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It’s hard to believe that it was way back in 2001 when the idea of an exhibition forum for all the volcanic filmmaking activity in the area was born. Supported from its inception by Tower Hamlets Council, the East End Film Festival has spent the last decade cultivating those roots whilst developing an International platform from which to embrace a cross-media showcase of film, music and cultural events. We welcome you to join us as we celebrate our 10-year anniversary with a programme that promises to be our best yet.

CONTENTS p.3 —Welcome p.4 —Awards & Patrons p.5 —Branding & Trailer p.7 —Opening Night —Closing Night Celebration p.6 —Features p.9 —British p.17 —European: Romanian Focus p.26 —World p.30 —Horror p.32 —Music p.34 —Camden Crawl p.35 —Transylmania p.39 —Events p.41 —The Liberty of Norton Folgate p.42 —Spitalfields Market p.44 —Heritage Trail —Celebration p.45 —Cycle Symphony —Sights & Sounds of the Jewish East End p.46 —Movie Mayday p.49 —Secret Societies p.50 —Talks & Masterclasses p.53 —Industry p.57 —Shorts Programme p.62–63 —Calendar p.65 —Venues & Booking p.66 —Credits & Thanks

We start the celebrations with the World Premiere gala screening of Roger Sargent’s The Libertines – There Are No Innocent Bystanders. Frequently described as the UK’s most important music photographer, his debut feature is an all-access documentary that follows the band through their recent triumphant reunion.

Also celebrating a 10th birthday this year is renowned music festival Camden Crawl, and we’re thrilled to be collaborating with them on a Sonic Film programme which includes two afternoons of cinema and music curated by Guillemots and Saint Etienne. With an emphasis on home grown talent, our British strand, this year supported by 3 Mills Studios, will include a world premiere gala screening of Craig Viveiros’s debut feature Ghosted, starring John Lynch and rising star, Martin Compston. There’s also a chance to see Kanchi Wichmann’s Break My Fall, a provocative ode to the 24-hour party culture of London’s East End and one of a number of debut features with gay themes at this year’s festival. Having screened only once before, and with Warner Brothers refusing to release the film forty years on, we offer a rare opportunity to see the directors cut of Ken Russell’s highly controversial, The Devils. Based on the same historical events, is Jerzy Kawalerowicz’s Mother Joan Of The Angels and fifty years later, this landmark Polish film will screen in the hallowed setting of St John’s church in Bethnal Green. Having won East End Film Festival’s Best International First Feature award in 2010 for Francesca, we’re delighted that Romanian filmmaker Bobby Paunescu is this year’s Director-In-Residence. In conjunction with The Romanian Cultural Institute, the festival has put together a strong line-up of films and events including the UK Premiere of Bogdan George Apetri’s award-winning Outbound and our Brit/Rom blowout party Transylmania –

with Romanian band Urma, DJs Si Begg and Nico de Transylvania and renowned VJ artists Addictive TV. World cinema too puts on a great showing, and it’s a pleasure to welcome over from Banglasdesh, with the support of Prime Focus, Mostofa Sarwar Farooki, to introduce his controversial debut feature Third Person Singular Number. Hailing from the other side of the globe, we have the digitally re-mastered version of arguably Martin Scorsese most iconic film – Taxi Driver, presented at the Aubin Cinema by Adrian Utley of Portishead fame. It won’t have escaped anyone’s notice that April 29 is the day of the Royal Wedding, so East End Film Festival has decided to enter into a marriage of convenience with historic local boozer The Water Poet to reinstate The Liberty Of Norton Folgate. This historic area around Spitalfields for centuries recognised no law but its own, with the unruly residents robbing travellers, hiding traitors and always holding a healthy disrespect for authority. It’s this debauchery that has inspired what’s set to be the ultimate Royal Wedding street party, so come celebrate a national event outside of national governance if you dare! And lastly, just when it looks like things are winding down, the festival comes to a frenzied climax with our Movie Mayday, where every corner of the East End will be taken over with projections, music and sight specific installations including a special trio of films in a secret Masonic Temple in the Andaz Hotel – our hotel partner for 2011.

Then, it really is over for another year, barring one very special 10th anniversary party night hosted by our friends at Boheme London. We hope you enjoy it. Alison Poltock Artistic Director



AWARDS Best Debut Feature

Supported by the East End Film Festival As a leading showcase for first features, we are proud to once again present the EEFF award for Best Debut Feature. Last year's winner Bobby Paunescu received our top award for his debut film Francesca, and we welcome him back this year as our director-in-residence to curate a focus on Romanian cinema.

Best Documentary Feature

Supported by Sheffield Doc/Fest To recognise the most unique, human and arresting stories presented to us this year, we are pleased to partner with Sheffield Doc/Fest to support new documentary work that celebrates cinematic form.

Best UK Short Film

Supported by SAE This year we were overwhelmed with a massive amount of submissions, proving that UK new talent is alive and well. From suburban stories to experimental snapshots, road trips to romance, this year we had the pleasure of watching an unprecedented number of excellent new films from all across the UK.

Short Film Audience Award Festivals may have programmers, juries and directors but it’s the audience who really count. Let us know your opinion after any of our shorts screenings and cast your vote for this year’s festival favourite!

Best Debut Feature Jury

Adrian Utley Best known for co-forming Portishead in the early nineties, Utley has also worked with Sparklehorse, Goldfrapp and Massive Attack, as well as leading a 25 piece electric guitar orchestra.

2009 Trophy by:

Monica Barladeanu After building a strong TV career in her native Romania, Barladeanu became integral to the Romanian new-wave in films such as The Death of Mr Lazarescu and Francesca. She has also appeared in U.S. TV series Lost and Nip/Tuck.


Martha Fiennes Her 1999 directorial debut feature Onegin starring Ralph Fiennes won the London Film Critics Award. Since then she has directed promos, music videos and further features, including Chromophobia which closed the 2005 Cannes Film Festival. Ailsa Ferrier Ailsa Ferrier is the Acquisitions Executive at UK distributors Artificial Eye. She is also a practising artist and is a member of the Artists' collective Transidency.

OUR PATRONS Thank you to all our patrons for their continued support: Steven Berkoff Danny Boyle Tony Grisoni Asif Kapadia Michael Nyman Pawel Pawlikowski Nitin Sawhney Jason Solomons Jaime Winstone Jeremy Wooding Stephen Woolley Joe Wright


BRANDING & TRAILER This year’s festival branding was created by artistic director, Alison Poltock. With a strong nod to previous years, designed by Kate Rogers, she used the rich archive of photographer and filmmaker Phil Maxwell to form the raw materials for a campaign of eye-catching posters and flyers. Famous for his black and white street photography of some of the area’s most interesting corners and characters, Phil Maxwell has been taking pictures of the East End and its inhabitants for more than 30 years. With a sense of history, change and dynamism, his work is a perfect match for the way the East End Film Festival engages its audience. We can think of no better way to impart the spirit of EEFF2011.

Marking the EEFF’s tenth anniversary edition, this years trailer spans our growth from a local festival to one boasting a programme stretching from the East End to East Asia. It is in this spirit of celebration that we have produced this year’s festival trailer. Fireman and Filmmaker Alan Miles returns once again to make our 2011 trailer, this time joined by Joe Morris, a filmmaker who made his East End Film Festival debut in 2010 as the DOP and Editor of Mark Donne’s The Rime of the Modern Mariner. Together, they have created a stirring montage of the cinematic highlights of ten years of international film exhibition. It is a celebration of all we have achieved and all we hope to achieve in the future.





OPENING NIGHT GALA UK|2011 Troxy Wednesday 27 April, 7.00pm £20

In 2004, two years after releasing their first single, they split. Now the band has reunited to play Reading and Leeds, the biggest shows of their career. They’re the band that everybody has an opinion on, the band that spawned a thousand copyists, but combusted too soon to achieve their true potential. The East End Film Festival is delighted to be opening the celebrations with the World Premiere of The Libertines – There Are No Innocent Bystanders, an access-all-areas documentary following the infamous band’s reunion in 2010. A debut feature by renowned photographer and journalist Roger Sargent, the film explores the mythology, relationships and personal experiences of one of the most beloved and divisive bands that Britain has ever produced. Sargent's film captures the spirit, stories and moments retold and re-lived by the band themselves, making use of his unparalleled Libertines archive of photos. It spans the period from the announcement of the reunion to the weekend of the Reading and Leeds festivals. Look out for a guided tour of the ‘Libertines East End’ as each band member is profiled individually and collectively – something which has never been done before. This film is as much about the band rediscovering the Libertines as everyone else. Tickets available from

CLOSING NIGHT PARTY Boheme London Monday 2 May, from 8.30pm £10 Grab your free drinks and join us late into the night for a party to celebrate the close of our 10th anniversary celebrations – hosted by Boheme London. Tickets available from


H S I T I R B 8

FEATURE PROGRAMME: BRITISH For the past decade the East End Film Festival has shown a real commitment to supporting British cinema. Initially founded in 2001 to showcase the explosion in local filmmaking talent, the EEFF was a natural reflection of how East London had grown through the nineties to become the capital’s major hot-spot for new artistic endeavour. Over that time the EEFF’s support for homegrown talent has expanded countrywide, covering all of Britain and mirroring the festival’s own expansion. Julian Temple, Danny Boyle, and Richard E Grant have all subsequently premiered work here, and our growing list of festival patrons – from producer Stephen Woolley to actress Jaime Winstone and Boyle himself – all fly the flag for world-class British talent. All of which brings us to the 2011 programme. Offering yet another wealth of British films for your delectation, this year’s British Strand is supported by 3 Mills Studios. London’s largest studio for feature film, 3 Mills Studios provides the most vital of platforms for UK filmmaking, and has been the home for the production of such milestones as Fish Tank, Never Let Me Go, EEFF patron Danny Boyle’s own 28 Days Later, and the upcoming Sherlock Holmes II. This year helping the EEFF present its strongest British line up yet, we can’t think of a more fitting institution to help us deliver a programme boasting debut independent features from Morag MacKinnon, Craig Viveiros, Steven Eastwood and Kanchi Wichmann – all names to watch out for over the coming years. Documentary, the source of last year’s Best British Debut Feature Award winner, also continues to be high on the agenda for British filmmakers in 2011, and this year’s selection shows the UK’s documentary scene going from strength to strength. All of this comes in addition to the best in new British short films across a number of UK Talent programmes. What’s more, there is also a chance to see a couple of British classics, including the only once-screened director’s cut of Ken Russell’s infamous 1971 film The Devils, with a Q&A session following. This year’s British Strand only goes to prove that despite what detractors may say, British cinema has always boasted individual voices, and a whole load of talent to boot.


Features: British

2010 was an amazing year for British cinema. With homegrown films smashing domestic box office records, and in the case of the 2011 Oscar victory for The King’s Speech also finding unprecedented international success, talk of a crisis seems to have been premature. What’s more, the critical and awards success of films such as The Arbour, Monsters, Self-Made, Tyrannosaur and Submarine seems to show more leftfield talent finding a way through to the mainstream. These are exciting times, and both the disbanding of the UK Film Council and the general tightening of purse strings it represents seems to have made filmmakers more determined to get their voices heard. Despite the gloom, the UK film industry has never had it so good for talent and determination. The fact that the 2011 East End Film Festival features a whopping 17 British feature films, and over 60 UK shorts, is a testament to that fact.


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FEATURE PROGRAMME: BRITISH UK|2010|45 min World Premiere Genesis Sunday 1 May 4.00pm

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UK | 2010 | 20mins Director: Alistair Oldham Charting the history of this eponymous urban community. UK|2010|83 min London Premiere Rich Mix Thursday 28 April 8.00pm


UK|2010|106 min Rio Friday 29 April 6.00pm


UK|2010|86 min UK Premiere Genesis Sunday 1 May 8.30pm


Director: Catherine Donaldson (Debut Feature) To be third-gender in Nepal means a choice of three careers: giving blessing at weddings, begging or prostitution. Known as the Meti community, they are excluded from family and school, and are prey to security forces, blackmail and sexual abuse. However, as Nepal attempts to write a new constitution there is a chance of change. In order to be heard above the clamour and civil unrest, the third-genders with Sunil Pant and the Blue Diamond Society embarked on the Beauty and Brains Talent Contest. This is the story of a community gaining the confidence to finally confront the years of deeply rooted prejudice.

Director: Kanchi Wichmann (Debut Feature) A provocative ode to the 24 hour party culture of London's East End, with music from some of the best underground artists London has to offer, Break My Fall is destined for cult status. Set across three days, we follow the lives of four friends. Liza hovers precariously between leaving her doomed relationship with girlfriend Sally and finding success with their band. Sally works nights in a dead end job, whilst Vin works as a rent boy but remains secretly in love with Sally. Things finally come to a head, plunging the four friends into an emotional meltdown. By the end of the night there’s no going back to how things were. Followed by director Q&A

Director: Steven Eastwood / Geoffrey Alan Rhodes (Debut Feature) The small Bosian town of Visoko is at the heart of a remarkable claim with the discovery of ancient pyramids in the surrounding countryside. Emir is a Bosnian émigré, removed during the war and now struggling to rediscover his homeland. He has returned to assist an American director in the making of a film about Visoko's pyramids. How do you make a film of a pyramid that can't be seen? A story of faith, imagination and community, and of looking for absolute truths in life and movies. Followed by director Q&A + DESIRE UK | 2010 | 18mins Director: Drew Pautz A girl and boy meet after a tragic memorial service. 11

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Director: Shane Davey 14th Floor is a documentary about the history of housing in Tower Hamlets. Using rarely seen archive footage and interviews with former and current residents, architects, artists and historians, the film charts the development of housing in the East End. With the slum clearances of the 19th century and the post-war reconstruction of the Blitzdamaged borough, the film charts the impact on the lives of local families. 14th Floor is a unique testament to the impact that social housing has had on the communities and the landscape of the East End.

FEATURE PROGRAMME: BRITISH UK | 2011| 93 min UK Premiere Barbican Monday 2 May 2.00pm


UK | 2010| 78 min London Premiere Rich Mix Saturday 30 April 8.30pm


UK|2010|30 min World Premiere Genesis Thursday 28 April 8.30pm


UK | 2010 | 94 min World Premiere Genesis Sunday 1 May 6.30pm

Director: Shane O’Sullivan Ulrike Meinhof and Fusako Shigenobu were two women who emerged from the student revolutions of 1968 to become the leading female revolutionaries of their time. Appalled by the killing in Vietnam, they set out to destroy capitalist power through world revolution, as leaders of the Baader Meinhof Group and the Japanese Red Army respectively. This documentary introduces us to their daughters who provide us with a unique perspective on two of the most notorious “terrorists” in contemporary history. May and Bettina emerged from difficult childhoods to lead their own extraordinary lives. With capitalism once more in crisis, they face up to their mothers' actions and we ask: What were they fighting for and what have we learned?

