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Sat 15 Apr • Kurdish Short Films 4.15
A TURKISH SUNDAY (15)
(UK 2006) dir.Mehmet Aksoy 23m.
A short fiction film set in North London. On a Sunday like any other Sunday, the lives of four teenagers reach a crisis, as tensions, relationships, problems and solutions collide.
+ THE STOP (Rawestgeh) (15)
(UK 2006) dir. Haco Çheko 19m. Subtitles
A short fiction film about refugees and their tragedies made with the involvement of many members of the local Kurdish community. Four men, without a homeland come together coincidentally at a London bus stop. Why are they there and where are they going?
+ discussion with the film-makers
Sat 22 Apr • Matinee
BLOOM (18) 2.15
(Ireland 2003) dir.Sean Walsh 113m.
Stephen Rea, Angeline Ball, Hugh O'Conor, Neilí Conroy, Eoin McCarthy, Alvaro Lucchesi.
“Ten years ago, Sean Walsh, a young Dublin filmmaker, set out on an ambitious and improbable journey: to make a feature film of James Joyce's ‘Ulysses’. Despite countless setbacks, innumerable revisions and widespread disbelief within the film community, he completed his project. The film is faithful to the text but does not treat it as sacred. The film is faithful to Ulysses's modernist spirit, multiple narratives and voices. It's a period piece that feels utterly contemporary, and not just because of its representations of anti-Semitism, its references to foot-and-mouth disease The language remains vigorous, musical, modern. The film is also especially good at rendering visible the ever-spiralling fantasies and hallucinations of the Nighttown section of the book, the fits and starts of our internal thoughts and daydreams, and the undercurrents of sexuality. Stephen Rea perfectly portrays Leopold Bloom's baleful resignation and cultured vanity, and Angeline Ball is utterly venal, conniving and captivating.” (Philip Watson, The Observer)
Fri 28 Apr to Thur 4 May • East End Film Festival
We are happy to be once again one of the venues for the East End Film Festival. The East End Film Festival 2006 aims to bring new films to new audiences and widen the cultural landscape with exciting and entertaining new forms of cinema. It works throughout the year to promote the image of film in the East End, and to offer unique film related experiences to the communities of east London. Highlights this year include a FourDocs workshop, a masterclass with scriptwriter Tony Grisoni and Cristi Puiu's award-winning THE DEATH OF MR LAZARESCU. Pick up a programme booklet from the Rio box office or go to: www.eastendfilmfestival.com
Fri 28 Apr • East End Film Festival
JOHANNA (18) 6.45
(Hungary/Germany 2005) dir.Kornél Mundruczó 83m.
Orsi Tóth, Zsolt Trill, Ildikó Cserna, Sándor Egri.
Director Kornél Mundruczó, whose Pleasant Days was released in the UK last year,
explores the Joan of Arc inspired theme of ‘goodness’ existing outside social norms. If his previous film was in some ways reminiscent of Mike Leigh’s style, here he moves in an entirely different direction with a fully fledged ‘film opera’, featuring an impressive score from Zsófia Tallér. Orsi Tóth gives a mesmerising (and award-winning) performance in the central role, and Mundruczó’s striking visual style and bold conception, mark him as one of contemporary cinema’s brightest new talents.
Fri 28 Apr • Late Night Shorts
Future Shorts (15) 11.30pm
Future Shorts April is back with a fantastic line up of short films and music videos sourced from all over the globe. See and feel different cinema. Short Film is where it’s at!
Highlights this month include:
(Hungary 2005) dir.Balint Kenyeres 13m.
The end of the night. Wheat is silently swaying on the hillside.
(UK 2005) dir.Matthew Baldwin 7m.
A narrator returns to the Brooklyn Bridge to retrace the footsteps of his mother in a film she made that was to dramatically reflect the course of both their lives.
(UK 2005) dir.Daniel Mulloy 18m.
Unable to dress, eat, move or breathe on his own, Antonio's father depends upon him. Fourteen floors up and desperate to escape, Antonio won't let himself leave.
SMILE AROUND THE FACE
(UK 2005) dir.Mark Heap 4m.
A highly original and moving music video for FourTet's 'Smile around my face' track.
MINI CINE TUPI
(Brazil 2004) dir.Sergio Bloch 10m.
