A programme showing Phil Maxwell’s work in collaboration with filmmaker Hazuan Hashim. Featuring their collaborations with composer Lola Perrin, the programme will be followed by a Q&A and an opening of Phil Maxwell’s exhibition, Brick Lane, at the Archer’s Gallery in Osborne St.
Dir. Phil Maxwell & Hazuan Hashim | 8 min
An experimental piece using sequences of still images of streets in Barcelona threading through a composition for 6 pianos by Lola Perrin.
Dir. Phil Maxwell & Hazuan Hashim | 9 min
A film documenting a day in the life of the city of Venice with music by Lola Perrin.
EAST END 1
A series of black and white images of the East End with original score by Lola Perrin.
Dir. Hazuan Hashim | 20 min
An intimate insight into the life and work of the street photographer / photojournalist Phil Maxwell. Maxwell started photographing the streets of Liverpool in the 70s, before moving to London in the early 80s, where he started documenting the East End of London.
“I was a great admirer of Bill Brandt, Humphrey Spender and Henri Cartier Bresson, and passionate to record the lives of ordinary people.” – Phil Maxwell
This film is a study of Phil Maxwell’s work and street photography.
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.
Whether it be the monotonous passing of a day spent under house arrest, the adrenaline fueled pace of an emergency services operator, or the minute-by-minute stretch before a possible suicide, this diverse selection of films explores the relativity of time in all its ephemeral ambiguity.
Seven Days a Week
UK | Tal Amiran | 10 min
From his paper stall, Paul’s watched the world around him change – seven days a week, for 36 years.
Germany | Tim Ellrich | 10 min
Two neighbors jump into an unexpected friendship outside their windows.
Germany | Silke Meya | 20 min
The 70 year old ‘Djado Ivan’ lives in Grivitsa, a small bulgarian town close to the romanian border. In close communion with nature and his many animals, he spends his life on his small farm and thereby maintains his very own rhythm of life.
The Backgarden Meteorologist
UK| Emily Cussins | 5 min
A glimpse into the world and mindset of a man who can predict the weather, six months ahead, by simply looking at nature.
Switzerland | Matthias Sahli | 13 min
Hausarrest tells the story of Max, who was sentenced to six months of house arrest. An electronic ankle bracelet called Percy helps him trough his new daily life.One day Max is shocked to discover how far Percy is willing to go to assist him in his needs.
UK | Caroline Bartleet | 6 min
Gemma wakes to find her house on fire. Trapped with her son, she dials 999. The operator who answers holds Gemma’s life in her hands.
Footprints On The Moon
UK | Serkan Nihat | 9 min
Footprints On The moon is a day in the life/fly on the wall film centred around a group of wonderful elderly Turkish Cypriots living in North London.
Germany | Julia Tielke | 15 min
The last day of a journey, a young couple has spent the night at a service area on the autobahn. While an ordinary day passes, the two travellers are brushing their teeth, take down their tent and ask people for a ride. Something unspoken sizzles beneath the surface.
In partnership with the London Bengali Film Festival
In this powerful romantic drama set during the 1971 liberation struggle of Bangladesh, a reporter interviews a British Bengali on his deathbed, where four decades later, Karim is able to recall and finally share his past. Profound, potent, and poignant, the emotional swoop of Shongram entertains and educates in equal measure.
The film will be introduced by the filmmaker Munsur Ali.
The debut feature from EEFF Director in Residence Tolga Karacelik, TollBooth follows tightly-wound, taciturn bachelor Kenan as he slowly drives himself over the edge. Stationed in the middle of nowhere, with a father desperate to marry him off, and a car that he just can’t get fixed, his burgeoning romance with the woman who drives past his booth every day might just distract him from the meteor hurtling towards earth…a perfectly composed portrait of a man about to snap.
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.
The story of a journey across three continents, this incredibly personal drama bears witness to the complex daily dilemmas faced by illegal immigrants. Following a variety of women attempting to give their children a better future away from the hardships of their homeland, this crowdfunded film was shot in Iran, Greece and London, with much of the film taking place in the East End. The human face of a politicised issue, about people, not numbers.
Taking its cue from Romeo and Juliet, Love is Thicker Than Water is a tale of lovers from different sides of the tracks. Vida comes from a well to do London family, whereas Arthur is a bike messenger from a working-class Welsh mining town. Utterly in love, their relationship is nevertheless tested when their wildly different families and social circles collide, leading them to question whether they are truly meant to be together. A sensitive, quirky tale of romance interspersed with lovely animated sequences, this collaboration between Emily Harris (Paragraph, EEFF 2015) and Ate De Jong (Drop Dead Fred), is a touching take on romantic love and whether it can trump familial bonds.
When American journalist and video reporter James Foley was murdered by ISIS 2014, the video of his barbaric execution sent shockwaves around the world. Brian Oakes’ moving film explores Foley’s life, work, and untimely death, in the process shedding light on the dangerous world of conflict journalism in the Middle East, Foley’s character and personal relationships, and the awful toll of personal tragedy caught up in an inescapable 24-hour news cycle.