentieth century dictators, an overwhelming score by the legendary Scott Walker and a chilling turn from Robert Pattinson elevate a tale of childhood nastiness into an evocation of emerging evil.
THE COMMUNE (KOLLEKTIVET) +Q&A
Dir: Thomas Vinterberg Denmark | 2016 | 111 min London Premiere | @Commune_Film Hackney Picturehouse Sunday 26 June, 6.30pm Electric Cinema, Shoreditch Sunday 26 June, 5.45pm
Danish master Thomas Vinterberg (Festen, The Hunt) returns with a ‘70s set melodrama about the travails of communal living. Erik and Anna believe that they’re staving off middle class ennui when they establish a shared, democratic living experiment in Copenhagen. But can such an environment ever be truly equal? And what problems of their own are they running away from? A perfectly composed take on the eternal conflict at the heart of the hippy dream. Supported by the Embassy of Denmark.
BEST FEATURE COMPETITION
CREDIBLE LIKEABLE SUPERSTAR ROLE MODEL +Q&A
Dir: Rebecca Brand First Feature | UK | 2016 | 71 min World Premiere Hackney Picturehouse Saturday 2 July, 1.30pm A self-described ‘pop-u-mentary’, Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model follows lauded performance artist Bryony Kimmings and her 10-year old niece Taylor as they collaborate on Kimmings’ latest show, an attempt to battle against the hypersexualised world of pop music. As they do so, Bryony and Taylor solidify their bond, travel the world, pique the attention of the press, and try to create an alternative popstar for the Tween generation. An inspiring story of togetherness and creativity. In partnership with Loco Film Festival.
THE CURVE (AL MUNATAF)
Dir: Rifqi Assaf First Feature | Jordan | 2015 | 80 min UK Premiere Rich Mix Friday 1 July, 6.30pm Taciturn mystery man Radi likes his life just the way it is. Keeping himself to himself, a woman jumping into the back of his old VW campervan is the last thing he wants. But when she asks for his help, it’s the start of a meandering, touching road trip with a cast of colourful characters, a Palestinian refugee, and the staggering vistas of Jordan, in this involving and humane debut from writer-director Rifqi Assaf.
THE DARKEST UNIVERSE
Dir: Tom Kingsley, Will Sharpe Second Feature | UK | 2016 | 90 min @darkestuniverse Genesis Friday 1 July, 6.30pm
Will Sharpe and Tom Kingsley follow up the BAFTA-nominated Black Pond with an often hilarious, always poignant tale of troubled sibling relationships, alienation and narrowboats. When his sister Alice and her boyfriend disappear on the canalways of London, Zac desperately sets out to find her. Featuring Joe Thomas and Simon Bird, The Darkest Universe is a brilliantly distinctive, emotive piece of comedic filmmaking, featuring some of Britain’s most exciting young comic actors. In partnership with Loco Film Festival.
BEST DOC COMPETITION
DESIRE WILL SET YOU FREE +Q&A +AFTERPARTY
FIRE AT SEA
Dir: Gianfranco Rosi Italy, France | 2016 | 108 min
Dir: Yony Leyser First Feature | Germany | 2015 | 92 min | UK Premiere Rio Friday 24 June, 6.30pm
A funny, meandering walk through Berlin’s queer scene based on his own life in the city, director Yony Leyser plays Ezra, who is on an odyssey through Berlin’s subculture. Taking in clubs, drugs, and the creativity of the scene, he’s joined by his Nazi-obsessed best friend and new crush Sasha, whose relationship with his own gender is more complicated than it appears. A convincing delve into the neon gloam of Berlin and expatriate life, featuring Nina Hagen, Blood Orange, and Peaches. After party at Dalston Superstore. Additional information on page 22.
Genesis Sunday 26 June, 2.00pm
DEAD SLOW AHEAD
Dir: Mauro Herce First Feature | France, Spain | 2015 | 74 min | London Premiere ICA Sunday 26 June, 4.15pm In partnership with Open City.
A mesmerising cinematic experience, Dead Slow Ahead is documentary reimagined as horror science-fiction. Tracking the journey (or aimless drift?) of a freighter, its rhythms of work, machinery and the ocean are part commentary on post-industrial capitalism swallowing its workforce, part grotesque-romantic portraiture, part contemplation on what the end of the world might look like, with the last mechanical vestige of man following commands without purpose, and clanking along to nowhere. Hypnotic, extraordinary, terrifying.
FLAG WITHOUT A COUNTRY
A deserving winner at this year’s Berlinale, Rosi’s potent documentary explores the human national noman’s land of Lampedusa, an island representing the border of Europe. A through-point for thousands of refugees, here 12 year old Samuele embraces school, hunting, and his slingshot. But there will always be the spectre of the sea, and the path it represents for people fleeing their homelands for a new life. A humane portrait of a crisis laid bare. Part of Day of Refuge. Additional information on page 27.
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Dir: Bahman Ghobadi Iraq | 2016 | 97 min | UK Premiere Rich Mix Wednesday 29 June, 8.30pm
An evocation of borders and identity, Flag Without a Country sees hobbling pilot Nariman looking for recruits for his flying school. Pop star Helly Luv, meanwhile, is stockpiling Kalashnikovs and Kurdish flags for her upcoming music video, and befriending refugee children near the Syrian border. Combining fact and fiction, Bahman Ghobadi has real people play versions of themselves, in this playful, soulful, and somehow hopeful ode to the resilience and culture of the Kurdish people. All proceeds from this screening will be donated to a refugee charity.
Dir: Emin Alper Second Feature | Turkey, France, Qatar | 2015 | 119 min | UK Premiere Rio Tuesday 28 June, 6.30pm A timely state-of-the-nation thriller set in a near future, where the state is on the verge of collapse. Kadir is released from prison on the condition that he turns informant, spying on his neighbours and helping to defuse bombs being planted across the city. Meanwhile his brother, who kills stray dogs for a living, is slowly losing his mind. Their stories will intertwine in ways neither can imagine, in a country gone very, very wrong.
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FULL CONTACT +Q&A
Dir: David Verbeek Netherlands | 2015 | 105 min UK Premiere Rich Mix Saturday 2 July, 6.00pm Existential crisis at the heart of the drone war is the focus of Full Contact, David Verbeek’s stunningly atmospheric drama. Gregoire Colin (Beau Travail) plays Ivan, a drone pilot traumatised after having accidentally bombed a school during a drone mission. Used to being utterly disconnected from the violence he inflicts on others, he seeks connection at a local strip club, punishment in the boxing ring, and escape through the night on his motorcycle, in a stunningly stylish, evocative tale of contemporary manhood, and the disconnection of modern warfare. Supported by The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
GARY NUMAN: ANDROID IN LA LA LAND +Q&A +AFTERPARTY
Dir: Steve Read, Rob Alexander First Feature | UK | 2016 | 85 min London Premiere | @numandroidfilm Genesis Sunday 3 July, 7.00pm From global fame to the brink and back again, Gary Numan was a bonafide hitmaker in the late ‘70s with Cars and Are ‘Friends’ Electric? An electronic music pioneer, his standoffish demeanour only added to his popularity, even as it concealed his long-undiagnosed Asperger’s syndrome. Enduring a period in the musical wilderness, that he would fall for his biggest fan and make a stirring comeback were probably the last things anyone expected. But that’s La La Land for you. Closing Night Gala, see page 8.
THE GATES OF VANITY +Q&A
Dir: Suj Ahmed Second Feature | UK | 2015 | 102 min World Premiere Genesis Sunday 3 July, 3.00pm Newly unemployed and frustratingly directionless, Ben is lonely when his family go away. Taking in a young homeless man while he renovates his house, things quickly take a disturbing turn when a simple disagreement triggers a psychotic reaction in his guest. Held captive and broken down in a religiously-inflected cycle of abuse, Ben must discover whether he has what it takes to fight back and reclaim his life, in this powerful Hackney-based film.
GENERATION REVOLUTION +Q&A
Dir: Cassie Quarless, Usayd Younis First Feature | UK | 2016 | 70 min London Premiere Genesis Saturday 25 June, 6.00pm A story of resurgent grassroots activism, Generation Revolution is a stirring account of a new generation of black and brown activists in London. Focusing on The London Black Revolutionaries (Black Revs), R Movement and the Black Dissidents, Usayd Younis and Cassie Quarless’ film is a first hand insight into what cooperative, politicised engagement in social change means to a generation of young Londoners, fighting for egalitarian ideals and against a discriminating society. Part of Cutting East. Additional information on page 41.
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GOD’S ACRE +Q&A
Dir: JP Davidson First Feature | UK | 2015 | 80 min Rich Mix Tuesday 28 June, 8.30pm The malevolence of the property ladder takes on a disturbing edge in God’s Acre, JP Davidson’s Bethnal Green set thriller. Malcolm is a boozed up, agoraphobic ex-property developer whose only shot at escaping a cycle of debt is to flip his one remaining property. But when he discovers that the layout doesn’t match the original plans, a dark discovery awaits him. A tale of gentrification meeting a man plunging headfirst into oblivion.
GOLDEN DAWN: A PERSONAL AFFAIR
THE GRIND +Q&A +AFTERPARTY
Rich Mix Sunday 3 July, 5.30pm
Genesis Saturday 25 June, 6.00pm
‘My partner is a Jew, my son gay, my other son an anarchist and I am a left-wing feminist. The only question in case Golden Dawn comes to power is, which wagon are we going to ride.’ So begins a journalist’s trawl through the depths of Greece’s neo-Nazi party, their extraordinary rise and how so many Greeks have been won over by their cause. A delve into the mind of the Nazi next door.
A new web series delving into a twentysomething world, The Grind follows a group of young people as they seek to make their way in London’s creative scene. Nick, Sage, Avery, and Josh are using every connection they have in a bid to excel. Life and circumstances always lie in the way; but that doesn’t mean they’ll be giving up. That’s the nature of the grind, in this refreshingly realistic take on being young and getting by. Part of Cutting East, see page 41. Followed by an afterparty in Bar Paragon, see page 41.
Dir: Angélique Kourounis First Feature | Greece | 2016 | 90 min UK Premiere | @GDapaDoc
Dir: Nosa Eke UK | 2016 | 30 min | World Premiere @thegrinduk
THE GUV’NOR +Q&A
Dir: Paul Van Carter First Feature | UK | 2016 | 85 min World Premiere Genesis Saturday 2 July, 6.30pm Famous (and infamous) as a bareknuckle boxer, bouncer and enforcer, Lenny McLean’s journey— from unlicensed fighter to bestselling author and star of Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels—is also the story of a working class Hoxton boy, weathering the changing decades. Here his son Jamie explores his father’s story, from a troubled upbringing to stardom, meeting a variety of East London characters on the way, as well as famous names like Guy Ritchie. A touching and personal treatment of a colourful life.
THE HARD STOP +Q&A +PANEL
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Dir: George Amponsah UK | 2015 | 85 min @thehardstop
Genesis Thursday 30 June, 7.00pm When Mark Duggan died at the hands of the London Met in 2011, the reaction was unlike anything seen in Britain since the early ‘80s. But whilst the Tottenham Riots made headlines around the world, the true circumstances of Duggan’s death remained mysterious. An incredibly vital pursuit of the truth, The Hard Stop follows Marcus and Kurtis as they seek justice for their friend, in the process exploding the historical tensions between law enforcement and London’s black community. Followed by an extended filmed panel discussion with George Amponsah, Marcus Knox Hooke, Kurtis Henville and experts in the Mark Duggan case.
