DERMAPHORIA WORLD PREMIERE
Ross Clarke | UK/USA | 93 mins
Friday 13 June, Genesis Cinema, 7pm. Followed by a Q&A with director Ross Clarke and star Ron Perlman.
Not only does this summer mark 13 years since the first edition of the East End Film Festival, but it also represents the festival’s first outing as a fully independent body. So what better place to open this year’s East End Film Festival than at the Genesis Cinema, the festival’s original birthplace and host venue. Join us at our Opening Night Gala of Dermaphoria as we celebrate the bright future and brilliant debut of an East End filmmaker, and start the festival as we mean to go on for the next 13 days.
In Dermaphoria, East London’s Ross Clarke (working again with Teryn Fogel, the producer of Clarke’s documentary Skid Row, EEFF 2010) heads West to America to make a stylish, atmospheric feature debut. Clarke’s film sees Eric Ashworth (Joseph Morgan, The Vampire Diaries) wake up in jail accused of arson, and only able to remember the name Desiree (Nicole Badaan). A strange new hallucinogen allows him to recover his memories, but makes the world around him more and more terrifying, as past and present begin to blur together.
Also starring Ron Perlman (Hellboy), Walton Goggins (The Shield, Sons of Anarchy) and Kate Walsh (Grey’s Anatomy), Dermaphoria is a phenomenally realised, hallucinatory experience. Making atmospheric use of New Orleans, it recalls Angel Heart, Memento and Upstream Colour, and represents the arrival of a truly talented, distinctive new voice in cinema. Our Opening Night Gala for 2014, it represents an artistic ‘coming of age’ that couldn’t be a better fit for the East End Film Festival in its 13th year.
Screening supported by Splice.