Cinephiles mourning the loss of the Film Shop on Broadway Market may be heartened to learn that London Fields now boasts its own film festival, which is set to take place for ten days starting this weekend.
The London Free Film Festival will see a variety of features, documentaries, shorts, animation and experimental films screened at local venues over ten days, with a special focus on London filmmakers and themes.
There will be a chance to watch 2011 documentary Under The Cranes, a meditation on the multi-cultural history of Hackney by Emma-Louise Williams, who will appear with the poet Michael Rosen for a Q&A session afterwards.
Hackney Attic will be hosting a ‘Ryan Gosling all-dayer’, a triple bill of films starring the so-called hottest man in Hollywood. There is also an evening of fashion shorts planned at the London College of Fashion on Mare Street.
The festival has chosen some unusual local venues, such as Hollywood Springs cinema on Well Street, London Fields Gym and Hackney City Farm.
Best of all, each event will be free to enter. The festival is organised by local volunteers and has been set up by Free Film Festivals, who have previously run free festivals in Peckham and Nunhead, Herne Hill and Camberwell.
London Fields Free Film Festival is at various venues from 17–26 October.