Tickets available on the door: £5, £3 with EEFF ticket stub
To celebrate the London premiere of the doc that looks back on Madonna’s Blonde Ambition tour, East End Film Fest invites you to express yourself and give good face at a place where you can get away—a night of turned up ballroom tunes and delicious voguing highs. Come bump and grind it with Deitrich and DiMaggio at the Breathless after-party at festival partner VFD, with DJ Hello Mozart of Hot Boy Dancing Spot on the decks, and a vogue dance-off extravaganza (prizes tbc).
A retrospective of Norman McLaren, one of Britain’s most important abstract film artists, in celebration of a new live score and artist film commission inspired by his work. Join EEFF for a special selection of films exploring McLaren’s use of music, dance and movement, followed by a special panel discussion featuring experts on McLaren’s work, and the artists and filmmakers working with the East End Film Festival this year to create new work inspired by the master filmmaker. A kaleidoscope of sound, image and invention.
Tickets available from the Whitechapel Gallery website here. Part of EEFF’s Psych Space event at Oval Space. More info here.
Time for the tots! We’ll be walking the mini red carpet this year as East End Film Festival present a specially designed parent and baby screening for all budding film fans. The screening will take place in a venue with comfortable seating, lower volume levels and slightly brighter house lights to ensure you and your baby are comfortable and relaxed. We will be screening one of the key titles from this year’s line-up, details to be released nearer the time. Please note this screening is for parents and guardians and their children of twelve months and under.
We are glad to announce that the film selected for this Parent & Baby screening is The Darkest Universe. Tickets are available from the Genesis website here.
Creepy tales of supernatural unease sit alongside politicised expressions of the lost, the disposed and those that have fallen through the cracks in our society.
The Third Dad
UK | Theresa Moerman Ib | 10 min | @TheThirdDad
A daughter’s journey to find her estranged father’s grave.
UK | Kieran Grant, Lucy Barrick | 11 min
An electrician answers a call-out in the dead of night and is drawn into the bizarre and melancholy world of a man haunted by Christmas. Can he fix the lights, or is the darkness in the house best left alone?
UK | Christian Kinde | 13 min
All’s Well a short film about a soldier returning from Afghanistan.
Italy | Nicola Ragone | 19 min
A train, a trip, a destination.Two strangers start to look each other while travelling in a couch of a train.Cold, pain, farewell. Arrived at the destination one of them is chosen to be a labourer of the Death in a Nazi concentration camp, a Sonderkommando.
UK | Jo Lewis | 11 min
A young woman travels to a remote beach side cabin in an attempt to finally quit her heroin habit.
UK | Dean Anderson | 7 min
A mother struggling to come to terms with the recent death of her teenage son, becomes fixated with a local boy due to his uncanny resemblance.
Drift is a Southern Gothic for the Britain of austerity and UKIP. It depicts the trafficking of vulnerable homeless immigrants for forced labour and is inspired by a case which came to court in Luton in 2012. It is about agency and how we can come to accept the unacceptable.
UK | somebody nobody | 15 min
JUS SOLI opens up a discourse on the Black British experience; interrupting the emotional transition between generations and questioning what it means to be British.
Tickets are available on the Genesis website here.
Whether it’s grieving the passing of a loved one, mourning the loss of a bygone era, or even the disappointment of getting old, these films tackle the subject with humour, perspective and a strong dose of unsentimental grit.
Iran | Golnaz Jamsheed | 9 min
Avo tells the story of an Iranian Armenian boy who experiences the notion of death when his grandfather dies. Being neglected by the grown ups that surround him at the funeral, he finds a way to stay in touch with his grandfather from beyond the grave.
UK | Kate Herron | 16 min
A group of super-fans break into the house of a faded 90s pop star.
UK | Rob Savage | 3 min
A short film about the grieving process starring Paul McGann.
UK| Matthew Hopper | 19 min
A deaf boxer must decide whether to give up the sport he loves in favour of an operation that could allow him to hear for the first time.
UK | Charlotte Wolf | 13 min
A grieving single mother and a lonely teenage boy are brought together under unusual circumstances.
Eye for an Eye
Germany | Steve Bache | 4 min
Frederick Baer spent over a decade on death row in Indiana State Prison. He is still waiting for his death penalty to be executed.
UK | Layke Anderson | 12 min
A young man meets the worn voice of a fading city under the dim lights of a London sex shop.
My Brief Eternity: Ar Awyr Le
UK | Clare Sturges | 13 min
My Brief Eternity: Ar Awyr Le tells the poignant, moving story of well-known Welsh artist Osi Rhys Osmond and the creation of his last work of art, ‘Self Portrait’.
Tickets are available on the Genesis website here.
When seven young male dancers were plucked from the New York drag-ball scene to appear in Madonna’s Vogue music video, they never could have envisaged what life had in store for them. Embarking on the 1990 Blonde Ambition Tour, they would become global icons for the gay community, making vogueing a global phenomenon and forming a kind of surrogate family with the Queen of Pop, as seen in the movie In Bed With Madonna (1991). Revisiting their stories 25 years on, Strike a Pose is open, emotional retelling of the highs of fame and stardom, and the hardships of dealing with the fall once it’s all over.
Followed by Q&A with the filmmaker Ester Gould and original Madonna dancer Kevin Stea. Introduced by the delectable voguers House of Shabazz.
Tickets available from the Rio Cinema website here.
After party at VFD, for more information click here.
Three investors, wolves in sheep’s clothes, can’t for the life of them find heart or soul. In their jets they circle the globe, preaching love and earning gold. Smoke and mirrors is their game, ministers, unions and kings enjoy their fame. Gambling with open cards at the table, where there’s no risk there’s only one aim: the truth is a lie, ’cause lying is real – when you get pranked, how does it feel?’ Austrian enfant terrible Daniel Hoesl (Soldier Jane, EEFF 2013) returns to EEFF to present his second film Win Win, a wry and hilarious satire of the corporate world, the global financial crisis, and a set of nefarious double-speaking pranksters looking to bring the whole edifice crashing down.
When Mark Duggan died at the hands of the London Met in 2011, the reaction was unlike anything seen in Britain since the early ‘80s. But whilst the Tottenham Riots made headlines around the world, the true circumstances of Duggan’s death remained mysterious. An incredibly vital pursuit of the truth, The Hard Stop follows Marcus and Kurtis as they seek justice for their friend, in the process exploding the historical tensions between law enforcement and London’s black community.
Followed by an extended filmed panel discussion with Krishnan Guru Murphy, director George Amponsah, Marcus Knox Hooke, Kurtis Henville, ex-London Met Policeman Mick Lees, Stafford Scott (Race Advocacy Officer at The Monitoring Group) and Deborah Coles (InQuest).
Tunisia in the months leading up to the Jasmine Revolution provides the backdrop to As I Open My Eyes, a tale of rebellious youth and rock n’ roll. Eighteen year old Farah is being pressured to become a doctor by her family. But what she really wants is to sing in her band, get drunk with her friends and experience the dramas of life in Tunis’ underground music scene. Described as the best fictional film yet made about the Arab Spring, Leyla Bouzid’s debut is a humane portrait of the counterculture in a conservative society, with incredible songs and serious heart.