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HALF WAY +PANEL
THE HOLLOW POINT
Rich Mix Sunday 26 June, 1.00pm
Genesis Saturday 2 July, 9.00pm
Half Way chronicles the life of a normal family living in Epping forced into homelessness after being evicted from their house. Filmed over a period of a year by the eldest daughter of the family, this immersive documentary is a moving insight into the struggles and the Kafkian experience of dealing with the UK’s merciless housing bureaucracy.
The ferocity of the US-Mexico drug war comes in for schlocky, bloodpumping treatment in The Hollow Point, a gloriously retro 70’s style thriller set in a Texas border town. Wallace (Patrick Wilson, Fargo), the new sheriff in town, gets more than he bargained for when he investigates a cartel deal that’s gone seriously awry. As he chases down the culprits, the self control that’s supposed to come with the badge begins to slip. A petrol-scorched hoot of a movie, also starring a brilliant, scene-stealing Ian McShane. Part of Crime Scene. Additional information on page 39.
Dir: Daisy-May Hudson First Feature | UK | 2015 | 93 min @halfwaydocu
Part of Roots. Additional information on page 25.
Dir: Gonzalo López-Gallego USA | 2016 | 90 min London Premiere
HOMELAND (IRAQ YEAR ZERO) +Q&A
Dir: Abbas Fahdel Iraq, France | 2015 | 334 min UK Premiere DocHouse Saturday 25 June, 12.00pm
A vital, totemic achievement, Homeland is the ultimate cinematic account of the US invasion of Iraq. Abbas Fahdel filmed his family and friends both before and after the 2003 invasion, in so doing creating a devastating, patient portrait of a community broken by reckless military intervention. Showing a people living under the expectation of war, and suffering its awful consequences, the result is visceral, personal and utterly devastating. Presented in two parts. In partnership with Open City.
HOT PROPERTY +Q&A
Dir: Max McGill First Feature | UK | 2015 | 83 min @filmhotproperty Genesis Saturday 25 June, 8.00pm Generation Rent gets the film it deserves in Hot Property, an anarchic satire on the wild west that is the housing market. MyAnna Buring (Kill List) is a corporate spy on the verge of losing her home, who finds herself embroiled in a conspiracy of love, celebrity chefs, hipsters and chainsaws—not to mention borderline insane estate agents—in BAFTAnominated Max McGill’s riotously fun debut feature.
I SHOT BI KIDUDE +Q&A +LIVE MUSIC
Dir: Andy Jones Second Feature | Tanzania, UK | 2015 | 74 min Rich Mix Sunday 3 July, 1.30pm Andy Jones follows up his Bi Kidude film As Old As My Tongue with a much stranger and more tragic encounter with rebellious Tanzanian singer Bi Kidude. When Kidude is kidnapped at the age of 102, Jones travels to Zanzibar to investigate. The imminent death of the infamous, chain-smoking performer is a tragedy not just for world music, but for Jones himself, as he takes a trip into his own past, and that of one of Africa’s most iconic artists.
JIM: THE JAMES FOLEY STORY
Hackney Picturehouse Wednesday 29 June, 9.30pm
Rich Mix Wednesday 29 June, 6.00pm
Thrillingly ambitious and beautifully lo-fi, this John Carpenter-inflected debut takes place in a future, apocalyptic America. Cloaked in a minimal-synth score by MGMT’s Will Berman, and set decades after ‘the reset’, life in Sector 6 is dominated by surveillance, teen suicide and ‘80s technology. Brought together by a mysterious hard drive, Max and Simon begin to explore what lies outside the city limits. In doing so, they might just take down their fascistic overlords.
When American journalist and video reporter James Foley was murdered by ISIS in 2014, the video of his barbaric execution sent shockwaves around the world. Brian Oakes’ moving film explores Foley’s life, work, and untimely death, in the process shedding light on the dangerous world of conflict journalism in the Middle East, Foley’s character and personal relationships, and the awful toll of personal tragedy caught up in an inescapable 24-hour news cycle.
Jake and Tony, both 13, form a deep friendship in the aftermath of the death of Jake’s grandfather. But when Jake’s parents (Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Ehle) decide to raise the rent on Tony’s mother’s store, a bitter feud begins, threatening the boys’ friendship. A perfectly drawn, achingly sympathetic character drama from Ira Sachs (Love Is Strange) with a subtle commentary on the cost of gentrification; those not reduced to tears may well be made of stone.
Dir: Carleton Ranney First Feature | USA | 2015 | 100 min UK Premiere | @jackrabbitfilm
Dir: Brian Oakes First Feature | USA | 2016 | 113 min London Premiere | @jimthemovie
Followed by a special musical performance by Matona.
Dir: Lucas Jedrzejak First Feature | UK, Lebanon | 2016 75 min | World Premiere Genesis Sunday 26 June, 5.30pm On a dusty hillside surrounded by olive trees, the children of Ketermaya play far away from the horrors of Syria. But life in the Lebanese refugee camp is far from easy. Disrupted educations, the loss of loved ones, and the scars of war and chemical weapons weigh heavily in this extraordinary portrait of family and childhood innocence. An important corrective to narratives surrounding refugees, and a moving fable of hope and resilience in unimaginable circumstances. Part of Day of Refugee. Additional information on page 27.
KETTLING OF THE VOICES +Q&A
Dir: Chester Yang First Feature | UK | 2015 | 70 min UK Premiere Genesis Saturday 2 July, 6.00pm British filmmaker Chester Yang (War Matters, EEFF 2013) uncovers the shocking reality of police powers in post9/11 Britain. Following two students protesting against the government’s raising of tuition fees, we bear witness to troubling levels of surveillance, and a media and police force slightly too comfortable with the notion of banning political protest. Featuring frontline footage and interviews with key activists, this is an enthralling, disturbing film for our times.
Dir: Ira Sachs USA | 2016 | 85 min London Premiere Hackney Picturehouse Tuesday 28 June, 8.30pm Electric Cinema, Shoreditch Sunday 3 July, 3.00pm
LONDON OVERGROUND +Q&A
LOST GRRRLS: RIOT GRRRL IN LOS ANGELES +Q&A
LOS PUNKS: WE ARE ALL WE HAVE
LOVE IS THICKER THAN WATER +Q&A
Rio Saturday 2 July, 3.45pm
Genesis Friday 1 July, 8.45pm
Genesis Wednesday 29 June, 7.00pm
Rich Mix Saturday 25 June, 6.30pm
‘A tiny little map of what is happening now’ is how east London author Iain Sinclair describes the London Overground, the subject of John Rogers’ film following Sinclair and frequent collaborator Andrew Kötting as they traverse the train line on foot. Taking place over a year, it explores Sinclair’s fascination with the ‘Ginger Line’ as the ‘spin-drier of capitalism, whirling banknotes around the city... a real moment to look at this city of unreal money’.
A celebration of the diverse feminist punk culture thriving in Los Angeles, Vega Darling’s film dives into a movement that embraces riot grrls, chicana punk, Black Panthers, peace punks, and a variety of activists seeking change, togetherness and heavy riffs. Come and experience an inside take into what it means to battle for change through music, followed by a Skype Q&A and a special gig from two of the UK’s most vital riot grrl bands. Followed by a #Genesisters takeover in Bar Paragon. Part of Punk, see page 38 for more information.
Take a trip into the backyards of South Central and East Los Angeles in Los Punks: an intimate documentary exploring a homegrown DIY community of bands, skaters and resolute togetherness. Angela Boatwright’s debut finds a scene four-decades old, but in rude health; uniting young people who often feel unwelcome in the ‘mainstream’, providing a fruitful breeding ground for Latino punk and a conscious, active community, often in the face of poverty and violence. Part of Punk. Additional information on page 38.
Taking its cue from Romeo and Juliet, this is a tale of lovers from different sides of the tracks. Vida comes from a well heeled London family, whereas Arthur is a bike messenger from a working-class Welsh mining town. Utterly in love, their relationship is nevertheless tested when their wildly different worlds collide. Sensitive, quirky and interspersed with lovely animation, this is a touching take on whether love trumps familial bonds.
MAKING IT +Q&A
MAN MADE EPIDEMIC +Q&A
Dir: John Rogers UK | 2016 | 80 min World Premiere
Dir: Vega Darling First Feature | USA | 2016 | 50 min World Premiere | @GRRRLmovie
Dir: Angela Boatwright First Feature | USA | 2016 | 79 min UK Premiere
Dir: Emily Harris, Ate De Jong UK | 2015 | 101 min World Premiere
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Dir: Stephen Glover Second Feature | UK | 2015 | 100 min World Premiere
THE LURE +Q&A
Dir: Agnieszka Smoczynska First Feature | Poland | 2015 | 92 min London Premiere | @TheLureFilm Hackney Picturehouse Sunday 26 June, 4.00pm
Hackney Picturehouse Saturday 2 July, 4.00pm The year’s best (only?) horror mermaid musical, this utterly unique debut is an alluring fairy tale about two sisters who emerge from the sea, and head straight for a Warsaw nightclub. Embracing their new life as cabaret stars, their symbiosis is threatened when one of them falls for a dashing musician, and they may have to return to the sea, or suffer bloody consequences. A brilliantly entertaining, wacky maiden effort, with killer tunes. Supported by the Polish Cultural Institute
George, 33, is an “Actor” whose greatest achievement is appearing alongside a troll in a Wine Gums advert. Life seems to mostly involve job hunting and being patronised by family and friends. But when he runs into an old flame, he’s driven to seek out love and creative expression. Reminiscent of the existential soul-searching of Girls, combined with a British slice of absurdism, this is a charming comedy about being yourself. And finding a pencil sharpener.
Dir: Natalie Beer Second Feature | Germany, UK | 2016 | 84 min | World Premiere | @manmadeepidemic Genesis Saturday 25 June, 2.00pm The health scandal on everyone’s lips—what role, if any, do vaccines play in the enormous rise in cases of autism in recent years. Exploring the accepted wisdom that autism is solely genetic, Natalie Beer travels the world speaking with doctors, scientists, and families to carefully mine issues of environment, pesticides, pollution and all areas of childhood medication to examine the physical and neurological impact on our children.
Dir: Faiza Ambah First Feature | France, Saudi Arabia, USA | 2016 | 45 min UK Premiere Genesis Monday 27 June, 6.30pm It’s 2004 in France and a new law has recently been passed banning religious symbols in schools, including the hijab. For Mariam, a young teenager who has recently begun wearing the veil, this means an agonising and unfair choice between continuing her studies and retaining an important part of her religious identity.
MILE END +Q&A
Dir: Graham Higgins First Feature | UK | 2015 | 101 min Genesis Tuesday 28 June, 9.00pm The grind of working in the city meets Strangers on a Train in Graham Higgins’ impressive debut. Paul (Alex Humes) is a committed runner who meets John on one of his regular jaunts through East London. Seeking some direction, John’s experience and guidance seem to be just what he needs. But his new friend’s everpresence soon begins to become unnerving. And then a murder happens...
+ EXPLOITING IT?
Dir: Jade Jackman UK | 2014 | 17 min Part of Roots. Additional information on page 25.
