When a signal is received from the other side of the universe, Cane and Eva are dispatched to colonise a distant world. So begins Native, a stylish and cannily directed slice of science fiction. Featuring a powerful turn from Rupert Graves, and with much of the film being shot in East London, Native is a gripping vision of a future hive-mind society, and enduring questions of what it means to be human, and whether we should serve our masters.
Followed by a Q&A.Tickets are available on the Genesis website here.
Taking its cue from Romeo and Juliet, Love is Thicker Than Water is a tale of lovers from different sides of the tracks. Vida comes from a well to do London family, whereas Arthur is a bike messenger from a working-class Welsh mining town. Utterly in love, their relationship is nevertheless tested when their wildly different families and social circles collide, leading them to question whether they are truly meant to be together. A sensitive, quirky tale of romance interspersed with lovely animated sequences, this collaboration between Emily Harris (Paragraph, EEFF 2015) and Ate De Jong (Drop Dead Fred), is a touching take on romantic love and whether it can trump familial bonds.
Will Sharpe and Tom Kingsley follow the BAFTA-nominated Black Pond with an often hilarious, always poignant tale of troubled sibling relationships, alienation and aliens. When his sister Alice and her boyfriend disappear on the canalways of London, Zac desperately sets out to find her. Featuring Joe Thomas and Simon Bird, The Darkest Universe is a brilliantly distinctive, emotive piece of comedic filmmaking, featuring some of Britain’s most exciting young comic actors.
David, a grizzled and dour paparazzi photographer, hits the jackpot one night when he receives a tip off that the iconic actor Robert Barker is having dinner with a pretty brunette in central London. But having made the front page, his editor promptly dispatches him to dig for even more dirt on the mysterious star. What follows is a long dark night of the soul, as David’s own tabloid-afflicted past catches up with him, in this gripping Icelandic-UK psychological drama that lays bare the dark reality of the paparazzo scene.
This witty, moving debut finds Anna (a career-best Jodie Whittaker) hiding out in her mum’s garden shed. Making hilarious home movies, her isolation is a coping mechanism in the face of grief. But her family, friends and the rebellious child next door won’t let her cut herself off forever. A hilarious, heartfelt ode to moving on from Rachel Tunnard, an important new voice in British film, this won the Nora Ephron Prize at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Followed by a Q&A.Tickets available from the Picturehouses website here.
The bet of a lifetime takes centre stage in A Punter’s Prayer, a wry North London-set dramedy about getting by, dreaming big and rolling the dice. Jack (Tommy O’Neill) is down on his luck, and running out of chances to escape his increasingly precarious life. When he decides to bet against the odds on the horses, the prospect of a fortune beckons. But as ever, life is never so straightforward. Featuring EEFF alumnus Dexter Fletcher, this rollicking debut makes the case that when the odds are stacked against you, bet your life on it.
Followed by a Q&A.Tickets available from the Genesis website here.