The boldest new voices in cinema in competition for East End Film Festival’s coveted Best UK Short Film Award.
UK | Barnaby Blackburn | 20 min
An 18 year old youth offender is trying to start his own business as a mobile mechanic. But enterprise isn't so easy when you're a young, black male with a criminal past.
Some Sweet Oblivious Antidote
UK | Christiana Ebohon Green | 15 min
When 13 year old Ivie starts speaking in Shakespearean verse her friends find it weird and her mother is outraged.
UK | Paris Zarcilla | 20 min
When their Coach begins to recognise potential in Noah, Isaac, his older brother and a gifted gymnast, begins to develop deep feelings of jealousy and resentment.
UK, Swaziland | Toa Stappard | 14 min
A woman finds herself, lost in the deserted Swazi outback when she tries to locate an elusive community leader.
UK | Natasja Fourie | 15 min
A London-based worker becomes increasingly isolated and falls into a psychological tailspin as he struggles to make a connection with the world at large.
Master of Ceremonies
UK | Toby Wharton | 10 min
The internal workings of a young man's mind reveals how his false sense of identity rapidly disintegrates until he is forced to confront his own isolation.
Angels Of Our Past
UK | Max Law | 17 min
Skip and his 11 years-old son Adam’s solitary life in hiding is threatened by a visitor from their past. What follows forces Adam to make a choice, one that will shape his life forever.
UK | Jonny Ruff | 10 min
Sam and Alex are a couple on their holidays in Italy. En route to the airport to return home, they suffer a flat tyre and are forced to pull over.
Boom For Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat
The multi-talented Sara Driver was at the centre of “No Wave”, the vibrant avant-garde New York City arts and music scene of the late 70s. The female lynchpin of the 80s American indie film scene, Driver makes a welcome return to directing. Turning her gaze towards her enigmatic contemporary Basquiat, Driver mixes archive footage and music with the memories of friends including Jim Jarmusch, Fab Five Freddy and Patricia Field to deliver a staggering portrait of an artist before commodification.
Repeat screening of the EEFF 2018 Opening Night Gala film.
Wax Trax! Films presents “Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax! Records”, the untold story behind the independent record store and label. Tracing the bizarre journey of two music-obsessed men from the bible belt to Chicago, this film travels through the underground culture of music and art as these two men expose emerging music and artists to fans from around the world for the first time.
An exciting, radical punk film about eight eclectic and colourful teenage girls with a unique aesthetic and tone. Team Hurricane mixes the realism of handheld documentary footage with the colour palate of a Snapchat makeover to give a unique insight into millennial teen life. Imagine Jean Luc Godard collaborator Anne-Marie Miéville editing a mash-up of Harmony Korine’s Gummo with Hayao Miyazaki’s Ponyo and you’re in the Milky Way of Berg’s fantastic debut.
Team Hurricane is screening as part of the EEFF 2018 Best Film competition.
A groundbreaking, captivating and deeply humane story about a trans woman’s fight for acceptance. Anchored by a powerhouse central performance from rising star Daniela Vega, this Oscar-nominated film is an urgent call for compassion towards a community that faces bigotry and hostility on a daily basis. Vega plays Marina Vidal, a young singer whose life is thrown into turmoil following the sudden death of her partner, Orlando. Met with suspicion from the police and contempt from her lover’s relatives, Marina finds herself placed under intense scrutiny, with no regard for her privacy, or her grief. As tensions rise between Marina and Orlando’s family, she is evicted from their shared home and banned from attending his funeral. But faced with the threat of losing everything, Marina finds the strength to fight back.
After the events of Captain America: Civil War, King T’Challa returns home to the reclusive, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country’s new leader. However, T’Challa soon finds that he is challenged for the throne from factions within his own country. When two foes conspire to destroy Wakanda, the hero known as Black Panther must team up with C.I.A. agent Everett K. Ross and members of the Dora Milaje, Wakanadan special forces, to prevent Wakanda from being dragged into a world war.
Christine "Lady Bird" McPherson fights against but is exactly like her wildly loving, deeply opinionated and strong-willed mom, a nurse working tirelessly to keep her family afloat after Lady Bird's father loses his job. Set in Sacramento, California in 2002, amidst a rapidly shifting American economic landscape, Lady Bird is an affecting look at the relationships that shape us, the beliefs that define us, and the unmatched beauty of a place called home.
Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 2017 Venice Film Festival, Sweet Country is set in Australia’s Northern Territory and is based on actual events. The year is 1929 but its concerns with colonialism, law, justice and power have a compelling contemporary resonance.
Aboriginal stockman Sam Kelly and his wife Lizzie work the land of a kind preacher, Fred Smith, living and labouring in a respectful, if diffident, harmony. But when bitter and often-drunk war veteran Harry March returns to town, trouble escalates...
Joaquin Phoenix echoes Taxi Driver’s Travis Bickle in his performance as Gulf War veteran turned brutal hitman Joe in Lynne Ramsay’s award-winning psychological thriller. Radicalised by the habitual brutality he has witnessed, Joe is given a new commission: recover young girl Nina - daughter of an ambitious young politician - from a sex-trafficking ring. When he and Nina are swept into a violent conspiracy in the aftermath, both their lives are put at risk. Tensions build and the hitman’s nightmares steadily take hold of his waking life. Will the murky world of ‘private security’ and dirty dealings be his death trip or cause his awakening?