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

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

The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson – East End Film Festival Review

LGBTQ+ rights have come a long way in the past 50 years. In that time we’ve gone from considering anything other than straight sexual behaviour as criminal to outright allowing same-sex couples the right to marry, adopt children, and live as equals among their hetero peers. The problem is that that isn’t truly the case. Discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community is still rife around the … Continue reading The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson – East End Film Festival Review