Venue: Rich Mix / Archers Gallery

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.

7 min
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.


Tickets available from the Rich Mix website here



From changing room showdowns to clandestine encounters and societal repression, sometimes it takes a little longer to tell your tale…

Dir: Barbara Kronenberg
Germany | 29 min
While the 8th grader Ella faces a decisive exam, she dreams from last summer: love lessons of her grotesque ballet teacher, her first kiss, and permanently annoying parents.

Dir: Charlie Parham
UK | 26 min
Nightstand stages the destructive relationship between two men over three consecutive nights— one is gay, lost and adolescent, the other is married to a woman and middle-aged.

Dir: Peter Lee Scott
UK | 25 min
Colours shows how Adam’s (17) world is turned upside-down when he and two other football team-mates, Mike and Alex, discover Adam’s best friend Tom is gay.

Tickets available from the Rio Cinema website here.


“Being out when everyone sleeps is intoxicating. It is the only time when you can see the city as it really is: free from the hordes of people that crowd its streets; free from the traffic that blocks its views; free from the stresses and the pandemonium of urban life.”

This spectacular photo walk offers photographers of any level a unique opportunity to discover how dawn can transform their images. Lead by seasoned photographer Anthony Epes, the route will start down by the river Thames as the sun peeps up over the water, then snake north up to Columbia Road Market to experience the opening of the market at dawn before wandering slowly through the waking streets of London’s East End to Spitalfields Market to join Ray Dervin for a ‘walk’ through the history of the East End.

There is step free access along the route.


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See here details for the exhibition of Anthony Epes’ photos of Istanbul at Dawn at Spitalfields Market from the 22nd to the 28th of June. 

Meeting point: Tower Millennium Pier, EC3N 4DT
Getting there: Parking:
For night buses to Tower Bridge use the TFL search: to bring:

  • We recommend you bring a tripod in order to capture the pre-dawn and dawn light. If you would prefer not to, that’s no problem but you’ll have to wait until there is enough light to shoot without one.
  • Any camera is fine. Bring a plastic bag to protect it from the rain (a cheap but total good solution).
  • Please wear weather-appropriate clothing. Its pretty cold at dawn so be prepared. Plus there is a fair amount of walking, so wear comfortable shoes.

Part of Roots. More information here.

Shorts: Blood, Sweat and Tears

From a failed pop-star re-climbing the ladder to stardom, to a meditative journey through the production of celluloid, these films examine the hard graft, the sleepless nights, delving for inspiration.

I Used to be Famous
UK | Eddie Sternberg | 17 min

I Used to be Famous’ is a South London fairytale. A culture-clash between a washed-up pop star and a musically talented young man with autism. Two opposite characters who transform each other’s worlds through the power of music.

The Foley Artist
UK | Oliver Holms | 4 min

Ever wondered how to sound design your life?

UK | Chi Yu | 14 min

Drew secretly grows a Man for his recently divorced Mother in the school basement but discovers that what she needs and wants are two different things.

UK | Balan Evans | 5 min

Adam Pearson is an Actor (‘Under the Skin’), TV Producer, Public Speaker and Campaigner against stigma towards people with a visible facial difference. Adam has Neurofibromatosis Type 1, a genetic condition that causes excess body tissue to
grow predominantly on his face.

UK | Lefteris Parasyris | 12 min

Photographer Philip Byrne, is in search for inspiration; but inspiration can lead to dark places.

The Monster
UK | Bob Pipe | 16 min

Trying to resurrect his once successful career, an iconic monster falls in love with his leading lady on the set of a dubious film.

Mr Madila
UK | Rory Waudby-Tolley | 9 min

Mr Madila or The Colour of Nothing documents a series of conversations between the film-maker and a gifted spiritual healer, exploring the inner mind, the fabric of the universe, and the nature of reality itself, through the sacred art of animation.