Director: Morag Mckinnon (Debut Feature) The second part of the Advance Party Project (after Andrea Arnold’s Red Road), Lars von Trier’s proposition for three Scottish films using the same actors and characters, Donkeys is the story of Alfred, 63, an inveterate liar with a history of disastrous relationships. Wanting to take his long-suffering pal Brian to Spain to eat fryups and sip cocktails as their suns set, he first has the small matter of making everything “nicey-nicey” with his estranged lover, alienated daughter and illegitimate son. His well-meant, ultimately ridiculous attempts to set things straight in his autumn years are charming, profoundly touching and always hilarious. Alfred has to act fast if he is to bring his family back together. Followed by director and actor Q&A

Directors: Phil Maxwell / Hazuan Hashim The third in a series of documentaries about the East End by local filmmakers Phil Maxwell & Hazuan Hashim. East End Lives 3 explores change through the eyes of Bow residents Julie and Debbie; their recollections take us from the Ocean Estate, Central Foundaton School onto the first Virgin Atlantic flight from Heathrow to New York. The couple were founding members of the vocal band the Mint Juleps. Their music accompanies a lyrical collage of the East End that explores the architectural and social change that has occurred in the last 30 years. Followed by directors Q&A


Director: Ray Brady Three people meet and become friends in London. Two of them form a relationship in turns loving and destructive. But the death of one of them forces the others to reassess their lives as they are left with the repercussions; blame, guilt, self-doubt, and recurrent thoughts of the futility of their own existence. But they must allow themselves redemption to keep on living. Followed by director Q&A

+ SPARKS UK|2010|20mins Director: Nele Hecht A desperate woman escapes mysterious pursuers through house. 12

FEATURE PROGRAMME: BRITISH UK | 2010 | 110 min World Premiere Genesis Thursday 28 April 7.30pm


Director: Craig Viveiros (Debut Feature) A brutal, yet beautiful tale of loss, survival and salvation, told within the four walls of a British prison, as two men uncover a friendship.

UK | 2002| 90 min Red Gallery Friday 29 April As part of Visionäre (See page 33)


Director: Terry Walshe Norman Jay is an innovative British DJ who came to prominence in the early eighties playing warehouse parties where his style was attributed to 'rare groove'. Throughout the nineties he established himself as a radio DJ on Kiss FM and helped set up the Talkin’ Loud record label. Nowadays, his Good Times sound-system is a regular occurrence at the Notting Hill Carnival attracting 3000 revelers, and his Sunday afternoon slot at the Big Chill Festival is an annual highlight – not forgetting his Good Times CD compilations. Good Times the film is a semi autobiographical and anecdotal account of the man, his music and his influence on British club culture, using archive footage, and interviews with Judge Jules, Jazzie B, and Trevor Nelson.

Belgium/Netherlands/UK | 2011| 65 min World Premiere Genesis Sunday 1 May, 15.30pm


Directors: Sanderien Verstappen, Isabelle Makay, Mario Rutten Youngsters in developing countries all over the world dream of going to the West. They hope to earn money and get overseas experience to improve their positions at home. But once they arrive, they end up in low-status jobs and living crammed into small houses with other newly arrived migrants. This documetary follows daily life in one such house in East London. The bunk beds are filled with young Indians, all from relatively wealthy families in Gujarat. When they return to visit India, their families have great expectations of their sons and daughters. Will these youngsters fulfil their own and their families’ dreams?

+ WELCOME TO ROMFORD UK|2010|23mins Director: Simon Smith The life of a cabbie is never dull.


Features: British

Jack is a model prisoner who has kept his head down and done his time. After his wife confirms that she is leaving him the only thing that keeps him from going under is the new prisoner, Paul. As Jack and Paul finally accept each other, it soon becomes clear that Paul is not all he seems and may have a closer connection to Jack than he could ever imagine. Followed by a director and actor Q&A

FEATURE PROGRAMME: BRITISH US/UK | 2010| 87 min London Premiere Barbican Monday 2 May 4.00pm


UK | 2010| 60 min London Premiere The Brickhouse Tuesday 26 April 2.00pm Industry event FREE See page 54


UK |2006|113 min Aubin Cinema Sunday 1 May 3.00pm


UK | 2010| 75 min World Premiere Rich Mix Friday 29 April 6.00pm



Director: Robin Hessman When the USSR broke apart in 1991, a generation of young people faced a new realm of possibilities. This intimate but epic documentary concerns the extraordinary lives of this last Soviet generation, telling the stories of five Moscow schoolmates brought up behind the Iron Curtain, who witnessed the joy and confusion of glasnost. They reached adulthood right as the world changed around them. Through candid first person testimony, revealing verité footage, and vintage home movies, director Hessman, who spent many years living in Moscow, reveals a Russia rarely ever seen on film. It’s a Russia where people are frank about their lives and forthcoming about their country.

Director: Marc Issacs Documentary filmmaker Isaacs spent three months outside Highbury Magistrates Court meeting those waiting for their cases to be heard. They reveal their lives, demonstrating how the camera has the ability to delve much deeper into character and motivation than the law. The complexities of the human soul are laid bare as tense and intimate conversations illuminate stories that the magistrates hear daily. The more we get to know the characters, the harder it is to make easy judgements. Followed by Marc Issacs in conversation, courtesy of DFG

Director: Andrea Arnold Kate Dickie plays Jackie, a CCTV operator whose cameras cover a tough Glasgow housing estate and tatty row of estate shops. From the drab security of her control centre, each day she watches over a small part of the world, protecting the people whose lives are played out under her gaze. Jackie's bank of screens is like a set of jigsaw pieces of other people's lives. Daily, she follows the bored kids on the estate and the man walking his ailing dog, and shares his pain as his ‘best friend’ grows weak. Then one day a man appears on her monitor, a man she thought and hoped she would never see again... This forms part of our Talks and Masterclasses. See page 51

Director: Ross Cairns The second documentary film made under Relentless Energy’s Lives Of The Artists series. Follow Me Down looks at three varying characters forging their own way. James Lavelle is best known for the Mo’Wax record label he founded as a 19 year old in 1992 and for his UNKLE musical project. Here he creates a stunning soundtrack to legendary backcountry snowboarders Jeremy Jones and Xavier De La Rue, as they explore virgin territory and pioneer new routes. Via breathtaking action from the frozen desert of Antarctica, to stunning live footage of Lavelle, plus in-depth, insightful interviews, the film documents the creative minds behind these high profile personalities.


UK |2011|75 min World Premiere Rio Saturday 30 April 1.30pm


Spain/UK|2010|92 min


UK Premiere Cineworld Saturday 30 April 8.30pm

Director: Ken Russell The complete version of Russell’s infamous masterpiece arrives for its second ever UK screening. Breathtaking sets by Derek Jarman and Russell’s confrontational use of religious, sexual and violent imagery conjure a vision of damnation in 17th-century France. Outspoken, promiscuous priest Urbain Grandier (Oliver Reed) is accused of witchcraft by a sexually repressed Mother Superior (Vanessa Redgrave). As rumours of demonic possession spreads to the local nuns, Grandier’s resistance to the encroaching power of the state results in him being made the victim of a show trial in a climate of public hysteria. Based on events documented in Aldous Huxley’s The Devils of Loudun, this is a potentially once in a lifetime chance to see a lost, deeply disturbing British classic.

Director: Emma-Louise Williams Using the script of Dalston poet Michael Rosen’s documentary play Hackney Voices, Under the Cranes is a meditation on place as central to our experience of history. Shot on location in Hackney and intercut with rare archive footage, its cast of characters includes Shakespeare, Anna Sewell, Anna Barbauld, a Jamaican builder, a Bangladeshi restaurant owner and the Jewish 43 Group taking on Oswald Mosley. Streets, parks, cemeteries and markets, both past and present, create ‘layers of lives’ that raise questions about the process of ‘regeneration’; and even while David Cameron claims that “multiculturalism has failed”, this film celebrates how “the world comes to Hackney”. Followed by director Q&A

Director: Gustavo Ron An all star cast of British acting royalty including Emilia Fox, Ben Chaplin, Greta Schacchi, Phyllida Law, and rising talent Ella Purnell (from Never Let Me Go) star in this adaptation of Sally Nicholls' award-winning children’s book Ways To Live Forever. Two teenage friends, both suffering from leukaemia, meet in hospital and draw up a list of things they want to do before they die. This includes learning about UFOs and horror movies and airships and ghosts and scientists, and answers to the questions nobody will answer such as the facts about dying, and how it feels to kiss! A film of funny and touching escapades.

UK|2010|66 min World Premiere Genesis Sunday 1 May 6.00pm


Director: Robin Mahoney / Si Begg We Made Our Own Disaster is an audiovisual film combining electronic music, archive film, experimental video, sampling and remixing to create a typically humorous and eclectic feature-length odyssey subtitled A Study of Fascism in Late 20th Century Democracies. Filmmaker Robin Mahoney has a background in music video for The White Stripes, Dizzie Rascal and The Prodigy. The music is by dance music producer and DJ Si Begg, who’s been releasing techno and electronica on various labels since the early nineties. Here they combine a cutting edge jagged soundtrack alongside a stark, often disturbing narrative to create a highly original captivating piece of cinema. Followed by director Q&A 15

Features: British

UK | 1971 | 109 min Second ever official UK screening Barbican Sunday 1 May 8.30pm




Features: European

ROMANIAN FOCUS Every year the East End Film Festival invites back the winner of our Best Debut feature to head up a strand of programming that reflects the cinematic story of their country. This year’s rich European programme is headed up by a focus on the new wave in Romanian cinema. Overseen by EEFF 2011 Director-in-Residence Bobby Paunescu, the programme offers a raft of award winning features and shorts, complemented by live events that include a panel discussion between several of the country’s biggest directors and screenwriters. Paunescu, who won the EEFF Best debut Feature Award for Francesca – which also opened the “Orizzonti” section at Venice Film Festival in 2009 – hails from Bucharest. Having grown up in Italy, his education was originally in international management, but after studying film at USC in Los Angeles he became the co-founder of Mandragora Movies, which produced the acclaimed The Death of Mr. Lazarescu amongst many others. Bobby is bringing the benefit of his vast experience as one of Romania’s most important producers to bear on the festival, and we are thrilled with the programme that he has put together for us. It offers a who’s who of the brightest new hopes for Romania’s next wave, taking the pulse of one of the world’s foremost young film cultures. Our Cinema Romania Now programme offers a striking account of the current state of one of international cinema’s recent success stories. Since 2001, almost 30 Romanian films have received important prizes and accolades at some of the world’s biggest festivals. For an industry producing no feature films whatsoever as recently as 2000, it’s an immensely impressive tally. Indeed, 2008 saw Romania’s level of film production reach the peak years of the midnineties, completing one of the most spectacular recent turnarounds in a country’s cinematic fortunes.

Numbers hardly tell the whole story, though. In relative terms, the Romanian industry remains very small, with fewer domestically produced films being released in the country than in renaissance industries such as Hungary or Poland. The success of Cristi Puiu’s The Death of Mr Lazarescu, Corneliu Porumboiu’s 12.08 East of Bucharest, and Cristian Mungiu’s 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, which won Cannes’ Un Certain Regard, Camera d’Or and Palme d’Or awards respectively, is therefore not just a tale of increased production, but of the incredible level of quality on show in a small crop. What is most extraordinary about the Romanian cinematic renaissance, though, is that its filmmakers have directly facilitated the birth of an industry. Each of the movement’s major directors – Puiu, Mungiu, Radu Muntean – has established a production company with their closest collaborators, giving themselves artistic freedom as well as creating a ladder for others to climb. Cristian Mungiu produced Tales from the Golden Age not only to resurrect the comedy genre in Romania but also to help other young directors, while the director of If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle, winner of the Silver Bear at Berlin last year, was approached by producer C t lin Mitulescu while still at film school. The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu, has potentially signalled that Romania is closing the book on the recent travails of history. Its filmmakers are now looking for new ways to explore both what it means to be part of their country, and of making movies. It is this spirit of a country standing at a crossroads that is reflected in this year’s exciting selection. The Romanian Focus has been developed in partnership with Romanian Cultural Institute in London.




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FEATURE PROGRAMME: EUROPEAN Spain|2010|97 min London Premiere Rio Friday 29 April 11.30pm


Poland | 2010 | 95 min ERRATUM Genesis Director: Marek Lechki (Debut Feature) Saturday 30 April Michal, 34, is leading a prosperous life with his wife and 6.30pm son. He has a nice apartment and a job in an accounting office. One day he is sent to his old hometown by his employer on a job, and while there he visits his father with whom he's been in bitter conflict for years. He also walks the streets, encountering people he used to be close with and visits familiar places so important for him in the past. Something awakens inside, long forgotten. A banal trip turns into an emotional journey towards a life he no longer remembers. Sometimes mistakes can present themselves as opportunities to better one’s life, as long as one can seize on those opportunities.

Germany|2010|89 min

London Premiere Rio Monday 2 May, 6.00pm

Spain|2010|114 min UK Premiere Rio Saturday 30 April 11.30pm

FAITH (Shahada)

Director: Burhan Qurbani (Debut Feature) In contemporary Berlin, three young Muslim men must find their place between faith and modern life in western society. Ismail, a police officer of Turkish-descent, is about to break his loyalty towards his badge and his wife as he finds himself attracted to illegal immigrant Leyla. Sammi is torn between his Muslim faith and his irresistible desire for one of his male co-workers, despite his friends’ violent homophobia. And the local Imam, a liberal religious leader revered by the community, is going through a crisis as his daughter is moving in an ultraconservative direction despite being raised so tolerantly.

JULIA’S EYES (Los ojos de Julia)

Director: Guillem Morales (Debut Feature) From producer Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth), this Orphanage-esque chiller sees Julia travel with her husband to visit her sister who is near blind because of a degenerative illness. Returning to Bellevue, Julia finds that her sibling has taken her own life, and she is suddenly confronted with a huge personal loss, as well as the fact that none of her mysterious neighbours seem all that surprised by the tragedy. Guillem Morales’ stylish debut, starring Lluís Homar (Broken Embraces) and Belén Rueda (The Orphanage), is another triumph for the tutelage of del Toro, and further proof that Spain currently owns the store when it comes to intelligent scares.


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Director: Eugenio Miro The second feature from rising star Eugenio Miro, Agnosia is one of the most evocatively realised films of the year. Joan suffers from a strange neuropsychological disorder that means her brain cannot interpret the stimuli it receives. Unable to interpret the world around her, Joan is the only person to know a strange industrial secret left behind by her late father, and becomes the victim of a sinister plan in which two different men use her sensory confusion to help extract the information they so desperately crave. Evocative of Hitchcock in its use of a central character’s mental confusion, and stylising its early twentieth century setting in bracing fashion, this is a deeply impressive, genre hopping retro-futurist mystery, both ravishing and sinister.

