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Danny Boyle's Shuffle Festival Returns to East London ( 30 July - 3 August 2014)



Tower Hamlets Cemetary Park

30 July - 3 August 2014

Tickets and details here.


Slumdog Millionaire and Trainspotting director, and Olympic Ceremony maestro, Danny Boyle, returns to curate his Shuffle Festival in his homeland of East London. This year, Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park in Mile End will be the host site for the film, comedy and arts event, which runs from 30 July to 3 August.

Boyle himself will be screening and discussing his horror film 28 Days Later in one of the two outdoor cinemas in the grounds. So the cemetery setting seems perfect.

Shuffle Festival is committed to shaping the Mile End area as a 'place for living well', and is focused on the areas of affordability, participation, the combining of cultures, and design and creativity of the spaces of the local community. The festival grew out of the East London Community Land Trust. So this is very much a local affair.

The complete list of films are here.

Highlights include:

  •  Nicholas Roeg’s drama Walkabout, followed by a Q&A.
  •  A 25th anniversary showing of Spike Lee’s film Do the Right Thing.
  • An atmospheric projection of Jim Jarmusch’s modern vampire film Only Lovers Left Alive, followed by a guided bat walk in the cemetery.
  • Clio Barnard's The Selfish Giant, followed by a Q&A with the director.
  • Sarah Polley’s documentary Stories We Tell.
  • Lynne Ramsay’s 1999 debut Ratcatcher.
  • A comedy tent.
  • A ‘Living Autopsy’ with pathologist Dr Preethi Gopinath.
  • James Yeatman’s Still III, a theatre production delving into social connections and the NHS.
  •  A Circus show.
  • Old Eastenders — Bow Geezers and Bow Belles — revealing stories of East London’s colourful past .
  • An alternative village fete with an outdoor BBQ, car boot disco, toy hacking workshop, boxing workshop and pool party.

“Shuffle is the most fun anyone can have in a graveyard in Mile End,” he says. “It’s going to be brilliant: outdoor film screenings, live music, a restaurant serving locally foraged food and a fantastic programme of science events. The point of the festival is to help build a stronger community in East London and campaign for permanently affordable housing in the area, so please do come on by.” - Danny Boyle.