Various London Cinemas, 1-12 July
Founded in 2000, the East End Film Festival is one of the UK’s largest film festivals, and always offers up a rich and diverse programme of international premieres, masterclasses, pop-up screenings and live events while supporting filmmakers from the area. 2015 sees the festival return to a wide variety of venues including The Barbican, the Electric in Shoreditch, and the festival's spiritual home of the Genesis Cinema in Mile End.
The opening gala this year is Amit Gupta's One Crazy Thing screening on 1 July at the Genesis Cinema. Tickets for all events and screenings are on sale now.
See below for details of the Opening Gala:
East End Film Festival alumnus Ray Panthaki (Life Sentence, EEFF 2013) stars in and produces an utterly charming take on internet fame, and how a chance encounter in the city can reinvigorate you. Jay (Panthaki) is a former soap actor, but is more famous for a career-ruining sex tape scandal. Managing his parent’s Indian restaurant in a state of self-imposed exile, his appetite for life is rekindled when he meets Hannah (Daisy Bevan), an American musician with a refreshingly innocent view of the world. But will Jay’s fear of revealing his past ruin everything?
Featuring a wonderfully hangdog performance from Panthaki (who is also a BAFTA Breakthrough performer), Amit Gupta’s third feature is a wry take on the superficiality of fame and modern living, and a heartfelt statement of the things that are more important. With a host of fantastic supporting performances (including Dan Renton Skinner as Jay’s best friend Charlie), this is a perfect film about the possibilities of life in London. We are delighted to present it as our Opening Night Gala for EEFF 2015.