Cutting East Film Festival

The Cutting East Film Festival "Opening Night Gala" opens on Friday 20th June at 19:00 with Electro Chaabi, kicking off a fantastic weekend of events and screenings.

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It is the culmination of 6 months hard work and dedication by their team of young programmers who together have curated a programme on the theme of A Tale of Two Cities.

Events include an opportunity to watch Iranian masterpiece Willow and Wind, part of Mark Cousins curated Cinema of Childhood series,and a celebration of our cinema going heritage in Back to Bollywood: An Exhibition of South Asian Cinema in the East End featuring oral histories of audience goers, vintage South Asian film posters and new commissioned photography.

To celebrate the launch of the exhibition on Saturday 21st June there will be events and activities throughout, including Bollywood Dance Taster Classes  and music with Asian fusion band AlphaNomega and a retro screening of a Bollywood classic Om Shanti Om.

The festival will be closed with two fantastic and lyrical films that depict life for young people in this vibrant city in PAYDAY and Irons in the Fire plus spoken word performances from George the Poet and special guests.

Genesis Cinema
Cutting East Tickets £3.50 | Opening and Closing Night Gala Tickets £6

Cutting East Film Festival is a youth led programme of films, music, exhibitions and performance. Cutting East aims to give young east Londoners an opportunity to curate a festival, promote new talent and give global youth a voice.

Cutting East was programmed by Diego Caicedo-Galindo, Jon Caicedo-Galindo, Shanice Lawson , Alex Praag , Amran Ahmed, Miftaul Islam, Shakrul Wayas, Hamida Begum, Hanifa Rahman, Salma Islam, Akikur Rahman and Mo Malick.


Special Mention!

Miss Match Trailer link:

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Miss Match screening at Genesis Cinema on Saturday 21 June 2pm(part of Cutting East Film Festival)
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Game, Set and Match

The game of love is played out on film sets across East London as misguided match-making is captured on camera for the new production from the Council's Youth Arts division, 'A' Team Arts - Miss Match.

A wealth of local talent is evident in Miss Match which has been filmed over several months with young people from across Tower Hamlets in a number of different acting, singing and dancing roles. The final result will be presented in June as part of Cutting East, the East End Film Festival's Young Programmers strand.

Miss Match is an innovative and comic adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma, bringing this romantic literary classic bang up to date by setting it in contemporary East London, and providing it with colourful and energetic Bollywood overtones.

The eponymous 'heroine' is Tanya Match; a young woman who can't resist trying to play cupid with her friends and acquaintances, but whose interference is more harmful than helpful.  When she takes Mina Patel under her wing, her good intentions lead to disastrous consequences. The underlying themes of self-deceit and self-discovery remain relevant today and are presented by young people from Tower Hamlet's 'House of Talent' in familiar locations with skill, passion and a sparkling script.

The screening will take place at the Genesis Cinema at 2.00pm on June 21st - a day of 'Back to Bollywood' celluloid celebration within 'Cutting East', a film festival specially curated by young programmers as part of the larger East End Film Festival. For more information about the screening, or how to get involved in future productions by 'A' Team Arts, go to

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