Opening on the same day as the EU Referendum, the 15th East End Film Festival (EEFF) (Thursday, June 23 -July 3) will celebrate the mix of cultural and creative influences that make Britain’s film industry great.
Over the 11 days more than 80 feature films will be screened, including 60 premieres, all of which have been judged by a panel of experts which include Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle and Hellboy actor Ron Perlman.
The opening gala will feature illegal bike racing film Alleycats starring Eleanor Tomlinson and John Hannah and the closing gala on Sunday, July 3, there will be a screening of feature documentary Gary Numan: Android In La La Land .
There will also be a debate on displaced people across the globe and weekend of films portraying the collapse of civilisation.
The winning films will be announced over the closing weekend.
1) For the property pundits
Bafta-nominated Max McGill directs Hot Property , a satire on the wild west that is the London housing market. Kill List’s MyAnna Buring stars as a corporate spy on the verge of losing her home, who finds herself embroiled in a conspiracy of love, celebrity chefs, hipsters and borderline insane estate agents.
Saturday, June 25, 8pm, Genesis
2) For the romantics
The world premiere of Love Is Thicker Than Water , a modern-day Romeo and Juliet tale starring Juliet Stevenson, Ellie Kendrick and Johnny Flynn. Vida comes from a well-to-do London family, whereas Arthur is a bike messenger from a working-class Welsh mining town. Utterly in love, their relationship is nevertheless tested when their wildly different families and social circles collide, leading them to question whether they are truly meant to be together.
Saturday, June 25, 6.30pm, Rich Mix
3) For the hipsters
Documentary Cassette explores the role of this revolutionary invention, which still refuses to die, in the proliferation of pop culture. It includes a whole segment shot at Rough Trade East on Brick Lane and features musical luminaries such as Henry Rollins, Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) and Ian MacKaye (Minor Threat, Fugazi), alongside a legion of young bands still releasing music on tape.
This world premiere will be followed by a Q&A with director Zack Taylor and Lou Ottens, inventor of the compact cassette.
Monday, June 27, 7pm, Genesis
4) For the fitness freaks
The grind of working in the city meets Strangers On A Train in Graham Higgins’ debut film Mile End . Paul (Alex Humes) is a committed runner who meets John when out for one of his regular jaunts through east London. Paul seeks some direction having just left his job and experiencing trouble at home so John’s experience and guidance seem to be just what he needs. But the latter’s omnipresence soon becomes unnerving.
Tuesday, June 28, 9pm, Genesis
5) For the true east Londoners
The Guv’nor is a personal look at the life of famed Hoxton-born 1960s bareknuckle boxer, enforcer and doorman Lenny McLean. The film documents his journey from working class man and unlicensed fighter to bestselling author and star of Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels, before his untimely death in 1998.
Director Paul Van Carter follows McLean’s son Jamie as he explores his father’s story, from troubled upbringing to stardom, on the way meeting a variety of east London characters and director Guy Richie and painting a picture of a complex, troubled and driven family man.
Saturday, June 2, 6.30pm, Genesis