London's East End Film Festival has announced the programme for its inaugural event, to be held April 27-May 4. The festival opens with Richard E. Grant introducing the London premiere of his directorial debut Wah-Wah.
Grant will also be the festival's director in residence, with a discussion and a screening of Robert Altman's Nashville on April 28.
Stephen Woolley has come on board as the festival's producer in residence, hosting a Q&A and screening of The Crying Game on May 1.
The festival will also include the UK premieres of mockumentary Ski Jumping Pairs - Road to Torino, Tibet-set Kekexili: Mountain Patrol, Charlies' Party, Grain in Ear, and Truck of Dreams (also a European premiere).
Other screenings include Election, The Death of Mr Lazarescu, documentary Brick Lane, Sometimes in April, and the closing-night film, Walking on the Wild Side.
Events also include a masterclass with screenwriter Tony Grisoni, an animation workshop with Alan Gilbey, and a Corpse Bride case study with lead animator Phil Dale.
The event will host the East End Youth Programme on April 29, showcasing work by young people from the East End as well as shorts by local undergraduate film students.
The festival is a new venture, born out of the 2001 film festival run by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets that was subsequently run with Raindance as the Raindance East Film Festival for the past four years.
The East End Film Festival includes Tower Hamlets as well as Hackney Council and the London Borough of Newham. The other partners are Fusion East and Lee Valley Regional Park Authority and it is supported by the UK Film Council, Film London Regional Investment Fund for England, Marsh UK, and 3 Mills Studios.