The 2013 East End Film Festival begins on the 25th of June, running through to the 10th of July. Founded in 2000 the festival works hard to screen films with a consciousness local to this part of London, as well as an increasingly wide remit of films from around the world. We’ll be at the festival to review diverse titles by upcoming filmmakers and veterans alike.
This year’s opening film is Mark Donne’s The UK Gold, which explores how the City of London functions within a secretive network of tax havens and tax avoidance. Set during the London 2012 Olympics Father William Taylor goes on a journey to shed light on this scandalous issue. The film features a score composed by Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and Massive Attack’s Robert Del Naja.
New works by established British directors also feature in this year’s festival, including Mike Figgis’ experimental thriller Suspension of Disbelief, Ben Wheatley’s psychedelic civil war film A Field In England and Kieran Evans’ poetic documentary The Outer Edges (which features with a live score on the closing night.)
Looking further afield, the festival has sections dedicated to European cinema, World Cinema and specific, issue driven focuses; the Zoom section looks at fiction, documentary and animated films specifically concerning deaf characters. American films also claim a slot in the lineup, notably porn star biopic Lovelace starring Amanda Seyfried as Linda Lovelace.
With the Argentine Cinema Panel there is a national focus on the New Argentine Cinema this year, with director Armando Bo attending as the Director in Residence. There is a special rescreening of his film The Last Elvis, as well as features including The Wild Ones, Leones and Extraordinary Stories.
We hope you’ll join us as we delve into the festival’s rich programme of films, which encapsulate the melting pot of culture that is London’s East End.