East End Film Festival

East End Film Festival

The East End Film Festival
17 – 24 April 2008, various East London venues

Reflecting the ever-evolving ethnic diversity of East London, the East End Film Festival 2008 brings a diverse range of films made in the Indian sub-continent as well as showcasing the work of up and coming British Asian filmmakers from the area.

Situated in the heart of East London’s Bangladeshi community, the Mile End Genesis will host two screenings shot in India on Friday 18th April.

SHOT IN BOMBAY (18th April, Genesis, 6.30pm) is a documentary which chronicles the last leg of shooting of the controversial Bollywood movie, “Shootout at Lokhandwala,” starring the legendary Amitabh Bachan, Abhishek Bachan and Sanjay Dutt. The film tells the story of an encounter between police and gangsters in Mumbai in 1991.Unfortunately, one of the leading actors Sanjay Dutt was already embroiled in a massive terrorist trial which came to a head as filming started in 2006.The documentary team join the film crew as they try to finish off the film before Dutt is sentenced, resulting in a fast paced, surreal documentary set against the hectic world of film-making in Mumbai. A Q&A with director Liz Mermin will follow the screening.

A crazy road trip across India capturing the sub-continent’s beauty and spirituality is the subject of the highly awaited TANTRIC TOURISTS, (18th April, Genesis, 8.30pm), which has its world premiere here at the East End Festival. Described as a spiritual Spinal Tap, the first feature film from director Alexander Snelling follows a self-proclaimed Tantric guru on a two week trip across India with ten American students. Tantric guru Laurie Handlers will offer a pre-screening tantric warm up. A Q&A will follow this from director Alexander Snelling and producer Kirsty Allison.

MAHEK (19th April, Cineworld West India Quay, 12.00pm and 20th April, Rich Mix, 1pm) is an enchanting “Cinderella-esque” tale of a 12 year-old Indian schoolgirl. Mahek has a bright future ahead but finds it increasingly difficult to deal with the pressures of being at school until one day she meets an old lady who turns out to be a fairy godmother that unlocks her potential and confidence.

A series of short films from new local directors capturing the cultural diversity of every day life in East London will be shown as part of the festival. Among them will be the 10min short – ILFORD directed by Sadia and Shazia UrRehman as well as A13: ROAD MOVIE directed by Rayna Nadeem and Stuart Bamforth.(East End True-Life Stories – 20th April, Rio Cinema, 1.15pm).

Region: All
Venue: Mile End Gensis
Venue Address: 93-95 Mile End Road
Celebs Attending: Liz Mermin, director of Shot i
Website: http://www.eastendfilmfestival.com
Press Tickets: Available
Sponsorship: Not Available
Press Tickets:
Name: Stuart Haggas
Phone: 020 7364 7917