I’ve always liked film festivals. The atmosphere is always electric because you find yourself surrounded by likeminded individuals who, unlike my recent trip to the cinema, do not throw chewing gum and popcorn around the auditorium.
The East End Film Festival is one of those festivals that has grounded itself into the social film watching calendar and does not fail to impress year after year. 2011 marks their tenth year and to show off , they have an amazing line up that makes most of the film fanatic friends of mine drool.
The opening night is dominated by the World Premiere gala screening of an all-access documentary about The Libertines. Hotly followed by a nice bunch of international premieres, including a focus on Polish and Romanian new-wave cinema.
The festival is also jumping on the royal wedding band wagon with street parties and heritage screenings. They have outdone themselves this year as a host of other fantastic events are taking place: two afternoons of film and music curated by Guillemots and Saint Etienne in collaboration with Camden Crawl; the UK Premiere of a digitally re-mastered classic presented by Adrian Utleyl; a controversial and rarely seen British feature plus director Q&A with Ken Russell.
There will also be a free outdoor screening in Spitalfields Market of silent 1925 classic Manasse with live accompaniment by Minima; and a Bank Holiday bonanza of movie madness where hundreds of free screenings, projections, live music and events will be found in every nook and cranny of the East End.
I am going to treat my eyes, ears and film loving soul to this and if you’re anything like me you should take a gander on what is going down.
The festival runs from Wednesday 27 April – Monday 2 May 2011