Dailies to Dawn
UK | Kristina Cranfeld | 18 min

Dailies to Dawn is a poetic journey and tribute which celebrates celluloid film processing as a living form, passionate and organic, made by experience, collective work and pure craftsmanship at one of the last thriving film laboratories in the UK.

Tickets are available here.

Lure, The

The year’s best (only?) horror mermaid musical, this utterly unique debut is an alluring fairy tale about two sisters who emerge from the sea, and head straight for a Warsaw nightclub. Embracing their new life as cabaret stars, their symbiosis is threatened when one of them falls for a dashing musician, and they may have to return to the sea, or suffer bloody consequences. A brilliantly entertaining, wacky maiden effort, with killer tunes. 
Polish Cultural Institute

Tickets available on the Picturehouses website here.

Screening supported by the Polish Cultural Institute




Nesrin flees her job, her home and her crumbling marriage, leaving Istanbul for the plains of Anatolia to finally realise her dream of becoming a writer. But when her conservative, unstable mother arrives in the village, her idyllic vision of her new existence begins to crumble. As the walls close in, and the parental relationship becomes increasingly unhinged, her mother gets closer to the religiously conservative neighbours, and it’s all going to come to a nasty head. A terrifically wrought, potent metaphor for the schisms of modern Turkey.

Tickets available from the Rio Cinema website here.


On a dusty hillside surrounded by olive trees, the children of Ketermaya play far away from the horrors of Syria. But life in the Lebanese refugee camp is far from easy. Disrupted educations, the loss of loved ones, and the scars of war and chemical weapons weigh heavily in this extraordinary portrait of family and childhood innocence. An important corrective to narratives surrounding refugees, and a moving fable of hope and resilience in unimaginable circumstances.

Dir: Tristan Daws & Stephan Bookas
UK | 2016 | 6 min

Dir: Babak Inaloo & Ali Haghooi
UK, Iran, France | 10 min

Tickets available from the Genesis website here.

Part of Day of Refuge, for more information click here.


Half Way + panel

Half Way chronicles the life of a normal family living in Epping forced into homelessness after being evicted from their house, going from one hostel to another as they wait for a new home from the council, during Britain’s exploding housing crisis. Filmed over a period of a year by the eldest daughter of the family, this immersive documentary is a powerful personal story and a moving insight into the struggles and the Kafkian experience of dealing with the merciless housing bureaucracy that thousands of families in Britain are fighting against today.

Following the screening there will be a women-lead panel discussion with the filmmaker and guests, focusing on the role that campaigning women had in the history of the East End and still have around the topics of homelessness and gentrification. Guests include: Daisy-May Hudson (filmmaker and producer for Vice Magazine), Carly-Jayne Hutchinson (Focus E15), Victoria Spratt (features editor, The Debrief), chaired by Andrea Luka Zimmerman (Fugitive Images, filmmaker of “Estate – A Reverie”). 

FREE. Tickets via Rich Mix website BOOK NOW

Part of Roots, more information here.

Fire at Sea

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. A through point for thousands of refugees and migrants over the past two decades, it’s the home of Samuele, a 12-year old kid living a normal life of school, hunting, and his slingshot. But there will always be the spectre of the sea, and the path it represents for people fleeing their homelands for the promise of a new life. A humane portrait of a crisis laid bare.

Dir: Daniel Mulloy
UK, USA, Kosovo | 2016 | 20 min

Dir: Gisela Carbajal Rodríguez & Konstantin Steinbichler
Mexico, Germany | 2014 | 30 min

Tickets available from the Genesis website here.
Part of Day of Refuge, for more information click here.


Dead Slow Ahead

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 are part commentary on post-industrial capitalism swallowing its workforce, part grotesque-romantic portraiture, part contemplation on what the end of the world might look like, with the last mechanical vestige of man following commands without purpose, and clanking along to nowhere. Hypnotic, extraordinary, terrifying.opencity-logo

Tickets available from the Open City website now.