Live music from Jazz New Blood
Live music by Rosie Frater-Taylor (guitar and vocals) and Roella Oloro (piano) from Jazz New Blood.
In the spirit of the new year, we looked back into the Eastcast archive and dug up this interview with the GoodGym Hackney, where you can do good for the community and keep fit, and all for free, as Ade one of their coordinators explained to us last year.
If you’re keen, Goodgym’s first race of 2016 is the Worthing Half Marathon on 14th February . Find out more about their weekly meet ups at goodgym.org
17 November – 12 December
Arcola Theatre, 24 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL
Cabinet of Cynics and Stepping Out Theatre presents: The Divided Laing
London, 1970. Experimental psychiatrist R.D. Laing is facing eviction from his pioneering acid-asylum in the East End’s Kingsley Hall. Local residents are up in arms – and to make matters worse, Ronnie’s revolutionary colleague David Cooper is flipping out on the roof…
With his personal life going down the pan and his mental state heading the same way, Ronnie takes an acid trip to the future to save the legacy of his therapeutic organisation, The Philadelphia Association. Will it be a one-way ticket to madness – or can breakdown sometimes mean breakthrough?
Alan Cox plays Ronnie Laing in this provocative, freewheeling comedy by the acclaimed playwright and journalist Patrick Marmion.
Michael Kingsbury (In Lambeth, Ying Tong) directs the world premiere production on the 50th anniversary of The Philadelphia Association and of Laing’s experimental asylum at Kingsley Hall in Bromley by Bow.
First Thursday of every month
On the First Thursday of every month, over 150 galleries in east London come together and run free events, exhibitions, talks, workshops, and private views during a special late opening.
Explore galleries, artist run spaces and studios in east London using our online map to guide you. Alternatively, pick up a printed version from the Whitechapel Gallery or any of the other participating galleries.
Be inspired by our latest Top 5 selected galleries and exhibitions, buy a ticket for the Art Bus Tour or follow one of our recommended Walking Tours to make the most out of your First Thursday.
Sunday 20th September 3-5pm
Kiss The Sky,18-20 Park Rd, London N8 8TD
Chris is an eclectic singer-songwriter, living in London, where he performs and records as a solo artist, sometimes collaborating with friends and other musicians.
1st October to 30th November
PHOTOMONTH 2015 will be bringing an exciting range of exhibitions and events to galleries and venues across East London this autumn.
Photoblock at Old Truman Brewery includes the Royal Photographic Society International Print Exhibition 8-13 Oct, AOP Photography Awards 8-11 Oct,Photomasters MA Photography Show 8-11 Oct and Hasselblad’s Shoot LDN 8 & 9 Oct.
Rich Mix is hosting the Photomonth Photo-Open sponsored by theprintspace and the World Photography Organisation 5-29 Nov and the Photomonth Portfolio Review on 28 Nov.
Hoxton Mini Press will host the Photobook Week in October with a whole series of events including book launches, discussions, self-publishing sessions and a Book Fair.
The Whitechapel Gallery will curate a Youth Project with Ukrainian photographer Alina Kisina.
Shutter Hub will be arranging a series of talks on professional development for emerging photographers and meet-ups in East End galleries.
Bishopsgate Institute will be holding three Modern Magic Lantern Shows featuring East End Photographers with Spitalfields Life.
Magic Me will create ‘Rooms with a View’ – personal histories portrayed with photography and performance.
Swadhinata Trust will produce a Bengali East End Photowalk.
The Artful Project will be touring their Ice Cream Van Gallery
Documentary Photographer of the Year at the Rag Factory
Andrew Quilty: Kites from Kabul V&A Museum of Childhood
Astronomy Photographer of the Year Royal Museums Greenwich
London Independent Photographers Espacio Gallery
Keith Greenough: Lifting the Curtain The Town House
Christina Broom: Soldiers and Suffragettes Museum of London Docklands
Uncertain States Open Call Four Corners
Drift: 12 photographers Shop 7, Dray Walk
Sara Hannant: Out of the Fire Oxford House
William Whiffin’s East End Tower Hamlets Local History Library
Find out more at photomonth.org
1st to 12th July
The 14th East End Film Festival (EEFF) announces its programme with 18 World Premieres, 8 European Premieres, 20 UK Premieres and 16 London Premieres.
