Strung Out and Wam Perform Express Symphony

Strung Out is a community violin group based in East London, founded by local resident and professional musician, Alison Jones. It provides a supportive environment for adult violinists of all abilities to reconnect creatively with the violin, explore musical styles and have fun. 

With support from the BBC Performing Arts Community Fund, Strung Out have devised a new symphony to be premiered in Old Spitalfields Market at East End Film Festival 2013. Inspired by the word ‘Express’, in the context of living in East London, “Express Symphony” is a short piece of original music, devised by Strung Out and composed by Alison Jones. Express will be performed in four movements, and, in a unique collaboration with other local community groups led by Lizzy Renihan of Natural Voices and multi-instrumentalist Dick Smith, the orchestra of violins, ukuleles, banjos and voices will create a musical retelling of what it is like to live in East London.

The 60 strong ensemble will include interactive elements for audience participation, making this a fun event for all the family. Strung Out will also collaborate with Walthamstow Acoustic Massive (WAM) on musical mash ups, including The Eagle’s “Hotel California” and Elbow’s “One Day Like This” – song sheets and lighters at the ready!

Old Spitalfields Market.  Saturday 6 July, 2.00pm

EEFF 2013 Closing Night #3: Closing Night Gala After Party

In a full-blown festival wrap up, EEFF Closing Night will morph from the very special celebration of the best short films from the EEFF 2013 programme hosted by Let’s Keep It Short, followed by World Premiere performance of a live score to The Outer Edges, which will in turn lead on to an all-encompassing celebration of EEFF 2013. Join us at our Closing Night Gala Party, where we welcome filmmakers, festival friends and our wonderful audiences to celebrate another successful festival edition, carrying on long into the night. Join us for film, live music, the most immersive of cinema, and cocktails on the roof terrace for what will be a very special celebration of all things film, music and East End.

This event is the final part of EEFF 2013 Closing Night. It will be preceded by LET’S KEEP IT SHORT: THE BEST OF EEFF 2013 at 6.00pm, which will be followed by THE OUTER EDGES: WORLD PREMIERE LIVE SCORE, at 9.00pm. The EEFF Closing Night After Party will begin at 10.00pm and run until 4.00am


EEFF 2013 Closing Night #2: The Outer Edges, World Premiere Live Score

Karl Hyde and Kieran Evan’s extraordinary documentary exploring the Essex borderlands gets a very special live rendition as part of EEFF 2013’s Closing Night. Originally a part of Hyde’s Edgeland solo project, The Outer Edges has a vital life all of its own. A beautifully realised work of psycho-geography capturing both nature and the urban beginnings of London, and accompanied by Hyde’s poetic voice over, the EEFF is delighted to present the World Premiere of a very special live soundtrack to the film from Hyde and collaborators Leo Abrahams and Peter Chilvers.

Crafting a stunning soundscape to match a beautiful, meditative film experience, this one-off performance at Netil House will be an unmissable event in an extraordinary space, set to a film that ends on the banks of East London.

This event is the second part of EEFF 2013’s Closing Night. It will be preceded by LET’S KEEP IT SHORT: THE BEST OF EEFF 2013 at 6.00pm, and will be followed by the EEFF CLOSING NIGHT AFTER PARTY.


EEFF 2013 Closing Night #1: Let’s Keep It Short

Join filmmakers while Lovelace wows audiences at our Closing Night Gala screening, as the EEFF 2013 Closing Night event begins at Netil House with a very special Let’s Keep It Short celebration of the best short films from the EEFF 2013 programme. Join filmmakers, the EEFF team and a host of special guests to celebrate the EEFF’s best shorts, sample a cocktail on the roof terrace, and witness the announcement of the Best UK Short Film Award for 2013. 

Let’s Keep It Short will be screening a specially chosen selection of short films from the EEFF 2013 Shorts Programme.  Let’s Keep It Short will also be presenting a selection of live music, before inviting you to join them for drinks on the rooftop of Netil House, with its spectacular views across East London, and will also be announcing the winner of the EEFF 2013 Best UK Short Film Award. Do not miss out on what will be London’s biggest celebration of short film in 2013! 

Let’s Keep It Short are now one of London’s leading short film & live music events, having grown considerably since its creation in early 2012. Based at the Hackney Picturehouse, they pride themselves on bringing the best in short film from the UK & beyond to audiences, as well as delivering a wide range of live musical performances from the best up and coming bands and artists in London.

This event is the first of EEFF Closing Night. It will be followed by THE OUTER EDGES: WORLD PREMIERE LIVE SCORE, which will in turn by followed by the EEFF CLOSING NIGHT AFTER PARTY.


Masonic Temple: Secret Societies Screening

Taking in evil cabals, hidden orders, occult coteries and mysterious cloak and dagger exercises, Secret Societies at the East End Film Festival returns to the Masonic Temple at the Andaz Hotel Liverpool Street with a day’s selection of cult-classics.

Schedule from 2pm onwards
Sherlock Holmes hunts Jack the Ripper in British classic Murder By Decree, introduced by critic and novelist Kim Newman; a woman begins seeing strange apparitions in 1970’s giallo The Perfume of the Lady in Black; Jodorowsky’s Mexican circus grotesque Santa Sangre is introduced by its composer Simon Boswell; and finally, we descend into theTombs of the Blind Dead, a rarely seen but influential Spanish chiller.

