Chubby Funny – East End Film Festival Review

There is an art to crafting an unlikable character for your film. There are different facets of their existence in cinema and I do believe we’re over-saturated with the anti-protagonist. Especially if they are white men. Arrogant, lazy, or brutish, these characters flounce onto our screen and, somehow, we end up loving them with all our being. The key is to give a quality beyond … Continue reading Chubby Funny – East End Film Festival Review

Paa Joe and the Lion – East End Film Festival Review

The connotations of a coffin in Western culture are negative ones. A place to lay the dead and something associated with tragedy and loss. In many Eastern and older cultures coffins, and indeed death, are handled and viewed differently. Although someone’s passing is still tragic, their death is treated as a step in a new journey. A funeral is more of a festival to celebrate … Continue reading Paa Joe and the Lion – East End Film Festival Review

Sink – East End Film Festival 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 – East End Film Festival Review

The Show – East End Film Festival Review

I have been in love with the medium of film for almost eight years now, and I can say with absolute certainty that there is no better feeling than being blind sided by a truly amazing film. To go in with your expectations at a very grounded level, or even no expectations at all, and then being completely knocked off your feet is sensational; having … Continue reading The Show – East End Film Festival Review

Waking David – East End Film Festival Review

A drama in the classic British social realism genre, Waking David is the story of ordinary people in unusual circumstances. A young American is in London for a conference, and goes to meet the family of her estranged and deceased father, who she hardly knew. His family, however, consist of his wife, her new fiancée and her daughter, all of whom have secrets to hide … Continue reading Waking David – East End Film Festival Review

Arifa – East End Film Festival Review

Usually in a movie, there is one scene that tells you why the filmmaker devoted blood, sweat, tears and coffee stains to bring their vision to the screen. In the London-based film, Arifa, it occurs late. Arifa (Shermin Hassan) is at a gym class when the tutor tells her that she can’t leave her bag on the floor. Arifa is incensed. She storms out, stuffs … Continue reading Arifa – East End Film Festival Review