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MY FERAL HEART +Q&A
Rio Sunday 26 June, 3.45pm
Genesis Tuesday 28 June, 6.30pm
Nesrin flees her job, her home and her crumbling marriage, leaving Istanbul for the plains of Anatolia to finally realise her dream of becoming a writer. But when her conservative, unstable mother arrives in the village, her idyllic vision of her new existence begins to crumble. As the walls close in, and the parental relationship becomes increasingly unhinged, her mother gets closer to the religiously conservative neighbours, and it’s all going to come to a nasty head. A terrifically wrought, potent metaphor for the schisms of modern Turkey.
Luke, an independent young man with Down’s syndrome, is grieving the loss of his elderly mother when he is forced to move into a care home. Initially despondent, his spirits are soon raised when he meets a girl in need of his help, with his desire to connect and protect another person giving him a new lease of life. A moving story on the importance of embracing life and people, featuring brilliant newcomer Steven Brandon.
Dir: Senem Tüzen First Feature | Turkey, Greece | 2015 | 93 min | UK Premiere
Dir: Jane Gull First Feature | UK | 2015 | 83 min London Premiere | @my_feral_heart
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Hackney Picturehouse Tuesday 28 June, 6.30pm
Genesis Friday 1 July, 9.00pm
Produced by Wim Wenders and Errol Morris, National Bird follows Heather, Daniel and Lisa. Former operatives in the American drone war, they are now whistleblowers, with all three suffering from various levels of trauma, government surveillance and the outright threat of jail. Taking in PTSD, legal trouble and an eye opening trip to Afghanistan, it’s a chilling portrait of a nation detached from what it means to protect its citizens, or other people’s.
When a signal is received from the other side of the universe, Cane (Rupert Graves) and Eva (Ellie Kendrick) are dispatched to colonise a distant world. So begins Native, a stylish and cannily directed slice of science fiction. With much of the film being shot in East London, Native is a gripping vision of a future hive-mind society, posing enduring questions of what it means to be human, and whether we should serve our masters.
Dir: Sonia Kennebeck First Feature | USA | 2016 | 92 min London Premiere | @NationalBirdDoc
Dir: Daniel Fitzsimmons First Feature | UK, USA | 2016 | 85 min | European Premiere
NOTES ON BLINDNESS +Q&A Dir: Pete Middleton, James Spinney First Feature | UK | 2016 | 90 min @OnBlindness Hackney Picturehouse* Saturday 25 June, 5.30pm Hard Of Hearing: Genesis Tuesday 28 June, 3.30pm
When writer and theologian John Hull went blind in 1983, he began keeping an audio-cassette diary of his daily life. With total access to the recordings, Notes on Blindness is an ever-evolving artistic project that has culminated in this feature film. Dubbing actors with the recorded voice of Hull, it explores how dreams, memories and imagination are impacted by a lack of sight. This is an extraordinary insight into a hidden interior world. *Followed by a demonstration of the Notes on Blindness virtual reality project, allowing the audience to experience the inner world of John Hull.
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Dir: Matt Johnson Second Feature | USA, Canada | 2016 | 94 min | UK Premiere | @OpAvalanche Hackney Picturehouse Saturday 2 July, 6.45pm In 1967, CIA agents were sent into NASA posing as a documentary film crew in order to root out a Russian mole. What happened next represents one of the biggest conspiracies in American history. Or does it? In the second feature from the brilliantly witty Canadian filmmaker Matt Johnson (The Dirties), the Cold War paranoia of the 1960s and the fanaticism of the space race is exploded in this tensely crafted piece of documentary fiction, all leading to the ultimate truth behind the 1968 Apollo mission. Or maybe not.
Dir: Adrian Tanner First Feature | UK | 2015 | 83 min World Premiere | @Redistributors Genesis Saturday 2 July, 5.30pm A thriller for the age of the Panama Papers, Adrian Tanner’s impressive micro-budget debut sees Elizabeth forced on the run when she’s accused of leaking secrets from her military contractor employers. Discovering the Redistributors via her activist brother, she’s soon entering a shady hacker underworld, where money is stolen from tax evaders and passed on to the poor. A film that argues that everybody has to pay their share. Part of Crime Scene, see page 39.
THE SEVEN SISTERS INDOOR MARKET +Q&A
SHEPHERDS AND BUTCHERS +Q&A
Rio Saturday 25 June, 1.30pm
Hackney Picturehouse Wednesday 29 June, 7.00pm
The groundswell of gentrification, urban regeneration and community exclusion in East London is touchingly explored in The Seven Sisters Indoor Market. Depicting a rapidly transforming London through the eyes of a diverse group of migrants, this observational documentary takes in the work and social lives of the people frequenting this vibrant, historic local marketplace, its importance in the community and the threat posed by hyper-capitalist development to the melting pot of cultural life in London.
When a traumatised death row guard is arrested for a violent murder, no one in 1987 South Africa will take his case. But when maverick lawyer John Weber (Steve Coogan) steps forward, he challenges the very system that allows prisoners to be executed for their crimes, directly leading to a change to the law in the dying days of Apartheid. Featuring phenomenal turns from Coogan and Andrea Riseborough, Oliver Schmitz’s disturbing drama is inspired by true events.
Dir: Klearjos Eduardo Papanicolaou First Feature | UK, Greece | 2016 | 95 min | World Premiere
Dir: Oliver Schmitz South Africa | 2016 | 107 min | London Premiere
UEL Centrepiece Gala, see page 9.
Dir: Munsur Ali First Feature | Bangladesh, UK | 2014 | 103 min Rich Mix Saturday 25 June, 1.30pm Set during Bangladesh’s 1971 liberation struggle, Shongram is a stunningly cinematic take on the birth of a nation. A journalist sits down to interview an elderly Muslim man in London, and uncovers an incredible story of tyranny, revolution, and a love that has spanned decades, destruction and displacement. Starring Anupam Kher, Dilruba Yasmeen Ruhee and Asia Argento, this is a romantic, nostalgic hard hitting tour through history, and the people at the centre of it. Part of Roots. Additional information on page 23.
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SIX ROUNDS +Q&A
Dir: Marcus Flemmings Second Feature | UK | 2016 | 57 min World Premiere
Dir: Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami First Feature | Germany | 2015 | 90 min
Genesis Saturday 2 July, 3.30pm
Genesis Saturday 25 June, 4.00pm
As the 2011 London riots unfurl, a former boxer has to choose between his past and his future. Stally is a former fighter who stepped out of the ring while he was still unbeaten, and is embracing a new, safer life with a new love. But when an acquaintance from his past requests a favour, he finds himself trapped in a corner, from which he’ll need to fight his way out.
A story of conservative society, furious rhymes and mic drops; Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami’s extraordinary film follows Sonita Alizadeh, a young female Afghan refugee living in Iran, who rejects an arranged marriage in order to pursue a life making rap music. Rejecting traditions and challenging assumptions, her dream of emulating Rihanna goes down like a lead balloon with her mother. But this self-possessed would-be pop star isn’t going to let that stop her.
Dir: Jake Gabbay UK | 33 min | World Premiere Part of Crime Scene, see page 39.
STRIKE A POSE +Q&A +AFTERPARTY
Dir: Ester Gould, Reijer Zwaan Netherlands, Belgium | 2016 | 83 min London Premiere | @StrikeAPosedocu Rio Thursday 30 June, 6.30pm Screening to be introduced by delectable voguers House of Shabazz.
Part of Cutting East. Additional information on page 41.
Meet the seven young male dancers who appeared in Madonna’s Vogue music video, embarked on the 1990 Blonde Ambition Tour, and promptly became icons for the gay community, making vogueing a global phenomenon. A tale of superstardom, heartbreak and forming a surrogate family with the Queen of Pop, Strike A Pose is one of the most fabulous, moving documentaries of the year. Join EEFF as we celebrate the film in pose striking style, introduced by voguers House of Shabazz and followed by a special Madonna themed afterparty. Afterparty at VFD, see page 22. Supported by the Dutch Embassy.
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TOLL BOOTH (GISE MEMURU) +Q&A
Dir: Tolga Karaçelik First Feature | Turkey | 2010 | 96 min
TALES FROM THE TWO PUDDINGS +Q&A
Dir: Rob West First Feature | UK | 2015 | 75 min World Premiere | @twopuddingsdoc Stratford Picturehouse Saturday 25 June, 6.00pm
Rich Mix Saturday 25 June, 4.00pm A cultural touchstone for the East End in the 1960s, The Two Puddings on Stratford Broadway was known for its rowdy camaraderie and the dance floor that might have constituted the UK’s first disco. The place where the writer of the Long Good Friday got his inspiration, where David Essex first performed, and a regular haunt for Harry Redknapp; it makes for a fascinating insight into East London’s vibrant history.
The debut feature from EEFF Director in Residence Tolga Karacelik (see page 9), Toll Booth follows tightly-wound, taciturn bachelor Kenan as he slowly drives himself over the edge. Stationed in the middle of nowhere, with a father desperate to marry him off, and a car that he just can’t get fixed, his burgeoning romance with the woman who drives past his booth every day might just distract him from the meteor hurtling towards earth...a perfectly composed portrait of a man about to snap.
Dir: Daniel Abma First Feature | Germany, Netherlands, Cuba | 2016 | 86 min UK Premiere | @TransitHavana Rio Sunday 3 July, 1.30pm Odette, Juani and Malú are awaiting gender realignment, courtesy of Europe’s best surgeons. They are the beneficiaries of a programme established by Fidel Castro’s daughter Mariela, who is being credited with leading a sexual revolution under the auspices of the socialist state. Marking a sea change in the lives of Cuban trans people, they nevertheless face the difficulties of bigotry, poverty and prostitution, all themes that are sensitively explored in this truly touching documentary.
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UNCLE HOWARD +Q&A
Dir: Aaron Brookner Second Feature | UK, USA | 2016 | 96 min | London Premiere | @UncleHowardFilm
Dir: Amin Bakhshian, Kyla Simone Bruce First Feature | UK, Iran, Jordan | 2016 | 93min | World Premiere | @ Undocumentfilm
Rio Sunday 3 July, 3.45pm
Rich Mix Saturday 2 July, 8.30pm
Aaron Brookner delves into the fascinating story of his uncle Howard Brookner, a filmmaker and major player in the cultural revolution that defined New York’s Lower East Side in the 70s & 80s. Rediscovering Howard’s life through interviews with family and friends such as Jim Jarmusch, much of the film focuses on Howard’s relationship with William Burroughs. Loaded with electrifying archive footage, this is an unparalleled insight into a vibrant period of queer and NYC history.
WE ARE THE FLESH (TENEMOS LA CARNE)
The story of a journey across three continents, this incredibly personal drama bears witness to the complex daily dilemmas faced by illegal immigrants. Following a variety of women attempting to give their children a better future away from the hardships of their homeland, this crowdfunded film was shot in Iran, Greece and London, with much of the film taking place in the East End. The human face of a politicised issue, about people, not numbers.
