Gates of Vanity, The

Newly unemployed and frustratingly directionless, Ben is lonely when his family go away. Taking in a young homeless man while he renovates his house, things quickly take a disturbing turn when a simple disagreement triggers a psychotic reaction in his guest. Held captive and broken down in a religiously-inflected cycle of abuse, Ben must discover whether he has what it takes to fight back and reclaim his life, in this powerful Hackney-based debut feature.

Followed by a Q&A. Tickets available from the Genesis website here.

Notes on Blindness (HoH screening)

When writer and theologian John Hull went blind in 1983, he began keeping an audiocassette diary of his daily life. When it was published in 1990, Oliver Sacks described it as ‘the most extraordinary, precise, deep and beautiful account of blindness’. Using total access to the recordings, Notes on Blindness is an ever-evolving artistic project that has included a short film and an engrossing VR experience. Dubbing actors with the recorded voice of Hull, its exploration of how dreams, memories and imagination are impacted by a lack of sight, this is a formally extraordinary insight into a hidden interior world.

This screening will provide captions for the hard of hearing. Following the screening there will be a discussion about hard of hearing subtitling with Pablo Romero-Fresco (University of Roehampton). There will be a BSL interpreter present. 

Tickets are available from the Genesis website here.

Limited number of FREE tickets available here.

Part of Roots. More information here.

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Notes on Blindness

When writer and theologian John Hull went blind in 1983, he began keeping an audiocassette diary of his daily life. When it was published in 1990, Oliver Sacks described it as ‘the most extraordinary, precise, deep and beautiful account of blindness’. Using total access to the recordings, Notes on Blindness is an ever-evolving artistic project that has included a short film and an engrossing VR experience. Dubbing actors with the recorded voice of Hull, its exploration of how dreams, memories and imagination are impacted by a lack of sight, this is a formally extraordinary insight into a hidden interior world.

Followed by Q&A. Audio Description headsets available on request. 

Tickets available from the Picturehouses website here.

 

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Uncle Howard

Filmmaker Aaron Brookner delves into the fascinating and tragic story of his uncle Howard, a filmmaker and major player in the 70s and 80s cultural revolution that defined New York’s Lower East Side. Rediscovering Howard’s life and influence through interviews with family and friends such as Jim Jarmusch, much of the film focuses on Howard Brookner’s relationship with William Burroughs, with the former’s unfinished film project languishing inside a locked apartment building, unseen. Loaded with electrifying archive footage, this is unparalleled insight into a vibrant period of queer and NYC history, with a moving personal dimension.

Followed by a Q&A. Tickets available from the Rio Cinema website here.

Undocument

The story of a journey across three continents, this incredibly personal drama bears witness to the complex daily dilemmas faced by illegal immigrants. Following a variety of women attempting to give their children a better future away from the hardships of their homeland, this crowdfunded film was shot in Iran, Greece and London, with much of the film taking place in the East End. The human face of a politicised issue, about people, not numbers.

Followed by a Q&A.
Tickets available from the Rich Mix website now.

Tales from the Two Puddings

A cultural touchstone for the East End in the 1960s, The Two Puddings on Stratford Broadway was known for its rowdy camaraderie, live music, the dance floor that might have constituted the UK’s first disco, and its wide-ranging, often colourful clientele. Just a few miles away from the swinging streets of Soho was a place no less vibrant for its freewheeling atmosphere, a place where the writer of the Long Good Friday got his inspiration, where David Essex first performed, where football manager Harry Redknapp met his wife, and where Matt Johnson of TheThe grew up. A fascinating insight into East London’s vibrant history.

Followed by a Q&A. Tickets available from the Stratford Picturehouse website here.

Six Rounds + Kingsland (Short)

As the 2011 London riots unfurl, a former boxer has to choose between his past and his future in Six Rounds, Marcus Flemmings’ bold and stylish second feature. Stally is a former fighter who stepped out of the ring while he was still unbeaten. Having fallen in love and gotten a regular job, he feels like he’s moving towards something positive. But when an acquaintance from his past asks him for a favour, he finds himself trapped in a corner, from which he’ll need to fight his way out, in a tense and emotive tale of race, love and redemption in the midst of spiking social tension.

+ KINGSLAND
Dir: Jake Gabbay
UK | 33 min | World Premiere
A semi-professional boxer tries to leave behind a life of crime. But his dangerous friend Sonny keeps pulling him back, in Jake Gabbay’s stylish short, set in London’s East End.

Tickets available on the Genesis website here.

Part of Crime Scene.

Seven Sisters Indoor Market, The

The groundswell of gentrification, urban regeneration and community exclusion in East London is touchingly explored in The Seven Sisters Market. Depicting a rapidly transforming London through the eyes of a diverse group of migrants, this observational documentary takes in the work and social lives of the people frequenting this vibrant and historic local marketplace, its importance in the community, and the threat posed by hyper-capitalist development to the melting pot cultural life of London, where the nature of urban space is being rapidly, disturbingly redefined.

Followed by a Q&A. Tickets available at the Rio Cinema website here.

Redistributors

A thriller for the age of the Panama Papers, Adrian Tanner’s impressive micro-budget debut city sees Elizabeth forced to go on the run when she’s accused of leaking secrets from her military contractor employers. Discovering the Redistributors via her activist brother, she’s soon entering a shady hacker underworld, where money is stolen from tax evaders and passed on to the poor. Hoping they can bring down her pursuers before they get to her, Redistributors is a rip-roaring thriller, where everybody has to pay their share.

Followed by a Q&A. Tickets available from the Genesis website here.

Part of Crime Scene.

Native

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.