Grind, The

A new web series delving into a twentysomething world, The Grind follows a group of young people as they seek to make their way in London’s creative scene. Nick, Sage, Avery, and Josh are using every connection they have in a bid to excel. Life and circumstances always lie in the way; but that doesn’t mean they’ll be giving up. That’s the nature of the grind, in this refreshingly realistic take on being young and getting by.

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

Part of Cutting East

After the screening, join us for the Party for The Grind. FREE, more info here.


God’s Acre

The malevolence of the property ladder takes on a disturbing edge in God’s Acre, JP Davidson’s Bethnal Green set thriller. Malcolm is a boozed up, agoraphobic ex-property developer whose only shot at escaping a cycle of debt is to flip his one remaining property. But when he discovers that the layout doesn’t match the original plans, a dark discovery awaits him. A tale of gentrification meeting a man plunging headfirst into oblivion.

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

Gary Numan: Android in La La Land

Always celebrating the clash of sound and image, the East End Film Festival has a longstanding and passionate commitment to music and its mercurial creators. From Joe Strummer to The Libertines, and from Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry to Amy Winehouse, EEFF has been delighted to premiere some of the last decade’s finest music documentaries. Gary Numan: Android in La La Land is utterly at home in that company. A story of a man who has gone from global fame to the brink and back again, Steve Read & Rob Alexander’s film follows the artist behind bonafide smash hits Cars and Are ‘Friends’ Electric? as he returns to the world stage, and moves to California. An electronic music pioneer famous for his standoffish demeanour, sharp threads and eyeliner, Numan’s journey into the musical wilderness, long undiagnosed Asperger’s, marriage to his biggest fan, and triumphant return is the stuff great movies are made of. A human story with killer songs, Android in La La Land is a film for would be Numanoids everywhere.

Tickets available from the Genesis website here.



Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model

A self-described ‘pop-u-mentary’, Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model follows lauded performance artist Bryony Kimmings and her 10-year old niece Taylor as they collaborate on Kimmings’ latest show, an attempt to battle against the hypersexualised world of pop music. As they do so, Bryony and Taylor solidify their bond, travel the world, pique the attention of the press, and try to create an alternative popstar for the Tween generation. An inspiring story of togetherness and creativity.

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

Presented in partnership with LOCO

Darkest Universe, The

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.

Tickets available from the Genesis Cinema website here.

Presented in partnership with LOCO


Chasing Robert Barker

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.

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


An intimate portrait of friendship, love triangles and home furnishings, Jan Hillman’s debut feature follows the journey of three friends across London. Transporting a couch to its new home, this new bit of furniture is a vehicle for mining themes of friendship and unspoken desire among modern urban twentysomethings, in the process exploring the Tinder generation’s approach to sex, secrets and second-hand sofas.

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



And Then I Was French

A thriller about a young woman’s journey of self-discovery, that takes a dangerous direction as she struggles to escape the agony of unrequited love. Cara is a massage student, tucked away in the heart of the English countryside. When charismatic American Jay joins her class, Cara is instantly smitten, despite her best friend’s reservations. Jay is under the influence of his egotistical brother Matt and is swallowed into a world of parties and beautiful people in East London; when he meets the gorgeous Parisian Natasha, he is convinced it is love. When news reaches Cara, it triggers a transformation to become beautiful and sophisticated, just like the French.  But are her intentions towards Jay still pure?

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



Every year, the East End Film Festival seeks to champion the most exciting, distinctive new films from first and second time directors. Seeking the irrepressible creativity and energy that comes from first steps into feature filmmaking, and stories that touch on the nature of life in London, the EEFF’s Opening Night Gala is a space for us to delight in the announcement of important new voices in film. In 2016’s Opening Night Gala film, London-based filmmaker Ian Bonhote makes a rip-roaring debut feature in Alleycats, a thriller that romps through the streets of London from the seat of a bicycle. When bike courier Chris witnesses what looks like a murder, his first instinct is to cut and run. But when his curiosity draws him back in, he’s soon embroiled in a world of corruption, political power, and illegal bike racing. His sister Danni has to take on the role of the hero, and go up against the entire establishment. Featuring a fantastic turn by John Hannah (Four Weddings & A Funeral, Sliding Doors, The Mummy) as a shady MP, Alleycats a riotously entertaining, tense gauntlet ride through the streets of London (and East London), featuring a flock of rising British talent, all of them on wheels. An exciting, bold piece of London centric filmmaking, we are delighted to present Alleycats as our Opening Night Gala.

Tickets available from the Genesis website here.

7pm – Doors open
8.15pm – East End Film Festival introductions with Genesis owner Tyrone Walker-Hebborn, Festival Director Alison Poltock, and EEFF Head of Programming, Andrew Simpson
20.25 –  Introductions from ALLEYCATS cast & crew
20.30 –  World Premiere screening of ALLEYCATS, followed by a Q&A with cast and crew
10.30pm – Late: Afterparty drinks with live performance from High Cross Society (featuring Lazy Habits, Josh Whitehouse and Fjokra)

Adult Life Skills

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.