FEATURE PROGRAMME: EUROPEAN Czech Rep|2010| 90 min Genesis Friday 29 April, 6.30pm


Director: Helena Treštíková Following Rene (which screened at the 2009 East End Film Festival), Helena Treštíková brings us yet another remarkable observational documentary. Here is Katka, a drug addict. We meet her in 1996 as a 19 year old in therapy, dreaming of normality, that one day she will have a boyfriend and start a family. But her life becomes an inescapable merry-go-round of constant drug use, theft, and ever greater physical and moral devastation. It’s Katka’s awareness of the hopelessness of her situation and the desperate attempts to break her addiction that bring the filmmaker back in 2007. After this 10 year hiatus, Treštíková discovers that the 30-year-old Katka is still on drugs and now pregnant. The pregnancy and the desperate struggle for the child’s future now become the focal point. Followed by director Q&A This screening is a part of the Made in Prague; The New Czech Cinema UK Tour, supported by the Ministry of Culture Czech Republic.

Poland|2010|118 min


UK Premiere Genesis Saturday 30 April, 8.30pm

Director: Jan Kidawa-Blonski A dangerous love triangle and a hazardous play of emotions take place against the backdrop of the turmoil of Poland in 1968, as an anti-Semitic campaign is unleashed for cynical political purposes. A famous writer marries a much younger woman, breaking taboos surrounding both age and socioeconomic differences, and causing righteous indignation within the intellectual circles he inhabits. Blinded by affection, he doesn’t suspect that this controversial relationship might not have happened by pure chance, a fact connected to the affair his sweetheart has secretly been having with another man, an agent offering her both violent passion and an erotic fixation who is also drawing her into a dark intrigue.

Romania|1925|78 min


UK Premiere Spitalfields Market Saturday 30 April 8.00pm FREE See page 42 for details


Director: Jean Mihail A love story between a Romanian man and a Jewish woman, Jean Mihail’s masterpiece highlights the religious intolerance in Falticeni, a small town in Eastern Romania, at the turn of the 20th century. Based on the play by Roman-Ronetti, originally performed at Romania’s National Theatre at the turn of the last century, Manasse is a highly dramatic take on the problems inherent in Romanian society at that time. Mihail was one of Romania’s most important early directors, and he explores and debates the most sensitive of issues with sincerity, visual panache and unflinching dramatic power.

FEATURE PROGRAMME: EUROPEAN Romania/France/ Hungary|2010|100 min London Premiere Rich Mix Friday 29 April, 5.00pm


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Director: Marian Crisan (Debut Feature) Nelu, a forty-something supermarket security guard living in a small town on the Romanian-Hungarian border, a place where illegal emigrants cross by any means possible. For Nelu, each day goes by much like the last, with fishing at dawn followed by work, before he goes home to his farmhouse and his wife Florica. One morning, Nelu fishes something different out of the river: A Turkish man, Behren, who is trying to cross the border. The men are not able to communicate verbally, yet somehow understand each other. Morgen is a film about the importance of human bonds, as two men with seemingly nothing in common – one an adjusted man with a job and a family, the other an illegal who has left everything behind – establish a bond based on an empathy that goes beyond the limitations of language. Followed by director Q&A

+ GRAND CAFE Romania | 2010 | 8 min Director: Bogdan Mihailescu A true story? It might have happened at the beginning of last century, when in a black and white, sometimes sepia world, art would bring colour.

Poland |1961 |102 min

St. John on Bethnal Green Friday 29 April 8.30pm

Switzerland |2010| 95 min UK Premiere Genesis Thursday 28 April 6.30pm

MOTHER JOAN OF THE ANGELS (Matka Joanna od AnioLów)

In association with PhantasmaGloria Director: Jerzy Kawalerowicz A landmark of Polish cinema, Mother Joan of the Angels depicts a struggle between earthly and divine pleasures. Kawalerowicz was one of the great Polish directors, and his experimental psychological portrait of the priest assigned to exorcise Mother Joan in the aftermath of the events depicted in Ken Russell’s The Devils stands as his greatest achievement. A spare, profoundly disturbing exploration of faith, repression, fanaticism, and Eros, it won the Special Jury Prize at Cannes, and in screening at St. John on Bethnal Green boasts the perfectly appropriate context for an unbearably intense study of a troubled man struggling to maintain his faith.


Director: Jan Gassmann (Debut Feature) 26 year old Lukas’ career as a rapper is quickly fading as he spirals out of control on dope, cocaine and drink. His producer Mischa, 46, no longer wants a part of it, or the turbulent affair they have been having for years. So Mischa starts to groom Lukas’ young brother Sämi, 16, as the next rap prodigy. Lukas oscillates between jealousy and concern that Mischa’s intentions for Sämi could lead him up the same destructive path as himself. At its heart, Off Beat is a character study of someone who has lost the sense of who he really is and what he wants out of life.



UK Premiere Rich Mix Saturday 30 April 6.00pm


Director: Andrei Ujica In May 1991, Cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev blasts off into space from the Soviet Union, and boards the USSR's MIR Space Station. But as Krikalev orbits the planet Earth, the USSR collapses and ceases to exist. Krilaley is unable to return as scheduled, and like a bystander, he circles the earth for 10 months, but when he does come back, his world has been transformed. Out of the Present defies categorisation, mixing informative documentary, trippy visuals, political commentary, and philosophical meditation, all with extraordinary footage shot in space on video and 35mm film. Like a documentary cross between Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey and Tarkovsky's Soliaris, this film is highly enjoyable, and deserves to be re-visited on the big screen.

Romania |2010|87 min UK Premiere Rich Mix Friday 28 April, 8.30pm


Director: Bogdan George Apetri (Debut Feature) Midway through her prison sentence, Matilda is granted a 24-hour temporary release to attend her mother's funeral. Not willing to return to jail, she plans to escape. Whatever the crime she is in prison for, it seems Matilda wasn't the perpetrator but instead has taken the hit for Paul, the father of her 8-year-old son Toma, and a thoroughly sleazy character. Her day is a chronicle of desperation and hope, with scores to settle and hard knocks to take. But before that day is over, she must confront her troubled past. From an original story written by Cristian Mungiu of 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days and shot with a warm brown-tinged look by Marius Panduru of Police, Adjective, this is one of the most eagerly awaited films of the new wave of Romanian cinema, taking the top prizes at several international festivals. Followed by director Q&A

+ The Cage (Colivia) Romania, Netherlands | 2010 | 17mins Director: Adrian Sitaru A sick dove brought home by Mihaes's little boy rises new conflicts between father and son but also a possible "reconciliation" that Mr. Mihaes does not want to lose.

Belgium| 2010|98 min

UK Premiere Cineworld Sunday 1 May 6.30pm



Director: Hans Van Nuffel (Debut Feature) Tom and his brother Lucas are young men suffering from cystic fibrosis, a genetic disease that slowly destroys the lungs. Tom is struggling to cope with his short life expectancy and hangs around with a gang of hoodlums. In the hospital, he meets Xavier, who suffers from the same illness but behaves like a top athlete. Xavier is a confirmed optimist, even when he is dumped by his girlfriend, and Tom takes in Xavier’s energy and joy of life, roaming the hospital grounds and falling for the charms of quirky Eline, who has been quarantined for months due to an infection. But when tragedy strikes, Tom seeks refuge with his old acquaintances.

FEATURE PROGRAMME: EUROPEAN Romania|2010 | 97 min UK Premiere Cineworld Thursday 28 April, 6.00pm


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Director: Constantin Popescu Velicanu considers himself to be fulfilled. He has money, a brand new villa, and is married to a young woman with whom he has a baby, as well as having a son from a previous marriage. This deadpan, droll character study portrays a man at odds with the modern world, much too stubborn to just go with the flow. But things then become complicated, and a crisis makes him wonder if he really is as happy and fulfilled as he thought. Vlad Ivanov, who plays Velicanu, is probably best known for supporting roles in Cristian Mungiu's 2007 Palme d’Or winner 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, and Corneliu Porumboiu’s Police, Adjective. Here he’s very much front and centre throughout, and his is a brooding, magnetic presence. To see Principles of Life is to witness one of Romania’s great character actors step centre stage. Followed by Q&A with leading actor Vlad Ivanov.

+ STRUNG LOVE Romania | 2010 | 21mins Director: Victor Dragomir May 1984. Viorel - a nerd from the smithing class of a communist industrial highschool - enters a rivetproduction contest hoping to win the attention and affection of Ileana – a schoolmate from the sewing class.

Ireland |2010 |86 min UK Premiere Rich Mix Thursday 28 April, 7.00pm


Director: Carmel Winters (Debut Feature) 15 year old Stephen snatched a toddler from the park and held him captive for five days in his grandfather’s house. Three years later, his mother Sandra is forced to piece together what happened – and why. While she tells their story to a documentary camera, her estranged son tells an altogether different story with the camera… Snap assembles a disturbing portrait of three generations of a family trapped in recreating a past that each one denies. Their journey through destruction to the possibility of recovery is extraordinary. But their strategies to survive will resonate as all too familiar. It is only when the image of Sandra and Stephen’s likeness is captured and reflected back to them that a fleeting moment of recognition, and of choice can occur. Followed by director Q&A.



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FEATURE PROGRAMME: EUROPEAN Russia |2010 |83 min UK Premiere Genesis Friday 29 April, 8.30pm

THE STOKER (Kochegar)

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Director: Alexei Balabanov The bad boy of contemporary Russian film Balabanov returns with a typically bleak and brutally realistic story set in a crumbling industrial town in north-east Siberia. Ivan is a stoker at a boiler house. A local mafia boss burns the corpses of his ex-foes in the boiler, but its okay, he tells Ivan, they were bad people anyway. One day a corpse whom Ivan knows well turns up and with an almost regal dignity, he takes his revenge. Balabanov sees Russia as a country of constrained opportunity, organised crime, and industrial bleakness, as he swims against the tide of the country’s new found posterity. But perhaps this is the real Russia that the authorities may not want you to know about. Following on from the 2010 East End Film Festival’s controversial Balabanov visit, here’s a rare chance to see his latest work.

Romania | 2010 |99 min London Premiere Rich Mix Sunday 1 May, 5.00pm

tuesday, after christmas (Marti, dupa Craciun)

Director: Radu Muntean A man in crisis, successful, 30-something banker Paul is married to Adriana and has a 10 year old daughter. Meanwhile he is having an affair with the much younger Raluca, his daughter’s dentist. Struggling to find the time for both his family and an extramarital affair, he decides to take his daughter to the dentist one last time before Christmas, but a change in Adriana's schedule unexpectedly brings the two women in his life into the same room for the first time, forcing Paul to make a difficult decision. Tuesday, After Christmas is an immensely powerful picture of intimacy, and of the prisons we build for ourselves. Followed by a director Q&A

+ STOPOVER Romania | 2010 | 15mins Director: Ioana Uricaru Ingrid, a beautiful and cosmopolitan Romanian woman travelling home to Oslo by plane, realises that she has lost her wallet during a short layover in Milan. Left without money and ID, she cannot board her flight, and is terrified that her delay will jeopardise her upcoming vacation with her husband.



WORLD The East End Film Festival looks to international filmmakers to find new voices in world cinema. This year we showcase a number of independent gems coming under the radar from across the Atlantic, particularly in the world of music documentary.


World Premiere Genesis Saturday 30 April 3.00pm

Heading in the opposite direction, we present new work from the Indian subcontinent and the Far East, The Philippines, India and Bangladesh, completing a selection of the best new international cinema, from East Asia to the East Coast.

ABHISHAPT (The Cursed)

Director: Pankaj Prakash When a working class woman is raped, she goes to the local police for help. Instead of receiving support, she is attacked by the Chief Inspector, but fortunately for her a female Superintendent of Police arrives the following day to discuss her plight. Based on a true story, this riveting film tells the story of two very different women and the very different reactions they receive from the Indian public.

Japan|2010|108 min UK Premiere Cineworld Sunday 1 May, 8.30pm


Director: Naoki Hashimoto (Debut Feature) Ayano, an energetic teenager, is abducted on her walk to school by a mysterious stranger disguised in a school uniform. Awaking in a locked basement, her kidnapper will not utter a word to her, and begins starving her to death. While this ordeal is taking place, her distraught family are discovering that their daughter's kidnapping is the result of her mother's mysterious past, and that Ayano’s kidnapper has spent her entire existence studying how to make her family suffer.

US|2008|93 min UK Premiere Red Gallery Thursday 28 April As part of Visionäre (See page 33)



Directors: Ben Solomon / Daniel Levin (Debut Feature) A documentary about Clayton Patterson who, since 1979, has been documenting the raw creativity and lawlessness of New York City's Lower East Side, a neighbourhood famed for art, music and revolutionary minds. His photo collection includes half a million prints, digital photos, and video tapes. As well as the various ephemera of the city’s streets, such as heroin bags, protest banners, fliers, graffiti stickers and art, he has also documented the NYC hardcore scene of Bad Brains, Sick of it All and G.G. Allin, as well as artists and filmmakers such as Richard Kern, Nick Zedd, Joe Coleman and Annie Sprinkle, all comprising an extensive historical document of the city. A.R.E. Weapons created the film’s score.

FEATURE PROGRAMME: WORLD US|2009|73 min UK Premiere Red Gallery Thursday 28 April As part of Visionäre (See page 33)


Directors: Jenner Furst, Daniel B Levin, Julia Willoughby Nason The New York Bowery becomes a nexus of shattered dreams in this independent low-budget drama out of New York’s new wave. Featuring a troop of misfits, freaks and renegades forming a tableaux vivant full of carnival pageantry of Downtown New York and its Downtown bohemian institutions and characters. The cast includes fixtures on the New York City nightlife scene such as Nicky D, MGMT, Paul Sevigny, restauranter and Club Guru, Ashley Graham, and featuring music by Lorraine Leckie and Chelsea Crowell.

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Jamaica/Spain|2011|76 min World Premiere Red Gallery Saturday 30 April As part of Visionäre (See page 33)


Director: Miquel Galofré Jamaica continues to be on top of the world-wide music scene, as Reggae has evolved into a new genre, Dancehall. Anywhere, at any time, tunes created by artists from the ghetto tell the story of a society whose reality is marked by violence and poverty. This documentary introduces us to Yellowman, an albino who was abandoned at birth, but whose passion, sense of humor and talent converted him into the Reggae artist that sold most records, second to Bob Marley. After being diagnosed with cancer in 1985 Yellowman still tours and records 25 years later, with more than 40 records released.

Russia|2010|96 min

UK Premiere Cineworld Friday 29 April 8.30pm


Director: Anna Fenchenko (Debut Feature) A freelance web designer, living alone in his St. Petersburg apartment and working in solitude, sees off a pal at a nearby bus station. Approached by a teenager who asks him to pass a letter to his mother his building, he doesn’t realise that they are in fact running away from home. Suspected of wrongdoing after the child’s disappearance is reported, our protagonist returns home after a visit to the police station to find that his building has been torn down and his belongings moved to a new flat out in the suburbs, beginning a whole new series of strange occurrences. Missing Man is a surreal offbeat drama about a man’s search for freedom, and an attempt to explore the meaning of both being and staying human. 27

FEATURE PROGRAMME: WORLD Philippines|2010|80 min UK Premiere Genesis Saturday 30 April, 4.00pm


Director: Joselito Altarejos (Debut Feature) Natoy is just like any other child. He finds joy and excitement in the simplest of things. Especially in eating halo-halo filled with pink gelatin and red sago at the local halo-halo store owned by his godmother. Things change suddenly when, as he and his mother are watching television, a news report about the ongoing war in Mindanao in the southern Philippines shows footage of a badly wounded soldier waiting for rescue. Natoy realises that the soldier, almost bleeding to death, is his father… As far away as this war is, the film doesn’t just show how war robs a child of his innocence, but it also shows the shadows of the wars that Filipino homes confront everyday.


