This showcase is a celebration of some of the most talented young filmmakers to emerge from the University of East London’s BA Film, BA Animation and Illustration and MA Filmmaking programmes.
This is a richly diverse programme ranging from darkly surreal and visually spectacular fictions, to poignant documentaries (covering subject as varied as the Spanish Civil War and contemporary sexuality), to innovative and eye-catching animations. There will be an opportunity to speak with the filmmakers and a great chance to find out about the exciting developments in Film at the East End Film Festival’s principal partner, the University of East London.
GOODBYE BABY LADY
Screenplay / Director / Costumes / Editing: Emilia Kinderman
DOP, Production Manager: Krupa Patel
Camera: Ciaran O’Connor
Costumes: Iva Minkova
Production Assistant: Vishal Sidhu
1st AD / Editing: Piotr Karter
Sound Technician: Danny Tarr
Daughter: Katie Healy
Mother: Gerri Farrell
Tenant: Ivan Molochko
Little Girl: Lily Pratt
Delivery Man: Trevor Sharpe BA Film
EVERYONE WAS SMALL
Dir: Paris Rose
Animated Documentary. BA Animation and illustration
LET’S TALK ABOUT GAY SEX AND DRUGS
Dir: Leon Lopez
Second Camera: Mitchell Marrion.
Sound Design: Jonathan Bell MA Filmmaking
Dir: Sam Ogunsola
Animation, Hand-Drawn BA Animation and illustration
Dir: Teresa Duran
Camera: Teresa Duran
Sound: David Montalvo
Editor: Teresa Duran
Music: Pedro Mari Martin BA Film
Director / Screenplay: Daniel Thompson
Dir: Patrick O’Mahony
Animation, Stop-Motion. BA Animation and illustration
Dir: Andreea Gruioniu
Sound: Costin Moraru
Production Manager: Octavian Gruioniu
Actors: Alin Popa, Catalin Gheorghe MA Filmmaking
Screening followed by Q&A with Staff and Filmmakers.
Join EEFF and Hackney Palestine Solidarity Campaign for an evening with Palestinian American performance poet Remi Kanazi, touring his latest collection of poetry, Before the Next Bomb Drops: Rising Up From Brooklyn to Palestine. Remi is a poet and writer based in NYC, whose political commentary has been featured by news outlets throughout the world. His poetry has taken him across the US, Canada, Europe, and the Middle East. The evening will include a programme of contemporary Palestinian short film @HackneyPSC.
When writer and theologian John Hull went blind in 1983, he began keeping an audiocassette diary of his daily life. When it was published in 1990, Oliver Sacks described it as ‘the most extraordinary, precise, deep and beautiful account of blindness’. Using total access to the recordings, Notes on Blindness is an ever-evolving artistic project that has included a short film and an engrossing VR experience. Dubbing actors with the recorded voice of Hull, its exploration of how dreams, memories and imagination are impacted by a lack of sight, this is a formally extraordinary insight into a hidden interior world.
This screening will provide captions for the hard of hearing. Following the screening there will be a discussion about hard of hearing subtitling with Pablo Romero-Fresco (University of Roehampton). There will be a BSL interpreter present.
Tickets are available from the Genesis website here.
The people damaged by helping to conduct America’s drone war speak out in National Bird, a disturbing new documentary executive produced by Wim Wenders and Errol Morris. Heather, Daniel and Lisa are former operatives in the U.S. Air Force’s predator programme. Having previously conducted America’s unmanned war before turning whistle-blower, all are suffering from various levels of trauma, government surveillance, and the outright threat of jail. Director Sonia Kennebeck’s film tracks their stories as they battle PTSD, legal trouble and, in one case, an eye opening trip to Afghanistan. What emerges is a disturbing portrait of a nation detached from what it means to protect its citizens, or other people’s. And in its drone footage sweeping over the landscapes of America, its warnings for the future are only too clear.
Followed by Q&A with the filmmaker Sonia Kennebeck.
Luke, an independent young man with Down’s syndrome, is grieving the loss of his elderly mother when he is forced to move into a care home. Initially despondent about his new home, his spirits are soon raised when he finds a way to sneak out and explore the local countryside. And when he meets a girl in need of his help, his desire to connect and protect another person gives him a new lease of life. A moving story of the importance of embracing life and people, featuring a brilliant turn from newcomer Steven Brandon.
Followed by a Q&A.Tickets available from the Genesis website here.
The grind of working in the city meets Strangers on a Train (or does it?) in Mile End, Graham Higgins’ impressive debut. Paul (Alex Humes) is a committed runner who meets John when out for one of his regular jaunts through East London. Seeking some direction having just left his job and experiencing trouble at home, John’s experience and guidance seem to be just what he needs. But the latter’s everpresence soon begins to become unnerving.
Followed by a Q&A.Tickets available from the Genesis website here.
American master Ira Sachs (Keep the Lights On, Love is Strange) returns with one of the best films of the year. Jake and Tony are two 13 year olds who form a deep friendship in the aftermath of the death of Jake’s grandfather. But the family bereavement also brings the shop run by Tony’s mother into the hands of Jake’s parents (Greg Kinnear and Jennifer Ehle), whose plan to raise the rent leads to an increasingly bitter feud, and threatens the boys’ friendship. A perfectly drawn, achingly sympathetic character drama with subtle insights into the true nature of gentrification, those not driven to tears by Sachs’ latest opus may well be made of stone.
Tickets available from the Picturehouse website here.
The malevolence of the property ladder takes on a disturbing edge in God’s Acre, JP Davidson’s Bethnal Green set thriller. Malcolm is a boozed up, agoraphobic ex-property developer whose only shot at escaping a cycle of debt is to flip his one remaining property. But when he discovers that the layout doesn’t match the original plans, a dark discovery awaits him. A tale of gentrification meeting a man plunging headfirst into oblivion.
The second feature from one of Turkey’s most important new filmmakers, Emin Alper follows Beyond the Hill with a timely state-of-the-nation thriller. Set in some near future in which Turkey seems on the verge of collapse, it sees Kadir released from prison on the condition that he turns informant for the state, spying on his neighbours and helping to defuse the numerous bombs that are being planted across the city. Meanwhile his brother Ahmet is employed to kill the city’s numerous stray dogs, a task that along with his estrangement from his wife seems to be causing him to lose his mind. The pressure of their circumstances, and forces from their past, will create a situation that neither of them can escape. And perhaps neither can anyone else, in this taut vision of a nation gone wrong.
Frenzy won the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival in 2015. Tickets available from the Rio Cinema website here.