A comic and touching portrayal of a man who builds a cinema out of equipment he finds in the street.
(Germany 2004) dir.Peter Kaboth 6m.
Two people fall from a roof. But the story is about the people who gather at the site of the impact.
AH POOK IS HERE
(UK 1994) dir.Phil Hunt 6m.
In the scattered remains of a burnt out cosmos sits ‘Ah Pook the Destroyer’, last God of panic debating with his alter ego the trembling balance held between life and death.
(Brazil 2005) dir.Kleber Mendonca Filho 22m.
A portrait of the middle class in Recife, Brazil. The 90s at 220 volts.
+ a free beer with ticket courtesy of Stella
Sat 29 Apr • East End Film Festival (EEFF): FourDocs Programme
Introduction to FourDocs 1.15
FourDocs is a vibrant community where documentary-makers can upload and download their own 4-minute documentaries, get practical advice from experienced programme-makers and share views about films they or others have made. Come along and find out more about how FourDocs works and what opportunities it can offer you and your films. We will also be screening the winning films from our competition for the best FourDoc either by an East End filmmaker or filmed in the East End of London at this session. www.channel4.com/fourdocs
The FourDocs Editing Masterclass 1.45
So you’ve shot your documentary and cut it together; how do you make sure it’s in the right format to upload to the Internet? There are more and more opportunities to upload your film to screen on the web through FourDocs, Current TV or festival websites. Be ahead of the game by making sure your film is compatible. The FourDocs team can show you how.
How to make a documentary 2.45
For independent documentary-makers, finding and clearing the rights for archive film is fraught with problems. Researching and acquiring archive material has traditionally been costly and time-consuming, but this is changing with the emergence of open source libraries like Prelinger and the BBC’s Creative Archive. Get advice and answers to your questions from our panel of documentary-makers and archivists as they discuss where to find library footage cheaply and how to incorporate it into your film effectively. The panel will include documentary-makers, FourDocs Executive Editor, Patrick Uden and historical documentary-maker Carl Heindmarch.
Shorts: Documentaries 4.00
UK MiniDV 6mins 30 Director/Producer/Screenplay Martin Orton Director/Screenplay Greg Villalobos E firstname.lastname@example.org
A sensitive and detailed dialogue between the residents of an East London housing estate on the verge of significant and disruptive changes to their environment
UK MiniDV 8mins 8 Director/Producer/Screenplay Johnny Burke E email@example.com
There is a 100 year old woman, a serial killer, in North London. Her name is "Suicide Bridge". High above the Archway Road, throwing a heavy shadow over the passing traffic, she assists the tragic people who come for her help.
UK DVCam/S-VHS 4mins 25 Director/Producer/Screenplay James E Melloy E firstname.lastname@example.org
A film, with the help of artist Tracey Bush, about letting go of the past. "Through letters from friends and family I explored my childhood, before releasing the letters and their memories in the form of butterflies."
UK DVCam 17mins 30 Director/Producer Mikkel H Eriksen Director Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen
A film about young people for young people. Focusing on the experiences and thoughts of young Muslims in the aftermath of the London bombings.
NEVER AT REST
UK DVCam 5mins Director/Producer David Bond Producer Bobby Williams E email@example.com
Bob Geldof said of Red Cross nurse Claire Bertschinger "In her is vested the power of life and death". In this film she tries to make sense of years spent working in war zones.
THE BITTER AFTERTASTE
UK/Ghana MiniDV 18mins Director/Producer/Screenplay Philip Thompson E firstname.lastname@example.org
Shot in Ghana and the UK, this film casts doubts on the capacity of shopaholics to transform farmer's lives through Fair Trade, and demands more for developing countries.
UK 35mm 5mins 30 Director/Screenplay Joe King & Rosie Pedlow Producer Liz Chan
Filmed on a caravan park at the end of the season, Sea Change reveals a landscape dramatically transformed by light and time, and resonating with the transience of human presence.
JOURNEYS ACROSS MY CITY - BUENOS AIRES No 2
UK/Argentina MiniDV 6mins Director/Producer Anton Califano Producer Mark Raeburn
Carlos and his friends live uncertain lives. Their parents have come to Buenos Aires looking for a better future.