World Premiere Amnesty International

Thursday 28 April 7.00pm

US|1976/2011| 113 min UK Premiere Aubin Cinema Friday 29 April 8.30pm



Director: Ralf Schmerberg On one day in September 2006, an outstanding group of 112 independent, influential, and innovative speakers were brought together for the Dropping Knowledge event at the Table of Free Voices. Moderated by actor Willem Defoe and human rights activist Hafsat Abiola, participants came from 56 countries to answer 100 questions in 18 different languages submitted by concerned global citizens. Filmmaker Schmerberg has been editing 11,200 minutes of these words to make this documentary to get to the bottom of who are we in the 21st Century. The answers to the world’s questions are heard in this epic work, bringing together those words alongside astonishing archive footage.

Taxi Driver (2011 Digital Restoration)

Director: Martin Scorsese This restoration of Martin Scorsese’s 1976 masterpiece Taxi Driver starring Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Harvey Keitel and Cybil Shepherd, was premiered at the 2011 Berlin Film Festival. With a 4K digital restoration under the supervision of Grover Crisp of Sony Pictures, here’s a first chance to catch this stunning revival. In this timeless film, De Niro plays Vietnam vet Travis Bickle, cruising the New York streets in his taxi, as he descends further into hell to look for redemption. He finds it the form of Shepherd’s political candidate volunteer Betsy, and Foster’s 12 year old prostitute Iris. With its flashes of extreme violence and controversial subject matter, the film still packs a punch 35 years later.

FEATURE PROGRAMME: WORLD France/Germany/ USA|2010|83 min UK Premiere Red Gallery Saturday 30 April As part of Visionäre (See page 33)


Director: Joshua Atesh Litle New York, France, Israel, Palestine, Senegal, Columbia… Hip Hop has travelled through time and crossed many borders as a worldwide protest music. This documentary film is a musical statement of society seen through the eyes of those that make Hip Hop the art form it is today. By following both established stars and up-and-coming new artists from around the globe, speaking out on complex social and political environments, the film sheds light on the rebellious and controversial language of Hip Hop through its music, dance, and compelling graffiti. This journey shows Hip Hop as a bridge of cultural differences and an activist for social change.

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Bangladesh|2009|124 min UK Premiere Rich Mix Monday 2 May, 3.00pm


Director: Mostofa Sarwar Farooki Dealing with the issue of a single woman living independently in Bangladeshi society, Third Person Singular Number asks whether such women are always meant to be treated as outcasts. Munna has already broken with traditional Muslim culture by living with her boyfriend, but when that relationship ends, she must face the harsh consequences of being an outcast in her community. Armed with a soundtrack full of tunes, courtesy of the film debut of the young, revered vocalist and guitarist Topu, of the band Yaatri, the film also has components of European avant-garde documentary, as the emotional story circles the young couple. Followed by director Q&A

India|2010|134 min Genesis Saturday 30 April, 8.30pm


Director: Vikramaditya Motwane (Debut Feature) 17-year-old Rohan is expelled from the reputable Bishop Cotton Boarding School in Simla for watching an adult movie. He returns home to a stern and abusive father and a 6-year-old half-brother, Arjun. His father's disappointment takes the form of verbal and physical abuse and constant humiliation, while forcing him to attend engineering classes at the local university and work at his metal works factory. Rohan wants to be a writer, but his father will have none of it. One night, Rohan comes home to find that Arjun is being rushed to the hospital for some unknown reason. His father says that Arjun fell down the stairs…


FEATURE PROGRAMME: HORROR Dark Visions As a sensorial realm, cinema offers us something that other artistic forms cannot replicate. By subjectively choosing what to show and crucially, what not to show us, the whole experience of both making and watching films is an act of perception, of seeing. It is this subjectivity that gives cinema a unique ability to offer us glimpses of how others perceive the world – of what they are able to see and what they are not – and in turn how these visions offer the possibility of both torture and salvation. Dark Visions, then, is a glimpse of what the world looks like in the worst moments. Taking in spiritual crisis, moral struggle and hidden terror, the films on offer here revel in anguish and threat. Wrestling with demons both internal and external, its characters discover a new way of seeing. New visions can act as a measure of a culture’s capacity to be challenged, and The Devils, a glorious conflation of the talents of director Ken Russell, set designer Derek Jarman, and leading man Oliver Reed, proved to be just such a challenge upon its release in 1971. Portraying the trial of a philandering priest for witchcraft in seventeenth century France takes in visions of possession, salvation, and societal damnation. Based on Aldus Huxley’s The Devils of Loudun, its conflation of debauchery, blasphemy and sexual frenzy prompted several minutes of cuts, and an outright ban by seventeen local authorities in the UK. The Devils has remained often written about but little seen ever since, even in its censored form. Much of the footage originally cut by both a horrified Warner Brothers and the British censor was thought to be lost forever until critic and broadcaster Mark Kermode rediscovered it in 2002.

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This included the now infamous ‘Rape of Christ’ sequence, a blasphemous mass performed by hysterical nuns that was originally intended as the film’s thematic and visual climax. In a process of resurrection chronicled by Paul Joyce’s definitive Channel Four documentary Hell on Earth, this and other key scenes form the basis of a never-released ‘Director’s Cut’. It is this version that will be screened at this year’s EEFF. All of this says much about why the film is controversial, but little about why it is important. British film had no more veracious talent in the 1970s than Russell, who had developed a unique amalgam of highbrow elegance, inventive kineticism and carnality on films such as Women in Love and The Music Lovers. He took his work to a new pitch with The Devils, combining his earlier preoccupations with a political statement about the use of religious authority to justify persecution. In the stylised high-art of Jarman's dramatic sets and Reed’s righteous, vain screen presence, Russell’s vision found its perfect executors. The result is a terrifying yet elegant account of spiritual torment and the hysteria inherent in societies reliant on indoctrination. It is the highlight of a remarkable career, and a masterpiece of post-war British cinema. In an era where the relaxation of censorship allows films to revel in extremity for its own sake, The Devils is a reminder of what cinema can do with a combination of moral passion and formal daring. Ken Russell’s complete vision is still denied a release, and has officially only been screened once before in the UK. We’re about to make that twice, but it may be the only chance many of us get to see an overlooked masterpiece of British film.

FEATURE PROGRAMME: HORROR AGNOSIA Ken Russell’s is not the only film here about visions of sacrifice and temptation. Indeed, Jerzy Kawalerowicz’s 1961 masterpiece Mother Joan of the Angels is based on the same historical episode, dramatising the experiences of the priest charged with exorcising Loudun’s nuns after the events of The Devils. Portraying a man forced to choose between heavenly and earthly pleasures in the face of a debauched, ‘possessed’ convent, Mother Joan is being screened in St John on Bethnal Green, a wonderfully atmospheric and appropriate setting for a tale of a man wrestling with his demons.

Spain | 2010 | 97 min | London Premiere Rio Friday 29 April, 11.30pm Director: Eugenio Miro The second feature from rising star Eugenio Miro, Agnosia is one of the most evocatively realised films of the year. Joan suffers from a strange neuropsychological disorder that means her brain cannot interpret the stimuli it receives. See full details on page 19

More physical visions abound in Julia’s Eyes, the Guillermo del Toro produced chiller receiving its UK Premiere at this year’s Festival. Its portrayal of a woman losing her sight while trying to solve the mystery of her sister’s death is reminiscent of The Orphanage (which also starred Belén Rueda). Agnosia meanwhile, shows us a viewpoint restricted not by blindness, but by senses that literally cannot be trusted. Sharing another link with del Toro – it was written by Devil’s Backbone scribe Antonio Trashorras – this retro-futurist yarn sees a young woman with a rare, sense-muddling medical condition being manipulated by two dangerous men. Both films prove that it is Spanish filmmakers who currently hold the keys to our deepest fears. In their use of a character’s restricted worldview to reveal the true, terrifying meaning of living in the shadows, they show us that dark visions lie both within and without.

Spain |2010 |114 min | UK Premiere Rio Saturday 30 April, 11.30pm Director: Guillem Morales From producer Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth), this Orphanage-esque chiller sees Julia travel with her husband to visit her sister, who is near blind because of a degenerative illness. Returning to Bellevue, Julia finds that her sibling has taken her own life, and she is suddenly confronted with a huge personal loss, as well as the fact that none of her mysterious neighbours seem all that surprised by the tragedy. See full details on page 19

JULIA’S EYES (Los ojos de Julia)

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MOTHER JOAN OF THE ANGELS (Matka Joanna od AnioLów) Poland |1961 |102 min St. John on Bethnal Green Friday 28 April, 8.30pm Director: Jerzy Kawalerowicz Winner of the 1961 Cannes Film Festival’s Special Jury Prize, Mother Joan of the Angels is a landmark of Polish cinema. Based on the same cases of ‘possession’ in Loudun, France in 1634 that form the basis for Ken Russell’s The Devils (See page 14), it portrays the priest assigned to exorcise Mother Joan following the events of Russell’s film and the struggle between earthly pleasures and eternal damnation. See full details on page 21

THE DEVILS: director’s cut UK | 1971 | 109 min | Second ever official UK screening Barbican Sunday 1 May, 8.30pm Director: Ken Russell The complete version of Russell’s infamous masterpiece arrives for its second ever UK screening. Breathtaking sets by Derek Jarman and Russell’s confrontational use of religious, sexual and violent imagery conjure a vision of damnation in 17th-century France. Outspoken, promiscuous priest Urbain Grandier (Oliver Reed) is accused of witchcraft by a sexually repressed Mother Superior (Vanessa Redgrave). As rumours of demonic possession spreads to the local nuns, Grandier’s resistance to the encroaching power of the state results in him being made the victim of a show trial in a climate of public hysteria. Based on events documented in Aldous Huxley’s The Devils of Loudun, this is a potentially once in a lifetime chance to see a lost, deeply disturbing British classic. See full details on page 14




The East End Film Festival is a cinematic celebration with a sonic heart. Previous years have seen World Premieres of biopics of Joe Strummer and The Pop Group’s Mark Stewart, as well as explorations of our quarter’s contribution to the Rock Against Racism movement. The EEFF therefore has a history of celebrating the ties between East London and some of the twentieth century’s most significant and iconic music, and with our triumphing of the importance of soundtracks with master classes from Nitin Sawney, as well as installations from Michael Nyman, Alabama 3 and Bond composer David Arnold, the EEFF has more than any other festival excavated the boundary between sound and image. Modern twists on live soundtracks to early silent cinema (See page 42) and film accompanied live performances have also made the EEFF a testing ground for how music and film can feed off each other in a live setting. Last year’s World Premiere of Rime of the Modern Mariner saw the EEFF screen Mark Donne’s exploration of the disappearing world of East London Dockers in Limehouse’s beautiful Hawksmoor church St Anne’s, with a live accompaniment of a skeleton orchestra by members of Dirty Pretty Things, The Klaxons and Babyshambles complementing narration by The Libertine’s Carl Barat.


EEFF 2011 sees the festival return to these preoccupations with our biggest programme of music films, soundtrack celebrations and live music accompaniment to date. The scale of our ambition is indicated by this year’s Opening Night film (See page 7). The Libertines, renowned photojournalist Roger Sargent’s elegiac, all access documentary following the band’s brief 2010 reunion, is an exploration of the mythology and history of a group with deep ties to the East End, and by screening it at 1930s cinema comeconcert venue the Troxy, we are resurrecting the ghost of cinema in a venue made famous by the form. The EEFF’s partnership with the Camden Crawl (See page 34) again sees us explore cinema’s power to illuminate music, as Mercury Prize nominees Guillemots and dance legends Saint Etienne play live around handpicked, and personally introduced, cinematic touchstones. Portishead’s Adrian Utley, deeply influenced by cinema and already an accomplished soundtrack artist, will be joining us at the boutique Aubin Cinema to introduce the UK premiere of the new digitally remastered print of Martin Scorsese’s classic Taxi Driver. Our focus on the Romanian New Wave, meanwhile, is not being restricted to cinema either, as a special Romanian-British event will see Urma, one of Romania’s biggest bands, play alongside a night of Balkan techno, with live VJ sets from Si Begg and Addictive TV.


VISIONÄRE If the East End Film Festival is a cinematic celebration with a sonic heart, that heart beats long into the night. Following on from 2010’s riotous collision of film, underground music and street performance, Visionäre pop-up cinema’s collaboration with the East End Film Festival returns this year with a very special trio of events exploring urban music scenes from around the globe. Featuring cutting edge sound from Downtown New York, Jamaica, Notting Hill, and Senegal, and everywhere in-between, our trio of filmic events incorporate documentary, fiction film and live performances and DJs from as far afield as New York, taking you from the screen to dance floor until the early hours.

Dirty Old Town Thursday 28 April Dirty Old Town 8.00pm – 9.15pm Captured 9.30pm – 11.00pm Party 11.00pm – 5.00am A night exploring the sound clashes and idiosyncratic subcultures of Downtown New York. Featuring misfits, freaks and renegades, screenings of Dirty Old Town and Captured take us deep into the NYC underground scene, from drag to hardcore, heroin, homelessness, political chaos and ultimately to gentrification, all leading into an all night DJ set from NYC mainstay Rub n’ Tug

The sonic experiments continue long into the night with a very special trio of events exploring urban music scenes from around the globe. From the bohemia of Downtown New York’s punk and dance scenes, to the vitality of Jamaica’s Dancehalls, and from Notting Hill Carnival to Senegal’s burgeoning Hip-Hop scene, we will be using cinema to explore the world of cutting edge sound. Presented in conjunction with the mighty Visionare popup cinema, these events incorporate premieres of documentary and fiction films in the incredible space of the Red Gallery (previously The Foundery), followed by live performances from the artists, DJs and VJs inspired by these varied genres, including luminaries such as Roots Manuva and DJs from as far afield as New York, taking you from cinematic brevity to the dance floor until the early hours. The film and music programme, then, covers every point on the spectrum between light and noise, and that’s not even mentioning the cinematic adventures the EEFF will be presenting with partners Clash and Rough Trade as part of our Movie Mayday programme (See Page 46). With some very special musical guests in tow, it will ensure that our commitment to closing the gap between film and other art-forms is asserted once again, making the EEFF the place where sound and vision meet to fight it out.

Friday 29 April Good Times 9.00pm –11.00pm Tape Party 11.30 pm – 5.00am A celebration of sound system culture, this special night features a screening of Good Times, assessing Norman Jay’s contribution to the spread of black music and the Notting Hill Carnival, following him from the Brooklyn street parties of his youth to the London warehouse parties and prate radio stations that that made his name, followed by a night of the dub reggae, rare groove, hiphop, punk, disco and US garage that he championed in a Tape Club Party run by the Red Gallery.

