From Wednesday 15 September to Sunday 19 September 2021, Leytonstone Loves Film will return for a third year to celebrate film culture and Leytonstone’s vibrant cinema community through an exciting programme of outdoor, indoor and online film screenings, talks, workshops and events.
Made by local creatives and residents in partnership with the Barbican and supported by London Borough of Waltham Forest and Arts Council England, the free community-powered programme is built by a growing collective of local filmmakers, film exhibitors and film enthusiasts with more than 20 local programming partners contributing to this year’s Leytonstone Loves Film.
The festival will span various local venues around Leytonstone including Langthorne Park, Leytonstone High Road, St John’s Church, Leytonstone Library, Filly Brook, Heathcote & Star, Nexus Centre, St Andrew’s Church and Shri Nathji Sanatan Hindu Temple.
Highlights of this year’s festival include screenings of the 2018’s Sundance Grand Jury Prize Butterflies by Tolga Karacelik; Irina Drytchak from Sign for All will be hosting a family film club for D/deaf and hearing families; We Are Parable will be curating Raised Voices, a programme of short films highlighting the work of Black filmmakers from across the UK; as well as Radiant Circus and Last Frame Club presenting a double bill of 80’s horror films including The Hunger by Tony Scott and A Girl walks Home Alone at Night by Ana Lily Amirpour. Among the in-person events is a screening of Nattawut Poonpiriya’s 2017 hit Bad Genius, organised by Not Another Film Club, a group of four alumni from the Barbican’s Young Film Programmers programme; a night programmed by The New Black Film Collective that takes Black Lives Matter and Black History as its starting point; and Apne Film Club’s screenings of classic Bollywood films Charulata and Mughal-E-Azam.
In addition to a series of feature and short film screenings, Leytonstone Loves Film will host a range of cross-arts activities in the form of talks, activities and workshops across the week. These include The Social Cinema’s scavenger hunt for families to discover the magic of moving image through installations in buildings and shops along the High Road in Leytonstone; Forest Film Club collaborating with the Woodhouse Players to host an interactive film pub quiz at the Heathcote & Star; Call To Holy Ground, a film screening, performance and installation presented by Fourthland and made in collaboration with a group of 40 elders from St Andrew’s Church and Shri Nathji Sanatan Hindu Temple; as well as Waltham Forest based filmmaker Ashton John offering HomeMade, an online documentary filmmaking workshop aimed at Waltham Forest documentary filmmakers, photographers and journalists to help them create a short documentary around the theme of Home.
Moreover, local podcaster, filmmaker and screenwriter Stuart Wright will create a series of nine podcasts interviewing the partners from this year’s Leytonstone Loves Film. These will be released in the lead-up to the festival promoting the work of the partners, but also the 2021 festival programme itself.