ROLLING THUNDER - PASEO MALANGA IN CUBA
UK/Cuba DVCam 20mins Director/Producer/Screenplay Kieran Conlon E email@example.com
Paseo Malanga have celebrated the carnival music of Cuba since 1994. This is the story of what happened when they went to Cuba, and its greatest celebration - the Santiago Carnival.
UK Super8 3mins 45 Director/Producer/Screenplay Dionne King E firstname.lastname@example.org
An experimental psychological documentary which leaves the viewer to the mercy of their own imagination
THE GRAND PRIX PRIEST
UK DVCam/Digibeta 23mins Director Simon Aeppli Producer Andy Glynne E email@example.com
A profile of Father Neil Horan, the Irish priest who ran across the racetrack at the 2003 British Grand Prix, and who bundled marathon runner Vanderlei de Lima into the crowd at the 2004 Olympics.
PHILIP AND HIS SEVEN WIVES (15) 6.15
(UK 2005) dir.Marc Isaacs 68m. Documentary.
Philip believes that he is an Old Testament king and has taken seven wives as befits his station. A former rabbi, in a small corner of England, he has constructed a community seeking to live by the Torah and devoted to his well-being and welfare. By turns, poignant and hilarious, this is riveting viewing and a film which provokes endless debates about gender roles and faith in a modern society. It is all beautifully observed and moderated by Isaacs, one of the most talented directors working in documentary in the UK. Characteristically understated, it allows its subjects the time and space to speak for themselves.
(UK 2001) dir.Marc Isaacs 21m.
Winner of the Grierson award for best newcomer in 2002, LIFT is a beautifully observed, painful and poignant piece documenting the lives of the inhabitants of one East London tower block.
Followed by a Q&A with the director.
Sat 29 Apr • East End Film Festival (EEFF)
ELECTION (18) 11.30pm
(Hong Kong 2005) dir.Johnny To 101m. Subtitles.
Simon Yam, Tony Leung Ka Fai, Louis Koo, Nick Cheung, Siu-Fai Cheung.
Set against the backdrop of the Hong Kong handover between the British and Chinese governments in 1997, Election comes from the prolific director Johnnie To, and features one of Asia’s brightest stars, Tony Leung. The Wo-Shing society, one of Hong Kong’s oldest triads, are voting for a new chairman, but the rivalry between the two main contenders culminates in violence and upsets the traditional order of honour and respect. This is densely plotted, intelligent and always edgy with its portrayal of the corrupting nature of power and its ability to destroy. The Hong Kong action thriller has really stepped up a gear in recent years with films such as INFERNAL AFFAIRS, and this is a step further, a Godfather for the genre and a must for all of its fans.
Sun 30 Apr • East End Film Festival
BROKEN BLOSSOMS (PG) 12.45
(USA 1919) dir.D.W. Griffith 90m.
Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess, Donald Crisp, Arthur Howard, Edward Peil Sr., George Beranger, Norman Selby.
BROKEN BLOSSOMS is not only one of the great melodramas of silent cinema, but probably its first interracial love story. Set in the old Limehouse Chinatown, the film was, in fact, made thousands of miles from the East End – in Hollywood. Telling of the heartbreaking romance between a Chinese Buddhist shopkeeper (Richard Barthelmess) and a Cockney waif (Lillian Gish), it was made at a time when marriage between races was still a crime. If some of the attitudes of BROKEN BLOSSOMS seem dated, remember the role it played in helping shift a xenophobic America towards greater tolerance, and how the powerfully emotional story and foggy streets of Limehouse once held audiences enthralled across the world.
Screening with three silent shorts: PETTICOAT LANE (1903), THE SIDNEY STREET SIEGE (1911) and HOXTON... SATURDAY 3RD JULY, BRITANNIA THEATRE (1920).
With live piano accompaniment.
Sun 30 Apr • East End Film Festival
THE DEATH OF MR LAZARESCU 3.00
(Romania 2005) dir.Cristi Puiu 150m. Subtitles.
Ion Fiscuteanu, Doru Ana, Alina Berzunteanu, Doru Boguta, Mimi Branescu.
