For four decades Four Corners has supported production, education and exhibition of film and photography from its Roman Road, Bethnal Green base.
This day of celebration showcases key works and film-makers, with discussions and special guests including Carla Mitchell, Joanna Davis, Ron Peck, Paul Hallam, Wilf Thust and Rahoul Amin. Presented by Gareth Evans.
On the site of the old Bedlam hospital, where crowds once gathered to mock inhabitants, rose a Masonic tabernacle, home to clandestine gatherings and arcane rituals. Fallen into disuse, walled up and derelict, the Grecian Masonic Temple at Liverpool Street lay bereft and forgotten for decades. This summer A Curious Invitation and the East End Film Festival will return to the marbled splendour of the City’s only original Freemasons’ lodge for a macabre night of cabaret, circus and cinema.Buy your ticket now!
Alejandro Jodorowsky’s SANTA SANGRE:
The evening will begin with a special screening of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s eerie surreal horror masterpiece “Santa Sangre” in the Temple. The film follows the odyssey of Fenix, boy magician of the Circo del Gringo, who has been confined to a mental institution since he witnessed the mutilation of his mother and the suicide of his father. Escaping the asylum he is reunited with his armless mother, the one time leader of the sacrilegious church of the Holy Blood, and together they embark on a gruesome trail of murder and retribution. Jodorowsky’s magic realist Oedipal fantasy has been described as “a Buñuel remake of Hitchcock’s Psycho”.
Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest and most beguiling secret societies. Its rituals and allegorical imagery date back to Egyptian mysticism and the Biblical construction of the Temple of Solomon. With its initiation ceremonies, secret handshakes and oaths of allegiance it has attracted such famous figures as Mozart, George Washington and Harry Houdini. Its offshoots have included occult organisations like The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, which included Aleister Crowley among its members.
The Grecian Masonic Temple on Liverpool Street was built in 1912 by Charles Barry Jr, the son of the architect who designed the Houses of Parliament.
THE HALL OF THE GRAND ARTIFICER
Step into this opulent chamber of marble and gilt adorned with brazen lanterns and a pair of stately mahogany thrones to be regaled by:
HEAVY METAL PETE: sword swallower, whip cracker, sideshow performer, pyrotechnical artiste – never a stranger to danger.
COCO DEVILLE: fierce, playful neo-burlesque superstar. A mercurial minx, a teasing tiger. She moves with feline grace, but has a sting in her tail.
NATHAN & ISIS: acrobatic duo who stretch balance, poise, agility and trust to their limits with their gravity- and logic-defying stunts.
THE CRYSTAL CHAMBER
Six storeys of glass atrium will be filled by CHIVAREE CIRCUS with aerialists, acrobats, stilt walkers, and other high-flying, death-defying artistes, including:
BECKY & TYRONE: denizens of the aerial realm will soar above your heads holding audiences and each other in spectacular suspense.
And earth-bound far below them will lurk TIM MAYNARD’s magnificent menagerie of snakes, scorpions, lizards and insects.
THE LOST WORD CABARET
Our compere beyond compare, BENJAMIN LOUCHE, the disreputable and aberrant Lynchean linchpin of the evening, will introduce:
MARNIE SCARLETT – deviant Diva, fire fetishist and couturier, writhing in her latest creation: a strait jacket.
LOLO BROW – Neo-Burlesque artist, sideshow performer, sparkly drag King and Lizard Lady
CARMEN MON OXIDE – a pneumatic amazon who sings a pitch perfect aria while stomping on broken glass
BISHI – Anglo-Indian singer, pianist and sitarist will take to the decks to mix Eastern and Western avant-garde sounds.
THE DARK ARTS DRAWING ROOM
The origins of divination using Tarot cards lie in Masonic sects of the eighteenth century. ART MACABRE will delve into this veiled history of the occult and invite you to sketch a tableau celebrating the iconic imagery of the arcana of Wands, Cups, Swords and Coins.
THE PLEASURE GARDEN
Here amid our garden of living golden statues with its gently tinkling fountain Maestro TROYLUS SEARLL will preside over a serene evening of courtly elegance.
TIME ZONE THEATRE will present Rimsky-Korsakov’s Mozart i Salieri – an operatic tale of envy and revenge, depicting the demise of eminent Mason Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at the hands of his embittered rival Antonio Salieri; while the singers of the INTERNATIONAL RAMEAU ENSEMBLE will serenade you with exquisite arias from the French Baroque, to the accompaniment of the harpsichord, flute and viola da gamba.
Rainbow Collective presents a one-day stop frame animation workshop for a group of 10-14 year olds. As part of the workshop, the children draw narrative sequences into storyboards and transform them into three dimensional models and sets to create short cartoons on what they consider the most pressing social issues to their age group.
ABOUT THE RAINBOW COLLECTIVE
For ten years, Rainbow Collective have provided practical and creative film production training for young people outside of conventional education in Bangladesh, Jamaica, South Africa and the UK.