Details below or for more information and to book go to eastendfilmfestival.com
OPENING NIGHT GALA
Affirming its role as a home for breakthrough British filmmaking, the festival opens with the gala European Premiere of ONE CRAZY THING (dir: Amit Gupta, UK). Starring and produced by one of BAFTA’s 2014 Breakthrough Brits and EEFF alumnus Ray Panthaki (his directorial debut, Life Sentence won Best UK Short EEFF 2013), this wry take on the superficiality of fame also stars Daisy Bevan of the Redgrave acting dynasty. “We’re delighted at the news of One Crazy Thing opening such a progressive festival that reflects the true indie spirit in which the film was made,” says Ray Panthaki. “I’ve personally had a wonderful affiliation with EEFF over the years. Having won Best UK Short there two years ago as a writer/director, it feels incredibly fitting to be returning as an actor/producer with One Crazy Thing.”
CLOSING NIGHT GALA
Another EEFF alumnus, British documentary filmmaker Marc Silver’s follow-up to Who is Dayani Cristal? (EEFF 2014) is another topical and deeply pertinent American tale. 3½ MINUTES, TEN BULLETS (dir: Marc Silver, USA) dissects the aftermath of a tragic incident at a gas station in Jacksonville, Florida, in which an unarmed 17-year old African-American was slain over the trivial issue of loud music. EEFF’s Closing Night Gala is one of a fistful of festival documentaries probing the issue of race in America.
BRITISH FILM HIGHLIGHTS
EEFF’s commitment to home-grown talent is reaffirmed with its largest ever line-up of British cinema, with 33 titles including a London focus supported by Principal Partner London Calling. Set on an economically crumbling stretch of British coastline, the World Premiere of PLEASURE ISLAND (dir: Mike Doxford, UK) is a tightly sketched drama. The World Premiere of NORTH VS SOUTH (dir: Steven Nesbit, UK) has star-crossed lovers from rival families, northern and southern hard men, and a cast including Bernard Hill, Greta Scacchi, Keith Allen, Steve Evets, Steven Berkoff and Doctor Who’s Freema Agyeman. A debut feature from an alumnus of EEFF’s industry sessions Mind The Gap, the World Premiere of THIS IS NOT HAPPENING (dir: Ewan Thomas, UK) tells of a man’s struggle to reintegrate into normal life. An example of risk-taking British filmmaking, the London Premiere of NORFOLK (dir: Martin Radich, UK) is a tale of revenge, family and elemental violence. The festival’s Centerpiece Gala screening of revenge thriller STILL (dir: Simon Blake, UK) includes a Q&A with lead actor Aidan Gillen.
Features with local resonance include PANIC (dir: Sean Spencer, UK), an East End set story starring David Gyasi (Interstellar/Cloud Atlas) as an agoraphobic music journalist forced to face his fears. MLE (dir: Sarah Warren, UK) is a Hackney-set feature debut about a young actress in peril. Austrian feature WHERE I BELONG (dir: Fritz Urschitz, Austria) was shot in the East End, at locations including Mile End’s The Palm, telling the story of a woman who moves to England to escape Nazi oppression.
BRITISH DOCUMENTARY HIGHLGHTS
British documentaries with east London angles include ESTATE, A REVERIE (dir: Andrea Luka Zimmerman, UK) eulogising the death of a utopian dream, Hackney’s Haggerston Estate, demolished after nearly 70 years. A counterculture fable, DRESSED AS A GIRL (dir: Colin Rothbart, UK) is a fabulous exploration of the east London drag scene, featuring key figures including Jonny Woo. Narrated by Steven Berkoff, THE ANARCHIST RABBI (dir: Adam Kossoff, UK) is an experimental doc about the man who campaigned with the East End’s Jewish migrants 100 years ago. In STEVIE G (dir: Umut Gundz, UK), this Homerton-based filmmaker documents his attempt at reconnecting with his estranged brother, made with the support of YouTube.
EEFF opened in 2012 with the gala screening of an Amy Winehouse documentary, so it’s fitting that the festival will screen AMY (dir: Asif Kapadia, UK). EEFF patron Asif Kapadia is an alumnus of the festival’s new Principal Partner UEL (University of East London), and his follow up to Senna is another tense, whirlwind tale of a superstar’s rise and fall. From EEFF regulars the Rainbow Collective comes UDITA (dir: Richard York & Hannah Majid, UK), a powerful account of the struggle of female garment workers in Bangladesh. A London Premiere, STAND BY FOR TAPE BACK-UP (dir: Ross Sutherland, UK) is an endearingly esoteric take on family, memory and analogue home recording.
