East End Film Festival: The Outsider – Review

A couple of years ago, there was a film called The Big Short. It is basically about the 2008 Banking Crisis. Instead of being an intimate look at those on the ground who lost all of their money due to some terrible decisions by people who would probably sneer at “common folk,” the film focused on the men who saw an opportunity to earn some … Continue reading East End Film Festival: The Outsider – Review

East End Film Festival: Hippopotamus – Review

by Kirsty Jones  Hippopotamus is the debut feature from Edward Palmer; a story of captivity, or so we’re led to believe. Ruby wakes up in a cell, legs broken and face-to-face with her captor who tells her that she cannot leave until she falls in love with him. His threat is not sexual but emotional, which immediately jars against what we would expect. Men prey … Continue reading East End Film Festival: Hippopotamus – Review

East End Film Festival: Don’t Be Nice – Review

I adore slam poetry. I just love it. I love listening to it, I love creating it, and I love being a part of it. Though people have this bizarre stereotype for poets, especially slam poets, the emotionally charged medium is filled with all shapes and sizes confronting not just the society around them but the faults within them. It is always intense, always engaging, … Continue reading East End Film Festival: Don’t Be Nice – Review

East End Film Festival: The Solace of Orpheus – Review

I don’t mean to open this up being overtly critical but I think we need to talk about film festivals for a second. When a movie appears at a film festival, it automatically gets itself a certain prestigious reputation and many assume these are at the forefront of cinema. Especially if they are independent filmmakers, a promise of what’s to come. However, as many regular … Continue reading East End Film Festival: The Solace of Orpheus – Review

East End Film Festival 2018: Super November – Review

Super November is directed by Douglas King, starring and written by his frequent collaborator Josie Long, and is the story of a politically charged librarian (Long) in Scotland who’s fallen head over heels for the seemingly perfect man Mikey (Sean Biggerstaff), to the annoyance of best friend and flat mate Darren (Darren Osbourne).  Six months later, the film swiftly moves on to tale of political turmoil … Continue reading East End Film Festival 2018: Super November – Review

East End Film Festival: Tigre – Review

There are parts of this rich, rich world that are unknown or undiscovered to us. Idyllic spaces of vast greenery, dream-like water flowing copiously through the leaves and soils, and creatures of all-kinds creeping across the jungle floor. Within these spaces, not coveted by most Western eyes, are communities of people thriving on their own accord. In these pockets of isolation, there are equal bouts … Continue reading East End Film Festival: Tigre – Review