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This year’s East End Film Festival kicks off in July offering everything from the story of star crossed lovers to resisting the siren call.

The full line up for the 14th Festival running from 1 – 12 July was announced this week and promises to have its biggest ever line up.

The programme includes 18 World Premieres, eight European Premieres, 20 UK Premieres and 16 London Premieres.

Here’s a taster of what’s going on. 

The Festival opens with the gala European premiere One Crazy Thing by British film director Amit Gupta, starring and produced by Ray Panthaki, one of the BAFTA’s 2014 breakthrough Brits.

“We’re delighted at the news of One Crazy Thing opening such a progressive festival that reflects the true indie spirit in which the film was made,” says Panthaki "Having won best UK Short there two years ago as a writer/director, it feels incredibly fitting to be returning as an actor/producer with One Crazy Thing.”

It looks like being a great year for British films and documentaries with 33 titles.

Among them, Pleasure Island is set on an economically challenged piece of British coastline, North vs South has star crossed lovers from rival families and This Is Not Happening tells the story of a man’s struggle reintegrating back into everyday life. International film highlights include Better Angels which dramatizes Abraham Lincoln’s formative experiences through the eyes of two women; James Franco and Kate Hudson star in Good People, a thrilling fast past London set thriller including a huge pile of money, and A Teenage Girl is a striking adaption of graphic sexuality.

Finishing the festival for this year 3 1/2 Minutes takes a tragic incident in Jacksonville, Florida to pieces. 


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