The UK Gold

All eyes were on East London in 2012. Since that summer of glory, gold medals and diamond jubilation, questions have been raised as to what kind of legacy recession-hit Britain has really inherited.

Narrated by actor Dominic West (The Wire, The Hour), and featuring an extraordinary new sound-score from Radiohead’s ThomYorke and Massive Attack’s Robert Del Naja, The UK Gold follows the dramatic journey of a vicar from the Olympic host, riot-scarred borough of Hackney as the narrative travels from Zambia to Salisbury and the Caribbean to Clapton to understand the full impact of UK financial chicanery.

With the views and voices of British politicians, hedge fund masters of the universe,Vanity Fair investigative journalist Nicolas Shaxson, Private Eye’s Richard Brooks and Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow, it exposes the fundamental role the City of London plays in the secretive network of tax havens and tax avoidance.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with the director Mark Donne, writer Richard Brooks, and Father William Taylor who is featured in the film. More panelists to be announced soon!

£8.00 Please note that this is the second screening of UK Gold at the EEFF. For tickets to the EEFF Opening Night Gala click here. Tickets available for this Genesis Cinema screening, with the panel discussion, are available from the Genesis website here.

Best Documentary Feature Competition 

We Ain’t Stupid

EEFF 2012 Short Film Audience Award winner, Mitch Panayis, makes his documentary feature debut with We Ain’t Stupid. In the light of local development, and not least the Olympics, Panayis interviews the stallholders at Queen’s Market, West Ham, to get an insight into the changing nature of their trade in a timely examination of a fading culture.

£5.00 Tickets available from the Stratford Picturehouse website here.

Best Documentary Feature Competition 

War Matters

A chronicle of anti-war resistance and protest in London over the past decade, Chester Yang’s film follows the story of Brian Haw, the veteran peace campaigner who occupied Parliament Square from 2001 up until his death in 2011. His legal battle with the UK authorities were the stuff of headlines, as the Labour government introduced new laws to try and evict him and his supporters and restricted the right to protest in the capital. An insightful exploration of what it means to live in a democracy.

Screening with Tony Benn: Will & Testament (dir. Skip Kite, 30 mins, Special Feature Documentary Work In Progress Preview)

£8.00 Tickets will be available from Genesis Cinema website here

Best Documentary Feature Competition 

Opening Night Gala: The UK Gold

All eyes were on East London in 2012. Since that summer of glory, gold medals and diamond jubilation, questions have been raised as to what kind of legacy recession-hit Britain has really inherited.

Narrated by actor Dominic West (The Wire, The Hour), and featuring an extraordinary new sound-score from Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and Massive Attack’s Robert Del Naja, The UK Gold follows the dramatic journey of a vicar from the Olympic host, riot-scarred borough of Hackney as the narrative travels from Zambia to Salisbury and the Caribbean to Clapton to understand the full impact of UK financial chicanery.

With the views and voices of British politicians, hedge fund masters of the universe,Vanity Fair investigative journalist Nicolas Shaxson, Private Eye’s Richard Brooks and Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow, it exposes the fundamental role the City of London plays in the secretive network of tax havens and tax avoidance.

Screening at the Art Deco Troxy, this unique red carpet gala screening will be followed by some very special live performances from the likes of Anthony Rossomando, Public Service Broadcasting, and DJ sets from Ben John Power (F**k Buttons) and Mark Stewart (The Pop Group). 

Tickets from £25, purchase from See Tickets here.

A percentage of profits from this event will go to the charity Enough Food For Everyone

 

Tik and the Turkey

The townships in the suburbs of Cape Town, SA are blighted by the highly addictive, heroin-based ‘unga,’ which is mixed with cleaning detergents; and the Crystal Meth known locally as ‘tik.’ Slowly crippling the population, Lainey Richardson’s debut documentary follows 27 year old, party girl addict Analese, and her 25 year old childhood friend Trevino, who is struggling to hold his family together, having lied about his heroin addiction until he was married. The Tik and the Turkey is the human face of an abandoned community facing a drug abuse epidemic.

Tik and the Turkey screens as part of the EEFF’s Documentary Afternoon on Sunday 30 June.

£10 Tickets will be available from the Rio Cinema website here.

Best Documentary Feature Competition 

 

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.

Tickets available from See Tickets

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 

 

Songs Of Redemption

An ex-holding area for African slaves, an almost uninhabitable jail in Kingston is the home of some of Jamaica’s most serious violent offenders. This “reality of unimaginable consequence” is made more profound by its transformation into a place of creative healing, as the superintendent and local activists work to help prisoners find new beginnings through education, and often music. A moving portrait of the potential for rebirth in the worst circumstances; where prisoners repent for their crimes when they rediscover their pride, and in one very clear moment, move from darkness into light.

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

This screening will be followed by a night of music in the downstairs bar at Rich Mix. This event is free to attend.

Best Documentary Feature Competition