Attracting more than 30,000 people and now in its fourteenth year, East End Film Festival (EEFF) has established itself as one of the London’s major film events.
As befits EEFF’s increased visibility, its programme includes a number of high profile releases and premiers, including Ben Wheatley’s A Field In England, a typically offbeat feature from the director of Kill List, in which an alchemist captures a bunch of deserters during the English Civil War and they find themselves at the mercy of mysterious, primal forces. Other favourites from the international festival circuit can also be found, including Noah Baumbach’s much-loved Frances-Ha, Lovelace, a biopic of the Deep Throat star, and Blackfish, a documentary about the mistreatment of one of Seaworld’s famous orcas responsible for three human fatalities.
This being a festival set exclusively in London’s East End, the area is, of course, well represented. Simon Chambers’ documentary, Life Begins With Tears, set in London’s Bangladeshi community and following a teenager who marries in secret but whose husband is denied entry into the UK, is just one of numerous examinations of multiculturalism in the city. Those looking for something a little different may want to check out the Secret Societies cult film screenings at the Masonic Temple at the Andaz Hotel in Liverpool Street, or perhaps debut feature romance, The Brightest Colours Make Grey.
Younger film-lovers would do well to check out offshoot Cutting-East Film Festival, a youth-led programme incorporating movies, slam poetry, music and community events to inspire aspiring film-makers and young fans. This is just one element of a festival that increases in both size and confidence each year, proving that you don’t need to limit your audience even when you’re keeping a tight focus on all things East London.
East End Film Festival runs from 25 June – 10 July 2013 at venues across East London and tickets can be purchased from the official website.