Dir: Daniel Hoesl Second Feature | Austria | 2016 | 84 min | UK Premiere Hackney Picturehouse Thursday 30 June, 9.00pm
‘Three investors, wolves in sheep’s clothes, can’t for the life of them find heart or soul. In their jets they circle the globe, preaching love and earning gold. Smoke and mirrors is their game, ministers, unions and kings enjoy their fame. Gambling with open cards at the table, where there’s no risk, there’s only one aim: the truth is a lie, ‘cause lying is real—when you get pranked, how does it feel?’ Supported by the Austrian Cultural Forum
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Dir: Emiliano Rocha Minter First Feature | Mexico | 2016 | 79 min UK Premiere Hackney Picturehouse Friday 1 July, 9.00pm Grisly, beautiful and frequently bonkers, We Are The Flesh is a fairytale of power, rebirth and fresh meat. Wandering through a ruined city, a young brother and sister discover a building inhabited by a mysterious hermit. Offering them sanctuary, it’s the beginning of a spiritual, visceral journey that offers the possibility of rebirth, in Emiliano Rocha Minter’s utterly distinctive, visually extraordinary kaleidoscope of a debut. Produced by Carlos Reygades and EEFF 2014 Director in Residence Sebastian Hofmann, this may be the work of Latin America’s next great director. Also supported by Mexican heavyweights Alejandro González Iñárritu and Alfonso Cuaron, you’ve never seen anything quite like this.
THE WORLD IS MINE +Q&A Dir: Nicolae Constantin Tanase First Feature | Romania | 2015 | 104 min | UK Premiere Rich Mix Friday 1 July, 9.00pm Larisa is just a normal tearaway teenager. Obsessed with boys and social status, her confidence in controlling her life comes crashing down when she falls for Florin, the local lothario. Bringing her into conflict with her schoolmate Anna, a girl from a wealthy family chasing the same boy, Larisa will do whatever’s necessary to get what she wants. Starring non-professionals cast on Facebook, this is an impressive portrait of being young in a small town. Supported by the Romanian Cultural Institute.
PARTIES OPENING NIGHT GALA AFTERPARTY
Genesis Bar Paragon Thursday 23 June, page 8
Genesis Bar Paragon Friday 1 July, 10.00pm, page 38
THE MACABRE MASONIC MASQUERADE: MASKED BALL
Oval Space Friday 24 June, 7.00pm, page 40
‘THE GRIND’ AFTERPARTY Genesis Bar Paragon Saturday 25 June, 7.30pm, page 41
DEAF & HEARING ENSEMBLE SCRATCH NIGHT Genesis Bar Paragon Tuesday 28 June, 7.00pm
Masonic Temple Saturday 2 July, 7.00pm, page 36
CLOSING NIGHT GALA AFTERPARTY Genesis Bar Paragon Sunday 3 July, page 8
STRIKE A POSE, DESIRE WILL ‘BREATHLESS’ SET YOU FREE, PARTY ‘FREI’ PARTY VFD Thursday 30 June, 9.00pm Tickets £5, £3 with EEFF ticket stub To celebrate the London premiere of Strike A Pose, the doc that looks back on Madonna’s Blonde Ambition tour, East End Film Fest invites you to express yourself and give good face at a place where you can get away—a night of turned up ballroom tunes and delicious voguing highs. Come bump and grind it with Deitrich and DiMaggio at the Breathless after-party at festival partner VFD, with DJ Hello Mozart of Hot Boy Dancing Spot on the decks, and a vogue dance-off extravaganza (prizes tbc). In partnership with New Queer Visions
Dalston Superstore Friday 24 June, 8.30pm FREE entry before 11.00pm, £5 after, £3 with EEFF ticket stub Set your desire ‘frei’ and tanz the night away, Berliner-style, for this after-party for the UK premiere of Desire Will Set You Free, the film about Berlin’s underground party scene that is cutting up some serious film festival rug. We’ve teamed up with Stoke Newington Road night-time staple Dalston Superstore for a pre-Pride party that celebrates difference, non-conformity and sticking it to the big name sponsors. Called ‘FREI’, the night will be headlined by Berlin DJ Massimiliano Pagliara and a host of other guests. Open till late, naturlisch! In partnership with New Queer Visions
Dir: Munsur Ali Bangladesh/UK | 2014 | 103 mins Rich Mix Saturday 25 June, 1.30pm FREE
A PROGRAMME OF FREE AND SUBSIDISED EVENTS AT THIS YEAR’S EAST END FILM FESTIVAL
Set during Bangladesh’s 1971 liberation struggle, Shongram is a stunningly cinematic take on the birth of a nation. A journalist sits down to interview an elderly Muslim man in London, and uncovers an incredible story of tyranny, revolution, and a love that has spanned decades, destruction and displacement. Starring Anupam Kher, Dilruba Yasmeen Ruhee and Asia Argento, this is a romantic, nostalgic hard hitting tour through history, and the people at the centre of it. Bangla with English subtitles The film will be introduced by the filmmaker Munsur Ali. In partnership with London Bengali Film Festival.
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EAST END AT DAWN SUNRISE PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR WITH ANTHONY EPES
East London Sunday 26 June, 4:15am–8:00am Limited number of FREE tickets available — see website for details “Being out when everyone sleeps is intoxicating. It is the only time when you can see the city as it really is: free from the hordes of people that crowd its streets; free from the traffic that blocks its views; free from the stresses and the pandemonium of urban life.” This spectacular photo walk offers photographers of any level a unique opportunity to discover how dawn can transform their images. Lead by seasoned photographer Anthony Epes, the route will start by the river Thames as the sun peeps up over the water, then snake north up to Columbia Road Market to experience the beginning of the days trading before wandering slowly through the waking streets of London’s East End to Spitalfields Market to join Ray Dervin for a ‘walk’ through the history of this most unique quarter of London. There is step free access along the route.
ISTANBUL AT DAWN PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION BY ANTHONY EPES Spitalfields Market 22–28 June FREE Dawn, during the spring and summer months, brings something incredible to our cities – emptiness. Even in Istanbul, home to over 14 million people, 4am on a May morning finds you wandering through empty streets. In keeping with our Turkish theme for 2016, we’re delighted to be partnering with Spitalfields Estate to host an exhibition of inspiring and celebratory images of Istanbul at dawn by renowned photographer Anthony Epes. Anthony Epes is a Californian photographer based in London. He is currently photographing some of the world’s most beautiful and interesting cities for his book series on Cities at Dawn. With thanks to Spitalfields Estate for their support of the Istanbul at Dawn exhibition.
TOWER HAMLETS AT ITS BEST (88 min) Genesis Sunday 3 July, 4.00pm, FREE
A chance for all to see this specially curated programme of the most thrilling and invigorating up and coming talent from Tower Hamlets, this selection of shorts encapsulates everything that we love about the most vibrant and diverse borough of London.
Lewis Rose | UK | 17 min
Rene Pannavis | UK | 15 min
Tom Hemmings | UK | 10 min
Aimee Powell | UK | 17 min
Charlotte Wolf | UK | 13 min
Jake Lushington | UK | 16 min
Dir: Faiza Ambah France / Saudi Arabia / USA | 2015 | 45 min Genesis Monday 27 June , 6.30pm FREE for unwaged / students / under 18 It’s 2004 in France and a new law has recently been passed banning religious symbols in schools, including the hijab. For Mariam, a young teenager who has recently begun wearing the veil after returning from pilgrimage in Mecca with her grandmother, this means an agonising and unfair choice between continuing her studies and retaining an important part of her identity. Saudi Arabian journalist Faiza Ambah’s debut film is a witty, entertaining yet poignant insight into the issues facing a young Muslim woman growing up in a Western country. UK Premiere, Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the Dubai Film Festival.
+ EXPLOITING IT? +Q&A Dir: Jade Jackman UK | 2014 | 17 min
In this thought-provoking documentary by first-time filmmaker Jade Jackman, British-Muslim women share their recent experiences of being negatively portrayed or stereotyped by the western media. Followed by a Q&A with director Jade Jackman and special guests.
FILMS FOR FOOD
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE RAINBOW COLLECTIVE Hub 67 Hackney Wick Wednesday 29 June, 7.00pm FREE for a bag of non-perishable food
THE DIVIDE +PANEL Dir: Katharine Round UK | 2015 | 74 min
Inspired by best-selling book The Spirit Level, Katharine Round’s film highlights the widening gulf between rich and poor.
FILMS FOR FOOD INITIATIVE:
Just in the last year there has been a 51% rise in people using food banks across the UK. It is in response to this that the Rainbow Collective chose to set up “Films for Food”: a scheme which will give film lovers a chance to help their local community by bringing along a bag of non-perishable food items to donate to their local food bank.
Dir: Daisy-May Hudson UK | 2015 | 93 mins Rich Mix Sunday 26 June, 1.00pm FREE Half Way chronicles the life of a normal family living in Epping forced into homelessness after being evicted from their house, going from one hostel to another during Britain’s exploding housing crisis. Filmed over a period of a year by the eldest daughter of the family, this immersive documentary is a powerful personal story and a moving insight into the experience of dealing with the merciless housing bureaucracy that thousands of families in Britain are fighting against today.
CATASTROPHE CLUB WITH REMI KANAZI
Passing Clouds Tuesday 28 June, 7.00pm Tickets £10, £5 unwaged Limited number of FREE tickets available — see website for details Join EEFF and Hackney Palestine Solidarity Campaign for an evening with Palestinian American performance poet Remi Kanazi, touring his latest collection of poetry, Before the Next Bomb Drops: Rising Up From Brooklyn to Palestine. Remi is a poet and writer based in NYC, whose political commentary has been featured by news outlets throughout the world. His poetry has taken him across the US, Canada, Europe, and the Middle East. The evening will include a programme of contemporary Palestinian short film @HackneyPSC.
HARD OF HEARING SCREENING
Genesis Tuesday 28 June, 3.30pm Limited number of FREE tickets — see website for details
NOTES ON BLINDNESS
Dir: Pete Middleton, James Spinney UK | 2016 | 90 min When writer and theologian John Hull went blind in 1983, he began keeping an audiocassette diary of his daily life. When it was published in 1990, Oliver Sacks described it as ‘the most extraordinary, precise, deep and beautiful account of blindness’. Using total access to the recordings, Notes on Blindness is an extraordinary insight into a hidden interior world. Following the screening there will be a Q&A with the filmmakers and a discussion about hard of hearing subtitling. There will be a BSL interpreter present.
Following the screening there will be a panel discussion with the filmmaker and guests.
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DOCKLANDS SINFONIA PRESENTS:
THE BATTLE OF THE SOMME St Anne’s Friday 1 July, 7.30pm Limited number of FREE tickets available for the over 60’s — see website for details
Cinematographers: Geoffrey Malins, John McDowell Conductor: Spencer Down UK | 1916 | 74 mins On the 100th year anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme, Docklands Sinfonia will be performing a special concert commemorating the centenary of both The Battle of the Somme and the Battle of Jutland; performing Laura Rossi’s acclaimed new score live to the iconic 1916 film The Battle of the Somme as part of the Imperial War Museum’s Somme 100 film project. The film is a compelling documentary record of one of the key battles of the First World War. In 1916 it was seen by over half the UK adult population. Only Star Wars has beaten it in box office records since. Silent with English intertitles.
PARENT & BABY SCREENING Genesis Thursday 30 June, 11:00am Limited number of FREE tickets available — see website for details
Time for the tots! We’ll be walking the mini red carpet this year as East End Film Festival present a specially designed parent and baby screening for all budding film fans. The screening will take place in a venue with comfortable seating, lower volume levels and slightly brighter house lights to ensure you and your baby are comfortable and relaxed. We will be screening one of the key titles from this year’s line-up, details to be released nearer the time. Please note this screening is for parents and guardians and their children of twelve months and under.
