Sink – Review

When people think of dramas centred around the working class in Britain, you think of EastEnders, gangster flicks, or kitchen sink dramas. The varying interpretations of working class people on TV and film range from gritty and naturalistic, to stylized and extreme. With new film Sink, director Mark Gillis takes his drama back to the more natural, if darker side of the spectrum. Focusing on … Continue reading Sink – Review

East End Film Festival Highlights: Punk Voyage – Review

From This is Spinal Tap to Ziggy Stardust and the Spider from Mars, there have been many prominent band documentaries made over the years.. Yet it is safe to say that there has not been one quite like this before. Punk Voyage follows the last few years of Finnish Punk band Pertti Kurikan Nimipaivat. The band, which has members all with mental disabilities, gained recognition in … Continue reading East End Film Festival Highlights: Punk Voyage – Review

East End Film Festival Highlights: Pili – Review

The issues that face the third world as well as the struggles of women, particularly women of colour, are subjects that are beginning to be explored in film. Instead of just the white saviour narratives, with ethnic secondary background players, central characters are becoming more diverse than ever before. In a time of great change the film Pili is a welcome project. Written and directed … Continue reading East End Film Festival Highlights: Pili – Review

East End Film Festival: Another News Story – Review

by Kirsty Jones Having to undertake a journey seeking refuge over 2,000 miles away is a horrifying prospect. Unfortunately, for those living in war-torn countries, fleeing can be the only, desperate option to escape becoming a fatality of conflict. We’ve been afforded insight into such migrations thanks to the reporters and documentarians who are willing to face the disturbing reality in person. Orban Wallace is … Continue reading East End Film Festival: Another News Story – Review

East End Film Festival: Blue My Mind – Review

Adolescence is a tricky time. It is one shrouded in nightmarish hormonal changes that rage within us. Hair sprouts from every crevice, even ones you didn’t know existed. There’s all these smells that your body produces much to the ire of those around you. Emotions twirl and dip and glide, causing you to transcend different personalities all in the same day. What’s worse is that … Continue reading East End Film Festival: Blue My Mind – Review

East End Film Festival: Waiting for You – Review

Charles Garrad’s Waiting for You seems to tick all boxes. A good dose of Indie cinema; Merlin no less as the front man with a mysterious French twist and a dash of summer romance promised. Albeit, after viewing, Waiting for You, it seems that we are still waiting for the narrative to truly take off. Part of this year’s highly esteemed London East End Film … Continue reading East End Film Festival: Waiting for You – Review