Films for Food: The Divide + panel

Venue: 67 Rothbury Road, Hackney Wick E9

Dir: Katharine Round UK | 2015 | 74 min

Inspired by best-selling book The Spirit Level, Katharine Round’s film highlights the widening gulf between rich and poor.

FILMS FOR FOOD INITIATIVE: Just in the last year there has been a 51% rise in people using food banks across the UK. It is in response to this that the Rainbow Collective chose to set up “Films for Food”: a scheme which will give film lovers a chance to help their local community by bringing along a bag of non-perishable food items to donate to their local food bank.

Following the screening there will be a panel discussion with the filmmaker Katharine Round, Denise Bentley (CEO First Love Foundation – Tower Hamlets Food Bank), Patrick Butler (Social policy editor – Head of Society, Health and Education at the Guardian) and a Food Bank User.

Screening in partnership with the Rainbow Collective, The Yard and First Love Foundation (Tower Hamlets Food Bank).The Yard - Logo

FREE for a bag of non-perishable food. BOOK HERE


Part of Roots. More information here.

Shorts: This Mess We’re In

Exploring such topics as political correctness, modern art, the rise of the EDL and the sexualisation of pop culture, these films form a compelling, hilarious and at times disturbing state-of-the-nation snapshot.

The Chop
UK | Lewis Rose | 17 min | @thechopfilm

The Chop’ is a comedy about Yossi, a charismatic Kosher butcher who loses his job, cannot find work at other Kosher butchers, and therefore decides to pretend to be Muslim in order to get work at a Halal butchers.

Kill it 4 the Kids
UK | Christopher Ullens de Schooten | 3 min

A cute and colourful handmade town sees the arrival and consequences of capitalism hit the town in bold and comic stop-motion animated footage synced on ‘Kill it 4 the Kids’!

UK | Will Webb | 8 min | @AfrobeatsFilm

Three white hipsters decide to run an Afrobeats night in London. But when two become obsessed with getting at least one black person to attend, the third begins to suspect the whole thing might be racist.

UK | Vasilisa Forbes | 4 min

Teaming the incredible force of the popular lyrics when set against the sexualised, objectified imagery, the question of our acceptance of tones of dialogue, pornography and the impact of popular culture are raised.

A Short Guide To Re-Entry
UK | Anwar Boulifa | 15 min

Khalid is released from prison. He’s told that he wants a job and a place in the community, but fitting into the system isn’t always that easy.

Underneath the Noise
UK | Jon E Price | 8 min

Basketball can give hope and focus to those who might otherwise have neither – but its future hangs in the balance. Starring players from North & East London and featuring poet James Massiah, Underneath the Noise celebrates Britain’s raw talent and gives a voice to young ball players.

UK | Jake Lushington | 16 min

A bouncer finds out that guarding modern art is just as hazardous as controlling the ropes at a nightclub.

Jade Dragon
UK | Joseph Brett | 9 min

If you thought Exodus was accurately cast and that Aloha was too ethnically diverse, this might not be the film for you.

UK | Eva Riley | 15 min

Against the backdrop of simmering racial tensions within a rural English community, the life of eleven year old Hannah changes forever when she meets a boy from a forbidden part of town.

Tickets are available from the Genesis website here.

Los Punks: We Are All We Have

Take a trip into the backyards of South Central and East Los Angeles in Los Punks: an intimate documentary exploring a homegrown DIY community of bands, skaters and resolute togetherness. Angela Boatwright’s debut finds a scene four-decades old, but in rude health; uniting young people who often feel unwelcome in the ‘mainstream’, providing a fruitful breeding ground for Latino punk and a conscious, active community, often in the face of poverty and violence.

Tickets available from the Genesis website here.
Part of 40 Years of Punk, for more information click here.

Shepherds & Butchers (UEL Centrepiece Gala)

When a traumatised death row guard is arrested for a violent murder, no one in 1987 South Africa will take his case. That is until maverick lawyer John Weber (Steve Coogan) steps forward, in doing so challenging the very system that allows prisoners to be executed for their crimes, and directly leading to a change to the law in the dying days of Apartheid. Featuring phenomenal turns from Coogan and Andrea Riseborough, Oliver Schmitz’s film is inspired by true events, which questions how a society can ever expect people to act as both shepherds and butchers, and for there not to be awful consequences, while also pointing to a better, more hopeful future.

Followed by a Q&A with star Andrea Riseborough. Tickets available from the Picturehouse website here.

Jim: The James Foley Story

When American journalist and video reporter James Foley was murdered by ISIS 2014, the video of his barbaric execution sent shockwaves around the world. Brian Oakes’ moving film explores Foley’s life, work, and untimely death, in the process shedding light on the dangerous world of conflict journalism in the Middle East, Foley’s character and personal relationships, and the awful toll of personal tragedy caught up in an inescapable 24-hour news cycle. Dogwoof

Tickets available from the Rich Mix website now.


Both thrillingly ambitious and beautifully lo-fi, Carleton Ranney’s John Carpenter-inflected debut takes place in a future, apocalyptic America. Set decades after an event known as ‘the reset’, life in Sector 6 is dominated by surveillance, teen suicide, and 1980s technology. Brought together by a friend’s suicide and a mysterious hard drive, Max and Simon begin to explore what might lie outside the city limits, and especially a radio tower which might hold the key to bringing down their fascistic overlords. Cloaked in a minimal-synth score by MGMT’s Will Berman, Jackrabbit is a brilliantly atmospheric slice of analogue science fiction.

Tickets available from the Picturehouse website here.

Flag Without a Country

An evocation of borders and identity, Flag Without a Country sees hobbling pilot Nariman looking for recruits for his flying school. Pop star Helly Luv, meanwhile, is stockpiling Kalashnikovs and Kurdish flags for her upcoming music video, and befriending refugee children near the Syrian border. Combining fact and fiction, Bahman Ghobadi has real people play versions of themselves, in this playful, soulful, and somehow hopeful ode to the resilience and culture of the Kurdish people.

All proceeds from this screening will be donated to a refugee charity.
Tickets available from the Rich Mix website now.

And Then I Was French

A thriller about a young woman’s journey of self-discovery, that takes a dangerous direction as she struggles to escape the agony of unrequited love. Cara is a massage student, tucked away in the heart of the English countryside. When charismatic American Jay joins her class, Cara is instantly smitten, despite her best friend’s reservations. Jay is under the influence of his egotistical brother Matt and is swallowed into a world of parties and beautiful people in East London; when he meets the gorgeous Parisian Natasha, he is convinced it is love. When news reaches Cara, it triggers a transformation to become beautiful and sophisticated, just like the French.  But are her intentions towards Jay still pure?

Followed by a Q&A. Tickets available from the Genesis website here.