INTERNATIONAL FILM HIGHLIGHTS
A stunning debut from a Terrence Malick collaborator, the UK Premiere of THE BETTER ANGELS (dir: AJ Edwards, USA) dramatizes Abraham Lincoln’s formative experiences, shaped by two vital women – played by Diane Kruger and Brit Marling. James Franco and Kate Hudson star in the London Premiere of GOOD PEOPLE (dir: Henrik Ruben Genz, UK/USA), a riveting London-set thriller in which a couple in debt face bad consequences after finding a huge pile of cash. A breakout hit from Sundance Film Festival, the London Premiere of THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL (dir: Marielle Heller, USA) is a striking adaptation of a graphic novel, a nuanced tale of burgeoning sexuality and boundary testing in counterculture San Francisco.
A UK Premiere, ATLANTIC (dir: Jan-Willem van Ewijk, Netherlands) is set one fateful summer in a tranquil village where tourists flock to ride the perfect waves. The lives of three people become intertwined in unforeseen ways in the London Premiere of LIFE IN A FISHBOWL (dir: Baldvin Zophoniasson, Iceland). 14% of Georgia’s population lost their homes in the past 5 years as a result of high interest mortgage loans, and the UK Premiere of LINE OF CREDIT (dir: Salomé Alexi, Georgia/France/Germany) is a bleakly comic drama telling one such story. The UK Premiere of THE FIRE (dir: Juan Schnitman, Argentina) tests the true nature of love between a young couple over a tense 24 hours. Set on board a hulking cargo ship, the UK Premiere of IVY (dir: Tolga Karaçelik, Turkey) sees a group of disgruntled sailors go off the deep end in this extraordinary second feature. In the UK Premiere of LOVE, THEFT AND OTHER ENTANGLEMENTS (dir: Muayad Alayan, Palestine), a Palestinian car thief gets more trouble than expected when he discovers a kidnapped Israeli soldier in the trunk of a car he’s stolen. A post-apocalyptic epic, the UK Premiere of CRUMBS (dir: Miguel Llansó, Spain/Ethiopia) is a gripping tale of fears, daydreams and decayed civilisation.
INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY HIGHLIGHTS
The World Premiere of LEE SCRATCH PERRY’S VISION OF PARADISE (dir: Volker Schaner, Germany/UK) is the ultimate portrait of the man who can lay claim to be a godfather of both reggae and dub. This Centerpiece Gala screening includes Q&A with Lee Scratch Perry. A narrative from the Palestinian diaspora, TRIP ALONG EXODUS (dir: Hind Shoufani, Lebanon) documents Hind’s father’s journey, from Galilee in 1948 to the current war in Syria. From Las Vegas storm drains to arid Utah, five survivors hustle their way through a world that seems apocalyptic in the London Premiere of ABOVE & BELOW (dir: Nicolas Steiner, Switzerland). Spike Lee presents a gritty story set on the bottom rung of the drug war in MANOS SUCIAS (dir: Josef Kubota Wladyka, Colombia).
A slew of brilliant documentaries tackle the question of race in America. A tale of the ‘enemy within’, WELCOME TO LEITH (dir: Michael Beach Nichols, USA) chronicles the attempted takeover of this tiny North Dakota town by notorious white supremacist Craig Cobb. Blending stunning archive with first-hand testimony, THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION (dir: Stanley Nelson, USA) revisits the story of disillusioned activists during the 1960s Civil Rights movement. Produced by Natalie Portman and presented by Terrence Malick, THE SEVENTH FIRE (dir: Jack Pettibone Riccobono, USA) is a haunting portrait of Minnesota’s Native American gang crisis.
BEST FILM AWARD | DIRECTOR-IN-RESIDENCE
The EEFF’s award system is a vital part of its mission to discover, debate and develop new voices in cinema. The top award recognises first- and second-time filmmakers, with the winner invited back the following year as Director-in-Residence. Noaz Deshe won with White Shadow in 2014, and returns to head up this year’s feature jury. In a radical departure from the usual country focus, he’s opted to co-curated special festival selection THE DEPROGRAMME, a series of screenings, discussions and audience manipulation to challenge the power of national myths, brutal cults and government mind control.