Furious Force of Music Saturday 30 April Furious Force of Rhymes 8.00pm – 9.30pm Hit Me With Music 10.00pm – 11.30pm Party 11.30pm – 4.00am Chronicling the force and power of two of the world’s most politically important musical genres, this night features Furious Force of Rhymes, showing how hip-hop is giving a voice to marginalised communities around the globe, and Hit Me With Music, an inside take on the growth and social role of Reggae and Dancehall in Jamaica. Followed by a night of live performances and DJ sets from the acts they inspired, including Roots Manuva, Banana Clan, and the David Rodigan Reggae Experience.

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UPSIDE DOWN: THE CREATION RECORDS STORY UK | 2010 | 101 min The Forge Sunday 1 May 12.00pm Director: Danny O'Connor The definitive documentary of the highs and lows of Creation Records. From beginnings in Glasgow, over 25 years we follow the Jesus & Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine, Primal Scream and Oasis etc, via drink and drugs, to being wined and dined at No 10 by Tony Blair.


SAINT ETIENNE The Forge Saturday 30 April, 2.00pm – 6.00pm


Who is Harry Nilsson (and why is everybody talking about him?) | 80 min All that Glitters | 15 min Don’t Knock the Rock | 25 min Happy Mondays – an education | 15min Sound and vision meet to fight it out with Bob Stanley of Saint Etienne taking to the decks to showcase his knowledge of rare and contemporary tracks. Playing alongside guests The History of Apple Pie and Team Ghost and premiering a challenging programme of short and feature films, Bob kicks off with the engrossing and previously unseen in the UK, Who is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him?), a music-fuelled expose following Nilsson from Grammy wins through divorce and substance abuse, including archive footage and interviews with Robin Williams, Yoko Ono, Van Dyke Parks and Micky Dolenz. Plus archive TV film from glam-rockers The Sweet, Manchester baggies The Happy Mondays and the seventies Teddy Boy revival.

GUILLEMOTS The Forge Sunday 1 May, 2.00pm – 6.00pm


Spirited Away: Hayao Miyazaki | 80 mins Nocture: Lars Von Trier | 8 mins Right: Guillemots | 10 mins Jojo In The Stars: Marc Craste | 12 mins

Day two of our sonic battle weekend sees Guillemots closing the gap further between film and music, playing both a live acoustic set and showcasing the World Premiere screening of a short film of their own making. With guest Mara Carlyle, Guillemots will kick-off the afternoon with a screening of Hayao Miyazaki’s Japanese animated fantasy adventure film Spirited Away, which follows a sullen ten-year-old girl in the process of moving to a new neighbourhood and chronicles her adventures in a world of spirits and monsters. Plus further awardwinning fantasy animation from Marc Craste, and an early short from enfant terrible Lars Von Trier.


Village Underground Saturday 30 April 8.30pm £10

The 2011 East End Film Festival sees a strong focus on Romanian new cinema, so we’ve decided to hook up with our friends at the Romanian Cultural Institute to put on a party. But we didn’t want them to take all the credit for the fun, we wanted to bring a bit of Brit action to the proceedings as well. So, here’s what’s on offer at this Romanian – British square off. Urma – one of the most popular alternative bands from Romania, mixing traditional sounds on a strong jazz and rock base. Formed in 2003, they’ve since released 4 albums and been at the top of the Romanian charts, as well as performing across European music festivals. This East End Film Festival gig is their debut London performance. In London Urma will be promoting their forthcoming album Lost End Found soon to be released this year under the new concept of a photography diary. Nico de Transilvania was born in Transylvania but is now Brighton based. As a DJ and live performer, Nico has carved her own niche with a unique blend of Balkan Swing & Electro sounds, with the emphasis on Balkan! Often combining live tuba, clarinet, dancers and aerialists into her DJ set, Nico has made her name at the legendary Balkaneasca nights in Brighton. So expect an infectious upbeat energy from behind the turntables as she unleashes slabs of brass, gypsy folk, swing bass and a heavy electronic beat.

and video cut-ups, meticulously sampling everything from cult movies to rock icons. Tonight they join forces with 12foot6 animation for a spectacular remix of Get Well Soon, a multi-disciplinary animation mixing digital, 2D and stop motion. Plus a live remix of We Made Our Own Disaster, Robin Mahoney’s eclectic feature-length audiovisual documentary subtitled A Study of Fascism in Late 20th Century Democracies sound-tracked live by Si Begg. DJ Si Begg discovered acid house in the late eighties, began DJing in 1991 and then creating his own music in 1993. Initially on Ninja Tune as Cabbage Boy he then branched out under various pseudonyms to release varying forms of techno, big beat and electronica on a whole variety of labels. In the 2000’s he continued to work for the likes of Sven Vath, Cristian Vogel and Mogwai as well as DJing across Europe with popular London residencies at the Scala and The End. Tickets available from

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THE LIBERTY OF norton folgate The Water Poet Friday 29 April 11.00am–11.00pm FREE


To celebrate the Royal Wedding, The Water Poet pub in association with the East End Film Festival will be reviving the spirit of the Liberty of Norton Folgate, allowing the public to gain a glimpse into a long forgotten world.

The area was then allowed to continue without being part of a parish. This meant that the Liberty of Norton Folgate became entirely responsible for its own affairs and thus associations with debauchery soon followed. Petty crime went sky high, travellers were robbed, traitors were hidden, and the area became a haven for the antics of criminals, wenches and soldiers. Step back in time with us as we recreate this lawless period (1700-1900) complete with royal portraits, Hogarth and antiquated decoration hanging from the walls. Swear allegiance to the Norton Folgate Declaration of Independence while your costumed hosts introduce you to the delights of such traditional beverages as mead and Sipsmith cocktails served at the gin palace. Or why not try a limited edition Truman’s Consummation ale? The infectious historical vibe will be unstoppable as you don your crown and exhibit appropriate behaviour – that of proper 18th Century Libertines – displaying “an all-in hedonistic, smoking, drinking, swearing, pleasure-seeking lifestyle”.

For the more grizzly minded, local boy gone bad Sweeney Todd (Jack The Clipper) will be offering a close shave in the basement, while upstairs the Pearly King and Queen of Bow will head up a procession led by horse-drawn drays in Blossom Street with conjurers and jugglers in tow. Events

The area of Norton Folgate has associations going back as far as the Doomsday Book (1086). However, it only became an extra-parochial liberty after the Reformation, which involved the dissolving of the Priory and Hospital of St Mary Spital in the 1500s.

will host ales, pies and preserves, as actors playing the roles of the “ancients”, wandering bards and minstrels conduct bigamous nuptials outside the rules of the land.

Programmed across eight different screens as part of the post wedding entertainment, the theme of celebration will permeate the whole area as the heritage trail launches with films focussing on local East End festivities for national events. This will be the ultimate alternative Royal Wedding party, mixing history with a glimpse of the future, and national pride with a healthy disrespect for authority. There won’t be anywhere more raucously cultural to be on this national day of celebration.

To add to the authenticity of the occasion, Nichola Jolley will perform two sets from her music hall act on the undercover patio, as accordion chanteuse Garance Louis will endeavour to sway you as much as your devilish gin cocktail. The Market Place (sponsored by Fullers),



SPITALFIELDS MARKET Spitalfie1ds Market 65 Brushfield Street London E1 6AA

Spitalfields, like much of the East End, has been in a constant state of flux from the time of its existence. Originally a large Roman extramural cemetery, the area only became known as Spittle Fields after The New Hospital of St. Mary without Bishopsgate priory was founded in 1197. It was only in 1682 after The Great Fire had destroyed much of the city, that Charles II granted the right to hold a market in Spital Square. Since then various waves of migration have populated and changed the landscape of the area. The Huguenots who fled France after The Revocation of the Edict of Nantes brought their considerable silk weaving skills and Jewish refugees who were escaping pogroms in Eastern Europe were also attracted to the textile industry, remaining in the area throughout the market’s extension in the 1920s and 30s. Since the 70s, Bangladeshi settlers have made the area synonymous with the best curry in town. In 1991, the fruit and vegetable element of the market moved to Leyton, while “old” Spitalfields remains and is now the place to go for trendy independent shops and rare items.

This year’s EEFF is proud to return to Spitalfields with a cinematic kaleidascope of events that includes two photographic exhibitions from acclaimed photographers Roger Sargent and Phil Maxwell (see opposite), the premiere performance of a unique commissioned interactive Cycle Symphony (see page 45) and of course, what has become one of our regular festival highlights, our Saturday Silent Cinema with live musical accompaniment.

SILENT SCREENING Manasse + Minima Wrap up and join us for the free outdoor screening event of the year. After last year’s amazing silent screening of The Lodger, the East End Film Festival returns once again to Spitalfields Market with acclaimed soundtrackers Minima performing a live accompaniment to the 1925 Romanian silent film Manasse. With thanks to the National Film Archive, Bucharest Saturday 30 April, 8.00pm. FREE

Minima Minima’s music is an audacious 21st century interpretation of the images of silent films. Formed in 2006, Minima have since performed in a variety of cinemas and art centres, music festivals and unusual venues such as churches and railway arches, not forgetting Spitalfields market itself for the 2009 and 2010 EEFF silent screenings of Nosferatu and The Lodger. We are delighted to welcome them back to the festival for the third year running; this is definitely one not to be missed.




Four Corners Gallery 29 April – 11 June Daily 1.00pm–6.00pm FREE

Evewright: Walking Drawings Across the Estuaries

Phil Maxwell has photographed the East End for the past 30 years capturing culture, class, environment, housing, portraits and protest. This year’s tenth anniversary East End Film Festival has adopted many of these images as the branding for 2011 and we further celebrate his unique archive with an exhibition of classic and new work which is at once both East End and International. His classic black and white street photography is accompanied by stunning eclectic photomontage which explores issues around architecture, globalisation, migration, power and wealth.


After becoming a mod with a passion for punk rock, Roger Sargent joined Magnum legend David Hurn’s renowned documentary photography course at Newport College, but almost dropped out to go on the road with Fabulous, a band made up of NME Journalists and porn stars. On graduating – and following a brief sojourn at Melody Maker and I.D. Magazine – Roger went to NME, surviving trauma and trends for a decade. Having worked for Rolling Stone, Mojo, Daily Telegraph and The Guardian amongst others, he has been called “the UK's most important music photographer". Roger Sargent's exhibition accompanies his feature documentary recounting last year's monumental reunion shows of the Libertines. Several of his classic Libertines’ images are exhibited alongside previously unseen photographs of the band.


Spitalfields 27 April – 2 May Daily 12.00pm–6.00pm FREE

Artist Evewright produced two large-scale drawings undertaken with a combination of tools on a vast landscape at Silecroft Beach, Cumbria. Day One was filmed with Cumbrian Heavy Horses; Day Two with people, who are led onto the drawing to walk its lines in various formats and colours. The entire process is filmed with Red and photographed in HD.



HERITAGE TRAIL Movie Mayday Trail: Various venues Monday 2 May FREE

Launching at The Water Poet as part of the Royal Wedding celebrations, this year’s heritage trail will be comprised of footage sourced from national and local East End archives focussing on the theme of community celebration. Going back almost a century, from the end of the First World War right up to the Golden Jubilee, this footage captured by ordinary members of the public from all walks of life gives us a fantastic insight into not only the sheer scale of national celebration at a local level, but also the immense amount of national pride so rarely or flamboyantly exhibited in modern times.

With thanks to: BFI National Archives Chingford Newsreel/Acorn Films Hackney Archives Imperial War Museum Film and Video Archive Liberation Films London’s Screen Archives Screen Archive South East

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The street party is a traditional, omnipresent feature of celebration throughout the 20th Century which allows us to see the very best side of humanity in our local communities. Even with few resources and little or no funds to speak of, bunting is hung, tables are lined, children dress up and strangers dance together by the

side of the road. It is perhaps far more difficult for the younger generation to imagine that scenes like these could ever occur in a socially closed world that depends on online networks such as Facebook and Twitter for communication. However, these open expressions of relief, pride and joy may serve to elucidate how rewarding it can be to have a sense of belonging within an enthusiastic local community.

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Launch: The Water Poet Friday 29 April 11.00am–11.00pm FREE

CELEBRATION Rich Mix Thursday 28 April 6.00pm FREE

A Street Party Spectacular In 2010, East London based artist Melanie Manchot presented the first part of her new project “Celebration (Cyprus Street)” commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella. Filmed in one continuous take, it forms a portrait of a London community that shows its resilience and diversity. The exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery also brought together archive material portraying the rich history of public street parties and celebrations in London’s East End.

For this “Celebration” event as part of EEFF, the film will be screened on the eve of the Royal Wedding in Rich Mix, Tower Hamlets where over 60 street parties will be taking place. The film will be presented alongside a collection of archive footage demonstrating the wealth of local festivities over the years, along with an accompanying panel discussion examining the phenomenon of street parties as a means of engaging and galvanising diverse communities by celebrating national events at a local level. Joining Melanie on the panel are: Jan Faull Archive Production Curator at the BFI. Judith Garfield Director of Eastside Community Heritage. Joanna Lowry Academic Programme Leader for Photography, Moving Image and Sound at the University of Brighton. This is a FREE EVENT. Reserve your place through RICH MIX. “Celebration (Cyprus Street)” is commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella. Funded by Film London and the UK Film Council’s Digital Archive Film Fund. Supported by the National Lottery and Arts Council England.



cycle symphony Spitalfields Market Monday 2 May 3.00pm FREE

Join us in Spitalfields Market on May Day for the World Premiere of our unforgettable interactive musical experience ‘Cycle Symphony’. This is a truly unique audio-visual performance and there is a part in it just for you! Allow us to transport you on a sonic, cinematic and sensory journey around the East End of London through a pedal-powered film created by local artist Mila Lipowicz and a specially commissioned live orchestral and choral soundtrack composed and conducted by Amelia Robinson. A Ring Cycle for the 21st Century, we invite you to bring along your bicycles and join the percussion as you sound your voice through the striking of a bicycle bell!

“This is what it’s like to discover London for the first time.. as a child… as an immigrant… as a young entrepreneur in search of a dream. Riding on bikes, we cycle into the chaos of the city stopping momentarily to appreciate the serenity of the Serpentine, but quickly moving into the magical East End. As our pedals part the puddles that mirror faces of long ago we uncover the past and experience what it must have been like to endure a war from the perspective of a poverty-stricken immigrant community. We unite with their strength and too maintain an unyielding will to survive and overcome. The stories that lie in cracks of cobblestones reflect our own. We are here to give our respect to those who endured a hard life and show them what they have helped the East End to become – a hub of creativity and a scaffold for dreams. Our bells are the voices of today and we ring them as individuals within a larger community as we come together to honour the past, the present and look towards the future.”


The Cycle Symphony is a FREE event for cyclists, East End lovers and for the entire family. Walk or ride, play your part in the chorus of bells!

