What To Watch At The East End Film Festival

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What To Watch At The East End Film Festival

Sci-fi, love stories, documentaries, tales of London and further afield will all be shown on big screens across east London when the East End Film Festival opens tomorrow.

With 20 world premieres, 22 UK premieres and 18 London premieres, this is the chance to be among the first to see films made in the city, about the city, from city filmmakers, or those further afield.

Here's our pick of what to look out for:  

London movies

The world premiere of Alleycats opens the East End Film Festival.

The festival opens with the world premiere of London-set thriller Alleycats, set in the subversive and cut-throat world of illegal bike racing, and the equally cut-throat world of corruption, politics and shady MPs.

Another of the many world premieres is Love is Thicker Than Water, a sensitive London love story about lovers from different sides of the tracks.

On a completely different tack, Native is stylish, East End-shot science fiction starring Rupert Graves and Ellie Kendrick. It tells the story of Cane and Eva, who are sent off to colonise a new world, after a signal is received from outer space.

The Gates of Vanity is a Hackney-set feature about a man fighting to reclaim his life when things take a disturbing turn.

Jodie Whittaker impresses in the London premiere of Adult Life Skills, a witty first feature that won the Nora Ephron Prize at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Darkest Universe.

A follow-up to BAFTA-nominated Black Pond, The Darkest Universe tells of troubled sibling relationships on the canalways of London, featuring Joe Thomas, Simon Bird and other hot young British comics.


The Hard Stop tells the story of the friends of Mark Duggan in the aftermath of his shooting by police.

The Hard Stop follows friends of Mark Duggan as they seek justice following his death at the hands of the London Met in 2011. Marcus Knox Hooke and Kurtis Henville will join a special post-screening debate at this screening.

A fascinating insight into East End history, the world premiere of Tales from the Two Puddings focuses on this iconic Stratford Broadway venue and its links to Harry Redknapp, David Essex and The Long Good Friday.

Observational documentary Seven Sisters Indoor Market takes in the work and social lives of the people frequenting this vibrant and historic local marketplace.

There will also be the world premiere of The Seven Sisters Indoor Market, which depicts urban regeneration and community exclusion in east London.

Follow renowned London author Iain Sinclair as he travels the route of the London Overground.

London Overground follows renowned author Iain Sinclair and frequent collaborator Andrew Kötting as they traverse this train line on foot.

The East End Film Festival runs from 23 June-3 July at venues across east London. For more information and to book tickets see the website.

Last Updated 22 June 2016