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Silver Linings Playbook (125 mins) (15)
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Special Events

Buff Autumn Season 2014

Fri, 5th Sep 2014 - Sun, 7th Sep 2014

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The ballad of Johnny Windows (UK, 2014) – Friday 5 September, 19:00 (52 mins)
BUFF 2014 UK premiere
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 frontman 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 dubstep, 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?
Director: Adriel Leff
Cast: John Glynn, Sureni Kay, Patrick Koupland, Joey Montana, Cem Pakiry-Turgut, Piers Robinson.
*BUFF coverage (subject to change): Anchor – Jessie Grace Mellor. Panellists: Adriel Leff, John Glynn, Sureni Kay, Patrick Koupland, Joey Montana, Cem Pakiry-Turgut

Certificate: 15

Twitter: @WayOutFilms

Woodfalls (UK, 2013) – Friday 5 September, 21:00 (75 mins)
BUFF 2014 UK premiere
‘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.
Director: David P Campion
Cast: Matthew Ferdenzi, Michelle Crane, Gareth Bennett-Ryan, Marlene Abuah, Joseph Law, Tyron Maynard, Maggie Daniels.
*BUFF coverage (subject to change): Anchor – Shereen Miranda. Panellists – David P Campion, Anthony Abuah, Matthew Ferdenzi, Michelle Crane, Gareth Bennett-Ryan

Certificate: 15

Twitter: @WoodfallsFilm


City of God - 10 Years Later (Cidade de Deus, 10 Anos Depois, 2013) – Saturday 6 September 2014, 15:00 (70 mins)
‘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.
Directors: Cavi Borges, Luciano Vidigal
Cast: Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino da Hora, Roberta Rodrigues, Jonathan Haagensen, Seu Jorge
*BUFF coverage (subject to change): Anchor - Henry Bonsu. Panellists – Emerson Forde, Caroline de Moraes & Keme Nzerem.

Certificate: 15

Twitter: @bonsuman

Perceptions (UK, 2014) – Saturday 6 September, 17:30 (30 mins)
BUFF 2014 UK premiere
From the creator of TV-cum-webseries ‘All About The Mckenzies’ comes ‘Perceptions’ - a film about young people that live on a council estate but 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.
Director: Samuell Benta
Cast: Jonathan Taylor, Jonno Davies, Noah Maxwell Clarke, Kyle Turlunch, Sarah Kameela Impey, Dwayne Boachie

*BUFF coverage (subject to change): Anchor – Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe. Panellists: Samuell Benta, Dustin Kahia
Certificate: 15

Twitter: @SBENTA
Also screening with: Valediction (USA, 2011) – Saturday 6 September, 17:30 (22 mins)
BUFF 2014 UK premiere
‘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.
Director: Dustin Kahia

Certificate: 15

Twitter: @dustinkahia

BUFF SHORTS UK SHOWCASE (supported by Channel 4) FROM 8.00PM - 11.00PM

Bucky (UK, 2014) – Saturday 6 September 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.
Director: Danny John-Jules
Twitter: @DannyJohnJules
Charlie Boy (UK, 2013) – Saturday 6 September 2014, (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.
Director: Vicki Kisner
Twitter: @2013CharlieBoy
I am who? (UK, 2014) – Saturday 6 September 2014, 8.00pm (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.
Director: Mark One
Twitter: @MarkOneGroup
Echo Road (UK, 2014) – Saturday 6 September 2014, 8.00pm (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.
Director: Edmund Swabey
Twitter: @EchoRoadFilm
The Estate Agent (UK, 2014) – Saturday 6 September 2014, 8.00pm (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.
Director: Nils Lindemann
Twitter: @ShiftworkFilm
Magpie (UK, 2012) – Saturday 6 September 2014, (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.
Director: Simon Blake
Calm (UK, 2012) – Saturday 6 September 2014, (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.
Director: Kwame Lestrade
Twitter: @KwameLestrade
End of the Block (UK, 2014) – Saturday 6 September 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.
Director: Omari Carter
Twitter: @omarimotion
Youtroll (UK, 2014) – Saturday 6 September 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.
Director: Nathan Byron
Twitter: @NathanByron
Canned (UK, 2014) – Saturday 6 September 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.
Director: Caitlin Ivory
Twitter: @cannedmovie
The Initiative (UK, 2014) – Saturday 6 September 2014, 8.00pm (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.
Director: Tijan Sanders Sallah aka ‘Kingpin’
Twitter: @Kingpin_London
*BUFF coverage (subject to change): Anchor – Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe. Panellists - Tijan Sanders Sallah, Caitlin Ivory, Nathan Byron, Omari Carter, Johnathan Birch, Kwame Lestrade, Simon Blake, Nils Lindemann, Edmund Swabey, Mark One, Vicki Kisner, & Danny John-Jules.
Certificate: 15


