REVIEW: THE VISIT

Next in our East End Film Festival review series is “The Visit“, by writer-director (but not actor) Michael Madsen. Constructed as a speculative documentary, the film asks: how would we react, officially, if visited by intelligent life from outer space? The narrative unfolds with a series of interviews with men and women who hold titles such as “Theologian, […]

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REVIEW: PLEASURE ISLAND

As my wife’s family is from the area, I’ve been on my fair share of trains arriving to and departing from the Cleethorpes train station, so Pleasure Island caught my eye as I scrolled this year’s East End Film Festival programme. The movie is set near that train station, at the end of the line just down the tracks from the […]

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REVIEW: CONTAINMENT

First up in our series of East End Film Festival reviews is director Neil McEnery-West’s atmospheric debut feature Containment. Set in a scuzzy housing estate, the story follows a group of residents who band together against forced quarantine following a mysterious contagious outbreak. Comprised of frustrated middle-aged artist Mark (Lee Ross), immigrant Sergie (Andrew Leung), mute youngster Nicu (the […]

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THE BUSKERS + LOU (AND MICAH)

If you’re curious what goes into making a semi-scripted, zero budget feature, here is a short behind the scenes doc put together by The Buskers + Lou cinematographer Micah Cruver. Shot way back when we were in the midst of it all those years ago, it’s a fun examination of how we pulled off a 90 minute […]

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