Riot on Redchurch Street

A spirited tale of a love triangle in East London’s rock n’ roll subculture, Trevor Miller’s debut sees a tortured manager struggling with his feelings for the girlfriend of his client, the talented but self destructive front man of a hotly tipped local band. With intense performances, a style leaning on jazzy naturalism and a great soundtrack, Miller’s film also delves in social commentary, as Anglo-Muslim relations become pushed to breaking point by the music set’s raucous behaviour, and a clash brews on the eponymous East London street that will bring things to a violent final reckoning.

£9.50  Tickets available from the Rich Mix Cinema website here

 

Railway Redemption

East London-based filmmaker Santiago Posada travels to Sri Lanka, and unearths a story with unusual resonance as a seventy year-old busker makes a final journey home. Hearing that his brother is dying, Vijay decides to face up to his past and confront his family, with whom he has had no contact for twenty-five years due to his alcoholism and death of his mother. Taking stylistic direction from its subject’s personality, the result is a moving, dignified portrait of belonging and troubled pasts.

Railway Redemption screens as part of the EEFF’s Documentary Afternoon on Sunday 30 June.

£10.00 Tickets will be available from the Rio Cinema website here.

Best Documentary Feature Competition 

Breathe In

Starring Guy Pearce and rising British star Felicity Jones, the fifth feature from Drake Doremus (Like Crazy) is a subtle, moving drama of an American suburban family in crisis. When charming exchange student Sophie (Jones) arrives in the Reynolds household, strange feelings are awoken in Keith (Pearce) and both know how things are likely to end. Filled with moments of both great comedy and dark emotion and featuring standout performances from a fantastic cast, Breathe In makes a familiar story feel fresh and important.

Tickets will be available from the Aubin Cinema website here 

 

Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer

This is the story of both a band and a message, of a court case and in effect the trial of the entire Russian nation. The film innovatively intercuts a variety of YouTube, smart phone and other new media footage that is the stock and trade of the world’s new resistance movements. A collaboration between British filmmaker Mike Lerner and the Russian Maxim Pozdorovkin that follows a timeline from Pussy Riot’s now infamous cathedral-based musical protest to their show trial and imprisonment. The film is a tense and involving tale of political action, punk spirit and human-rights abuse. 

£10.50 (Online) £11.50 (Door)  Tickets available from the Barbican Cinema here

Best Documentary Feature Competition 

Prospects

Filmed over the course of 4 years, Sebastian Duthy’s debut feature documentary follows two boys’ struggling to reach the top of the amateur boxing world. Rising star George Kean has the skills, the look and the fans, whilst Marlon Mellish is young man for whom boxing has not only been his salvation, but also revealed previously hidden gifts. Both committed to a future in boxing, they nevertheless risk becoming journeymen and Prospects, with which Duthy had unprecedented access to the ABA of England, is an illuminating firsthand account of the vulnerability beneath the violence of professional fighting, with a particular resonance for East London.

£8.00 Tickets will be available from the Genesis Cinema website here

Best Documentary Feature Competition 

Pilgrim Song

James is fired from his job as a music teacher, and decides to disconnect from his life by hiking onto Kentucky’s Appalachian trail. Meeting a variety of eccentric characters, including a fertility-obsessed sheriff, a mysterious beauty in a game of spin the bottle, and a jilted alcoholic guiding his son along the trail, Martha Stephen’s sophomore SXSW hit is a sensitive, humorous portrait of one man’ ennui, which seems to only deepen in his attempts to return to nature.

£10.00 Tickets will be available from the Genesis Cinema website here 

EEFF Best Feature Competition 


Platform 12

A visceral and moving short documentary which captures a moment in the lives of Raqib and Mala, two young children living and working in Bangladesh’s central train station. Shot entirely from a child’s point of view, the film follows the friends as one more train enters the station, bringing with it the promise of work and survival for another day.

Platform 12 screens as part of the EEFF’s Documentary Afternoon on Sunday 30 June. £10.00 Tickets will be available from the Rio Cinema website here.

Best Documentary Feature Competition 

Pharmakon

In Joni Shanj’s multilayered debut, a young man returns from his studies in the US, only to fall in love with a mysterious blonde nurse who might be his physician father’s lover. Conspiracy thriller meets doomed romance, over a Hitchcockian blonde on whom its male characters project both their worst fears and desires. A brilliant study in people hurtling towards destruction.

£12.00 Tickets will be available from the Genesis Cinema website here 

EEFF Best Feature Competition 

 

Penance

Four school girls witness an abduction, but remember nothing. When Emili turns up dead, her mother, Asako, holds the four girls responsible.15 years later, Asako revisits the four women to extract the penance she once promised them for their inaction. Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Tokyo Sonata, Pulse) has expertly adapted Kanae Minato’s famous novel, offering a brilliant character drama that minutely observes how five lives are changed by guilt and trauma and builds towards a final shocking conclusion. Penance was originally made as a television mini-series, but is nevertheless effortlessly cinematic and is another triumph from one of world cinema’s true masters.  

£10.50 (Online) £11.50 (Door)  Tickets available from the Barbican Cinema here

 

Overhill

Londoner Rebecca is trying to finish her novel. Seeking seclusion after months of writer’s block, she seeks remoteness and isolation, and books a few weeks at Overhill house in the tiny Cornish village of Pendeen. After one day she finds that the locals know her name, where she’s staying and what she’s doing there, and while she just wants to finish her book in peace they seem to have other ideas. A taut, impressive debut that mixes social realism with a hint of Straw Dogs, this is a film that turns on the ironic statement: Welcome To Cornwall.  

£8.00 Tickets will be available from the Genesis Cinema website here