Doc Heads at EEFF 2013

Come and join Doc Heads as they celebrate their 4th Birthday as part of the 2013 East End Festival. Doc Heads will be screening a selection of the best new short documentaries from UK film makers and having a drink or four!

Monty’s Bar, 149 Brick Lane. Doors 6.30pm, films begin at 8pm.

Argentine Cinema Panel

Having championed some of world cinema’s most groundbreaking cinematic New Waves over the past few years, the EEFF’s annual national focus returns in 2013. Following Armando Bo’s dark comic drama The Last Elvis taking the EEFF’s top award in 2012, Bo returns to the festival as the EEFF’s Director in Residence as the festival presents a phenomenal selection of films from new Argentine directors, including the extraordinary, mystical debut from Pablo Trapero’s screenwriting partner Alejandro Fidel, The Wild Ones; Jazmin Lopez’s Leones, Mariano Llinás’s mind-bending meta-thriiler Extraordinary Stories; a selection of Argentina’s most vital short films; and a special rescreening of El Ultimo Elvis.

Join the EEFF at the Barbican for a discussion of what makes Argentina one of world cinema’s most important cinematic movements, and how the country has overcome military juntas and economic collapse to become a remarkably productive filmmaking powerhouse. With a panel featuring Armando Bo, Matias Pineiro, Alejandro Fidel, Sofia de Skalon (London Argentine Film Festival), the panel will accompany the London Premiere of Pineiro’s wonderful play on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Viola.


The UK Gold

All eyes were on East London in 2012. Since that summer of glory, gold medals and diamond jubilation, questions have been raised as to what kind of legacy recession-hit Britain has really inherited.

Narrated by actor Dominic West (The Wire, The Hour), and featuring an extraordinary new sound-score from Radiohead’s ThomYorke and Massive Attack’s Robert Del Naja, The UK Gold follows the dramatic journey of a vicar from the Olympic host, riot-scarred borough of Hackney as the narrative travels from Zambia to Salisbury and the Caribbean to Clapton to understand the full impact of UK financial chicanery.

With the views and voices of British politicians, hedge fund masters of the universe,Vanity Fair investigative journalist Nicolas Shaxson, Private Eye’s Richard Brooks and Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow, it exposes the fundamental role the City of London plays in the secretive network of tax havens and tax avoidance.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with the director Mark Donne, writer Richard Brooks, and Father William Taylor who is featured in the film. More panelists to be announced soon!

£8.00 Please note that this is the second screening of UK Gold at the EEFF. For tickets to the EEFF Opening Night Gala click here. Tickets available for this Genesis Cinema screening, with the panel discussion, are available from the Genesis website here.

Best Documentary Feature Competition 


The emotive, tense and lustful nature of Piñeiro’s brilliant romantic drama is a snappy tale of a woman living and working with her boyfriend in Buenos Aires. Whilst helping her other half run his video piracy business, Viola comes into contact with the work of an all-girl theatre company that creates drama out of fragments of Shakespeare’s plays.

This screening will be preceded by a discussion of New Argentine Cinema in partnership with the London Argentine Film Festival, and featuring Matias Piñeiro (Viola), Alejando Fadel (The Wild Ones) and EEFF 2013 Director in Residence Armando Bo (El Ultimo Elvis). 

More details on the panel are available here,

£10.50 (Online) £11.50 (Door) with tickets for both the panel and the screening available from the Barbican Cinema website here

EEFF Best Feature Competition 



Smash & Grab

International heists, glamorous women, a life on the run and a global manhunt. It’s the stuff of high-stakes thrillers, but also fuels Smash & Grab, Havana Marking’s follow up to Afghan Star. Marking interviews several members of the Pink Panthers, a clandestine web of jewel thieves that emerged from the crumbling of Yugoslavia in the 1990s, enlivening stories of their most audacious heists with animated restaging. This fast paced, thunderingly soundtracked film proves that truth is a lot more exciting than anything dreamed up by the movies, with a timely commentary on the link between poverty and crime.

 Screening followed by a drinks reception on Bar Paragon, sponsored by Disaronno         

£8.00 Tickets available from the Genesis Cinema website here.

Best Documentary Feature Competition 

Pilgrim Song

James is fired from his job as a music teacher, and decides to disconnect from his life by hiking onto Kentucky’s Appalachian trail. Meeting a variety of eccentric characters, including a fertility-obsessed sheriff, a mysterious beauty in a game of spin the bottle, and a jilted alcoholic guiding his son along the trail, Martha Stephen’s sophomore SXSW hit is a sensitive, humorous portrait of one man’ ennui, which seems to only deepen in his attempts to return to nature.

£10.00 Tickets will be available from the Genesis Cinema website here 

EEFF Best Feature Competition 


Londoner Rebecca is trying to finish her novel. Seeking seclusion after months of writer’s block, she seeks remoteness and isolation, and books a few weeks at Overhill house in the tiny Cornish village of Pendeen. After one day she finds that the locals know her name, where she’s staying and what she’s doing there, and while she just wants to finish her book in peace they seem to have other ideas. A taut, impressive debut that mixes social realism with a hint of Straw Dogs, this is a film that turns on the ironic statement: Welcome To Cornwall.  

£8.00 Tickets will be available from the Genesis Cinema website here