The Lodger - Alfred Hitchcock’s first thriller

Eight inspiring days – and nights – of special events, art, music, film, and masterclasses comprise London’s East End Film Festival, which showcases homegrown talent, as well as larger independent releases. You can catch the world premiere screening of The Therapist, directed by Barry Adamson (followed by a Q&A) and relive your punk days at Who Shot The Sheriff, the first public showing of the re-edit of Alan Miles’s seminal documentary about the Rock Against Racism movement, filmed at the infamous 1978 Carnival in Victoria Park and featuring The Clash, The Specials, Steel Pulse, Sham 69 and X-Ray Spex.

One standout event is the premiere of The Rime of The Modern Mariner at Hawksmoor’s St Anne’s church, Limehouse on Friday 23. Libertines guitarist/actor Carl Barât

Hitchcock’s The Lodger at Spitalfields Market. The director made this, his first thriller, at nearby Gainsborough Studios in Shoreditch. Live musical accompaniment is by the band Minima, who are renowned for their innovative interpretation of the images of silent and avant garde films, a good example being their score to The Cabinet of Dr Caligari.

So if you fancy a masterclass with Nitin Sawhney (Sat 24th) or just want to check out inspiring documentary and feature film making talent, the East End Film Festival is the place to be.

Tickets are still available at the festival website.