The audience will be conducted by Robinson as part of the orchestra for a truly immersive experience. Here, she talks about her inspiration for the event:

Sights and Sounds of the Jewish East End Bradey Centre Monday 2 May 2.00pm FREE

From cinema to sound, Jewish heritage runs deep in the East End. Presented in association with the department of Film Studies at Queen Mary University of London this special event focuses on the continued vitality of Jewish culture in our quarter. Accompanied by a screening of the classic 1962 short ‘The Vanishing Street’, which examines the disappearing way of life of the Jewish community in Whitechapel, this free event will feature presentations by some very special guests including klezmer singer, Vivi Lachs, cinema researchers Gil Toffell and Christophe Dupin, and historian and East End tour guide David Rosenberg. The event promises to be a true festival of the visual and aural landscape of Jewish East London. Vivi will be speaking about the heritage of Yiddish music, using costume and character to bring to life the people and

places of the turn-of-the-century Jewish East End. Drawing on his recent research Gil will trace how pleasure and politics combined as a heady mix in the cinema auditoriums of locations such as the Rivoli, People’s Palace and Empire picture houses, whilst Christophe will provide an expert introduction to ‘The Vanishing Street’. And in the 75th anniversary year of the famous ‘Battle of Cable Street’ David will explain how the politics of visibility dramatically marked the East End’s streets between the two world wars. Finishing the afternoon the Klezmer Klub will take the stage. This legendary band has been mixing traditional music with multicultural influences of modern London for over twenty years, and will join Vivi for a musical celebration of the sights and sounds of the Jewish East End, getting to your heart by way of your feet.



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Monday 2 May 12.00pm – 8.00pm FREE

Come behind the scenes of East London and celebrate our 10th anniversary with us as we takeover every nook and cranny of the East End. Buried secrets will be unravelled in unexpected spaces, as restaurants, bars and shops in the area fall victim to an unstoppable cinematic invasion. Concerts and cabaret will provide the soundtrack to a world of short and feature film screenings, as the pavements pound with the visual poetry and sound of all things – FILM. With cinematic trails, virtual cycling tours, filmmaking competitions, quizzes and talks, we will be transforming the area into a giant celebration of East End cinema. Heading up a whole programme of music-focussed films and events, watch out for our sonic-fuelled afternoon of live gigs from the freshest talent on the block at Rough Trade. Get the chance to see the World Premiere screening of Do you love me like I love you: Murder Ballads, a remarkable documentary about Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' landmark album 'Murder Ballads' created by artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard. Journey into the imaginative & colourful multi-layered videos of Cornershop with the world premiere of Once There Was a Wintertime shot in North and East London launderettes and experience live the musical poetry of composer Donna McKevitt as she rounds off an afternoon of Vision & Verse that includes the World Premiere of a new short about Pablo Neruda, presented by EEFF poet Jan Noble of Not Your Average Type.

With competitions and games everywhere, bring your flashy mobile and join our mobile filmmaking competition, or grab a megaphone and direct your very own film crew during the Gorilla Film Magazine Treasure Hunt. If you like a more in-depth approach, Faber and Faber will be hosting an event to celebrate the launch of their new biog about Danny Boyle and Rich Pickings will be exploring game theory and virtual psychological realities in an afternoon of short films and discussion focusing on game structures in everyday life. You’ll get a second chance to watch the cream of festivals past including last year’s sell out Who Shot the Sheriff? featuring the infamous 1978 Carnival in Victoria Park as we focus on activism and mass movement in the UK with particular focus on the important role the East End has played in that history. Join another radical strand with The London Short Film Festival showcasing exclusively the award-winning work of Britain’s most exciting up-and-coming filmmakers from their 8th Festival in 2011, and we invite you to adopt the local lingo, put on a hard hat and a high visibility vest and get really under the skin of emerging filmmaking with a programme from RUSHES Soho Shorts Festival that includes the audience winner Hard Hat by Karan

Ever fancied experiencing life in another persons skin? With the line between art and film now barely a shadow, we present the work of internationally renown Video artist Terry Flaxton who offers us the opportunity to literally place your hands ‘In Other People’s Skins’’ with his virtual dinner party video installation, last seen in a major New York gallery and now finding a more usual temporary home. Uncover the work of the new breed of video artists with a range of comedy short and snappy films presented by Whirlygiggles and if you are more affected by documentary film, Doc Heads will spoil you with their ‘best-of’ programme that includes the multi-award winning Skateistan, the only documentary short to be selected for this year’s Sundance Festival. Another chance to discover emerging talent comes with The Outside World presenting short films under the title Pictures from life’s other side, or enjoy the highlights from the past two years of Shooting People’s regular Film of the Month competition drawing on the best new films made by their 37,000 membership. There will also be fantasy characters galore in our animation showcases including an imagination-stretching programme from renowned animation studio 12foot6. After discovering that no World Cup matches would be played in the South African city of East London, Shoreditch creative agency Mother decided to send their own football team to challenge the local townships. What started as a five-day trip turned into a lasting legacy as an unlikely friendship blossomed, watch the resulting film as part of Movie MayDay.


Every year the East End Film Festival tunes its lenses towards the east, and this time the salty shores of the north comes into view in a variety of formats and styles in ExperiBalticMental presented by Land in Focus. We’ll be hosting a collection of international short film trails that traverse the globe, so prepare to be caught up in a Romanian family drama as the Transylvania International Film Festival present a programme of shorts that showcase the very best of Romanian New Wave Directors.

Kandhari. Straight 8 have thrown out a challenge to filmmakers to shoot a short film on a single cartridge of super 8 cine film. No editing or retakes allowed – the selected directors don’t even get the opportunity to see their films until they’re screened live to you. And if you want to take the experiment further, there are several experimental routes to walk down, amongst others Emma-Louise Smith dedicates My Obsolete Future to the personal, historical and hands-on visual works-of-art experimenting with animation, super 8mm and 16mm.

More famed for his music, the list starts reaching fever pitch at the Rich Mix with an incredible opportunity to see the very latest short films made personally by world famous composer Michael Nyman. Meanwhile, there are excited whispers going on about a mindblowing triple-bill (possibly rare Japanese – ssshh) screening just down the road in the stunning new Aubin Cinema from Shoreditch House. As we go to print, there’s excited talks of secret gigs and the list just keeps growing with a whole variety of other activities around the area produced by our fabulous partners such as Wallflower Press, Aesthetica, Little White Lies, Edge of the City Film Festival, EastEnd Cabaret, Trumans Beer and many, many more. And remember…..all this is FREE! PLEASE NOTE: The Movie MayDay programme was not locked at time of going to print. The full programme of activity will be available on our Movie MayDay Maps and online on the 20th of April 2011.






Explore the hidden spaces of the East End, as we unlock a Masonic temple for a screening of films that will disclose worlds of secret societies. If you are not a freemason you will get an insight in a dense web of connections, where strings are pulled unseen by the common man.

Masonic temples of its time a century ago, being the city’s only original Freemasons’ meeting lodge. We don’t know who occupied the dominant thrones or what influence they swayed over East London, but you will move into the very heart of the mystery. Enjoy this disclosure and try to guess how many people are still freemasons. Some estimate 6 million, but it could be a far larger number? How far back in history does this web stretch and how did it influence major historical twists and turns? Some say it already appeared in the early Middle Ages, which means it has survived attempts to unravel its mystery and power.

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USA | 2001 | 122 min 12.00pm Directors: Albert & Allen Hughes This film brings you back to Whitechapel in 1888 in London, where the unfortunate poor lead horrifying lives in the city’s deadliest slum. Harassed by gangs and forced to walk the streets for a living, Mary Kelly and her small group of companions trudge on through this daily misery, their only consolation being that things can’t get any worse. Yet things somehow do when their friend Ann is kidnapped and they are drawn into a conspiracy with links higher up than they could possibly imagine. The kidnapping is soon followed by the gruesome murder of another woman, Polly, and it becomes apparent that they are being hunted down, one by one. Could the Craft be responsible for these murders? Look out for the Masonic references and follow the brilliant acting by Johnny Depp and Heather Graham.

USA | 2000 | 94 min 2.15pm Director: Marc Singer This documentary will lead you into the dark underground near Penn Station in New York. Next to the Amtrak tracks, squatters have been living for years. The director Marc Singer goes underground to live with them, and films this “family”. A dozen or so men and one woman talk about their lives: Horrors of childhood, jail time, losing children and being cokeheads. They scavenge, living in self-made sturdy one-room shacks with a bucket for a toilet, using leaky overhead pipes as a source of water for showers. They live in virtual darkness, but then they are giving a 30-day eviction notice. Experience a secret community living on the brick of society, where the rest of us never pass.

France | 2001 | 142 min 4.00pm Director: Christophe Gans In 1765 something stalks the mountains of central France. The notorious ‘Beast of Gévaudan’, blamed for the death of hundreds, is apparently pouncing on humans and animals with terrible ferocity. As panic sweeps the region, the King’s finest military minds are dispatched. Gregoire de Fronsac, a knight caught between the affections of two women - one an aristocrat, the other a prostitute - is reliant on the combative prowess of an Iroquois captured in New-France (Canada). Together they will not only have to fight the beast, but also ignorance, bigotry and a conspiracy beyond their comprehension.

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Concealed by heavy, studded doors you will have to step your way down a winding staircase before you can enter a spacious mahogany-panelled ante-room. This Grecian-style Temple is layered in secrecy as it was concealed for years on end and only discovered, when the walls were torn down. It is considered one of the grandest




Advance Party Re-Visited: Red Road + Kate Dickie, Anna Duffield AND Morag MacKinnon in conversation

Adrian Utley (Portishead) presents: Taxi Driver (2011 Digital Restoration UK premiere)

In the film, De Niro plays Vietnam vet Travis Bickle, cruising the New York streets in his taxi, as he descends further into hell to look for redemption. With its flashes of extreme violence and controversial subject matter, the film still packs a punch 35 years later. Adrian Utley is a composer who plays guitar, bass and synthesiser. After spending the eighties playing jazz and R&B, his interest in electronics, recording and production led him to join Portishead alongside Geoff Barrow and singer Beth Gibbons in 1994. Their debut Dummy drew heavily on the filmic sounds of composers such as John Barry alongside the emerging Bristol ‘trip-hop’ sounds of Massive Attack. Utley himself has produced The Coral and solo work by Beth Gibbons, and worked with Sparklehorse, Patti Smith, Glenn Branca, Marianne Faithfull, PJ Harvey, and Goldfrapp, and on film and TV soundtracks. He also has a 25-piece electric guitar orchestra and along with Will Gregory from Goldfrapp composed a new score to the 1928 film The Passion of Joan of Arc.

Red Road is a Glasgow-based thriller concerning the social impact of CCTV. Following the East End Film Festival premiere of the second film, Morag MacKinnon’s Donkeys, here’s another chance to see Red Road followed by a discussion with Advance Party producer Anna Duffield and actress Kate Dickie, alongside Donkeys director Morag MacKinnon, to discuss the differences between the two films and their making.

Romanian Cinema: Waves, Storms and Horizons Rich Mix Sunday 1 May, 7.30pm Having produced some of the finest films of the past ten years, including The Death of Mr Lazarescu, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, and 12:08, East of Bucharest, Romanian cinema continues it remarkable show of strength. To mark our showcase of the best in the country's recent cinema, the East End Film Festival presents a panel of leading Romanian filmmakers to talk about the continuing strength of the 'new wave'. Lead in discussion by Ed Lawrenson, the speakers include Bogdan George Apetri (director of Outbound), Radu Muntean (Tuesday, After Christmas), Andrei Ujica (Out of the Present), Mihai Fulger (film critic) and East End Film Festival’s 2011 director-in-residence, Bobby Paunescu (director of Francesca, winner of last year's Debut Feature Award).



US|1976/2011|UK Premiere|113 min Aubin Cinema Friday 29 April, 8.30pm Director: Martin Scorsese The digital restoration of Martin Scorsese’s 1976 masterpiece Taxi Driver starring Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Harvey Keitel and Cybil Shepherd, was premiered at the 2011 Berlin Film Festival. With a 4K digital restoration under the supervision of Grover Crisp of Sony Pictures, here’s a first chance to catch this stunning revival introduced tonight by Adrian Utley of Portishead.

UK | 2006 | 113 min Aubin Cinema Sunday 1 May, 3.00pm Director: Andrea Arnold Advance Party is a concept from filmmakers Lars Von Trier, Gillian Berrie, Lone Scherfig and Anders Thomas Jensen, of a film trilogy to all follow a set of rules. Each film is to be made by different first-time directors, and co – produced by Sigma Films (Glasgow) and Zentropa (Denmark). A list of characters were created with back stories. Casting for all three films had to be done at the same time. Andrea Arnold’s Red Road was the first film completed in 2006 and won the Jury Prize at Cannes and the Scottish BAFTA.






INDUSTRY: BRICKHOUSE The Brickhouse 152C Brick Lane, London E1 6RU 26 – 28 April FREE

Housed in The Brickhouse on Brick Lane, the Industry Sessions, supported by Molton Studios, will consist of masterclasses, networking, in conversation events and screenings, all taking place throughout the day from 26 – 28 April. Food and drink and other refreshments available all day.

Tuesday 26 April, 1.00pm – 7.00pm

Documentary Day 1.00pm

PANEL: An Introduction to Crowd Funding Crowd funding describes the collective cooperation by people who network and pool their money and other resources together, to support efforts initiated by other people or organizations. We bring the documentary crowd-funders themselves, from We Fund, Sponsume and Buzzbnk, as well as filmmakers who’ve had first hand experience in this area of DIY fundraising, particularly Lauren Simpson, director of the forthcoming Just Do It! and Jan Bednarz, director of The 10th Lego Master.


SCREENING: OUTSIDE THE COURT UK |2010|60 min Director: Marc Issacs Isaacs spent three months outside Highbury Magistrates Court meeting those waiting for their cases to be heard. They reveal their lives, demonstrating how the camera has the ability to delve much deeper into character and motivation than the law. The complexities of the human soul are laid bare as tense and intimate conversations illuminate stories that the magistrates hear daily. The more we get to know the characters, the harder it is to make easy judgements.


DFG Presents Director’s Vision: Marc Isaacs in conversation Marc Isaacs has been at the forefront of UK documentary filmmaking for the past 10 years. Examining key flashpoints in modern British society, whether racism, religion or capitalism, from alternative perspectives, he has developed a style of filmmaking that takes him into the heart of the issues he investigates. Following the screening of Outside the Court, he joins us in conversation to explore key aspects of the director’s vision, including approaches to interviewing, aesthetic and narrative.

Wednesday 27 April 1.00pm – 7.00pm

Digital Day

In association with Digital Stages, a new festival which showcases work across disciplines, including dance, theatre, performance and visual art, which incorporates digital media. 1.00pm

Think Big: Masterclass with Paul Willey (Prime Focus) A chance to find out how new global production and post-production pipelines are changing the way filmmakers create and distribute their content. Prime Focus’s Commercial Executive Paul Willey will examine the ways in which filmmakers are moving from local to International markets to develop, create, distribute, and monetise their creative projects such as international crowd funding models, and via social media.



seeper is an interactive arts and technology collective, founded in 1998 to explore natural user interaction and ubiquitous computing to create multi-sensory experiences and memories. seeper will illustrate their sound, lighting software and hardware, which allows a new range of interfaces, devices and experiences for users. seeper have recently worked with Punch Drunk Theatricals, Glastonbury Festival, BFI Southbank, Sony PlayStation and many more innovative brands and arts-based organisations.