Eva’s Diamond (UK, 2013) – Sunday 7 September 2014, 15:00 (118 mins)
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.
Director: Ice Neal
Cast: Ice Neal, Daniel Simpson, Eddie Usher, Cody Spinks
*BUFF coverage (subject to change): Anchor – Jacqueline Shepherd. Panellists: Ice Neal, Cody Spinks, Daniel Simpson, Eddie Usher, Roby Meola

Certificate: 15

Twitter: @SoobProductions

The Trials of Muhammad Ali (USA, 2013) – Sunday 7 September 2014, 18:00 (94 mins)
BUFF 2014 Festival release
'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
Cast: Rahman Ali (brother), Khalilah Camacho-Ali (second wife), Louis Farrakhan
*BUFF coverage (subject to change): Anchor – Ben Doughty. Panellists – Jessie Grace Mellor

Certificate: 15

Twitter: @MuhammadAliDoc

Also screening with: His New Hands (USA, 2013) – Sunday 7 September (15 mins)
BUFF 2014 UK premiere
Directed by Sudhanshu ‘Suds’ Saria and with a cast featuring Andre Royo, Brandon Scott & Sabrina Revelle, ‘His New Hands’ is a short drama film that deals with two brothers, an invincible boxer, a pair of golden gloves and the price of pursuing one's dreams.

Certificate: 15

Twitter: @HisNewHands

Montana (World premiere) – Sunday 7 September 2014, 21:00 (98 mins)
BUFF 2014 closing night gala
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

Cast: Lars Mikkelsen, Adam Deacon, Ashley Walters, Michelle Fairley, Clint Dyer and introducing McKell David

*BUFF coverage (subject to change): Anchor – Akosua Annobil. Panellists – Mo Ali, Gareth Roberts, Mark Foligno, Mckell David, Lars Mikkelsen

Certificate: 15

Twitter: @MoliFilmsEnt


THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE UNSEEN present a tribute to Ruggero Deodato

Fri, 25th Jul 2014

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Friday 25th July GBU return with a night dedicated to legendary Italian Director "Ruggero Deodato" with two of his most iconic features.

First up:

Live like a cop,die like a man(1976)

Referenced in Tarantino's Kill Bill Vol. 2, Live Like a Cop, Die Like a Man (Uomini si nasce poliziotti si muore,1976) opens with an insane motorcycle chase that was filmed in rush hour in downtown Rome with no permission from the local authorities. To top it off, this is one of the most violent and unconventional Italian style action films of its time. The credit goes to the director, Ruggero Deodato, best known for his infamous and censored film Cannibal Holocaust, and the scriptwriter Fernando Di Leo, author and director of some of the best Italian gangster films from the 70s such as Caliber 9, The Boss and The Italian Connection. Never before in film history have we seen such nihilistic and pathological behavior from protagonists, who in this film happen to be two policemen: Alfredo (Marc Porel) and Antonio (Ray Lovelock) members of an anti-crime squad who shoot down their assailants even before they have committed a crime.

view the trailer here:http://youtu.be/hLOOq1ZcrKU

Cannibal Holocaust(1980)

On the eve of the release of Eli Roths "Green Inferno" comes the original jungle shocker. Deodato was years ahead with his found footage flick which was brought up on obscenity charges in Italy and has caused problems the world over but now heralded as a classic.
A New York University professor returns from a rescue mission to the Amazon rainforest with the footage shot by a lost team of documentarians who were making a film about the area's local cannibal tribes.....shocking,brutal and savage can you survive Cannibal holocaust?

view the trailer here: http://youtu.be/LQYqgKTJmBQ

Please note: do not attend if easily offended.


