Documentary 2016 (in alphabetical order)

All screenings and events are for over 18s unless otherwise stated

A River

dir. Anthony Tombling Jr

Premiere type: World

03/07    5:00 PM

From a precarious past to an uncertain future. A River explores the River Afan’s polluted past and its miraculous recovery, while also focusing on the current battle of locals and ...


Author: The JT Leroy Story

dir. Jeff Feuerzeig

25/06    3:00 PM

One of the greatest scandals ever to envelop the literary world, the unmasking of “it boy” author Jeremiah ‘Terminator’ Leroy by New York magazine in 2005 is the type of ...



dir. Zack Taylor

Premiere type: World

27/06    7:00 PM

Perhaps the original democratic, barrier-breaking format in modern music, the cassette tape still refuses to die. Exploring the role of this revolutionary invention in the proliferation of pop culture, Cassette ...


Dead Slow Ahead

dir. Mauro Herce

Premiere type: London

26/06    4:15 PM

A mesmerising cinematic experience, Dead Slow Ahead is documentary reimagined as horror science-fiction. Tracking the journey (or aimless drift?) of a freighter, its rhythms of work, machinery and the ocean ...


Fire at Sea

dir. Gianfranco Rosi

26/06    2:00 PM

A deserving, timely winner of this year’s Berlinale Golden Bear, Gianfranco Rosi’s potent documentary explores the human national no-man’s land of Lampedusa, the island that represents the border of Europe. ...


Flag Without a Country

dir. Bahman Ghobadi

Premiere type: UK

29/06    8:30 PM

An evocation of borders and identity, Flag Without a Country sees hobbling pilot Nariman looking for recruits for his flying school. Pop star Helly Luv, meanwhile, is stockpiling Kalashnikovs and ...


Gary Numan: Android in La La Land

dir. Steve Read, Rob Alexander

Premiere type: London

03/07    7:00 PM

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 ...


Generation Revolution

dir. Cassie Quarless, Usayd Younis

Premiere type: London

25/06    6:00 PM

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 ...


Golden Dawn: A Personal Affair

dir. Angelique Kourounis

Premiere type: UK

03/07    5:30 PM

My partner is a Jew, my son gay, my other son an anarchist and I am a left-wing feminist. The only question in case Golden Dawn comes to power is, ...


Guv’nor, The

dir. Paul Van Carter

Premiere type: World

02/07    6:30 PM

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 ...