A talk on how 3D is evolving, how to avoid the pitfalls and guarantee quality, the thorny issues of format conversions and how to approach the emerging domestic market (3D TVs and PCs). Followed by a Q&A session with representatives from Inition, who are at the cutting-edge of 3D expertise and technology, with an unrivalled knowledge and product portfolio of all things 3D.


The Future of 3-D: After the Hype... the Reality

Thursday 28 April, 12.30pm – 6.30pm 12.30am

Queen Mary Film Department: Investigating Film Studies A surgery investigating the functionality of film as an academic practice held by Athena Mandis, Assistant Technical Director of Film at Queen Mary University of London, discussing the benefits of studying film. This is an opportunity for anyone interested in taking Film Studies at university and where such studies may lead. There will also be a selection of short films by students of the Queen Mary Film Department.



Independent Distribution Matt Smith from Lionsgate film distributors discusses how to get your film out into the marketplace. With such a crowded market, find out how to get noticed and how to get your film out across UK cinemas.


Improvisation Acting Workshop with Stephen McCole Glasgow-based Stephen McCole is a regular in the films of Peter Mullan and the star of BAFTA Scotland award winning comedydrama High Times. He was highly praised for his improvisational lead role in Crying With Laughter about a stand-up comedian finding redemption; McCole hit the comedy clubs of Edinburgh as a stand-up in preparation for the role, and here demonstrates about how this improvisational immersive technique works for getting into character.




Jez Lewis worked as a producer with Nick Broomfield on His Big White Self and Ghosts (which he co-wrote) before directing his own documentary debut feature Shed Your Tears And Walk Away in 2010. This masterclass will offer an insight into Lewis’s work and explore the behind the scenes inspirations and production processes that have shaped his films, as well as looking at the challenges of moving from producer to director. This event is also recommended for 19 – 25 year olds.

10x10 is a free project development workshop where filmmakers can screen up to 10 minutes of their non-fiction works-inprogress and receive 10 minutes of directed feedback from the audience. Whether you want to screen or come as a viewer, it's a real opportunity to gain support, meet your peers and feel part of the independent doc community. It's also a rare chance to gain a hands-on perspective of what works, what doesn't and why. Followed by networking courtesy of Audio Network



104 presents Jez Lewis: Producing & Directing Documentary

Get Well Soon: Animation Techniques from 12foot6

Four Corners – Liberating the Image: A New Age of Filmmaking High resolutions, combined with more accessible technologies, are bringing a huge and sometimes bewildering choice of acquisition medium to indie filmmakers. But why choose one codec, camera or workflow over another? Four Corners, in conjunction with Filmspace and FAVA Rental, invite you to join us in a discussion on digital filmmaking for the big screen. Followed by networking in conjunction with Four Corners.

Other industry events Tuesday 26 April, 10.00am – 1.00pm

An Introduction to Directing: Creating Performance (Workshop for 19-25 year olds) The Brady Centre, 192-196 Hanbury St, London E1 5HU.FREE Working with 104 Films and talented director Brian Welsh (In Our Name) learn the necessary skills & techniques to successfully direct actors on screen. This workshop is for first time filmmakers aged 19-25. Book at Film Nation: Shorts is a competition that invites young people (aged 14-25) to make and vote for films celebrating the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Run in partnership with Panasonic, Film Nation: Shorts will introduce young people to film-making, support them in developing their talent, and give everyone who enters a chance to have their work screened around the UK. Winning films will be screened in front of the crowds in venues during the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London in 2012. The competition is accompanied by a UK-wide programme of workshops to provide extra help to young people to begin making film, develop their skills and meet other people to share ideas and develop projects. See for the latest entries to the competition and vote on your favourite or upload your own film.


David Anderson and Tom Mortimer, directors of 12Foot6 Animation, show how to bring together diverse talents to work together on a multi-agency project. Speakers include Lucy Izzard building a narrative from multiple interviews; Darren Walsh discussing stop-framing masks; Andrew Kelleher (Dog Judo) making dogs talk in After-Effects; Bill Elliott animating 2d characters in a 3d world. Learn how to mix and match animation styles to get the best of all worlds. Get Well Soon is about injuries not egos.

DFG presents 10x10 (supported by Audio Network)

Thursday 28 April, 6.00pm

Mosaic Networking



Many recent films have been cast from faces found on the street, a practise usually associated with the fashion industry with its use of model scouts. Casting agent Lenny Mullan works with his brother Peter on films such as Neds and Orphans; he has17 years of producing and directing community theatre in Belfast and Glasgow, and is currently working with young offenders on drama projects that help them turn their lives around. Filmmaker Christine Molloy (Civic Life, Helen) casts films by closely working with local communities. Hosted by Simon Jablonski (The Guardian).

A practical workshop aimed at directors, this session will cover how to communicate effectively with actors in their own language, improve your skills by putting yourself in your actors' shoes, and the understanding and vocabulary you need to get the performances you are looking for. LFA workshops bridge industry and filmmakers, delivering high quality workshops by working professionals.

Street Casting: The Future is on the Street

London Film Academy: Acting for Directors workshop

Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA Mosaic Networking, in association with the East End Film Festival, invite you to a networking event where you will have the opportunity to meet new contacts, as well as catching up with old ones. This informal networking evening could help you get your next project up and running. Mosaic was set up in 2001 to create a different and informal approach to business and social networking.



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SHORTS PROGRAMME ADVENTURES IN EXPERIMENTS (79 min) Rio Sunday 1 May, 3.45pm A selection of work from UK and international artists and filmmakers, exploring the limits of new form and creative expression. Jittertree UK | Bailey Tom Bailey |11 min Oblivion UK | Hsin-Yu Kuan | 5 min Cutty Wren UK | Naor Aloni | 4 min Personal Space Netherlands | Altin Kaftira | 7 min Spat UK | Melanie Manchot | 8 min

Ridley Road


Release The Flying Monkeys


Homecoming Morocco | Hannah Beadman | 10 min Drift UK | Theo Tagholm | 5 min Rßckruf Austria | Jakob Brossmann | 11 min Sea Swallow’d UK | Andrew Kotting | 18 min

EAST END TALES 1 (72 min)

EAST END TALES 2 (73 min) Genesis Saturday 30 April, 6.30pm


The East End is alive with filmmakers telling local stories and stories from beyond our East London borders. Local filmmakers know only too well how to draw from the deep well to dramatise life in this vibrant part of London as well as further afield.

More stories from the East End and beyond. Local filmmakers know only too well how to draw from the deep well to dramatise life in this vibrant part of London as well as further afield in this mix of fiction and documentary.

East London is an area of London overflowing with personal stories and social issues, therefore offering plenty of scope for documentary filmmakers to tell essential stories in interesting ways.

Vassily & Petra UK | Fred Forse | 13 min The Mud and Dust UK | Dan Brackenbury | 5 min Just Before Dawn UK | Loren Slater | 11 min To be Frank UK | Lesley Pinder, Holly Goss & members of SHP, Camden | 14 min The Living End UK | Rob Curry | 4 min Release The Flying Monkeys UK | Alex Taylor | 9 min Shattered Pieces UK | Aqeel Ahmed | 16 min

Inept UK | Ryan Vernava | 6 min In the Meadow UK | Dave Alexander Smith | 13 min Fight UK | Melanie Manchot | 5 min Conversations With Walt Whitman UK | Theo Tagholm | 5 min Internet Story UK | Adam Butcher | 10 min Promise South Africa, USA | David Alexander | 9 min Statesman UK | Adam Brichto & Tom Goudsmit | 25 min

Night in Hackney UK | Shehani Fernando | 18 min Ridley Road UK | Adam Ryzman | 9 min Windows UK | Ruth Cook | 4 min Steve Avery UK | Sam Huntley | 5 min Bow Belles UK | Dan Saul | 21min Sheltered Lives UK | Tim Band | 10 min In Memoriam UK | Tim Band | 28 min

Genesis Friday 29 April, 8.30pm


Rio Sunday 1 May, 1.30pm

Battle For Britain


Tricil – The Emancipation


NEW UK TALENT 1 (106 min) Barbican Friday 29 April, 2.00pm

NEW UK TALENT 2 (114 min) Barbican Friday 29 April, 4.00pm

NEW UK TALENT 3 (113min) Cineworld Thursday 28 April, 6.00pm

A varied showcase selection of new short film drama from across the country split into three parts. Part one sees frustrated housewives, frustrated city businessmen, plus stories of young love blooming and children dealing with adversity.

A continuation of this showcase selection of new short film drama from across the country. Part two sees some lonely men dealing with extreme situations, and the harrowing story of people smuggling from Eastern Europe into London. And we lighten the tone with a story of everyone’s familiar crazy drunken aunt.

The final part of this showcase selection of new short film drama from across the country. Part three sees drunken uncles, gifted musical prodigies, and lovers on the run.

Ashes UK | Sonia Castang | 16 min Release UK | Joanne Priest | 10 min Connect UK | Samuel Abrahams | 5 min Lies UK | Hesky Tucker | 18 min Marina on Top UK | Uriel Emil | 7 min Mam UK | Hugo Speer | 14 min The Neighbours UK | 19 min Mr. Dorothy UK| Gabriel Bisset-Smith | 10 min God View UK | Billy Lumby | 7 min

My Lad UK | Sami Khan | 14 min Threads UK | Matt Taabu | 12 min Watching UK | Max Myers | 14 min Silent Things UK | Rob Brown | 12 min Nadya’s Circus UK | James Lawes | 11 min Bad Night For The Blues UK | Chris Shepherd |15 min This Time of Year UK | David Schofield | 14 min Winking Man Rock UK | Annetta Laufer | 17 min Tricil – The Emancipation UK | Franck Trebillac | 5 min

Uncle Fran UK | Mike Forshaw | 13 min Frequency UK | Gurch Singh | 19 min Elsewhere UK | Mathy Tremewan | 13 min Tourniquet UK | Irina Izmestieva | 13 min Albatross UK | Kim Albright | 11 min Battle For Britain UK | Alex Helfrecht | 13 min 40 years UK | Russell Appleford | 8 min Pizza Miracle UK | Tony Grisoni | 23 min

Shorts Programme


Genesis Friday 29 April, 6.30pm

A programme of short documentaries by UK filmmakers; from the ship graveyards of India, to the death camps of Auschwitz, to the council estates of contemporary London.

Filthy Clean UK | Guy King | 20 min Kazik and the Kommander’s Car UK | Hannah Lovell | 23 min The Last Emperor UK | Guy Bolongaro | 20 min


76 Seconds UK | Lea Gratch | 14 min Boat Dreams UK | Sasha Andrews | 9 min Buriganga UK | Michelle Coomber |12 min





Rich Mix Saturday 30 April, 2.00pm

A selection of documentaries from around the world. A chance to see films that have played at Sundance and other American and European festivals, and bringing us true stories from Japan to Bangladesh. Grandpa’s Wet Dream Japan / US | Chihiro Amemiya | 16 min Rikshawala Bangladesh | Misha Hussain & Tom Stoddart | 9 min

Tres Tristes Tigres

The Talking Walls of Lahore Pakistan | Numra Siddiqui | 14 min The Rabbi and Cezar Chavez US | Daniel Robin | 14 min Tres Tristes Tigres Spain | David Munoz |14 min


Rich Mix Saturday 30 April, 3.30pm

Protect The Nation

A chance to sample the delights of international cinema in shortened form, from the harrowing experiences of a blind girl in Italy to being on the road out in the dusty Australian bush. Le Portail France | Liam Engle | 15 min Lily USA | Susana Casares Domingo | 11 min Protect The Nation Germany / South Africa | C. R. Reisser | 16 min A Shore Thing US | Jess Manafort | 8 min

Bit Australia | Jonathan Kable | 5 min Rita Italy | Antonio Piazza | 19 min Lastrain Spain | Tony Lopez | 20 min Das Opfer Germany | Marco Gadge | 14 min

Shorts Programme

LAND OF KINGS (70 min) Rio Thursday 28 April, 8.15pm

A Palace For Us

Hackney Film Festival, in conjunction with the East End Film Festival, curates a night of short films as part of Dalston’s Land of Kings music festival. The programme consists of Hackney residents only filmmakers, and mixes drama, documentary and music video, plus the 2011 BAFTA winning animation The Eagleman Stag. Mrs Birks’ Sunday Roast UK | Kyoko Miyake |6 min The Good North UK | Jonathan Entwistle | 8 min Bubblegum UK | Alasdair & Jock | 3 min Coalition of the Willing UK | Knife Party | 16 min

Topologies (excerpt) UK | Quayola | 4 min A Palace For Us UK | Tom Hunter | 17 min Jeffery and the Dinosaurs UK | Christoph Steger | 7 min The Eagleman Stag Austria | Michael Please | 9 min 61



Rich Mix

Brickhouse: Filmmakers Centre

-------Documentary Day 1.00pm: An Introduction to Crowd Funding 2.00pm: Outside The Court 3.00pm: DFG Presents Director’s Vision – Marc Isaacs in Conversation 4.00pm: 104 presents Jez Lewis – Producing and Directing Documentary 5.00pm: DFG presents 10x10

TUESday / April 26

WEDNESDAY / April 27 Opening Night Gala

Digital Day 1.00pm: Think Big – Masterclass with Paul Willey (Prime Focus) 2.00pm: Seeper – Exploring the multi-sensory digital experience 3.00pm: The Future of 3-D – After the Hype… the Reality 4.00pm: Get Well Soon – Animation Techniques from 12foot6 5.00pm: Four Corners – Liberating the Image: A New Age of Filmmaking

7.00pm: The Libertines

THURSDAY / April 28

6.30pm: Off Beat 7.30pm: Ghosted 8.30pm: East End Lives 3

6.00pm: 7.00pm: 6.30pm: 8.00pm:


6.30pm: Katka 6.30pm: New UK talent: Documentary 8.30pm: The Stoker 8.30pm: East End Tales 1

5.00pm: Morgen 6.00pm: Relentless Energy: Lives of the Artist Follow Me Down 8.30pm: Outbound


3.00pm: 4.00pm: 6.30pm: 6.30pm: 8.30pm: 8.30pm:

2.00pm: World Cinema: Documentary 3.30pm: World Cinema: Drama 6.00pm: Out of the Present 8.30pm: Donkeys


3.30pm: Living Like A Common Man 4.00pm: 14th Floor 6.00pm: We Made Our Own Disaster 6.30pm: Egression 8.30pm: Buried Land

MONday / MAY 2

Abhishapt Pink Halo Halo Erratum East End Tales 2 Little Rose Udaan

Celebration 12.30pm: Queen Mary Film Department – Investigating Film Studies SNAP Mosaic Networking 1.30pm: Independent Distribution Beauty and Brains 2.30pm: Improvisation Acting Workshop 3.30pm: Street Casting; the Future is on the Street 4:30pm: London Film Academy: Acting for Directors workshop

