We had a blast at last night’s official launch of the 2013 East End Film Festival. The fest’s twelfth edition boasts a meaty two-week programme heaving with more features than ever. In between ducking a Kalashnikov brandished by a stuffed chimpanzee (no, really – taxidermy is a specialty of the King’s Head Members’ Club on Kingsland Road, where the launch was held), we noted the following highlights…
The opening film is Mark Donne’s doc ‘The UK Gold’, in which a Hackney vicar investigates banking chicanery to a soundtrack by Thom Yorke and Robert Del Naja, while the closer is ‘Lovelace’, a biopic of the 1970s adult actress. The fest’s biggest ever selection of UK films includes Mike Figgis’s new psychosexual thriller ‘Suspension of Disbelief’ and docs about Pussy Riot and post-punker Bruno Wizard.
Other highlights include Cutting-East, a three-day strand programmed by east Londoners aged 16 to 21; East End Live, an all-day mini-music festival; a special edition of BURN, the platform for moving images by cabaret artists produced by TO cabaret editor Ben Walters; and a day of secret-society-themed screenings at a real Masonic temple. EEFF also gives London audiences their first chance to see Noah Baumbach’s ‘Frances Ha’; ‘Any Day Now’, featuring Alan Cumming as a gay parent; and ‘Generation Um’, starring Keanu Reeves as a pervy voyeur. We can’t wait!
The East End Film Festival runs from June 25 – July 10 at various venues in East London.