East End Film Festival (25 June – 10 July)


The East End Film Festival (EEFF) returns for a 12th year, bigger and better than ever.

The programme features Ben Wheatley’s latest A Field in England, Zal Batmanglij’s subversive new thriller The East, and the UK premiere of Lovelace, the much-anticipated biopic of 70s porn star Linda Lovelace by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (Howl).

Our five festival favourites are:

Underground On The Surface (Salma El Tarzi)

This documentary on the electro music scene in Cairo recalls No One Knows About Persian Cats, which explored the underground rock scene in Iran.

Blackfish (Gabriela Cowperthwaite)

Documentary on Orca whales (the real-life Rust and Bone). This year’s Sundance hit, this is a chance to see Blackfish before it hits cinemas.

Satellite Boy (Catriona McKenzie)

As a debut feature, Satellite Boy has done remarkably well already, touring the festival circuit and picking up a Crystal Bear in Berlin. Set in an abandoned drive-in cinema in the Australian outback, this is tale of tradition and survival.

Frances Ha (Noah Baumbach)

If you’re a fan of Noah Baumbach (The Squid & The Whale, Greenberg) and Greta Gerwig (Damsels in Distress), you’ll love their latest collaboration, Frances Ha. We follow Frances, a twentysomething dancer as she negotiates failed romances, job interviews and the judgements of others. Charmingly mumblecore, Frances Ha will find itself at home at the East end film festival.

The Outer Edges (Kieran Evans)

The latest film from Kieran Evans, whose requiem on love, Kelly + Victor, screened at the London Film Festival last year. Here he teams up with Underworld’s Karl Hyde to create a documentary on the Essex borderlands.

For the full programme and information on how to buy tickets, check out the EEFF website.

Flossie Topping is the former Editor-in-Chief of Critics Associated (2013-2015).