Free Hackney film festival to feature borough cultural retrospective, Under the Cranes

lffff picA free ten-day film festival opens in Hackney this month. The inaugural London Fields Free Film Festival will feature a range of films, shorts, docs and animations from the US and UK including an art-doc on the borough itself.

The event will be held across a number of venues between 17 and 26th October including Hackney City Farm, London Fields Gym, The Laundry and Hollywood Spring.

The festival is the latest off-shoot of the Free Film Festival community that has held four similar events in South London. Each one is organised and ran by volunteers with venues giving up their space for free.

Dan Theo, who has organised the London Fields event, said he hoped the free festival would attract all sections of the community and has programmed the schedule accordingly.

He said: “London Fields is on the up, but a lot of it leans towards the more corporate way of doing things, so I wanted to do something that would bring the community together to enjoy good cinema, see how it’s created and was free to everyone.”

The event kicks off on Friday, 17 October, with Grey Gardens – a feature length docu-drama about Jackie Kennedy’s reclusive cousin and aunt – at Hackney’s latest cinema space Hollywood Spring.

Acclaimed animation Despicable Me – about rival super-villains trying to outdo one another -follows on Saturday 25 at Hackney City Farm. Both funny and touching the film is a great choice for a family day out.

Under the Cranes: a cinematic take on a Michael Rosen poem

Under the Cranes: an immersive look at Hackney’s rich, but challenged cultural and physical landscapes

And focusing on the local, ever-changing Hackney is explored and revealed in the Olympics inspired Under the Cranes using a mix of art, music and storytelling drawn from over the years. Based on former poet laureate Michel Rosen’s poetic play the film will be followed by a Q&A with the author himself and filmmaker Emma-Louise Williams at St Joseph’s Hospice on Monday 20th.

For those with an interest in cinema or running events, there are opportunities for volunteers to get involved and help with the smooth running of screenings on the night. Contact Dan at for more info.

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Friday 17th October
Grey Gardens – plus themed party and DJ set
Hollywood Spring, 6 Well Street (behind office block on industrial estate) 7:30pm

Saturday 18th October
Dazed and Confused with fancy-dress party
London Fields Gym, 379 Mentmore Terrace E8, 7:30pm

Sunday 19th October
Ryan Gosling All-Dayer – including Drive & online vote for two other titles
Hackney Attic, 270 Mare St E8 1HE, 2:30pm

Monday 20th October
Under The Cranes – followed by Q&A with Director Emma-Louise Williams and Michael Rosen
St Josephs Hospice, St Joseph’s Hospice, Mare Street, Hackney, E8 4SA 7:00pm

Tuesday 21st October
Frances Ha
Laundry, 2-18 Warburton Road, London 7:30pm

Wednesday 22nd October
Poetry and film
Off Broadway, 63-65 Broadway Market, London E8 4PH, 7:30pm

Thursday 23rd October
Advanced Style (film) & Student Fashion Shorts plus Q&A
London College of Fashion, 182 Mare St E8 3RE, 6:30pm

Saturday 25th October
Dispicable ME
Hackney City Farm, 1a Goldsmith’s Row E2 8QA, 2:00pm

Sunday 26th October
Short Sighted Cinema shorts
Hackney Attic, 270 Mare St E8 1HE, 4:00pm

One thought on “Free Hackney film festival to feature borough cultural retrospective, Under the Cranes

  1. Looks good would definitely like to go and check out a few of these if you’re up for it

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