The East End Film Festival will celebrate its tenth anniversary this April with a six-day programme of screenings, discussions and a royal wedding themed street party.
The festival, which opens on April 27 with Roger Sargent’s The Libertines - There Are No Innocent Bystanders, will continue with a series of British and international premieres and screenings including the world premiere of Craig Viveiros’s debut feature Ghosted.
Several of the films shown will involve themes of homosexuality, including Kanchi Wichmann’s Break My Fall about the East End’s gay party culture and Jan Gassmann’s story of a struggling gay rapper, Off Beat.
There will also be an emphasis on Romanian new wave cinema, with a line-up including Bogdan George Aptri’s Outbound (Periferic), which follows a woman who wants to flee the country while on a temporary release from prison, and Marian Crisan’s Morgen, about a security guard who is bribed by a man trying to cross the border into Hungary.
This year’s festival will include an April 29 street party in honour of the Royal Wedding and a weekend of closing festivities around the May Bank Holiday including live music, free screenings and flash-mob installations. The festival will also collaborate with music festival Camden Crawl for two afternoons of music and film in celebration of their shared tenth anniversaries.
Run by London’s Tower Hamlets Council, the East End Film Festival has operated since 2001. Last year’s festival included more than 200 film screenings at 29 venues;
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