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News: East End Film Festival

This summer sees the East End Film Festival (EEFF) return for its 12th edition, in what will be its longest run to date. From June 25th to July 10th, London’s East End will be the home of two weeks of films and events, with 16 world premieres, 2 European premiers, 28 UK premieres and 20 London premieres. With its emphasis on first- and second-time filmmakers and hot breakthrough bands, the festival will once again crown the East End as London’s primary destination for revolutionary new film, music, arts and technology.

The opening night gala at the Troxy will see the World Premiere of THE UK GOLD by journalist and filmmaker Mark Donne. Far from what its title might suggest, the documentary is an exposé about tax evasion in the City of London, and follows the dramatic battle of a Hackney vicar going up against the tax-haven capital of the world. Narrated by actor Dominic West (The Wire, The Hour) and set to a remarkable original sound-score from Thom Yorke and Massive Attack‘s Robert Del Naja, the film features opinions from Jon Snow, Nicholas Shaxson and Richard Brooks to name just a few, and opens an important critique of the role taken by the City of London in the highly secretive network of tax avoidance.


Two weeks of groundbreaking film later, the festival will close with the UK premiere of LOVELACE (pictured above); the tragic story of the 1970s’ most famed adult actress, Linda Lovelace. From Academy Award-winning filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, the Hollywood biopic stars Amanda Seyfried backed by a supporting cast of Sharon Stone, Peter Sarsgaard, James Franco, Adam Brody and Juno Temple.

Voted ‘Best Silent Film Event of the Year in 2012′ by Silent London, the EEFF’s signature combo of live soundtrack and silent film returns in 2013 with a free outdoor screening of Argentine dystopian film LA ANTENA in Spitalfields Market, accompanied by contemporary dance from East End-based Neon Dance and an exclusive score from Esben and the Witch. This year, the EEFF also announces East End Live; a one day multi-venue music festival affiliated with the Independent Label Market, which will run from 5pm to 5am at a number of venues across the East End on Saturday July 13th. 1 wristband at an early bird price of £10 gives access to 50 bands in 10 venues.

Visit the EEFF website for tickets + the full lineup of British and international film, director residences, industry sessions, live music and special events.

- Ally Russell

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