5.00pm: Tuesday, After Christmas 7.30pm: Romanian Cinema: Waves, Storms and Horizons

2.00pm: VAULT 3.00pm: Third Person Singular Number 3.15pm: Michael Nyman Shorts


Cineworld West India Quay


Red Gallery

All other venues

10.00am–1.00pm: An Introduction to Directing – Creating Performance The Brady Centre

12.00pm–6.00pm: Phil Maxell & Roger Sargent Exhibition Spitalfields Market

2.00pm: New UK Talent 1 4.00pm: New UK Talent 2

8.30pm: The Devils

2.00pm: Children of the Revolution 4.00pm: My Perestroika

8.00pm: Visionare: Dirty Old Town Red Gallery

12.00pm–6.00pm: Phil Maxell & Roger Sargent Exhibition Spitalfields Market

6.00pm: Break My Fall 11.30pm: Agnosia

9.00pm: Visionare: Warehouse Culture Red Gallery

12.00pm–6.00pm: Phil Maxell & Roger Sargent Exhibition Spitalfields Market 12.00pm–6.00pm: Evewright Exhibition Four Corners Gallery 11.00am–11.00pm:The Liberty of Norton Folgate The Waterpoet 8.00pm: Mother Joan of the Angels St Johns Church 8.30pm:Adrian Utley presents the Digitally Restored Taxi Driver Aubin Cinema

8.00pm: Ways To Live Forever

1.30pm: Under The Cranes 11.30pm: Julia’s Eyes

8.00pm: Visionare: Furious Force of Music Red Gallery

12.00pm–6.00pm: Phil Maxell & Roger Sargent Exhibition Spitalfields Market 12.00pm–6.00pm: Evewright Exhibition Four Corners Gallery 2.00pm: Camden Crawl – Sonic Film with Saint Etienne The Forge 8.00pm: Silent Cinema: Manasse + Minima Spitalfields Market 8.00pm–late: Transylmania Village Underground

6.30pm: Oxygen 8.30pm: Birthright

1.30pm: East End True-Life Stories 3.45pm: Adventures in Experiments

12.00pm–6.00pm: Phil Maxell & Roger Sargent Exhibition Spitalfields Market 12.00pm: Upsides Down: The Creation Records Story The Forge 2.00pm: Camden Crawl – Sonic Film with Guillemots The Forge 3.00pm: Advance Party Re-Visited: Red Road plus guests in Conversation Aubin Cinema

6.00pm: Faith

12.00pm–6.00pm: Phil Maxell & Roger Sargent Exhibition Spitalfields Market 12.00pm–8.00pm: Movie MayDay Various 12.00pm: From Hell Masonic Lodge, Andaz Hotel 2.15pm: Dark Days Masonic Lodge, Andaz Hotel 4.00pm: Brotherhood of the Wolf Masonic Lodge, Andaz Hotel 3.00pm: Cycle Symphony Spitalfields Market 2.00pm: The Sights and Sounds of the Jewish East End The Brady Centre 8.00pm: Closing Night Celebration Boheme London

6.00pm: New UK Talent 3 8.30pm: Principles of Life

8.15pm: Land of Kings

8.30pm: Missing Man

7.00pm: Promblema:Who Are We in the 21st Century? Amnesty International


Venues & booking INFORMATION

VENUES & BOOKING Amnesty International UK Human Rights Action Centre 17-25 New Inn Yard, Hoxton, London EC2A 3EA To book tickets: By tube: Old Street By bus: 26 / 35 / 47 / 48 / 67 / 149

Boheme London 562 Mile End Road London, E3 4PH To book tickets: By tube: Mile End By bus: 25 / 205 / 425 / 277 / D6 / 323 / D7 / 339

Rich Mix 35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA Box Office: 020 7613 7498 To book tickets: By tube: Liverpool Street By bus: 8 / 149 / 242 / 67 / 48 / 26

Andaz Liverpool Street Hotel (Masonic Lodge) 40 Liverpool Street London EC2M 7QN All events are FREE Seating available on a first come, first served basis or to reserve places visit: By Tube: Liverpool Street

The Brickhouse 152c Brick Lane, London E1 6RU Telephone: 020 7247 0005 All events are FREE Seating available on a first come, first served basis By tube: Liverpool Street / Aldgate East By bus: 8 / 25 / 67 / 205 / 254 / 388

Red Gallery 3 Rivington Street London EC2A 3DT To book tickets: By tube: Old Street By bus: 55 / 243 / 135 / 35 / 47 / 43 / 76 / 141 / 205 / 214 / 271 / 21 / 42 / 344

The Aubin Cinema 64-66 Redchurch Street Shoreditch, London E2 7DP Box Office: 0845 604 8486 By tube: Shoreditch High Street By bus: 8 Barbican Cinema Silk Street, City of London, London, EC2Y 8DS Box Office: 020 7638 8891 By tube: Barbican By bus: 4 / 56 / 100 / 153 The Brady Arts and Community Centre 192-196 Hanbury Street, London E1 5HU Telephone: 020 7364 7900 All events are FREE Seating available on a first come, first served basis or to reserve places visit: By tube: Whitechapel By bus: 25 / 254 / 106 / D3

The Forge 3-7 Delancey Street London NW1 7NL To book tickets: Four Corners Gallery 121 Roman Road London E2 0QN Telephone: 0208 981 6111 Genesis Cinema 93 – 95 Mile End Road, Whitechapel, London E1 6LA Box Office: 0207 780 2000 To book tickets: By tube: Stepney Green / Whitechapel By bus: 25 / 254 / 205

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.

Rio Cinema 107 Kingsland High Street, London E2 2PB Box Office: 020 7241 9410 To book tickets: By rail: Dalston Kingsland By bus: 67 / 76 / 149 / 243 St. John on Bethnal Green 200 Cambridge Heath Road London E2 9PA To book tickets: By tube: Bethnal Green Spitalfields Market & Old Spitalfields Market 65 Brushfield Street, London E1 6AA All events are FREE Seating available on a first come, first served basis. By tube: Liverpool Street / Aldgate East

Vibe Gallery & Vibe Bar The Old Truman Brewery, 91-95 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL Telephone: 020 7247 3479 All events are FREE Seating available on a first come, first served basis. By tube: Liverpool Street / Aldgate East By bus: 8 / 25 / 67 / 205 / 254 / 388 Village Underground 54 Holywell Lane, London EC2A 3PQ To book tickets: By tube: Liverpool Street By bus: 35 / 67 / 149 / 8 / 388 The Water Poet 9-11 Folgate Street, London E1 6BX Telephone: 020 7426 0495 All events are FREE. By tube: Liverpool Street / Aldgate East

Venues & Booking

For detailed information about our events, venues and programme, please visit or call our information line: 020 7364 7925 open daily between 11.00am – 5.00pm during the festival

Cineworld West India Quay 9-11 Hertsmere Road, London, E14 4AL Box Office: 0871 200 2000 To book tickets: By tube: Canary Wharf / Poplar DLR / West India Quay

Troxy 490 Commercial Road London E1 0HX 020 7790 9000 To book tickets: By bus: 15 / 115 / 135 / D3 / 395 / N15 / N50

Andaz Liverpool Street Hotel (Masonic Lodge) is not accessible by wheelchair.


credits & thanks




Alison Poltock

Head of Industry Philip Ilson

Senior Programmer Stephanie Pamment

Shorts Programmer Lainey Richardson

Festival Manager Gemma Mitchell

Website Manager Mila Lipowicz

Festival Assistant, Heritage Programmer Hayley Wright

Production Coordinator Annemari Clausen

Head of Marketing, Horror Programmer Andrew Simpson

Corporate and Guest Liaison Lynn Nwokorie

Press and PR Stuart Haggas

Marketing Assistant Alexandra Dorisca

Volunteer Coordinator Paul Brewster

Programme Designer

Technical Director Simon Green

Special thanks to Stephen Murray, Head of Tower Hamlets Arts and Events and to Tower Hamlets for their continued support, Janet Triggs and the Arts and Events team (London Borough of Tower Hamlets), Jerry Deeks and all the reception staff at the Brady Centre, Tyrone Walker-Hebborn and Will Holland (Genesis), Charles Rubinstein (Rio Cinema), Lisa Paulon and Chris Jakubiak (Camden Crawl), Ray Dervin and Georgina Godart-Brown (Spitalfields Estate), Negede Assefa (Rich Mix), Andrew Sparrow and Elinor Barnett (Wellington Markets), Alison Willis (Amnesty International), Warren Humphries (Cineworld), Andy Jerkin and Mandy Kean (The Aubin Cinema), Lyn Turner (Four Corners), John Wright (Vibe Live), Nick Herbert and Greg Hoy (Excel Couriers), Andy Milne and Don Eales (Inition), Zac Leyton (Pictureworks), Steve Hartley (SAE), Charlie Phillips (Sheffield Doc/Fest), Helen Jack and James Mulligan (Shooting People), Andrew Clough and Jon Hiller (Visionare), Ben Miller, Yasmin Paris-Kerr and Kate Rogers (Self&Co), Joanna Lewandoska, Pawel Jaskulski, Simon Goehler, Ricardo Palma, Meryem Dipdere, Maya Littman, Fiona Bevans, Fiona Pouchard (Andaz Hotel), Joanna Kalmer (Molton Studios), Magda Stroe and Dorian Branea (Romanian Cultural Institute), Renata Clark (Czech Centre), Dante Williams (Boheme London), Jason Bick and Matt Goodwin (Clash), Tam Vibert (Village Underground), Mia Roberts (Brickhouse), Anna MacDonald (London Film Academy), Tom Hunter and Tom Butler (London Calling), Paul Joyce, Tim De Nyst Everett (Warner Bros.), Stefan Dickers (Bishopsgate Library), Christine Hartland (Mosaic), Emma Watkins and Robert Rider (Barbican Cinema), Amy Durrant, Sonja Todd, Kirsty Merret, Rosie Wolfenden and Harriet Vine (Tatty Devine), Anna Kime, Elinor Unwin, Rebecca Polding, Paul Bowman (Film London), Paul Willey and James Rose (Prime Focus), Alex Rowley (Organic Marketing), Simone Brookes, Meg and Peter Dunne (The Water Poet), Will Poole and Atif Malik (Troxy), Rob Hughes (Mother), Jerome Hillion and Cecile Hillion-Le Borgne (Hair & Jerome), Lizzie Gold (Yelp), Hannah Lack and Johanna Lacey (Dazed and Confused), Bryony Byrne (Aesthetica), Adam Woodward, Matt Bochenski and Danny Miller (Little White Lies), Cooltura, Tristan Anderson (Docheads), Thure Munkholm and Riina Sporing Zachariassen (CPH PIX), Julie LaBassiere and David Kwok (Tribeca), Roger Sargent, Jamie Clark (Pulse), David Bianchi, Matt Luxon and Ronnie Traynor (Vision Artists), Alex Hogg, Mick Frangou, Adrian Smith (Minima), Alan Miles (Militant Entertainment), Joseph Morris and Simon Green (Eventful), Jan Noble (Not Your Average Type), Marc Isaacs, Sam Duckworth, Phil Maxwell, Hazuan Hashim, Jackie Sharpe, Charles Sharpe (Good Enough Caring), Rachel Wexler and Jez Lewis (Bungalow Town Productions), Mark Westall (FAD), Adrian Utley, Bob Stanley, Rachel Burke (Rumpus Comms), Nina Herve (Rough Trade), Matt Smith (Lionsgate), Michael Bradsell, Dave Anderson (12foot6), Terry Flaxton, Jorg Tittel and Alex Helfrect, Perry Benson, Sabine Butzlaff, Father Alan Green, Chris Jones (London's Screen Archives), Libby Adams (Hackney Archives), Matthew Lee (Imperial War Museum Film and Video Archive), Jan Faull (BFI National Archives), Julian Richman (Liberation Films), Debbie Hickmott (Screen Archive South East), Joanna Lowry (Brighton University), Judith Garfield (Eastside Community Heritage), Michael-George Hemus (Trumans Beer), David Piggott (Chingford Newsreel/Acorn Films), Karen Murray and Nina Ernst (Film and Video Umbrella), Kirsty Jennings (104 Films), Kerry McLeod (Documentary Filmmakers Group), Carla MacKinnon and Evan Grant (Seeper), Alissa Timoshkina and Margarita Osepyan (Digital Stages), Michael Peers and Athena Mandis (Queen Mary University), Lauren Simpson (Just Do It!), Madeleine Mullett and Clare Binns (City Screen), Mark Truesdale and Elizabeth Gault (Park Circus), Eric Liknaitzky (Contemporary Films), Paul Robinson (Cherry Red Records), Anna Duffield (Sigma Films), Katie Motion and Ebona Eastmond-Henry (Audio Network), Simon Jablonski, Lenny Mullan, Stephen McCole, John Dunning (Margaret PR), Steven McInery, Alice Wigley and Dylan White (Hackney Film Festival), Nick Griffiths (Land of Kings), Lisa Balderson, Victoria Humphrys and Rebecca White (BFI), Kaye Lavender (Studio AKA), Sophia Gorton (ITN Source), Stephen Barnes and Karen Craig (Document Productions), Stuart Emery (Large PR), Hollie Richmond (Revolver), Luke Morris (Cinema 16), Yoram Allon (Wallflower Press), Andrew Benbow and Alex Holroyd (Faber and Faber), Harriet Knowles (Videopia), Marta Rabikowska (Edge of the City Film Festival), Mihai Chirilov (Transilvania International Film Festival) Amelia Robinson (Cycle Symphony) Vicky Falconer-Pritchard and Bernadette Byrne (EastEnd Cabaret), Will Cummock (Straight8), Tom Dalleng (Gorilla Film Magazine), Jesus Mateos (Land In Focus), Katie Steed (Whirlygig Cinema), Joe Bateman, Agar Beiro and Thom Trigger (RUSHES Soho Shorts Festival), Marie Remy and Tjinder Singh (Cornershop), Catherine Halpin (The Outside World), Donna McKevitt, David Standen, Russell Parker, Mark Girdle, Terry Flaxton, Ceri Dingle, Emma Louise Smith (Short Film Sessions), Dr Mark Kermode, Adam Hotchkiss (Optimum Releasing), Virginie Salavy (Electric Sheep), Tara Barnett (Momentum Pictures), Chris Barwick and Mehelli Modi (Second Run), Danni Davies (Resonance FM), Alissa. Timoshkina (Digital Stages Festival), Louis Savy (Sci Fi London), Sonali Joshi (Pan Asia Film Festival), Lucy Jones, Dirk Van Exterghem (Offscreen Film Festival), Chris Orgelt (Brussels International Festival of Fantastic Film), Zoe Holloway (Shoreditch Church), Damien Sanville (Close-Up Film Archive), Marcin Kobylarz, Slawomir Skowronski.

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East End Film Festival 2011  

Festival catalogue listing all screenings, events, talks and masterclasses

East End Film Festival 2011  

Festival catalogue listing all screenings, events, talks and masterclasses