Film Festivals
East End Film Festival
By Tower Hamlets Arst and Events
Mar 26, 2007, 09:05

Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten, 26 April 7pm Rio

East End Film Festival, 19-26 April 2007

The East End Film Festival, now in its sixth year, is an explosive mix of 2007’s most inspirational features, short films and special events, all centred on the artistic hub of Europe – London’s East End. Dedicated to celebrating film in true festival style, expect a scintillating and eclectic mix of features and events combined with music, visual arts, performance, fashion and comedy.

The EEFF programme is designed to explore the potential of cinema to cross cultural, political and artistic boundaries and to visualise the experience of living and working in the East End of London “where enthusiasm and energy course along its streets” (Jason Solomons, Patron).

With features from as far a field as Singapore and Serbia and set in a range of diverse locations from Romania and Poland to the Democratic Republic of Congo and Bangladesh, the festival has something to say to all of East London’s communities. Venues across east London – including Rich Mix, Bethnal Green; Genesis, Mile End; Rio, Dalston; Cineworld, West India Quay – will be screening a series of unique films that aren’t readily available in cinemas.

Nitin Sawhney, Musician and Patron of the festival said: “Having been a patron of the festival for four years, it’s been really rewarding to watch the festival grow, reflecting the creative explosion that’s happening in east London at the moment.”

This year’s programme includes:

• WORLD PREMIERE of With Gilbert and George plus a Q&A with Director Julian Cole:
• SNEAK PREVIEW of Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten plus Director JUILEN TEMPLE in conversation;
• UK PREMIERE of John Pilger's War on Democracy;
• ANDREW MACDONALD in conversation (producer 28 Weeks Later, 28 Days Later, Trainspotting);
• ‘Lights, Couture, Action!’ - East End Fashion on film, featuring live performance;
• ‘Offcuts: The Winners!’ - music promos and live bands;
• ‘Cutting East’ - the East End's infamous open deck night;
• and more than 50 short East End films shot by filmmakers operating locally, nationally and internationally.

Funded through a partnership between Tower Hamlets Council, Hackney Council and Lee Valley Regional Park Authority and, supported by 3 Mills Studios, Film London, LDA, Film London East, The ERDF and the Canary Wharf Group, the Festival is a cross borough project, offering exclusive film related experiences to the communities of east London.

The festival is supported by a number of high calibre Patrons: Danny Boyle, Steven Berkoff, Nitin Sawhney, Pawel Pawlikowski, Tony Grisoni, Parminder Vir OBE, Jeremy Wooding, Simon Channing-Williams, Stephen Woolley, and Jason Solomons.

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