A thriller for the age of the Panama Papers, Adrian Tanner’s impressive micro-budget debut city sees Elizabeth forced to go on the run when she’s accused of leaking secrets from her military contractor employers. Discovering the Redistributors via her activist brother, she’s soon entering a shady hacker underworld, where money is stolen from tax evaders and passed on to the poor. Hoping they can bring down her pursuers before they get to her, Redistributors is a rip-roaring thriller, where everybody has to pay their share.
Followed by a Q&A.Tickets available from the Genesis website here.
Anyone who asks themselves “Is this really it?” may well find some answers in Stephen Glover’s debut feature. Or maybe not. George is 33, an out of work actor, and his greatest achievement to date is appearing alongside a troll in a Wine Gums advert. Living back at home with his parents, life seems to mostly involve looking for work and being patronised by his family and friends. But when he runs into an old flame, he’s driven to seek out love and creative expression. Reminiscent of the comedic existential soul-searching of Lena Dunham’s Girls combined with a very British slice of absurdism, Making It is an utterly charming comedy about being yourself, and finding a pencil sharpener.
Followed by a Q&A.Tickets available on the Picturehouse website here.
‘A tiny little map of what is happening now’ is how legendary east London author Iain Sinclair describes the London Overground line, the subject of John Roger’s (Make Your Own Damn Art, EEFF 2012) film following Sinclair and frequent collaborator Andrew Kötting as they traverse the train line on foot. Undertaken for the purposes of Sinclair’s book of the same name, this journey takes place over a year as opposed to the day’s walk written about by Sinclair. But that simply creates space for Sinclair’s fascination with the ‘Ginger Line’ as the ‘spin-drier of capitalism, whirling banknotes around the city…a real moment to look at this city of unreal money’. An engrossing, frequently humorous exploration of a unique mind, and its insights into a changing city.
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British filmmaker Chester Yang (War Matters, EEFF 2013) uncovers the shocking reality of police powers in post-9/11 Britain in Kettling of the Voices. Following British students Brian and Ethan, two students protesting against the government’s hiking up of tuition fees, we bear witness to troubling levels of surveillance, and both a media and a police force that seem a little too comfortable with the notion of banning political protest. Featuring frontline footage and interviews with key activists, this is an enthralling, disturbing film for our times.
The ferocity of the US-Mexico drug war comes in for gripping, blood-pumping treatment in The Hollow Point, a gloriously retro 70’s style thriller set in a Texas border town. Wallace (Patrick Wilson, Fargo), the new sheriff in town, gets more than he bargained for when he investigates a cartel deal that’s gone seriously awry. As he chases down the culprits, the self control that’s supposed to come with the badge begins to slip. A petrol-scorched hoot of a movie, also starring a brilliant, scene-stealing Ian McShane.
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 late ‘60s, McLean’s journey from unlicensed fighter to best selling author and star of Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels is also the story of a working class man from Hoxton weathering the changing decades before his untimely death in 1998. Director Paul Van Carter follows his son Jamie as he explores his father’s story, from troubled upbringing to stardom, on the way meeting a variety of East London characters to director Guy Richie. What emerges is a picture of a complex, troubled and driven family man.
Existential crisis at the heart of the drone war is the focus of Full Contact, David Verbeek’s stunningly atmospheric drama. Gerogoire Colin (Beau Travail) plays Ivan, a drone pilot traumatised after having accidentally bombed a school during a drone mission. Used to being utterly disconnected from the violence he inflicts on others, he seeks connection at a local strip club, punishment in the boxing ring, and escape through the night on his motorcycle, in a stunningly stylish, evocative tale of contemporary manhood, and the disconnection of modern warfare.
A self-described ‘pop-u-mentary’, Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model follows lauded performance artist Bryony Kimmings and her 10-year old niece Taylor as they collaborate on Kimmings’ latest show, an attempt to battle against the hypersexualised world of pop music. As they do so, Bryony and Taylor solidify their bond, travel the world, pique the attention of the press, and try to create an alternative popstar for the Tween generation. An inspiring story of togetherness and creativity.
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Zeynep Dadak and Merve Kayan impressive debut sees Deniz return from holiday to the provincial city of Balıkesir, immediately falling back into her old life, gossiping with her friends, caring for her rebellious younger sister, and crushing on high school heartthrob Kaya and guidance counselor Ferat. A perfectly realised view of the impulsive seachanges of hormonal teenage life, where both nothing and everything happens all at once, and million miles from the Turkey seen in most festival exports.
Tickets available from the Rio Cinema website here.