DASH ARTS — DACHA EVENT Rich Mix Friday 1 July, 7.00pm–12:00am, Saturday 2 July 12.00pm–12:00am, Sunday 3 July, 12.00pm–12:00am FREE
The Dash Arts Dacha is a 12-hour, ever-changing free performance venue modelled on the iconic Russian country house. Films, dressing up, board games and cards, fevered political discussion with guest experts, live music, impromptu theatre performances and late night djs are all on offer with an endless supply of comforting drinks and snacks. Artists include Olia Hercules, Sasha Ilyukevich and the Highly Skilled Migrants, Mazaika Duo, Elena Dana and DJ Penny Metal.
GENRE CLAUDE VAN DAMME
Bar Paragon Saturday 2 July, 2.00pm–4.30pm FREE
Rich Mix Mezzanine Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 July, 10.00am–3.00pm FREE
INTRODUCTION TO IMPROV COMEDY WORKSHOP
IMPROV COMEDY SHOW — DINNER & A MOVIE WITH GENRE CLAUDE VAN DAMME Bar Paragon Saturday 2 July, 5.00pm FREE Re-live your best and worst dating stories with this high-kicking troupe of improvisers as they trawl your cherished memories for comic inspiration. It’s a combination of comedy and catharsis. In the second half of the show, join the team as they improvise a full movie live on stage—complete with dramatic camera angles, tense editing, high flying action sequences and tender denouements.
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STOP FRAME ANIMATION WORKSHOP (10–14YO)
Rainbow Collective present a one-day Stop-Frame animation workshop for 10-14 year olds. During the workshop, the children are shown how to create a storyboard of their narrative sequence and transform those ideas into 3-dimensional models to create a collection of short cartoons on what they consider the most pressing social issues to their age group today.
ABOUT THE RAINBOW COLLECTIVE
For ten years, Rainbow Collective have provided practical and creative film production training for young people outside of conventional education in Bangladesh, Jamaica, South Africa and the UK.
DAY OF REFUGE
Genesis Sunday 26 June
2.00PM: SESSION 1
5.30PM: SESSION 2
FIRE AT SEA
A special panel discussion between Maurice Wren (CEO, Refugee Council), representatives of UEL and filmmaker Lucas Jedrzejak.
Dir. Gianfranco Rosi Italy / France | 2016 | 108 min Gianfranco Rosiâ€™s award winning documentary follows a 12-year-old boy who lives on the island of Lampedusa, a symbolic border crossed by thousands of migrants in search of freedom.
Dir. Daniel Mulloy UK / USA / Kosovo | 2016 | 20 min
+ LA BESTIA
Dirs. Gisela Carbajal RodrĂguez & Konstantin Steinbichler Mexico/Germany | 2014 | 30 min
Dir. Lucas Jedrzejak UK, Lebanon | 2016 | 75 min World Premere In the camp of Ketermaya children play and dream, just like any other children. Beneath the surface, things are not so easy for these Syrian kids, who have fled fighting, chemical weapons and chaos.
+ REFUGEE BLUES
Dirs. Tristan Daws & Stephan Bookas UK | 2016 | 6 min
+ THE BRIDGE
Dirs. Babak Inaloo & Ali Haghooi UK/Iran/France | 2016 | 10 min
An issue of monumental global relevance, the plight of refugees is the subject of public and media debate like never before. Exacerbated by the humanitarian crises in Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere, Europe faces one of its greatest moral tests in its response to the needs and circumstances of persecuted and displaced people from all over the globe. Presented in partnership with the Refugee Council, UEL and Refugee Week, A Day of Refuge is a chance to examine and debate the refugee crisis, the response of developed nations to genuine human need, and the responsibility of filmmakers examining the refugee experience on film.
7.00PM SPOKEN WORD EVENT Genesis Bar Paragon FREE
A spoken word event featuring readings of life stories and poetry from the residents of the Calais refugee camp, alongside projected photographs by camp residents working in a participatory photography project with Gideon Mendel and Crispin Hughes. Hosted by Jan Noble, with poetry readings by M.Omer AKA Dream amongst the others and spoken word by JJ Bola. In partnership with the UEL Centre for Narrative Research.
EXHIBITION Genesis Gallery FREE
An exhibition of photographs and sketches by Jade Jackman in collaboration with women held at Yarls Wood detention centre, visualising their strength, resistance and protest.
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BLOOD, SWEAT AND TEARS (90 min)
IN PASSING (89 min)
Stratford Picturehouse Sunday 26 June, 4.00pm
From a failed pop-star re-climbing the ladder to stardom, to a meditative journey through the production of celluloid, these films examine the hard graft, the sleepless nights, delving for inspiration.
Whether it’s grieving the passing of a loved one, mourning the loss of a bygone era, or even the disappointment of getting old, these films tackle the subject with humour, perspective and a strong dose of unsentimental grit.
I Used to be Famous UK | Eddie Sternberg | 17 min
Latent UK | Lefteris Parasyris | 12 min
Avo Iran | Golnaz Jamsheed | 9 min
Boy UK | Charlotte Wolf | 13 min
The Foley Artist UK | Oliver Holms | 4 min
The Monster UK | Bob Pipe | 16 min
Fan Girl UK | Kate Herron | 16 min
Eye for an Eye Germany | Steve Bache | 4 min
Chrysalis UK | Chi Yu | 14 min
Mr Matilda UK | Rory Waudby-Tolley | 9 min
Absence UK | Rob Savage | 3 min
Shopping UK | Layke Anderson | 12 min
Adam UK | Balan Evans | 5 min
Dailies to Dawn UK | Kristina Cranfeld | 18 min
Rumble UK| Matthew Hopper | 19 min
My Brief Eternity: Ar Awyr Le UK | Clare Sturges | 13 min
LEARNING CURVE (98 min)
A teen’s life is wrought by internal conflict and tempestuous emotions; one minute you’re giddy on the spontaneity of life, the next you’re blindsided by the dervish of hormones raging inside you.
OUT OF TIME (89 min)
Whether it be the monotonous passing of a day spent under house arrest, the adrenaline fuelled pace of an emergency services operator, or the minute-by-minute stretch before a possible suicide, this diverse selection of films explores the relativity of time in all its ephemeral ambiguity.
Genesis Saturday 25 June, 2.00pm
Genesis Thursday 30 June, 6.30pm
Rich Mix Saturday 2 July, 3.30pm
Part of Cutting East, see page 41.
Fire UK | Chris Andrews | 14 min
Take Your Partners UK | Siri Rodnes | 11 min
Seven Days a Week UK | Tal Amiran | 10 min
House Arrest Switzerland | Matthias Sahli | 13 min
Little Soldier UK | Stella Corradi | 15 min
Two Dollar Bill USA | Hannah Marks | 13 min
Two Windows Germany | Tim Ellrich | 10 min
Operator UK | Caroline Bartleet | 6 min
Templates UK | Anwar Boulifa | 15 min
Goalie UK | Toa Stappard | 14 min
Djado Ivan Germany | Silke Meya | 20 min
Footprints On The Moon UK | Serkan Nihat | 9 min
The Backgarden Meteorologist UK| Emily Cussins | 5 min
Stolpe Nord Germany | Julia Tielke | 15 min
Rust UK| Brady Hood | 20 min
PHANTOMS (102 min)
Genesis Thursday 30 June, 9.00pm
Creepy tales of supernatural unease sit alongside politicised expressions of the lost, the disposed and those that have fallen through the cracks in our society.
SHOOTING BLANKS (104 min)
From the ‘impotence’ of a police marksman to a deranged primal scream therapy session, these films probe, poke and prick at the inflated egos, the tribalism and the inherent paranoia of masculine one-upmanship.
The Third Dad UK | Theresa Moerman Ib | 10 min
Whisper UK | Jo Lewis | 11 min
Alpha Beta UK | Tom Hemmings | 10 min
dark_net UK | Tom Marshall | 13 min
The Lights UK | Kieran Grant, Lucy Barrick | 11 min
Ribbon UK | Dean Anderson | 7 min
A Six and Two Threes UK | Andy Berriman | 13 min
Dilip’s Castle UK | Manos Ioannou | 19 min
Drift UK | Aimee Powell | 14 min
Guts UK | Eddie Bolger | 17 min
Manoman UK | Simon Cartwright | 11 min
JUS SOLI UK | somebody nobody | 15 min
Bricks UK | Nev Pierce | 10 min
The Bathtub Austria, Germany | Tim Ellrich | 13 min
THE ROAD LEAST TRAVELLED (103 min)
Our lives are mapped out by the journeys we take—some lead us on an adventure, whilst others take us to the grave.
THIS MESS WE’RE IN (96 min) Genesis Wednesday 29 June, 6.30pm
Exploring such topics as political correctness, modern art, the rise of the EDL and the sexualisation of pop culture, these films form a compelling, hilarious and at times disturbing stateof-the-nation snapshot.
Chandra China, Nepal, South Korea, UK | Asmita Shrish | 15 min
Boris in The Forest UK | Robert Hackett | 13 min
The Chop UK | Lewis Rose | 17 min
A Short Guide To Re-Entry UK | Anwar Boulifa | 15 min
Fulfilament UK | Rhiannon Evans | 8 min
Kill it 4 the Kids UK | Christopher Ullens de Schooten | 3 min
Underneath the Noise UK | Jon E Price | 8 min
All’s Well UK | Christian Kinde | 13 min SK-Sonderkommando IT | Nicola Ragone | 19 min
Rich Mix Tuesday 28 June, 6.00pm
Kerry UK | David Slade, Gemma Addy | 5 min Jacked UK | Rene Pannevis | 15 min One Man Canada | Philippe Gregoire | 13 min
Holy Thursday UK | Moin Hussain | 14 min Home Kosovo, USA, UK | Daniel Mulloy | 20 min
Genesis Friday 24 June, 6.30pm
Afrobeat(s) UK | Will Webb | 8 min Wax UK | Vasilisa Forbes | 4 min
Nipplejesus UK | Jake Lushington | 16 min Jade Dragon UK | Joseph Brett | 9 min Patriot UK | Eva Riley | 15 min #EEFF2016
NEW QUEER VISIONS:
WE, THEY, SHE, HE Miranda, Ace Hotel Friday 1 July, 6.30pm Tickets from £7: www.seetickets.com/tour/east-end-film-festival-2016 Bespoke festival ‘bolt-on’ New Queer Visions returns, this time with an exciting residence at the East End Film Festival at the Miranda. A feast of LGBTQ films from across the globe, celebrating characters coming in from the edge—to challenge perceptions, excite senses and invert the discourse. Come and be a part of the action. Followed by Q&A with directors. A percentage of ticket sales will be donated to The Gay Bombay Group.
Dir: Ondrej Hudecek
UP ON THE ROOF
THE GAY BOMBAY TALENT SHOW Dir: Ashish Sawhny
11 LIFE LESSONS FROM AN AWESOME OLD DYKE
Dir: Damiá Serra Cauchetiez
Dir: Devon Kirkpatrick
Dir: Chih-Jen Lin
Dir: Jake Graf
DESIRE (WORK IN PROGRESS SCREENING) Dir: Campbell X
Dir: Allison Khoury
Dir: Toby Fell-Holden
QUEER TALES LONG SHORTS Rio Sunday 26 June, 1.30pm From changing room showdowns to clandestine encounters and societal repression, sometimes it takes a little longer to tell your tale…
THE BALLAD OF ELLA PLUMMHOFF
Dir: Barbara Kronenberg Germany | 29 min While the eighth grader Ella faces a decisive exam, she dreams about last summer: love lessons about her grotesque ballet teacher, her first kiss, and permanently annoying parents.
