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Silver Linings Playbook (125 mins) (15)
Predictable, but fun with great performances
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STUDIO 5: TED (105mins) (15)
No teddy bears' picnic
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The Imposter (100mins) (15)
Stranger than Fiction
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Special Events

The Hackney Wicked Women WI present TINY FURNITURE (15)

Tue, 19th Aug 2014

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The Hackney Wicked Women WI are back in Bar Paragon for their monthly “Girls Just Wanna Watch Films” club dedicated to celebrating women in the film industry.

This months screening is Tiny Furniture, written, directed by and starring Lena Dunham as a recent college grad who returns home while she tries to figure out what to do with her life.

Watch the trailer here

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Entry is FREE!

7.30pm

ALIEN: 35TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING & EXCLUSIVE Q&A

Sun, 24th Aug 2014

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Genesis Cinema and Soundstage Events present this special event to mark thirty-five years since the release of one of the greatest and most terrifying science fiction films of all time.

Following a rare big screen showing of ALIEN, there'll be an exclusive interview with its BAFTA-nominated editor Terry Rawlings and associate producer Ivor Powell. The interview will provide an insight into the making of the film with these key behind the scenes figures. Both Terry and Ivor played key roles in the early career of ALIEN director Ridley Scott. Terry was the dubbing editor for Scott’s debut film, The Duellists, and he was the editor of Blade Runner. Ivor was also the associate producer of those.

Sunday August 24th 3pm / £20

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Buff Autumn Season 2014: THE BALLAD OF JOHNNY WINDOW + Q&A

Fri, 5th Sep 2014

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Aspiring musician Johnny Windows' dreams of rock'n'roll stardom were ripped apart when music mogul Hilton Constellation poached lead singer and songwriter Brent Cross from his indie rock trio, depriving the band of their front man and creative heart. But documentary maker Reni Mint is sure that Johnny will get his act together in the seven days before the big local music festival, the Kentish Kreep, and decides to follow him and drummer Scott Free on their search for a new image, sound, and hopefully a record deal of their own with Hilton. However with Scott's insistence on emulating the latest trends of grime, dance music and dub step, while Johnny suspects that following in his father Jackie's classic blues rock footsteps is the way forward, can the unlikely pair find any middle ground at all?

7pm (52 mins)
Certificate: 15
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BUFF 2014 UK premiere: WOODFALLS + Q&A

Fri, 5th Sep 2014

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Woodfalls’ tells the story of a family of travellers who move to a rural town. As they attempt to settle in, conflict ensues amongst the locals. Stigmatised as 'gypsies', they are not welcomed into the community. The stage is set to win over hearts and minds.

9pm (75 mins)
Certificate: 15
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Buff Autumn Season 2014: CITY OF GOD: 10 YEARS LATER + Q&A

Sat, 6th Sep 2014

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‘City of God - 10 Years Later’ investigates the fate of the actors who participated in the award winning film, directed by Fernando Meirelles and Katia Lund. This documentary shows the different results, due to the worldwide success of the film City of God, on the life of the cast.

3pm (70mins)
Certificate: 15
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Buff Autumn Season 2014: PERCEPTIONS (15) & VALEDICTION (15) + Q&A

Sat, 6th Sep 2014

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PERCEPTIONS
From the creator of TV-cum-webseries ‘All About The Mckenzies’ comes ‘Perceptions’ - a film about young people that live on a council estate, perceived to outsiders as "hoodies". In the face of much negative press and stereotypes two teenagers are inspired by an English lesson at school to use their initiative to change the outlook on the St Raphael’s Estate in North London with the use of spoken word poetry.
(30 mins)

VALEDICTION
‘Valediction’ is a short drama film starring Samuel Page, Eyal Podell, Italia Ricci, Bonnie Bartlett and the late James Avery in his last known acting role. The film deals with life and loss. Whether it be the loss of a person, ideal, or state in life. Things in life are constantly changing, nothing ever stays the same. And so it goes that as humans, we too are constantly bidding farewell whether we realize it or not.
(22 mins)

5.30pm
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BUFF SHORTS UK SHOWCASE (in association with Channel 4)

Sat, 6th Sep 2014

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SATURDAY 6TH Sepetmebr 8pm - 11pm

BUCKY
(Danny John-Jules, UK, 2014)
25 mins followed by short Q&A
‘Bucky’ is a story seen from the eyes of a five-year-old boy in a 1950’s tricycle, who through no fault of his own comes face to face with disaster.

CHARLIE BOY (Vicki Kisner, UK, 2013)
15 mins, followed by short Q&A

Life is a struggle for Tina and Charlie since their mother died. Tina manages to hold their lives together by a fine thread. Juggling work and dealing with her younger brother's addictions and demons, Tina longs for a different life. Her deep unconditional love for her brother keeps them together through thick and thin but when Tina falls pregnant by a man she believes will set her soul free, the true test of their co-dependency begins. When Tina faces being left holding the baby, things take a turn that will change their lives forever.

I AM WHO? (Mark One & Marcus Jones, UK, 2014)
5 mins, followed by short Q&A

'I am who?' is a performance poem written by the actor, MC and musician Jahnoi Cranston. Teaming up with Salva Films, Mark One Group have created a moving image piece which bring Jahnoi's inspirational writing to life on the big screen integrating live action, CGI and motion graphics.

ECHO ROAD (Edmund Swabey, UK, 2014)
12 mins, followed by short Q&A

Two brothers embark on a journey from London to Yorkshire to meet their estranged sister and scatter the ashes of a family member.