Winner of the main award in the ‘Un Certain Regard’ section at Cannes, Cristi Puiu’s second feature is a remarkable film that renders its downbeat theme both compelling and involving. Inspired by Eric Rohmer’s sequence of SIX MORAL TALES, he set out to film six stories about love. In this film, he condemns a world in which ‘love for a neighbour does not exist’. It’s not so much a condemnation of the Romanian health service – the story could happen anywhere – as a symbolic journey through a world of human indifference and affronted egos. Superbly observed and executed with dry humour, it is one of the most impressive films of the year.
Mon 1 May • Special Mayday Matinee
My Kingdom for a Horse (15) 1.00
My Kingdom for a Horse is a film screening for MayDay, giving a platform for all of those who love or hate what May Day stands for. Films and videos about folk heroes, devils and peculiarities; working-class idols; middle-class guilt; peoples’ princes and princesses; ethnic pride or shame of many backgrounds and persuasions. Non-ironic films with genuine testaments to folk culture and everyday triumph and glorious disaster. Bastard Britishness, international visions of the sons and daughters of Albion and beyond. ‘The dream that kicks the buried from their sack. And lets their trash be honoured as the quick.’ A celebration of pitter-pattering industry in a post-industrial age. Our kingdoms for horses, our days of rebellion. The industrious flight of the bumblebee on a fresh May Day. My Kingdom for a Horse. Not just for hippies, not just for punks, not just for the city gent. We’re all horses now, sir. No need to riot cos your beastly bray is louder and more powerful
The films, mostly documentaries, showcase a diverse range of subjects spinning off the idea of Mayday:
TRAIL OF PICTURES
Following Ben Wilson as he makes his, and our, community more special by drawing pictures on the chewing gum in the street. A true folk hero taking on the man.
ONCE UPON A TIME IN BROOKLYN
Neil Needleman 7m.
Two old Brooklyn Jewish women criticise the world and each other with charming cantankerousness.
LAST OF THE CONDUCTORS
dir.Martin Hampton 9m.
Ding Ding, the Routemasters leave and we all feel sick, bent out of shape by a bendy. A true working class hero, hello and goodbye to a human bus service.
dir.Emma Stoner 21m.
A trip across ancient lines, jaunting quizzically through the English landscape. All stills and sculpted grabbed sound, covering a moulding seaside town, maps, A-roads, men with beards, dowsing rods. Cornish pub music, caves and a lot of rain. You don’t have to be a pagan or a druid to understand that there’s summat glorious in this filthy earth.
BATTLE OF CABLE STREET
dir.Yoav Segal 7m.
A straight show of protest and a thank you. An elderly gentleman guides us through the events of the resistance to Mosley’s march through the East End.
THE PERILS OF BELIEVING IN ROUND SQUARES
dir.Sally Irvine 15m.
The questionable psychology of RD Laing in Kingsley Hall, a very British folkhistory psychodrama.
dir.Peter Atha 1m.
Morrissey fans try to touch him. A wonderful one minute of poetic mania for a man who embodies the romantic and the music hall.
WE ARE WINNING DON’T FORGET
dir.Jean-Gabriel Periot 12m.
A perfect MayDay film. Stills of French workers become a fast collage of anticapitalist protests, culminating in bloody death.
STRETCHING OUT THE MATTRESS
dir.Charlotte Ginsborg 9m.
An anti-war protest, yes, but as a background for storytelling and an urban wanderer’s suggestive pictures.
RITUAL ABUSE IN LIPHOOK
dir.Nicky Magliulo 4m.
Geeerrrroutovit! Twitching curtains and strange religious goings on in Surrey. The suburban drudge nagging at the glittering monument of MayDay.
dir.Tyler Coburn 5m.
The fantastic rituals of a plastic dancing society in a studio. “A recent and groundbreaking ethnographic study.” Except that something feels not real, and why is that voiceover so touched?
dirs.Mark Cottrell and The Rabbi 4m.
A folk song, concerning the murder of Laura Foster in 1866. Tom was hung because he refused to tell on Ann Melton, ‘the purtiest woman I ever looked in the face of. She'd a-been hung too, but her neck was jist too purty to stretch hemp.’ This collaboration unites The Rabbi, legendary friend and cover star of arch MayDayite gentlemen The Libertines, and TradArr (www.tradarr.net). God bless The Rabbi.