Dir: Charlie Parham UK | 26 min Nightstand stages the destructive relationship between two men over three consecutive nights— one is gay, lost and adolescent, the other is married to a woman and middle-aged.
Dir: Peter Lee Scott UK | 25 min Colours shows how 17 year old Adam’s world is turned upside-down when he and two other football team-mates, Mike and Alex, discover Adam’s best friend Tom is gay.
FUTURE SH TS UEL SHORT FILM SHOWCASE
Genesis Tuesday 28 June, 7.00pm Total running time 56 min Tickets £5 A celebration of some of the most talented young filmmakers to emerge from the University of East London’s BA Film, BA Animation and Illustration and MA Filmmaking programmes. A richly diverse programme ranging from darkly surreal and visually spectacular fictions, to poignant documentaries (covering subject as varied as the Spanish Civil War and contemporary sexuality), to innovative and eye-catching animations. Followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and a chance to find out about the exciting developments in Film at the East End Film Festival’s principal partner, the University of East London.
EVERYONE WAS SMALL 4 min Dir: Paris Rose Animated Documentary. BA Animation and illustration
GOODBYE BABY LADY
13 min Screenplay / Director / Costumes / Editing: Emilia Kinderman DOP, Production Manager: Krupa Patel Camera: Ciaran O’Connor Costumes: Iva Minkova Production Assistant: Vishal Sidhu 1st AD / Editing: Piotr Karter Sound Technician: Danny Tarr Daughter: Katie Healy Mother: Gerri Farrell Tenant: Ivan Molochko Little Girl: Lily Pratt Delivery Man: Trevor Sharpe BA Film
LET’S TALK ABOUT GAY SEX AND DRUGS
12 min Dir: Leon Lopez Second Camera: Mitchell Marrion. Sound Design: Jonathan Bell MA Filmmaking
3 min Dir: Lee Saunders Animation, Digital 2D. BA Animation and illustration
2 min Dir: Sam Ogunsola Animation, Hand-Drawn BA Animation and illustration
7 min Dir: Patrick O’Mahony Animation, Stop-Motion. BA Animation and illustration
10 min Dir: Teresa Duran Camera: Teresa Duran Sound: David Montalvo Editor: Teresa Duran Music: Pedro Mari Martin BA Film
10 min Dir: Andreea Gruioniu Sound: Costin Moraru Production Manager: Octavian Gruioniu Actors: Alin Popa, Catalin Gheorghe MA Filmmaking
SCREENINGS The Temple at Andaz London Liverpool Street Hotel
WARNING Cinema explores the world we inhabit; it’s able to look at the world and highlight ills—past and present— and set up the various possibilities of our future. With The Warning we package these stories into one large narrative, starting with a voice from the past, following through unease, unrest and the inevitable resistance. Sadly this tale takes a dark turn where warnings were ignored and we end up in the seemingly inevitable dystopian future, where the struggles, though different, have continued headlong towards collapse. The Warning weaves it’s way through Freemasonry’s historical connections to the crafts folk and guilds and their own grand aims of unification and fraternity, while being conspiratorially viewed as a secretive organisation for world domination. What could possibly go wrong? —Josh Saco, Masonic Temple programmer
COLLAPSE OF CIVILISATION WEEKEND
SATURDAY 2 JULY
SUNDAY 3 JULY
Dir: Don Taylor | UK | 1972 | 50 min At a Christmas dinner in an old cottage, there’s a sudden power failure and the phone goes dead, the wine turns to blood and the turkey makes them violently sick. Then things really get strange…
Dir: Terry Gilliam | USA | 1985 | 134 min A bureaucrat in a retro-future world tries to correct an administrative error and himself becomes an enemy of the state.
DEAD OF NIGHT—EXORCISM
Dir: Alan Clarke | UK | 1990 | 62 min A bleak portrait of life in a Lancashire town in 1980’s Thatcher era Britain.
THE LAW Dir: Pete Travis | USA | 2012 | 95 min Supported by Rebellion In a violent, futuristic city where the police have the authority to act as judge, jury and executioner, a cop teams with a trainee to take down a gang that deals the reality-altering drug, SLO-MO.
GIVE US TOMORROW
THE RUNNING MAN
Dir: Donovan Winter | UK | 1978 | 94 min In association with Nucleus Films Masked intruders take the family of a bank manager hostage in order to rob his bank.
LAND AND FREEDOM
Dir: Paul Michael Glaser | USA | 1987 | 101 min Presented by Science Fiction Theatre A wrongly convicted man must try to survive a public execution gauntlet staged as a game show.
Dir: Ken Loach | UK, Spain | 1995 | 110 min Spring, 1936: David, a young unemployed communist, travels from his home in Liverpool to join the fight against fascism in Spain.
THINGS TO COME
Dir: William Cameron Menzies | USA | 1939 | 97 min Presented by Filmbar70 The story of a century: a decades-long World War leaves plague and anarchy, then a rational state rebuilds civilization and attempts space travel.
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Located on the fringes of vibrant East London, the five star boutique Andaz London Liverpool Street hotel is proud once again to be the official Hotel Partner of the East End Film Festival, 2016. As a core value of Hyatt’s lifestyle Andaz brand, Andaz London Liverpool Street reflects the personality of its locale and through partnership with the Festival joins in the celebration of London’s East End cultural scene.
THE TEMPLE, ANDAZ LONDON LIVERPOOL STREET HOTEL
THE MACABRE MASQUERADE On the site of the old Bedlam hospital, where crowds once gathered to mock the inhabitants, rose a Masonic tabernacle, home to clandestine gatherings and arcane rituals. Fallen into disuse, walled up and derelict, the Grecian Masonic Temple at Liverpool Street lay bereft and forgotten for decades. This summer A Curious Invitation and the East End Film Festival will return to the marbled splendour of the City’s only original Freemasons’ lodge for a macabre night of cabaret, circus and cinema.
SATURDAY 2 JULY 7.00PM–2.00AM
FEATURING... THE HALL OF THE GRAND ARTIFICER HEAVY METAL PETE COCO DEVILLE NATHAN & ISIS
THE CRYSTAL CHAMBER BECKY & TYRONE TIM MAYNARD
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THE LOST WORD CABARET MARNIE SCARLET LOLO BROW SNAKE FERVOUR CYNTH ICORN BISHI
THE DARK ARTS DRAWING ROOM ART MACABRE
MASONIC TEMPLE A SCREENING OF ALEJANDRO JODOROWSKY’S SANTA SANGRE
AND MUCH MORE…
NORMAN MCLAREN: MOVEMENTS, A RETROSPECTIVE
40 YEARS OF FILM IN THE EAST END
Whitechapel Gallery Thursday 30 June, 7.00pm
Whitechapel Gallery Saturday 2 July, 1.30pm Tickets £12.50, £10.50 concessions, £6.25 member
A retrospective of Norman McLaren, one of Britain’s most important abstract film artists, in celebration of a new live score and artist film commission inspired by his work. Join EEFF for a special selection of films exploring McLaren’s use of music, dance and movement, followed by a special panel discussion featuring experts on McLaren’s work, and the artists and filmmakers working with the East End Film Festival this year to create new work inspired by the master filmmaker. A kaleidoscope of sound, image and invention. Part of EEFF’s Psych Space event at Oval Space: see page 40.
For four decades Four Corners has supported production, education and exhibition of film and photography from its Roman Road, Bethnal Green base. This day of celebration showcases key works and film-makers, with discussions and special guests including Carla Mitchell, Joanna Davis, Ron Peck, Paul Hallam, Wilf Thust and Rahoul Amin. Presented by Gareth Evans.
ANALOGUE! ACCIDENT! ALCHEMY! CAN PRE-DIGITAL AND REDUNDANT TECHNOLOGY CREATE A NEW KIND OF FILMMAKING? A panel discussion with Nicholas Abrahams, Douglas Hart, Bea Haut. Chaired by Helen DeWitt Close-Up Monday 27 June, 7.00pm In a digital landscape where perfection can be effortlessly fabricated, can embracing old technology, techniques and the celebration of chance create a vibrant new form of filmmaking?
Bea Haut – International exhibiting artist who works with 16mm film in an expanded form. She also jointly runs Film in Process, an artist film processing and printing service.
With extensive experience working with Super 8, 16mm, alternative chemical processing and analogue video, our panel will discuss the pros, cons, pitfalls and practicality of such technology.
Douglas Hart – Founder member of The Jesus and Mary Chain and accomplished music video director, favouring small gauge film formats since the mid ‘80s.
Nick Abrahams – Director of music videos and experimental documentaries, including acclaimed collaborations with Jeremy Deller and Sigur Ros.
FOUR CORNERS ANNIVERSARY EVENT
Helen Dewitt – Head of Cinemas at the BFI, lead Programmer of London Film Festival’s Experimenta section of Artists’ Film and Video.
THE PHOTOGRAPHER Rich Mix followed by Archers Gallery Sunday 26 June, 4.00pm Rich Mix screenings at regular venue price; Archers Gallery FREE A programme showing Phil Maxwell’s work in collaboration with filmmaker Hazuan Hashim. Featuring their collaborations with composer Lola Perrin, the programme will be followed by a Q&A and an opening of Phil Maxwell’s exhibition, Brick Lane, at the Archer’s Gallery in Osborne St.
Dir. Phil Maxwell & Hazuan Hashim | 8 min An experimental piece using sequences of still images of streets in Barcelona threading through a composition for 6 pianos by Lola Perrin.
Dir. Phil Maxwell & Hazuan Hashim | 9 min A film documenting a day in the life of the city of Venice with music by Lola Perrin.
EAST END 1
7 min A series of black and white images of the East End with original score by Lola Perrin.
Dir. Hazuan Hashim | 20 min An intimate insight into the life and work of the street photographer / photojournalist Phil Maxwell. Maxwell started photographing the streets of Liverpool in the 70s, before moving to London in the early 80s, where he started documenting the East End of London. “I was a great admirer of Bill Brandt, Humphrey Spender and Henri Cartier Bresson, and passionate to record the lives of ordinary people.” Phil Maxwell This film is a study of Phil Maxwell’s work and street photography.
GENESIS CINEMA PRESENTS
40 Genesis 24 June–1 July
In celebration of ‘40 Years of Punk’ we’re taking the classic rebellion of ’76 UK punk as a jumping off point for a filmic and musical journey around the world of punk rock.
THE FILTH & THE FURY +Q&A Dir: Julien Temple | 2000 | 108 min Friday 24 June, 7.00pm Accompanied by a Q&A with Julien Temple, his iconic Sex Pistols documentary is one of the most insightful, vital and moving documentaries ever made.
LOS PUNKS: WE ARE ALL WE HAVE
TAQWACORE: THE BIRTH OF PUNK ISLAM
Dir: Angela Boatwright | 2016 | 79 min UK Premiere Wednesday 29 June, 7.00pm Join the teens and young adults of South Central and East Los Angeles in a brand new feature documentary exploring the family of Hispanic teens that make up the bands, the mosh pit and the merch stands in their crucial backyard scene
Dir: Omar Majeed | 2009 | 80 min Tuesday 28 June, 7.00pm Follow a group of American Muslim punk rockers as they strive to create their own scene and develop their identity at a culturally critical time in both their religion and country’s history.
