Prospects

Filmed over the course of 4 years, Sebastian Duthy’s debut feature documentary follows two boys’ struggling to reach the top of the amateur boxing world. Rising star George Kean has the skills, the look and the fans, whilst Marlon Mellish is young man for whom boxing has not only been his salvation, but also revealed previously hidden gifts. Both committed to a future in boxing, they nevertheless risk becoming journeymen and Prospects, with which Duthy had unprecedented access to the ABA of England, is an illuminating firsthand account of the vulnerability beneath the violence of professional fighting, with a particular resonance for East London.

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

Best Documentary Feature Competition 

Overhill

Londoner Rebecca is trying to finish her novel. Seeking seclusion after months of writer’s block, she seeks remoteness and isolation, and books a few weeks at Overhill house in the tiny Cornish village of Pendeen. After one day she finds that the locals know her name, where she’s staying and what she’s doing there, and while she just wants to finish her book in peace they seem to have other ideas. A taut, impressive debut that mixes social realism with a hint of Straw Dogs, this is a film that turns on the ironic statement: Welcome To Cornwall.  

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

 

One Night In Powder

Kevin Powder wants to throw the most fashionable, farcical night that London has ever seen. A wide boy chancer turned club promoter, he is a hilarious, clownish character used to bullshitting his way through life. On a last ditch effort to find fame and fortune, he even names the night after himself, in this hilarious tribute to British eccentricity, shot in and around Dalston, East London. 

£8.00 Tickets available from the Genesis Cinema website here.

Best Documentary Feature Competition 


East One

The latest film from local  documenters Hazuan Hashim and Phil Maxwell, East One traces the changes that have occurred in Spitalfields and Banglatown. Candidly looking at immigration, regeneration, living conditions and culture through the eyes of local residents, and making extensive use of Maxwell’s vast photo archive, it celebrates a part of London that has seen unprecedented change, yet undeniably retains a unique identity. A true evocation on film, East One’s World Premiere is accompanied by a large outdoor display of photographs in Wentworth Street.

£9.50 Tickets will be available from the Rich Mix Cinema website here

Dummy Jim

More than 50 years ago, James Duthie biked from his home in a Scottish fishing village to the Arctic Circle and back again. Duthie, known as Dummy Jim, was also deaf. Working with deaf actor-filmmaker Samuel Dore, director Matt Hulse set out on a journey through northern Europe, melding elements of both fiction and documentary into a virtuoso amalgam of Super8, animation, historical archive footage and an examination of that same fishing village today – where a headstone now stands in tribute to Duthie, who was buried in an unmarked grave. A film made for both the deaf and the hearing, with stunning, elliptical visuals and a killer score.

Tickets will be available from the Rio Cinema website here

EEFF Best Feature Competition 

Discoverdale

The rock mockumentary gets a hilarious update in George Kane’s fly-on-the-wall style film following the adventures of the recently defunct band Dead Cat Bounce. Lauded by the likes of Harry Hill and Phil Jupitus, Discoverdale opens as the band splits up. Lead singer, Jim, believes his long lost father is the legendary Whitesnake frontman, David Coverdale, and he makes it his quest to find him. Crossing Ireland, England, Norway and Denmark in pursuit of the Whitesnake Forevermore tour, Discoverdale is a fun filled, irreverent musical comedy.

£8.00 Tickets available from the Genesis Cinema website here.

Bruno & Earlene Go To Vegas

Earlene (Ashleigh Sumner) runs away to Venice Beach to escape an old flame and falls in with bohemian intersex skater Bruno. Home rental scams, dangerous ways of raising cash and a headlong plunge into the desert bring the pair into contact with sexually confused carjackers, Scottish ex-strippers, tap-dancing drag queens and like minded runaways – all on their own journeys of self discovery. British filmmaker Simon Savory traveled to the California desert to make his debut feature, and emerges with a wild and visually striking ode to self discovery. A truly refreshing counterculture movie.

Tickets available from the Hackney Picturehouse website here.

EEFF Best Feature Competition 

Black Out

With only a fifth of Guinea’s 10 million people having sporadic access to electricity, scores of young people, aspiring to a more prosperous life than their parents’, are forced to roam the streets at night in search of light by which to study. Black Out is a poetic tale of young people frequenting gas stations, parks in the rich part of town, and the airport; often walking for miles in the middle of the night, thumbing books and reciting lessons to themselves. A touching film that is both heartbreaking and hopeful.

Black Out screens as part of the EEFF’s Documentary Afternoon on Sunday 30 June. Tickets will be available from the Rio Cinema website here.

All Eyes On Us

During the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, Stephen Hawking told an audience of millions to look to the stars. When they looked up, they saw an entire cast of disabled performers high in the sky on trapezes, ropes and perched upon gravity-defying poles. All Eyes on Us is the story of the making of this spectacular ceremony, from the point of view of four of the performers.

All Eyes On Us screens as part of the EEFF’s Documentary Afternoon on Sunday 30 June. Tickets will be available from the Rio Cinema website here.

 Best Documentary Feature Competition 

A World Not Ours

London-based Palestinian director, Mahdi Fleifel, returns to the Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon where he spent much of his childhood. This is a personal and nostalgic exploration of a community that has been waiting for generations to be granted the right to return to what they see as their rightful homes in Israel. Exploring the stories of his friends and family, the World Cup proves an outlet for escape. This is a charming and moving take on belonging, borders and family, which won the Peace award at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year.

Tickets available from the Rio Cinema website here.

Best Documentary Feature Competition