THE ESTATE AGENT (Nils Lindemann, UK, 2014)
9 mins, followed by short Q&A

A smooth-tongued estate agent is confident she'll sell the faded barracks house. Once inside however, she encounters a malevolent force even more awful than herself, in this comedy horror.

MAGPIE (Simon Blake, UK, 2012)
15 mins, followed by short Q&A

Kat, a blossoming young singer is groomed for success by her obsessively pushy mother. Christine grows up neglected, forever in Kat's shadow. As the gap between Kat and Christine's relationship grows, so too does the hatred Christine harbours for Kat. When Kat is eventually crowned Best Female Newcomer 20 years later, an emotional break-down forces her to confront her demons, her past, and Christine. ‘Magpie Sings The Blues’ explores the psychological effects of fame, and the price of success. Inspired by modern society's obsession with 'celebrity status', ‘Magpie’ reveals how the pursuit of fame 'at any cost' can have lasting psychological effects.

CALM (Kwame Lestrade, UK, 2012)
15 mins, followed by short Q&A

‘Calm’ is the story of a South-Sudanese man Deng and his teenage daughter Miranda. Desperate for respect, he needs Miranda to marry her suitor Thok. ‘Calm’ is an adaptation of a true story, set in present day London, uncovering what female genital mutilation means to a father.

END OF THE BLOCK (Omari Carter, UK, 2014)
5 mins, followed by short Q&A

‘End of the Block’ is a film that combines live dance with stickman animation to create a very compelling piece that illustrates the harsh realities of trying to go beyond your postcode.

YOUTROLL (Nathan Bryon, UK, 2014)
14 mins, followed by short Q&A

A twisted tale about the dark side of the Internet and its use in modern day bullying, ‘YouTroll’ uses contemporary techniques to cement its youth focused message. A very modern tragedy, the use of social networking for leaving suicide notes is heightened by the pounding use of grime beats that mimic a fast heartbeat and sync with shots exploding onto the screen.

CANNED (Caitlin Ivory, UK, 2014)
7 mins, followed by short Q&A

A struggling executive in a failing cat food business is tasked with finding a solution to save the company but is put under further pressure by a young office upstart.

THE INITIATIVE (Tijan Sanders Sallah aka ‘Kingpin’, UK, 2014)
23 mins, followed by short Q&A

‘The Initiative’ is an urban musical (based on a true story) and centres around an aspiring artist trying to make his way as a rapper, while overcoming the daily grind of inner city life.

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BUFF 2014: EVA'S DIAMOND + Q&A

Sun, 7th Sep 2014

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When a mother embarks on a quest for truth to clear her son's name from murder, she finds herself entangled in an enigmatic chain of thrilling events linked to the mysterious man who haunted her 18 years earlier.

15:00 (118 mins)
Certificate: 15
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BUFF 2014: THE TRIALS OF MUHAMMAD ALI + Q&A

Sun, 7th Sep 2014

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'The Trials of Muhammad Ali' covers Ali's toughest bout: his battle to overturn a five-year prison sentence for refusing US military service in Vietnam. Prior to becoming the most recognizable face on earth, Cassius Clay became Muhammad Ali and found himself in the crosshairs of conflicts concerning race, religion, and wartime dissent. Outspoken and passionate in his beliefs, #TrialsOfAli zeroes in on the most controversial years of Ali's life, when an emerging sports superhero chooses faith and conscience over fame and fortune.

Director: Bill Siegel

6PM (94 mins)
Certificate: 15
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BUFF 2014 closing night gala: MONTANA (15) - **WORLD PREMIERE + Q&A**

Sun, 7th Sep 2014

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In the mean streets of London's East End, a former Serbian commando and a fourteen-year old boy plot revenge against a powerful crime lord and his ruthless lieutenants. And as they prepare to take on their enemies, the boy (Montana) is mentored in the dark arts of assassination and learns the true meaning of friendship, honour and respect.

Director: Mo Ali

9pm (98 mins)
Certificate: 15
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INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM: 30TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING + EXCLUSIVE Q&A

Sun, 14th Sep 2014

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Genesis Cinema and Soundstage Events present this special event to mark thirty years since the release of the second Indiana Jones film. Following a screening of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, there'll be an exclusive interview with its producer, Robert Watts, and its art director, Alan J Cassie.

Robert Watts was also the associate producer of Raiders of the Lost Ark and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. He also worked closely with George Lucas as a producer on the original Star Wars trilogy. Robert was also the producer of the groundbreaking Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

As well as Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Alan J Cassie was the art director on Dragonslayer; Patriot Games, also starring Harrison Ford; The Saint; The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and Muppet Treasure Island.

Sunday September 14th 3pm / £20

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MOONRAKER: 35TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING + EXCLUSIVE Q&A

Sun, 5th Oct 2014

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Genesis Cinema and Soundstage Events present this special event to mark thirty-five years since the release of the classic Bond adventure.

This special screening will be followed by an exclusive interview with special effects supervisor John Richardson & producer Bill Cartlidge.

Oscar-winning special effects artist John Richardson is also know for his work on ALIENS, HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, WILLOW and DIE ANOTHER DAY.

Bill Cartlidge is also known for his work on ALFIE, EDUCATING RITA, YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE, BORN FREE and THE SPY WHO LOVED ME.

Sunday October 5th 3pm / £20

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Genesis Cinema, 93-95 Mile End Road, Whitechapel, London, E1 4UJ
Company registration number: 3196685