PANORAMA PUNK ART SPECIAL
Genesis Bar Paragon Monday 27 June, 8.00pm For more information check the Genesis website.
LOST GRRRLS: RIOT GRRRL IN LOS ANGELES +Q&A
Dir: Vega Darling | 2016 | 90 min World Premere Friday 1 July, 8.45pm Featuring a Q&A with director Vega Darling. This delve into the LA riot grrrl scene is packed with insight, interviews and raw, powerful music. Followed by live performances from female bands YASSASSIN and COLOUR ME WEDNESDAY.
PUNK BOOK CLUB #GENESISTERS TAKEOVER:
PUSSY RIOT: A PUNK PRAYER +INTRODUCTION
Dir: Mike Lerner, Maxim Pozdorovkin | 2013 | 88 min Thursday 30 June, 7.00pm Riot grrrl gang #genesisters start their takeover with the incredible tale of the anti-establishment punk band who faced seven years in prison for a performance at Moscow Cathedral. Accompanied by an introduction from the film’s codirector Mike Lerner.
Saturday 2 July, 8.00pm We see the Luxury Book Club become Punk Book Club as we welcome Jon Savage and a panel of guests as they discuss the legendary ‘England’s Dreaming’—the modern classic that depicts punk’s cultural impact on the UK.
Sunday 3 July, 3.00pm Rogue film programmers Bad Company present a Juxtaprojection double bill around the theme ‘Punk Royalty’. We’ve no idea what to expect, suffice to say it’ll be in bad taste and there’ll be truly bizarre prizes.
Accompanying the punk strand will be a screening of Cassette: A Documentary Mixtape, featuring interviews with punk icons Henry Rollins, Thurston Moore, Ian Mackaye and Mike Watt.
GENESIS CINEMA PRESENTS
CRIME SCENE Genesis Saturday 2 July Launched in 2000 by Adrian Wootton, Crime Scene heralds all things crime-related on film. Telling us about the current state of society, this series intends to go beyond detectives and noir, whilst still celebrating the genre. Exploring narratives of resistance and identity in a world where big business and government define laws through money and control...more than ever the Crime Scene represents the journey of the little man or woman up against the stacked odds of deprivation, corporate power and the State.
2.00PM GENRE CLAUDE VAN DAM WORKSHOP
Bar Paragon FREE Crime-inspired Improv Workshop from the creators of ‘Dinner and a Movie’.
“I am really delighted that Crime Scene, after being on hiatus for most of the last decade, is returning refreshed and reenergised by the terrific creative teams at the Genesis Cinema and the East End Film Festival. I think it is really important that the UK has a focus and a festival devoted to this most popular and endlessly inventive genre. I salute this rebirth and look forward to working on Crime Scene as it develops.” —Adrian Wootton, Creator of Crime Scene & Chief Executive of Film London
5.00PM CRIME THEMED IMPROV
Bar Paragon FREE Genre Claude Van Damme improvise a full movie live on stage.
Dir: Adrian Tanner UK | 82 min World Premiere A thriller for the age of the Panama Papers, about a group of Robin Hoodstyle hackers.
3.30PM SIX ROUNDS
9.00PM THE HOLLOW POINT
Dir. Marcus Flemming UK | 2016 | 60 min World Premiere
Dir: Jake Gabbay UK | 33 min World Premiere Two films about boxers trying to escape their troubled past, one set around the 2011 London riots, one at the heart of the East End.
6.00PM KETTLING OF THE VOICES
Dir: Gonzalo López-Gallego USA | 90 mins London Premiere Ian McShane, Patrick Wilson and John Leguizamo star in a brilliantly fun, schlocky Texas thriller.
10.00PM LATE VIDEO NIGHTMARE CRIME SPECIAL BAR PARAGON
FREE A night of crime-themed VHS madness taking in two brilliant ‘80s flicks.
Dir: Chester Yang UK | 70 mins UK Premiere A documentary about the student movement in the UK, and the erosion of the right to protest.
PSYCH SPACE Oval Space Friday 24 June Tickets: £10 from 7.00pm, £5 from 9.00pm Tickets available from See Tickets: www.seetickets.com/tour/east-end-film-festival-2016
Join the EEFF at the spectacular Oval Space for a night of live cross-arts events, performance, film and live music celebrating the boundaries between sound and image.
7.00PM PAS DE DEUX: WORLD PREMIERE
The World Premiere of a brand new live commission, featuring maverick electronic musician Luke Abbott (Modern Driveway), live visuals wizard Dan Tombs (Jon Hopkins, Fuck Buttons) and award-winning dance artist Lucy Suggate. A true cross-arts spectacular, this live reinterpretation of Norman McLaren’s Oscar-nominated Pas de Deux (1968) features live dance, manipulated reprojections and a semi-improvised drone score. A spectacular portrayal of dance and movement, with a shimmering soundtrack, it is presented alongside the World Premiere of a series of new artist film commissions. Produced by Kate Wilson. Supported by Arts Council England (See events page 37 for the ACE supported Norman McLaren retrospective linked to this event).
9.30PM FANTASTIC PLANET LIVE SOUNDTRACK BY JC FLOWERS (ATP RECORDS)
JC Flower’s debut album was written and recorded in their practice room overlooking Canary Wharf, with its muted frisson of diminishing returns. This period was a strange one: planes fell out of the sky, media panic over outbreaks and epidemics continued, weather patterns and determinedly climbing rents drove the band to distraction.
11.00PM JOHN DORAN AND LONE TAXIDERMIST: INTERFERENCE
Playing a selection of Middle Eastern, spunk funk, Electro chaabi, and space bangers, witness the records of DJ John Doran (The Quietus) being manipulated by Natalie Sharp (Lone Taxidermist), interfering via sharp splices, loops and effects applied to voice and analogue synths, all on the fly and in the moment. With Ross Blake adding his special brand of surreal visuals.
GENESIS SATURDAY 25 JUNE Dedicated to celebrating young people behind and in front of the camera, Cutting East is the Borough of Tower Hamlets’ youth film festival. Programmed by young people, for young people, Cutting East is now in its fourth year, with the most recent edition having taken place in March, presented in partnership with the East End Film Festival. Join us as we celebrate all the creative power of youth, with thoughts, films, discussions and music for a special EEFF day celebrating all things Cutting East! 2.00PM SHORTS: LEARNING CURVE 98’ (See page 30)
Dir: Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami Iran / Germany / Switzerland | 2015 | 90 min A story of conservative society, furious rhymes and mic drops, Rokhsareh Ghaem Magham’s extraordinary film follows Sonita Alizadeh, a young female Afghan refugee living in Iran, who rejects an arranged marriage in order to pursue a life making rap music and to become the next Rihanna (See page 20).
6.00PM GENERATION REVOLUTION +Q&A
Dir: Cassie Quarless, Usayd Younis UK | 2016 | 76 min A story of resurgent grassroots activism, Generation Revolution is a stirring account of a new generation of black and brown activists in London. Focusing on The London Black Revolutionaries (Black Revs), R Movement and the Black Dissidents, Usayd Younis and Cassie Quarless’ film is a first hand insight into what cooperative, politicised engagement in social change means to a generation of young Londoners, fighting for egalitarian ideals and against a discriminating society. (See page 14).
The Cutting East Film Festival is a Borough of Tower Hamlets arts event, run in partnership with the East End Film Festival at the Genesis Cinema every March. The fourth edition of the festival took place in March 2016, with the festival’s Matthew Martino Benevolent Fund Rising Star Award being presented to Just Another Saturday, directed by Phoenix Heights.
6.00PM THE GRIND +Q&A Dir: Nosa Eke UK | 2016 | 30 min
Delving into the hectic world of London twentysomethings, The Grind follows a group of young people as they seek to make their way in London’s creative scene. Life and circumstances always lie in the way; but that doesn’t mean they’ll be giving up. That’s the nature of the grind, in this refreshingly realistic take on being young and getting by. (See page 14).
7.30PM–LATE ‘THE GRIND’ AFTERPARTY FREE
Join us in Bar Paragon for a night of cutting beats, dancing and all round good times as we celebrate the World Premiere of The Grind, all soundtracked by live DJ sets from some of London’s most exciting up and coming artists.
FREE FOR UNDER 18s See website for details
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT GETTING INVOLVED IN CUTTING EAST, AND NEXT YEAR’S PROGRAMME, VISIT WWW.CUTTINGEAST.CO.UK #EEFF2016
HOW TO MAKE IT AS A FILMMAKER BEYOND YOUR FIRST FEATURE Too many first time directors never make another film. This three day course is designed to help talented filmmakers overcome the next hurdle. You’ve got the talent, and the drive, now learn how to build a dynamic and sustainable career in the film business. Panels, interviews, workshops and networking events will provide the roadmap that every filmmaker needs to avoid the pitfalls on the route to success—no matter where you are in your career.
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ALL WORKSHOPS TAKE PLACE 9.30AM–6.00PM
PASSES & TICKETS 1 DAY PASS £60 3 DAY PASS £150
IN ADDITION: 3 day pass-holders gain free entry to our Opening Night Gala screening.
ALL PASS-HOLDERS ALSO GET: free tea, coffee and wifi throughout the day at Genesis. discounts to EEFF live film and music events.
It is clear in my mind that our journey to get our second, now funded, feature film into production began with our experience at Mind the Gap 2015. The opportunity to listen to, and meet, other filmmakers from different parts of the production process was invaluable. Filmmaking can sometimes feel a lonely process, but it shouldn’t be, and the Mind the Gap initiative helped both myself and [director] Yousaf tremendously by bringing together all the resources that we needed to understand where we belong within the industry.” —Michael Taylor, producer Giantlands. Mind the Gap alumni 2015 42
Although you can come down for 1 day at a time, we highly recommend that you attend all three days to get the benefit of the full programme.
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WHAT IS MIND THE GAP? Three days of carefully curated talks, workshops and events designed to offer every insight, top tip and wise word to anyone hoping to make a career in feature films. Whether you’re crossing over from shorts to features, television to film, debut to slate, or particularly in that transition between first and second feature, Mind The Gap is here to help. Our teams of industry experts have first hand experience of all the challenges and the pitfalls. They’re coming to share the wisdom of their experience to help you anticipate identify and avoid them. No one said it was going to be easy, but you don’t have to do it on your own! Participants will enjoy panels, Q&As, workshops, interviews, networking and a host of other sweet perks!
WHO CAN ATTEND? Anyone at any stage of their career and working in any genre: Shorts, features, docs, fiction, artists film and video, directing, producing and writing are covered. The sessions are designed to give you insight to the internal workings of the film industry and allow pause for thought, planning, re-evaluating, expert and peer feedback and more.
