The 12th edition of the East End Film Festival kicked off in London last night with the world premiere of Mark Donne’s documentary, The UK Gold.
The film probes the complex and disturbing world of offshore tax avoidance and its screening was followed by a series of music performances and DJ sets.
The festival runs June 25 to July 10, with screenings and events staged at a variety of venues throughout the East End.
It will close with a screening of Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s Sundance hit, Lovelace.
The opening night, staged at the Troxy - formerly a grand cinema designed to seat an audience of 3,520 but more recently renovated as an events venue – was introduced by the EEFF’s executive director Alison Poltock.
The laid-back screening saw the audience sit at round tables with food and drink while the film played, in a bid to make the festival accessible and and inviting to younger cinemagoers.
After the screening there was a live musical and visual installation Gold/Mine Chorus, performed by Anthony Rossomando, followed by a performance by British band Public Service Broadcasting and DJ sets by Ben John Power and F**k Buttons.
Over the coming two weeks, festival highpoints include Grits’n’Gravy day, a cinematic celebration of America’s deep south (plus free Bloody Mary’s); a selection of films to be screened in the East End’s Masonic Temple; and a free outdoor screening in Spitalfield’s market of cult Argentinean black-and-white silent film La Antena with a new score by gothic soundscapers Esben and the Witch.