All named after song titles, EEFF’s shorts programmes comprise 57 films from around the world, with a particularly piquant East End flavour. REFELECTIONS features a new piece by Gillian Wearing, SPELLBOUND includes shorts starring Ben Whitshaw and Alice Lowe, and EVERYBODY DANCE is presented in conjunction with the BalletBoyz. The gender ratio is 60% female directors, 37% male directors, 3% female/male co-directors.
MIND THE GAP | INDUSTRY SPEAKEASY
EEFF’s targeted industry sessions MIND THE GAP focuses on filmmakers in transition between first to second feature. Supported by 3 Mills Studios these expert-led workshops run 29 June – 1 July. Running throughout the festival, the GENESIS SPEAKEASY is the home of industry, with a daily filmmakers centre, a programme of nightly events and networking drinks, and a salon of UK premieres in conjunction with CINEQUEST festival.
MUSIC, MULTIMEDIA, MASQUERADE
EEFF fuses cinema and sound with the visually dazzling blood-soaked terror THE STRANGE COLOR OF YOUR BODY’S TEARS (dir: Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani, Belgium/France/Luxembourg) complete with the World Premiere of an original score curated by Ben Power (Fuck Buttons/Blanck Mass) featuring Blanck Mass, Helm, Moon Gangs, Konx-Om-Pax, Roll The Dice and C Spencer Yeh. This also marks the festival’s first foray into record releasing, with this extraordinary soundtrack available as a very limited edition vinyl release. A secret Masonic temple within Andaz Liverpool Street Hotel will screen macabre movies presented in conjunction with Electric Sheep and Cigarette Burns, followed by THE MACABRE MASONIC MASQUERADE, a night of ballroom play, immersive cinema and murder mystery masquerade including live performance and DJ’s.
Until 26th June
Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 4QH
Free admission; no advance booking required.
The Dogs of the First World War exhibition explores the role of dogs as both companions and workers during the years 1914-18.
The exhibition is inspired by the Libby Hall Collection held in the archive at Bishopsgate Institute. The collection is a treasure trove of canine-related photographs and postcards, essential viewing for dog-lovers and social historians alike.
The exhibition can be visited during Institute opening hours.
For more details see the Bishopsgate Institute website.
Sunday 3rd May, all day
Truman Brewery, Brick Lane
Tickets from £11.50
Banging beans, great food and live music
Whether you drink coffee out of love or necessity, there’s no getting away from it: beans rule our life. Not all grinds are created equal though. Treat your taste buds to a cup of the superior stuff at London Coffee Festival. With over 250 artisan coffee and food stalls plus bands and DJs, you’ll be buzzing with excitement (never mind the caffeine). Get inside and smell the coffee.
VIP tickets include: – access to the VIP Hospitality Suite – complimentary cocktail – premium tote bag – London Coffee Guide 2015 – full day access – fast track entry – and more
Children under 10 go free.
Like coffee? Listen to our interview with Hackney based Climpsons & Sons Coffee
Every Saturday and Sunday
Tickets from £12
London Fields Brewery are hugely passionate about their beer and want to share what they do with as many people as possible, so they are holding brewery tours every Saturday at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm, Sundays at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm and now on weekday evenings. They are a great opportunity to give you an insight into what they get up to under those East London railway arches.
During your tour of London Fields Brewery, they will be talking you through the equipment and explaining the beer making process. From why they use certain hops and what difference the choice of grains make, to how they package is all integral to the finished product. You will see parts of the brewery that general public normally do not have access to.
The tour takes approximately 30 minutes and includes a full tour of our East London brewery, followed by a tutored beer tasting in the Tap Room, joining the dots between the process and the glass.
Groups are welcome but they can’t take any more than 20 people at any one session. London Brewery Tours are available to over 18s only and please book in advance via the ticketing system below as spaces are limited.
More details at londonfieldsbrewery.co.uk
Until Saturday 4 April
An evening of food, drink, theatre and 70s music, hosted by The Art Of Dining!
It is a set menu. The only dietary requirements we can cater for are vegetarian and gluten free. Please let us know on the night.
Dressing up is not compulsory, however if you want to please feel free.
The address is The Rose Lipman Building, 43 De Beauvoir Road, London, N1 5SQ.
Evening starts at 7.30pm and finishes at 11pm.
Tickets £55 and you can book online at www.theartofdining.co.uk/buy-tickets