SESSIONS INCLUDE: TRADITIONAL AND NONTRADITIONAL DISTRIBUTION FUNDING AND FINANCE
GETTING PAID TO MAKE FILMS SETTING UP YOUR OWN
FINDING AN AGENT INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL STRATEGY ...AND MORE
PREVIOUS CONTRIBUTORS INCLUDE:
Nicky Bentham (producer Moon, The Silent Storm), Andy Paterson (Producer, Girl With The Pearl Earring, The Railway Man), Peter Straughan (screenwriter, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Nick Gonda (producer, Tree of Life), Fiona Nielson (producer, 24 Hour Party People), Alex
Bowden (co-producer Cloud Atlas), Eddie Berg (Associate Director, EEFF), Helen De Witt (BFI), Will Massa (British Council), Matt Smith (Lionsgate), Damian Spandley (Metrodome), Olivier Kaempfer (Parkville Pictures, producer, Borrowed Time, Appropriate Behaviour),
Tessa Inkelaar (Film London), Christopher Granier-Deferre (iFeatures), Jacqueline Wright (Film Fatales), Peter Buckingham (SampoMedia), Mia Bays (Missing in Action Films), Richard Holmes (Creative England), Faith Taylor (Entertainment One).
FOR THIS YEAR’S FULL PROGRAMME AND TO BOOK YOUR PLACE, VISIT WWW.EASTENDFILMFESTIVAL.COM/INDUSTRY-PROGRAMME-2016 #EEFF2016
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VENUES & BOOKING
270 Mare St, London E8 1HE Box Office: 0871 902 5734 www.picturehouses.co.uk/cinema/ Hackney_Picturehouse/ Overground: Hackney Central Ticket Price: Various
77-82 Whitechapel High St, London E1 7QX Box Office: 020 7522 7888 www.whitechapelgallery.org By tube: Aldgate East / Aldgate By rail: Whitechapel / Liverpool Street
107 Kingsland High St, London E8 2PB Box Office: 020 7241 9410 To book tickets: www.riocinema.org.uk By rail: Dalston Kingsland Ticket Prices: Full £8, Reduced £6.50
67 Rothebury Rd, Hackney Wick E9 Box Office: 07480 922843 www.hubsixtyseven.com By rail: Hackney Wick
64–66 Redchurch St, Shoreditch, London E2 7DP Box Office: 020 3350 3490 www.electriccinema.co.uk/shoreditch By rail: Shoreditch High Street By tube: Old Street, Aldgate east Ticket price: Various
35–47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA Box Office: 020 7613 7498 To book tickets: www.richmix.org.uk By tube: Liverpool Street, Old Street, Bethnal Green, Aldgate East Ticket Prices: Standard £9.50, Concession £7
Salway Rd, London E15 1BX Box Office: 0871 902 5740 www.picturehouses.co.uk/cinema/ Stratford_London/ By tube: Stratford By rail: Maryland Ticket Prices: Various
Genesis Cinema 93–95 Mile End Rd, Whitechapel, London E1 4UJ Box Office: 0207 780 2000 To book tickets: www.genesiscinema.co.uk By tube: Stepney Green / Whitechapel Ticket price: Various
Masonic Temple Andaz London Liverpool Street Hotel, 40 Liverpool St, London EC2M 7QN Box Office: 020 7961 1234 www.andazdining.com/privatedining-en.html By tube: Liverpool Street Ticket prices: £12.50/£16/£30
Oval Space 29-32 The Oval, London E2 9DT Box Office: 020 7183 4422 www.ovalspace.co.uk By tube: Bethnal Green By rail: Cambridge Heath
Close-Up 97 Sclater St, London E1 6HR Box Office: 020 3784 7970 www.closeupfilmcentre.com By rail: Shoreditch High Street By tube: Liverpool Street / Aldgate East / Bethnal Green
Miranda, Ace Hotel Box Office: 020 7613 9800 www.acehotel.com/london/miranda By rail: Shoreditch High Street
VFD 66 Stoke Newington Rd, London N16 7XB www.vfdalston.com By rail: Dalston Kingsland
St. Anne’s Church
5 Newell St, Limehouse, London E14 7HP Tel: 020 7987 1502 www.stanneslimehouse.org By tube: Limehouse DLR / Westferry DLR
117 Kingsland Rd, London E8 2PB Tel: 020 7254 2273 www.facebook.com/dalstonsuperstore By rail: Dalston Kingsland
Please check your journey time before travelling in London; all information is available at www.tfl.gov.uk For detailed information about our events, venues and programme, please visit www.eastendfilmfestival.com Follow us @eastendfilmfest and check the #EEFF2016 hashtag on twitter, like us on Facebook or call our information line: 07932 428992 open daily between 11.00am–5.00pm during the festival. All venues are fully accessible for disabled visitors, except for the following areas:
—Rio viewing balcony is not accessible by wheelchair. —Genesis Screen 1 is not accessible by wheelchair. —VFD is not accessible by wheelchair. —Dalston Superstore is not accessible by wheelchair
PRODUCED BY THE EAST END FILM FESTIVAL. Printed at The Guardian Print Centre, Rick Roberts Way, London, E15 2GN.
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—diverse and impactful training + leadership programmes FILMONOMICS —special preview events In the decade from 2004 to 2014, only 13.6% of working film directors in the UK were women* *Directors UK, Cut Out of the Picture Report 2016
Hugely useful insight from top professionals.” —Filmonomics Participant
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The Rescue, Opening in autumn 2015
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EAST END FILM FESTIVAL 2016
23 JUNE–3 JULY
THURSDAY 23 JUNE
FRIDAY 24 JUNE
SATURDAY 25 JUNE SUNDAY 26 JUNE
MONDAY 27 JUNE
TUESDAY 28 JUNE
OPENING NIGHT GALA
6.30pm Shooting Blanks (SHORTS) p.29
2.00pm Man Made Epidemic +Q&A
7.00pm The Filth & The Fury +Q&A (PUNK)
8.00pm Hot Property +Q&A
6.30pm Mariam + Exploiting it? (ROOTS) p.25
3.30pm Notes on Blindness – HoH screening (ROOTS) p.25
7.00pm Cassette +Q&A
6.30pm My Feral Heart +Q&A
9.00pm Bittersuite +Q&A
7.00pm Taqwacore – The Birth of Punk Islam (PUNK)
7.00pm Alleycats +Q&A p.8
9.00pm A Punter’s Prayer +Q&A
CUTTING EAST p.39 2.00pm Learning Curve (SHORTS) p.28 4.00pm Sonita
6.00pm The Grind +Q&A and afterparty
A DAY OF REFUGE p.27 2.00pm Fire at Sea + Home + La Bestia 5.30pm Ketermaya + Refugee Blues + The Bridge 7.00pm Spoken Word
6.00pm Generation Revolution +Q&A 6.30pm Adult Life Skills +Q&A
9.15pm Aloys +Q&A
3.00pm Author: The JT Leroy Story
7.00pm UEL Future Shots p.31 7.00pm Deaf & Hearing Ensemble Scratch Night p.22 9.00pm Mile End +Q&A
4.00pm The Lure +Q&A
6.30pm National Bird
6.30pm The Commune +Q&A
8.30pm Little Men
2.00pm Shongram +INTRO (ROOTS) p.23
1.00pm Half Way +PANEL discussion (ROOTS) p.25
6.00pm The Road Least Travelled (SHORTS) p.29
4.00pm Toll Booth +Q&A
4.00pm The Photographer +Q&A p.35
8.30pm God’s Acre +Q&A
1.30pm Queer Tales (SHORTS) p.30
5.30pm Notes on Blindness +Q&A and VR Workshop 11.00pm Baskin
8:30pm Chasing Robert Barker +Q&A
6.30pm Love is Thicker Than Water +Q&A
6.30pm Desire Will Set You Free +Q&A and afterparty
1.30pm Seven Sisters Indoor Market +Q&A
5.45pm The Commune +INTRO
4.00pm Blood, Sweat and Tears (SHORTS) p.28
7.00pm Psych Space p.38
12.00pm Homeland (Iraq Year Zero)
4.15am East End at Dawn: Sunrise Walking Tour (ROOTS) p.24
7.00pm Catastrophy Club (ROOTS) p.25
7.00pm Analogue! Accident! Alchemy! p.35
Stratford East Picturehouse
6.00pm Tales from the Two Puddings +Q&A
8.30pm Desire Will Set You Free, ‘Frei’ Party p.22
4.15pm Dead Slow Ahead +Q&A
CALENDAR WEDNESDAY 29 JUNE
THURSDAY 30 JUNE
FRIDAY 1 JULY
SATURDAY 2 JULY
SUNDAY 3 JULY
6.30pm This Mess We’re In (SHORTS) p.29
11.00am Parent & Baby Screening (ROOTS) p.26
6.30pm The Darkest Universe +Q&A
6.30pm The Guv’nor +Q&A
3.00pm The Gates of Vanity +Q&A
7.00pm Los Punks: We Are All We Have (PUNK)
6.30pm In Passing (SHORTS) p.28
8.45pm Lost Grrrls: Riot Grrrl in Los Angeles +Q&A (PUNK)
CRIME SCENE 3.30pm Six Rounds
4.00pm Tower Hamlet at its Best (ROOTS) p.24
7.00pm The Hard Stop +Q&A
9.00pm Native +Q&A
5.30pm Redistributors +Q&A
5.00pm A River +Q&A
7.00pm Pussy Riot (PUNK)
10.00pm #GENESISTERS Takeover Afterparty p.36
6.00pm Kettling of the Voices +Q&A
CLOSING NIGHT GALA 7.00pm Gary Numan: Android in La La Land p.8
9.00pm And Then I was French +Q&A
9.00pm Phantoms (SHORTS) p.29
9.00pm The Hollow Point GENRE CLAUDE VAN DAMME (ROOTS) 2.30pm Workshop 5.00pm Improv Comedy Show p.26
7.00pm Centrepiece Gala: Shepherds and Butchers +Q&A p.9
9.00pm WinWin +Q&A
6.30pm The Childhood of a Leader 9.00pm We Are the Flesh
6.00pm Jim: The James Foley Story
1.30pm Credible Likeable Superstar Rolemodel +Q&A 4.00pm Making It +Q&A 6.45pm Operation Avalanche
8.45pm As I Open My Eyes +Q&A
6.30pm The Curve 7.00pm Dash Arts, Dacha (ROOTS) p.26
8.30pm Flag Without a Country
9.00pm The World is Mine
10.00pm Rainbow Collective (ROOTS) p.26
10.00pm Rainbow Collective (ROOTS) p.26
12.00pm Dash Arts, Dacha (ROOTS) p.26
12.00pm Dash Arts, Dacha (ROOTS) p.26
3.30pm Out of Time (SHORTS) p.28
1.30pm I Shot Bi Kidude + live performance
6.00pm Full Contact +Q&A 8.30pm Undocument +Q&A
6.30pm Strike a Pose + afterparty
5.30pm Golden Dawn: A Personal Affair
1.30pm The Blue Wave
1.30pm Transit Havana
3.45pm London Overground +Q&A
3.45pm Uncle Howard +Q&A 3.00pm Little Men
Miranda, Ace Hotel:
7.00pm Films For Food (ROOTS) p.25
7.00pm Norman McLaren: Movements, A Retrospective p.35
6.30pm New Queer Visions: We, They, She, He (SHORTS) +Q&A p.30
12.00pm Collapse of Civilisation Weekend / Day 1 p.32–33
12.00pm Collapse of Civilisation Weekend / Day 2 p.32–33
St Anne’s Church:
9.00pm Strike a Pose, ‘Breathless’ Party p.22
7.30pm The Battle of the Somme (ROOTS) p.26
7.00pm The Macabre Masonic Masquerade p.34
Whitechapel Gallery: 1.30pm 40 Years of Film in the East End p.35
The Rescue, Opening in autumn 2015
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