Coming this month: East End Film Festival

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East End Film Festival is one of the UK’s largest international film festivals. A festival of discovery, it’s celebrated for its independence – and has been a not-for-profit Community Interest Company since 2015. Always with an eye on the future of independent film, guests in 2016 included Andrea Riseborough, Rupert Graves, Jodie Whittaker, Andy Serkis, Eleanor Tomlinson, Joe Thomas and Madonna’s Vogue dancer Kevin Stea. Previous festival guests have included Ken Russell, Gilbert & George, Tracey Emin, Hugh Grant, Clive Owen, Ron Perlman, Aidan Gillen, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, The Levellers, Annie Lennox, Steven Berkoff and Julie Christie – making EEFF a major London event and a player on the national and international stage.

"All Eyez On Me"

“All Eyez On Me”

Now entering its 16th year, East End Film Festival (EEFF) is preparing for a radical reboot including a move to the spring for 2018. Ahead of those changes, EEFF will say goodbye to its usual summer slot in style with a mammoth cinematic celebration spanning 5 epic long weekends throughout the WHOLE OF JUNE 2017. Marking the festival’s longest ever and most unconventional run, each weekend will sharply focus on five of EEFF’s core values: utilising non-cinema venues, engaging with diverse audiences, supporting emerging filmmakers, breaking artistic boundaries and premiering bold, challenging and vital new films.

"Tom of Finland"

“Tom of Finland”

EEFF breaks the mould with its radical festival structure for 2017, yet stays true to form with an impressive line-up of films and events across London’s East End. Highlights include premieres of biopics of international cultural icons Tupac Shakur (All Eyez On Me) and Tom Of Finland, documentaries probing subjects as diverse as Brexit (Brexitannia) and America’s Death Penalty (The Penalty, screening in conjunction with Amnesty International UK), and new works from emerging first- and second-time filmmakers (over 60% of the films are by first- or second-time directors) including the debut feature from former Eastenders actor James Alexandrou (The Show) and a confident debut from British/Iranian filmmaker Mitra Tabrizian (Gholam).

For more information and full programme, please check http://www.eastendfilmfestival.com

Sara is originally from Coimbra, Portugal, where she studied Film Studies before moving to London to enrol in film school. Having made her first short film about her neighbour's chickens when she was 9 (a dystopian sci-fi, still her favourite genre), she is now a London-based film director and editor, and also a writer for the Portuguese Take Magazine. She is a huge fan of Lars Von Trier, Krysztof Kiéslowski, and David Lean.