Norfolk to Mike Doxford's Pleasure Island. Steven Nesbit's North vs South receives its world premiere, in which young lovers (played by Elliott Tittensor and Charlotte Hope) ignore their families gang allegiances and risk sparking a full blown street war.There is also danger on the streets in Simon Blake's Still which received a limited release earlier in the year and will feature in the festival's British strand. It centres on a fantastic performance from Aiden Gillen struggling through the grief of having lost his son to a hit and run.
Gillen will also be attending the festival in the form of a Q&A following a centerpiece gala screening of the film on 11 July. A week earlier a gala screening will be given to the world preimere of Lee 'Scratch' Perry's Vision of Paradise - Volker Schaner's portrait of unbridled creativity - which will also be followed by a Q&A session. Sailing away from British shores there are a number of enticing prospects from around the world, not least Tolga Karaçelik's Ivy - an engrossing character study build on Kafka-esque dread. That will feature alongside UK premieres for the likes of Miguel Llansó's Crumbs, Juan Schnitman's The Fire and Jan-Willem van Ewijk's Atlantic. Also making a strong showing are documentaries with the absolutely gripping Cartel Land appearing to be one of the major highlights. Fortunately, one of the great things about the East End Film Festival is the range of appeal and so, even if none of the obvious picks jump out at you, there's plenty more to discover in a varied and intriguing programme.
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