THE FESTIVAL | 2023
DATES & TIMES
We're back in person at the lovely Close-Up Cinema in Shoreditch, London!
This year, we screened a selection of short documentaries as well as a feature documentary on the 11th of May.
Director: Tristan Patrick Sherfield
Revealing wool's forgotten potential in textiles, and the industry's urgent need for sustainable solutions.
Director: Souvid "JIJO" Datta
A tough childhood along the edge of crime in East London didn't stop Fabio discovering a clear purpose in boxing. He sets out to go pro one day, under the wing of James Cook MBE -
a super middle-weight British champion recognised for his support of youth along Hackney's notorious 'murder mile'. But along the journey, what Fabio finds at the Pedro Youth Club goes far beyond his time in the ring: self-discipline, a sense of community and, ultimately, a second home. Since 2011, London’s youth clubs have nearly halved in number. As of 2022, the remaining 40% face closure due to under-funding and pulled government support.
RILEY & RAMBO
Director: Danny Hardaker
Riley & Rambo is a story of a boy and his horse that offers insight into the Rag n’ Bone world of Holme Wood Bradford.
With a backdrop of deprivation we discover the resourcefulness and happiness that’s found in an older and genuine way of life; where freedom can be found.
JEREMY, MY FATHER
Director: Miranda Peyton Jones
A poignant film which attempts to navigate bereavement following suicide. Through animation, archival footage, and sound, director Miranda Peyton Jones guides us to the heart of her grief, love and loss. The voices of her family and her father’s music underscore this deeply personal and powerful film.
JOURNEY TO THE WEST
Director: Zoe Coldham
Journey to the West traces Chinese Medicine's journey to the UK and explores the challenges of establishing legitimacy and developing recognition when the dominant culture is against you. This documentary introduces Chinese Medicine’s understanding of health and illness as a platform from which to explore a catch 22 at the heart of the profession’s struggle for acceptance; status as part of UK healthcare can only be gained through evidence-based medicine, but those methods of research are designed to serve Western constructs of medicine and science, not a medical system from a different world view.