2.00pm | Murder By Decree | Dir. Bob Clark

4:30pm | The Perfume of the Lady in Black | Dir. Francesco Barilli

6:15pm | Santa Sangre | Dir. Alejandro Jodorowsky

8:45pm | Tombs of the Blind Dead | Dir. Amando de Ossorio

In association with Titan Books, Cigarette Burns Cinema, Electric Sheep Magazine and Strange Attractor Press.

£3.50 per film | £10 for the day

Tickets available from See Tickets.

Unpacking British Cinema: A Field In England

On 5 July, Ben Wheatley’s (Down Terrace, Kill List, Sightseers) fourth feature A Field in England will be the first ever film to be released nationwide in cinemas, on free TV, on DVD
and on Video-on-Demand on the same day. Join Ben and key members of the cast and crew to discuss the journey of the film – the first to be developed and fully financed through Film4’s innovation hub Film 4.0. Find out how the brief to fund, shoot, edit and distribute the film in an ‘agile and ambitious way’ played out in practice, with stories literally direct from ‘the field’.

The discussion will be led by Roger Clarke (The Independent, Sight & Sound) and includes:

Ben Wheatley – Director

Laurie Rose – DOP

Andy Starke – Producer

Claire Jones – Producer

Martin Pavey – Sound Mixer

Rob Entwhistle – Sound Recordist

£6.50. Tickets available from the Hackney Picturehouse website here

Silent Screening: A City Without A Voice

Grab a blanket and join us for the outdoor screening event of the year.

Last year East End Film Festival took the Silent London screening of the year award and this year ambition knows no bounds as we combine surreal Argentinian cinema with a new soundtrack commission and a world premiere contemporary dance performance.

Argentinian director Esteban Sapir’s 2007 film La Antena is the black and white tale of an entire city that has lost its voice. Mr. TV, the owner of the city’s only television channel, is carrying out a sinister, secret plan to subject all of the city’s inhabitants to his evil will – forever.

Accompanying the film’s mysterious and haunting visuals will be gothic pop band Esben and the Witch. Nominated in the BBC Sound of 2011 poll and winners of the Q award for ‘Next Big Thing’ in the same year, this is a unique opportunity to be part of the world premiere performance of Esben and the Witch’s newly commissioned score.

Setting the scene for Esben and the Witch’s atmospheric performance, the London premiere of contemporary dance piece The Intention, performed by East London dance company Neon Dance, will be led by world-renowned choreographer Adrienne Hart. Inspired by ‘The Invention of Morel’, a novel by Adolfo Bioy Casares, ‘The Intention’ explores a world of disjointed presences; where the playback of a recording of events takes on a greater reality than the continued existence of its subjects.

A City Without A Voice is set to be a festival highlight and there are limited seats available, so bring your cushion and grab a front row seat for this unmissable event.

BURN: Moving Images by Cabaret Artists

Following a sold-out April event, BURN returns to the Hackney Attic as part of the East End Film Festival. Expect another hot-mess jukebox of work made for the camera by the cream of east London’s underground cabaret and alternative performance scenes, from comedy and music to documentaries and experimental work. This event includes ‘Vinegar to Jam’, a short documentary by Edward Lawrenson and BURN creator Ben Walters about the final performances of Jonny Woo and the LipSinkers at the seminal Bistrotheque cabaret room in Bethnal Green, accompanied by live performance by the LipSinkers’ Blanche Dubois.

About BURN:
For artists perennially working on a shoestring, the advent of cheap DV has opened up new dimensions of the imagination. From music videos to gorgeously photographed art films, high-concept gags to experiments in light, video-interactive live work to low-budget features, the moving image is being embraced by the underground as never before.

BURN is a place for these sparks to combust.

Since debuting at Bistrotheque in Bethnal Green with three sold-out events (including a screening of Uncle David with David Hoyle), BURN has been part of the London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival at BFI Southbank, Mother’s Ruin at Manchester’s Contact theatre, the Hot August Fringe at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern and Mimetic at the Dugdale Centre, Enfield, and held events at the Hackney Attic and Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club. More details at

 £5.00. Tickets available from the Hackney Picturehouse website here

La Antena

Argentinian director Esteban Sapir’s dystopian sci-fi tale, in which an evil media tycoon known as Mr.TV has stolen the voices of an entire city. His brainwashing has left the people unable to oppose his dastardly will. A marvelous pastiche of classic silent film, La Antena looks astonishing on the big screen, and in Esben and the Witch’s specially commissioned score has found the perfect sonic accompaniment.

La Antena is screening as EEFF 2013’s free outdoor screening, soundtracked by a specially commissioned score by Esben and the Witch – more details can be found here.


Join us at Vibe Live on Brick Lane for an afternoon and evening of Louisiana liquored music and movies.With free Bloody Marys and the hearty Southern grub known as grits, the East End Film Festival offers a relaxed day of Southern-fried cinema and song, with award winning films taking in everything from the wild plains of Texas to inner city Georgia, and from the endurance of the juke joint and bluegrass music to the art of making gumbo on film.


Dir: Jon Watts


Dir: Gideon C. Kennedy & Isabel Machado

THE POOR & HUNGRY – Dir: Craig Brewer

Dir: Greg ‘Freddy’Camalier

Dir: Jim Jarmusch



Grits ‘n’ Gravy is organized by film festival veteran Brian Gordon and theatre director Julie Alexander. Gordon grew up across the Ohio River from the northernmost Southern border in Cincinnati and served as the Artistic Director at the Nashville Film Festival. Alabama born, California raised Alexander is a documentary filmmaker who also headed a theatre company in Nashville.

Tickets available from See Tickets.