The Outer Edges

Karl Hyde teams up with British filmmaker Kieran Evans (Finisterre, Kelly + Victor) to create a poetic meditation on the Essex borderlands, the ‘Outer Edges’ of London. Following the River Roding down to the docks of the Thames, the film grew out of Hyde’s Edgland solo project, and the result is a poignant work of psycho-geography in the mould of Patrick Keiller. Mixing stunning footage of both natural and urban environments, and featuring interviews alongside Karl’s own voiceover meditations on his journey, The Outer Edges takes us from hauntingly still wetlands to working men’s clubs, and everywhere in between. A thrillingly alive contemplation of man and his environment.

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Best Documentary Feature Competition 

The Man Whose Mind Exploded

Exploring the wonderful past, and extraordinary present, of Drako Oho Zahar Zahar, The Man Whose Mind Exploded is Toby Amies’ deeply personal account of his relationship with a man who once posed for Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol, but can no longer make new memories. Living in a Brighton flat which is an extraordinary floor-to-ceiling collage of relics from his old life, the tattooed and frequently naked Drako reminds himself of what is happening day to day with written notes, and Toby struggles to keep him safe. A tender portrait of an extraordinary individual, and a touching friendship.

£9.50 Tickets available from the Rich Mix Cinema website here.

Best Documentary Feature Competition 

 

The Heart of Bruno Wizard

Bruno Wizard, an underground legend in the 1970s for his crazed live performances and ‘mystery man’ status, is a one-off. The lead singer of The Homosexuals and The Rejects, he performed at the Roxy alongside The Jam and The Clash; was part of the ‘Blitz kids’ scene; squatted with the Warren Street Mafia; and rejected a series of record deals out of loathing for the establishment. The Heart of Bruno Wizard recounts the rollercoaster journey of a London punk who never sold out, and features both blasts from the past and a future still promising twists and turns. 

£9.50 Tickets available from the Rich Mix Cinema website here.

Best Documentary Feature Competition 

The Fade

Observational portrait of four Afro barbers, films its subjects over the course of one week. Delving into what people’s relationship to those that cut their hair really means in the twenty first century, the film takes in barber chairs in Ghana, Jamaica, USA and the UK, interweaves their stories and examines both the similarities and differences in their experiences. What emerges is the colourful, polarised lives of four men who do the same thing in different time zones, with very different realities.

 

£8.00 Tickets will be available from the Rio Cinema Website here.

Best Documentary Feature Competition 

 

The Brightest Colours Make Grey

Filmed in and around East London for just £5000, Daniel Audritt ‘s debut feature follows Stanley, whose learned helplessness  is challenged when a chance encounter with a mysterious woman. Snapping out of his post-breakup funk, he initially spurns this new chance of happiness, before a second chance comes around that may just restore his faith in life, and love. A sensitive drama about growing up, and moving on, from an intelligent new filmmaking voice. 

£8.00 Tickets will be available from the Genesis Cinema website here

Suspension of Disbelief

A world-renowned screenwriter becomes implicated in the murder of a beautiful young Frenchwoman in Mike Figgis’ return to the world of psycho-sexual mind games. A murder-mystery in which its protagonist loses sight of reality and the fiction he has created. Figgis is one of the UK’s truly maverick cinematic spirits and returns here with something fresh, exciting and more than a little disturbing. 

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Mike Figgis, hosted by Tim Cooper of The Sunday Times

£8.00 Tickets available from the Genesis Cinema website here.

Smash & Grab

International heists, glamorous women, a life on the run and a global manhunt. It’s the stuff of high-stakes thrillers, but also fuels Smash & Grab, Havana Marking’s follow up to Afghan Star. Marking interviews several members of the Pink Panthers, a clandestine web of jewel thieves that emerged from the crumbling of Yugoslavia in the 1990s, enlivening stories of their most audacious heists with animated restaging. This fast paced, thunderingly soundtracked film proves that truth is a lot more exciting than anything dreamed up by the movies, with a timely commentary on the link between poverty and crime.

 Screening followed by a drinks reception on Bar Paragon, sponsored by Disaronno         

£8.00 Tickets available from the Genesis Cinema website here.

Best Documentary Feature Competition 

Riot on Redchurch Street

A spirited tale of a love triangle in East London’s rock n’ roll subculture, Trevor Miller’s debut sees a tortured manager struggling with his feelings for the girlfriend of his client, the talented but self destructive front man of a hotly tipped local band. With intense performances, a style leaning on jazzy naturalism and a great soundtrack, Miller’s film also delves in social commentary, as Anglo-Muslim relations become pushed to breaking point by the music set’s raucous behaviour, and a clash brews on the eponymous East London street that will bring things to a violent final reckoning.

£9.50  Tickets available from the Rich Mix Cinema website here

 

Railway Redemption

East London-based filmmaker Santiago Posada travels to Sri Lanka, and unearths a story with unusual resonance as a seventy year-old busker makes a final journey home. Hearing that his brother is dying, Vijay decides to face up to his past and confront his family, with whom he has had no contact for twenty-five years due to his alcoholism and death of his mother. Taking stylistic direction from its subject’s personality, the result is a moving, dignified portrait of belonging and troubled pasts.

Railway Redemption screens as part of the EEFF’s Documentary Afternoon on Sunday 30 June.

£10.00 Tickets will be available from the Rio Cinema website here.

Best Documentary Feature Competition 

Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer

This is the story of both a band and a message, of a court case and in effect the trial of the entire Russian nation. The film innovatively intercuts a variety of YouTube, smart phone and other new media footage that is the stock and trade of the world’s new resistance movements. A collaboration between British filmmaker Mike Lerner and the Russian Maxim Pozdorovkin that follows a timeline from Pussy Riot’s now infamous cathedral-based musical protest to their show trial and imprisonment. The film is a tense and involving tale of political action, punk spirit and human-rights abuse. 

£10.50 (Online) £11.50 (Door)  Tickets available from the Barbican Cinema here

Best Documentary Feature Competition