My Feral Heart

Luke, an independent young man with Down’s syndrome, is grieving the loss of his elderly mother when he is forced to move into a care home. Initially despondent about his new home, his spirits are soon raised when he finds a way to sneak out and explore the local countryside. And when he meets a girl in need of his help, his desire to connect and protect another person gives him a new lease of life. A moving story of the importance of embracing life and people, featuring a brilliant turn from newcomer Steven Brandon.

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

 

Mile End

The grind of working in the city meets Strangers on a Train (or does it?) in Mile End, Graham Higgins’ impressive debut. Paul (Alex Humes) is a committed runner who meets John when out for one of his regular jaunts through East London. Seeking some direction having just left his job and experiencing trouble at home, John’s experience and guidance seem to be just what he needs. But the latter’s everpresence soon begins to become unnerving.

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

 

Making It

Anyone who asks themselves “Is this really it?” may well find some answers in Stephen Glover’s debut feature. Or maybe not. George is 33, an out of work actor, and his greatest achievement to date is appearing alongside a troll in a Wine Gums advert. Living back at home with his parents, life seems to mostly involve looking for work and being patronised by his family and friends. But when he runs into an old flame, he’s driven to seek out love and creative expression. Reminiscent of the comedic existential soul-searching of Lena Dunham’s Girls combined with a very British slice of absurdism, Making It is an utterly charming comedy about being yourself, and finding a pencil sharpener.

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

 

Love is Thicker Than Water

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.

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

London Overground

‘A tiny little map of what is happening now’ is how legendary east London author Iain Sinclair describes the London Overground line, the subject of John Roger’s (Make Your Own Damn Art, EEFF 2012) film following Sinclair and frequent collaborator Andrew Kötting as they traverse the train line on foot. Undertaken for the purposes of Sinclair’s book of the same name, this journey takes place over a year as opposed to the day’s walk written about by Sinclair. But that simply creates space for Sinclair’s fascination with the ‘Ginger Line’ as the ‘spin-drier of capitalism, whirling banknotes around the city…a real moment to look at this city of unreal money’. An engrossing, frequently humorous exploration of a unique mind, and its insights into a changing city.

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

Kettling of the Voices

British filmmaker Chester Yang (War Matters, EEFF 2013) uncovers the shocking reality of police powers in post-9/11 Britain in Kettling of the Voices. Following British students Brian and Ethan, two students protesting against the government’s hiking up of tuition fees, we bear witness to troubling levels of surveillance, and both a media and a police force that seem a little too comfortable with the notion of banning political protest. Featuring frontline footage and interviews with key activists, this is an enthralling, disturbing film for our times.

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

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Hot Property

Generation Rent gets the film it deserves in Hot Property, an anarchic satire on the wild west that is the housing market. MyAnna Buring (Kill List) is a corporate spy on the verge of losing her home, who finds herself embroiled in a conspiracy of love, celebrity chefs, hipsters and chainsaws – not to mention borderline insane estate agents – in BAFTA-nominated Max McGill’s riotously fun debut feature.

Followed by a Q&A.

Tickets available from the Genesis Cinema website here.

Hard Stop, The

When Mark Duggan died at the hands of the London Met in 2011, the reaction was unlike anything seen in Britain since the early ‘80s. But whilst the Tottenham Riots made headlines around the world, the true circumstances of Duggan’s death remained mysterious. An incredibly vital pursuit of the truth, The Hard Stop follows Marcus and Kurtis as they seek justice for their friend, in the process exploding the historical tensions between law enforcement and London’s black community.

Followed by an extended filmed panel discussion with Krishnan Guru Murphy, director George Amponsah, Marcus Knox Hooke, Kurtis Henville, ex-London Met Policeman Mick Lees, Stafford Scott (Race Advocacy Officer at The Monitoring Group) and Deborah Coles (InQuest).

Tickets available on the Genesis website here.

 

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Generation Revolution

A story of resurgent grassroots activism, Generation Revolution is a stirring account of a new generation of black and brown activists in London. Focusing on The London Black Revolutionaries (Black Revs), R Movement and the Black Dissidents, Usayd Younis and Cassie Quarless’ film is a first hand insight into what cooperative, politicised engagement in social change means to a generation of young Londoners, fighting for egalitarian ideals and against a discriminating society.

Tickets available from the Genesis Cinema website here.


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Guv’nor, The

The life of famed East End luminary Lenny McLean gets a touching, personal treatment in The Guv’nor. Famous (and infamous) as a bareknuckle boxer, bouncer, enforcer, and doorman from the late ‘60s, McLean’s journey from unlicensed fighter to best selling author and star of Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels is also the story of a working class man from Hoxton weathering the changing decades before his untimely death in 1998. Director Paul Van Carter follows his son Jamie as he explores his father’s story, from troubled upbringing to stardom, on the way meeting a variety of East London characters to director Guy Richie. What emerges is a picture of a complex, troubled and driven family man.

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

Please note that The Guv’nor is not an adaptation of the bestselling book, but a documentary about Jamie McLean exploring his father’s life. The film bears no association to the book of the same name. 

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