London’s East End Film Festival will open with the UK premiere of The End, the debut title fromdirector Nicola Collins and her sister Teena, who produced the film.

The End is a series of interviews with the film-maker’s father and his friends, all underworld criminals living in London’s East End. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with both sisters and guest appearances by people featured in the film.

“I am delighted that The End has been selected as the opening night film for the East End Film Festival,” said Collins. “The East End of London is as much of a character in my film as the guys are. It couldn’t be a more perfect setting.”

The film will be released in UK cinemas through Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment in May.

The festival, which is in its eighth year, will offer other highlights including screenings of feature films such as the Oscar nominated Revanche and a number of short films.

A number of panel discussions will take place including Black Representation On Screen, which will be chaired by Nadia Denton, director of BFM International Film Festival.

The festival will also host a weekend dedicated to British writer and film-maker Ian Sinclair. He will be at the festival on April 25 and 26 to take part in discussions and debates.

The festival has partnered with Amnesty International UK for a free screening of Not In Our Name, a documentary examining the work of Artists Against The War.