INTRODUCTION TO IMPROV WORKSHOP
Saturday 2 July, 2.00pm–4.30pm
Do your friends find you funny? Are you always the most interesting person at parties? Are you a confident and gregarious public speaker? No? Great! You’re a born improviser! Come embrace the comedic art form which embraces you just as you are. Learn to trust in your own ideas, and the ideas of others to build something interesting, beautiful and, best of all, hilarious! The trick to improv? What you’ve got is already enough. (Funny, interesting and confident people are also welcome but you have come warts and all.)
IMPROV COMEDY SHOW — DINNER & A MOVIE WITH GENRE CLAUDE VAN DAMME
Saturday 2 July, 5.00pm–6.00pm
With the explosion of casual dating apps such as Tinder, Grindr, and Cuddlr it’s never been easier to have a terrible date, which is the perfect fodder for the comedy show “Dinner and a Movie” hosted by improv comedy team Genre Claude Van Damme. Members of the audience will share their best worst dating stories, which the improvisers then use as inspiration for their sketches. It’s a combination of comedy and catharsis.
In the second half of the show, Genre Claude Van Damme improvise a full movie live on stage—complete with dramatic camera angles, tense editing,high flying action sequences and tender denouements.
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.
Cinema explores the world we inhabit; it’s able to look at the world and highlight ills—past and present— and set up the various possibilities of our future. With The Warning we package these stories into one large narrative, starting with a voice from the past, following through unease, unrest and the inevitable resistance. Sadly this tale takes a dark turn where warnings were ignored and we end up in the seemingly inevitable dystopian future, where the struggles, though different, have continued headlong towards collapse.
The Warning weaves it’s way through Freemasonry’s historical connections to the crafts folk and guilds and their own grand aims of unification and fraternity, while being conspiratorially viewed as a secretive organisation for world domination. What could possibly go wrong? —Josh Saco, Masonic Temple programmer
Saturday 2 July
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12 PM THE PROPHECY Dead of Night: Exorcism
Dir: Don Taylor | UK | 1972 | 50 min
At a Christmas dinner in an old cottage, there’s a sudden power failure and the phone goes dead, the wine turns to blood and the turkey makes them violently sick. Then things really get strange…
THE SPIRAL Road
Dir: Alan Clarke | UK | 1990 | 62 min
A bleak portrait of life in a Lancashire town in 1980’s Thatcher era Britain.
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2 PM THE DISQUIET Give Us Tomorrow
Dir: Donovan Winter | UK | 1978 | 94 min In association with Nucleus Films
Masked intruders take the family of a bank manager hostage in order to rob his bank.
THE REVOLT Land and Freedom (16mm screening)
Dir: Ken Loach | UK, Spain | 1995 | 110 min
Spring 1936, a young unemployed communist, David, leaves his hometown Liverpool to join the fight against fascism in Spain.
Sunday 3 July
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12pm THE RESULT Brazil
Dir: Terry Gilliam | USA | 1985 | 134 min 16mm screening
A bureaucrat in a retro-future world tries to correct an administrative error and himself becomes an enemy of the state.
THE LAW Dredd
Dir: Pete Travis | USA | 2012 | 95 min
In a violent, futuristic city where the police have the authority to act as judge, jury and executioner, a cop teams with a trainee to take down a gang that deals the reality-altering drug, SLO-MO
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4.30pm THE ENTERTAINMENT The Running Man
Dir: Paul Michael Glaser | USA | 1987 | 101 min Presented by Science Fiction Theatre
A wrongly convicted man must try to survive a public execution gauntlet staged as a game show. Accompanied by a special talk: Dystopia Now: Are we living in the future that we feared? delivered by Jeremy Gilbert, Professor of Cultural and Political Theory at the University of East London.
THE END Things to Come
Dir: William Cameron Menzies | USA | 1936 | 97 min Presented by Filmbar70
The story of a century: a decades-long World War leaves plague and anarchy, then a rational state rebuilds civilization and attempts space travel.
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 1967, CIA agents were sent into NASA posing as a documentary film crew in order to root out a Russian mole. What happened next represents one of the biggest conspiracies in American history. Or does it? In the second feature from the brilliantly witty Canadian filmmaker Matt Johnson (The Dirties), the Cold War paranoia of the 1960s and the fanaticism of the space race is exploded in a tensely crafted piece of documentary fiction, all leading to the ultimate truth behind the 1968 Apollo mission. Or maybe not.
Screening supported by Lionsgate. Tickets available on the Picturehouses website here.
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.
As the 2011 London riots unfurl, a former boxer has to choose between his past and his future in Six Rounds, Marcus Flemmings’ bold and stylish second feature. Stally is a former fighter who stepped out of the ring while he was still unbeaten. Having fallen in love and gotten a regular job, he feels like he’s moving towards something positive. But when an acquaintance from his past asks him for a favour, he finds himself trapped in a corner, from which he’ll need to fight his way out, in a tense and emotive tale of race, love and redemption in the midst of spiking social tension.
Dir: Jake Gabbay
UK | 33 min | World Premiere
A semi-professional boxer tries to leave behind a life of crime. But his dangerous friend Sonny keeps pulling him back, in Jake Gabbay’s stylish short, set in London’s East End.