Plus live folk songs and shanties, and Mayday and anti-establishment buns and cakes.
Programme curated by Charlie Phillips
Mon 1 May • East End Film Festival
IT'S NICE UP NORTH (U) 6.15
(UK 2005) dir.Graham Fellows 95m. Documentary.
Graham Fellows’ alter ego – spoof pub crooner and smalltown philosopher John Shuttleworth - has attracted a cult following on the comedy circuit, and is known for his homespun wisdom and lyrical musicality as well as appearances on classic series such as Coogan’s Run. In this quintessentially British travelogue, John journeys to the northern most tip of the British Isles on a quest to find out if it is in fact nicer up north. Accompanied by a trusty band of helpers, including photographer Martin Parr making his cinematographic feature debut, this is a great combination of dry humour, sly observation and national oddities, all told with great wit and warmth.
Followed by a Q&A with director Graham Fellows.
Tue 2 May • East End Film Festival
Tony Grisoni: Writer in Residence 6.15
We are very lucky this year to be rejoined at the festival by feature screenwriter and Hackney resident Tony Grisoni, who returns to present his insightful Script to Screen Masterclass. With such celebrated projects as FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS and Winterbottom’s IN THIS WORLD in his back catalogue, Tony’s expertise is undoubted. In this session, he will discuss the progression from the development of an idea for a film to its final version on screen. This includes an examination of the collaborative process between writer, producer and director, and how this affects the story. In this instance, Tony will be discussing his latest project, BROTHERS OF THE HEAD which was produced by fellow EEFF patron Simon Channing-Williams (VERA DRAKE, THE CONSTANT GARDENER).
Wed 3 May • East End Film Festival
A DRIVER FOR VERA (15) 6.30
(Russia/Ukraine 2004) dir.Pavel Chukhraj 107m.
Yelena Babenko, Bogdan Stupka, Igor Petrenko, Andrei Panin, Yekaterina Yudina.
Set in the Crimea during the early 60s, the time of Khrushchev and the 'thaw', Chukrai's film is part love story and part political thriller. When Major Kraikov is found hanged, a General suspects that his past has become 'inconvenient'. Viktor, his new driver, is a decent man who is required to note down everything he hears. He soon becomes the driver for the General's daughter, Vera, and they fall in love. The film is an unfamiliar portrait of a Soviet Union in which the youth dance to the twist, while essentially decent people are trapped in a world in which the secret state calls the tune.
Thur 4 May • East End Film Festival Closing Night Gala
WALKING ON THE WILD SIDE (15) 7.00
(China.France 2005) dir.Han Jie 89m.
Bai Paijiang, Guo Qiang, Hou Jing.
If STAND BY ME were to be made in tough present-day rural north-west China, stripped of any nostalgia or sentimentality and given a relentlessly driving plot, it might look something like this. In a revenge attack, a young schoolboy bully ends up in hospital with his life hanging in the balance. The boys responsible for his beating flee the police in a ‘borrowed’ car. Thrust from boyhood into manhood by a single moment of violence, the boys wonder what their future holds as they speed into the unknown. Their sudden realisation that actions have consequences, and growing up means taking responsibility, gives this searing film a real gravity which won it the Tiger Award at its World Premiere in this year’s Rotterdam Film Festival. UK Premiere.
This screening will be preceded by the presentations of the EEFF Kodak Audience Award for Best Short Film and the EEFF Jury Award for Best Short Film.
Sat 6 May • Hackney Palestine Solidarity Campaign presents
VISIT PALESTINE (15) 1.30
(UK 2005) dir.Katie Barlow 78m.
What drives a young Westerner to volunteer as a 'peace activist' in the Middle East? Caiomhe Butterly is one of a growing number of volunteers who risk their own safety to intervene in the long-running and bloody conflict between Israel and Palestine. "An astonishing piece of work... a wonderful film" (John Pilger).
+ discussion with Katie Barlow and Caiomhe Butterly (tbc)
Sat 6 May • Short Films Special
Bitesize Spring Film Programme 2006 (15) 4.15
Bitesize Cinema scour the world of short film for award winning, original work from the hottest new movie-making talent. Each quarterly programme features genres and styles to suit all palates. Programme includes:
A MESSAGE FROM FALLUJAH
(Australia 2005) dir.Richard Gibson 12m.