Special children & family screening of BELIEVE (PG) followed by Q&A with director David Scheinmann

Sun, 27th Jul 2014

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Genesis Cinema are proud to welcome director David Scheinmann for a very special screening and Q&A of his latest film.

Set in Manchester in 1984, this sports drama stars Brian Cox as legendary manager, Sir Matt Busby, who comes out of retirement to coach a team of young working class boys captained by the talented but unruly Georgie Gallagher (played by Jack Smith). The film also stars Natascha McElhone as Erica Gallagher, Anne Reid as Jean Busby and Toby Stephens as Georgie's prospective headmaster.

Sunday 27th July 12pm

Book your tickets here.


Tue, 29th Jul 2014

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Doors at 7pm. Vote at 7.30pm. Film at 8pm.

On July 29th, not only is S4 now legally able to buy alcohol (we're 18, but do look under 21, so will be asked for ID), but we're also throwing our summer party with a special screening of one of three 'filmumentaries'.

Our summer extravaganza continues with a party that highlights three seminal blockbuster feature films, in a form you'll have never seen them before.

On July 29th, not only is S4 now legally able to buy alcohol (we're 18, but do look under 21, so will be asked for ID), but we're also throwing our summer party with a special screening of one of three 'filmumentaries'.

From talented filmmaker Jamie Benning comes a series of fan-made mash-ups that combine your favourite films with making-of documentary footage. We will show either "STAR WARS BEGINS", "RAIDING THE LOST ARK" or "INSIDER JAWS". Come, vote, watch!!
filmumentary #1 STAR WARS BEGINS
(d. George Lucas/ Jamie Benning, 1977)
In a galaxy far, far away, an antsy, idealistic teen has his life turned upside down when an oppressive Empire murder his family & he sides with the Rebellion to destroy a dangerous new weapon...
Meanwhile, Jamie Benning finds out what Darth Vader sounds like with a Bristolian accent, what elephants & pylon mooring wires are *actually* the sounds of and what injury a trash compactor can really give you...

filmumentary #2 RAIDING THE LOST ARK
(d. Steven Spielberg/Jamie Benning, 1981)
In the days leading to up to World War Two, an archeology lecturer-cum-adventurer attempts to stop a fanatical Nazi collaborator from using the all-powerful Ark of the Covenant to conquer the world...
And Jamie Benning tells us what a National Socialist monkey really believes in, how to avoid the trots on an African location shoot and how a broken back & a historical homage led to one of cinema's greatest stunt...

filmumentary #3 INSIDE JAWS
(d. Steven Spielberg/Jamie Benning, 1975)
When a weary city cop takes a job as a small town police chief, he doesn't count a large shark with a larger appetite terrorising an entire community nor the grisly shark catcher that can stop it...
Similarly, Jamie Benning lets us know what a sinking mechanical shark sounds like, how many runners Robert Shaw can drink under the table, and who really broke all those white picket fences in Amity...

Film London presents: Seven Streets, Two Markets and A Wedding: Glimpses of Lost London 1930-1980 (U)

Sun, 3rd Aug 2014

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Join us for a very special screening of this evocative visual portrait of a lost London largely unseen for generations and being presented theatrically for the first time, this programme of archive films of London life provides unique insight into the continuities and changes in the capital across the twentieth century.

This screening will introduced by noted film critic and poet Sophie Mayer, who will be hosting a discussion following the presentation.

Sunday 3rd August, 3pm £8.50 / £6

Book your tickets here.


Thu, 14th Aug 2014

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With Edinburgh performers and international comedians as well as new comedians making their first foray into the world of stand-up. Spot the next Stewart Lee, Billy Connolly or Russell Brand all for FREE!!

At Everything is Overrated we are going to continue to be your favourite free comedy night in London by attracting professional acts as well as brilliant amateur comedians.

Half of all the money we collect goes to the wonderful TEACH charity who provide education to millions of African children and thanks to your generosity we have been able to make some good donations.

Lastly, as EIO continues to grow and attract bigger and better names we promise that we will never charge and will only make a collection at the end of the night. The more people that come the bigger and better the comedians we can attract but the price will stay the same... totally and utterly FREE!


Book your free ticket here.


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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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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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