Bespoke festival ‘bolt-on’ New Queer Visions returns, this time with an exciting residence at the East End Film Festival at the Miranda. A feast of LGBTQ films from across the globe, celebrating characters coming in from the edge—to challenge perceptions, excite senses and invert the discourse. Come and be a part of the action.
Dir: Ondrej Hudecek
UP ON THE ROOF
Dir: Damiá Serra Cauchetiez
Dir: Devon Kirkpatrick
Dir: Chih-Jen Lin
THE GAY BOMBAY TALENT SHOW
Dir: Ashish Sawhny
11 LIFE LESSONS FROM AN AWESOME OLD DYKE
Dir: Allison Khoury
Dir: Toby Fell-Holden
Dir: Jake Graf
DESIRE (WORK IN PROGRESS SCREENING)
Dir: Campbell X
Followed by Q&A with directors. BUY TICKETS – A percentage of ticket sales will be donated to The Gay Bombay Group.
The Dash Arts Dacha is a 12-hour, ever-changing free performance venue modelled on the iconic Russian country house. Films, dressing up, board games and cards, fevered political discussion with guest experts, live music, impromptu theatre performances and late night djs are all on offer with an endless supply of comforting drinks and snacks. Artists include Olia Hercules, Sasha Ilyukevich and the Highly Skilled Migrants, Mazaika Duo, Elena Dana and DJ Penny Metal.
DOCKLANDS SINFONIA PRESENTS: THE BATTLE OF THE SOMME
On the 100th year anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme, Docklands Sinfonia will be performing a special concert commemorating the centenary of both The Battle of the Somme and the Battle of Jutland. Performing Laura Rossi’s acclaimed new score live to the iconic 1916 film The Battle of the Somme as part of the Imperial War Museum’s Somme 100 film project. The film is a compelling documentary record of one of the key battles of the First World War and in 1916 was seen by over half the UK adult population. Only Star Wars has beaten it in box office records since. Silent with English intertitles.
Cinematographers: Geoffrey Malins, John McDowell
Conductor: Spencer Down UK | 1916 | 74 mins
Venue: St Anne’s, Limehouse, Three Colt Street, London E14 7HP
Grisly, beautiful and frequently bonkers, We Are The Flesh is a fairytale of power, rebirth and fresh meat. Wandering through a ruined city, a young brother and sister discover a building inhabited by a mysterious hermit. Offering them sanctuary, it’s the beginning of a spiritual, visceral journey that offers the possibility of rebirth, in Emiliano Rocha Minter’s utterly distinctive, visually extraordinary kaleidoscope of a debut. Produced by Carlos Reygades and EEFF 2014 Director in Residence Sebastian Hofmann, this may be the work of Latin America’s next great director. Also supported by Mexican heavyweights Alejandro González Iñárritu and Alfonso Cuaron, you’ve never seen anything quite like this.
Tickets available from the Picturehouses website here.
Larisa (Ana Maria Guran) is just a normal tearaway teenager. Obsessed with boys and social status, her confidence in controlling her life comes crashing down when she falls in love with Florin, the local lothario. Bringing her into conflict with her schoolmate Anna, a girl from a wealthy family chasing the same boy, Larisa will do whatever is necessary to get what she wants. Nicolae Constantin Tănase’s debut portrays teenage, small town, seaside life in way that’s utterly convincing, all the more impressively for its use of non-professional actors discovered via Facebook.
When a signal is received from the other side of the universe, Cane and Eva are dispatched to colonise a distant world. So begins Native, a stylish and cannily directed slice of science fiction. Featuring a powerful turn from Rupert Graves, and with much of the film being shot in East London, Native is a gripping vision of a future hive-mind society, and enduring questions of what it means to be human, and whether we should serve our masters.
Followed by a Q&A.Tickets are available on the Genesis website here.
Taciturn mystery man Radi likes his life just the way it is. Keeping himself to himself, a woman jumping into the back of his old VW campervan is the last thing he wants. But when she asks for his help, old feelings of human warmth and caring begin to stir. It’s the start of a meandering, touching road trip involving a cast of colourful characters, a Palestinian refugee, and the staggering vistas of Jordan, in this involving and human debut from debut writer-director Rifqi Assaf.
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.
What makes a dictator? American indie darling Brady Corbet (Martha, Macy May, Marlene, Simon Killer) makes his directorial debut with a fable of totalitarianism in Childhood of a Leader, a portrait of an American boy living in France whilst his father negotiates the Treaty of Versailles. Inspired by the childhoods of many of the 20th Century’s great dictators, it’s enlivened by an utterly chilling turn from Robert Pattinson and a barmy, overwhelming score by American music legend Scott Walker, elevating a tale of childhood nastiness to an evocation of emerging evil.
Tickets available from the Picturehouses website here.