An American civil engineer nearing the end of a three month stint trying to rebuild war torn Iraq, stays for one final cup of habibi. Little does he know, the horror that is about to creep up on him. Shocking, and visually brutal, this powerful short will be forever engraved in your memory.
BEST OF THE FEST – L.A SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
BEST CINEMATOGRPHY – RHODE ISLAND FILMS FESTIVAL
(UK 2005) dir.Daniel Malloy 15m.
A teenaged boy struggles between juggling looking after his invalid Father and the temptations of hanging out with his friends. A film which challeges all our pre-conceptions, and expectations.
BAFTA WINNER – BEST SHORT FILM 2006
A SUPERMARKET LOVE SONG
(UK 2006) dir.Daniel Outram 13m.
A teenage girl on community service takes an old man to the supermarket.
A charming tale of cross-generational social interaction and communication.
OFFICIAL SELECTION SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2006
CUCO GOMEZ-GOMEZ IS DEAD
(US 2005) dir.Francisco Lorite 8m.
The neighbours know exactly what happened, sort of.
Cuco Gomez-Gomez had just been found in bed –DEAD! And every single one of his meddling neighbors in the live-in hotel has a theory on whodunit and why…
OFFICIAL SELECTION – LA, HONG KONG, MANHATTAN, MIAMI, SAN DIEGO & ASPEN SHORT FILM FESTIVALS.
UK & EUROPEAN PREMIERE
(UK 2005) dir.Avie Luthra 17m.
Lucky is an AIDS orphan desperate to leave his rural Zulu village for the bright lights of Durban. He is full of excitement and hope but Lucky has to learn about life the hard way, not through school or education... but through an unlikely bond with a racist Indian neighbour.
BAFTA NOMINEE 2006
Sat 13 May • Matinee
FAVELA RISING (12A) 2.00
(US 2005) dirs.Jeff Zimbalist & Matt Mochary 82m. Subtitles. Documentary.
“Vividly shot on digital video in the streets of Rio, FAVELA RISING tells the inspirational story of Anderson Sa, a former drug dealer in the notorious district of Vigario Geral, who galvanized his violence-plagued community by setting up the AfroReggae music and dance movement. Together with DJ Jose Junior, Anderson set up the AfroReggae group, which fused hip-hop, reggae and African-Brazilian sounds, played packed local concerts and later acquired an international record deal. Given that camera crews aren't exactly welcomed by the various gangs in Vigario Geral, Zimbalist and Mochary should be commended for presenting this candid perspective of favela life. Anderson's own efforts to rehabilitate himself after a life-threatening accident add further resonance, but above all FAVELA RISING is an important reminder of how human beings can unite to effect grass-roots social change.” (Tom Dawson, BBCi Films)
£5.50/£4.50 Concessions & Under 15’s
Fri 26 May • Late Night Shorts
Future Shorts (15) 11.30pm
Programme to be announced.
+ a free beer with ticket courtesy of Stella
Sat 27 May • Wild Gift Live Performance
Fabienne Audéoud – Extreme Happiness 1.15
Extreme Happiness is a film and a performance. The film itself is in essence a performance, showing a week spent with one other (of ambiguous relation to the artist), in which both attempt to reach a state of extreme happiness. The week is compressed into the film, which is accompanied by an introduction by Audéoud live on stage. It is a piece ‘about an uncanny and ecstatic perfection, and conceived as a piece of music.’ Audéoud lives and works in Paris. She has presented voice performances and videos in many shows, including shows at Tate Modern, Moderne Museet Stockholm and the South London Gallery. She frequently collaborates with artist John Russell. This programme is part of the Wild Gift show of live and performative art curated by Rosie Cooper and David Lillington and produced by Ann Lawlor. Wild Gift presents new work by eight international artists, in five different venues across London. It represents the best within a trend in contemporary art for a more theatrical style. These artists put on shows which are entertaining or spectacular. Wild Gift represents a shift that has become visible across all the arts and is reflected in the growing popularity of traditional live arts – in particular burlesque and circus – and in many cases in a return to (an always critical) decorative aesthetic. For further information please visit: www.wildgift.org.uk
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