Leytonstone Loves Film

Published Wednesday 31 July by Owen

Barbican and Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture 2019 announce Leytonstone Loves Film programme, a new film festival in east London

In September 2019, Leytonstone Loves Film takes place in east London for the first time as part of Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture 2019. This free, weekend-long festival is designed to celebrate film culture and Leytonstone’s unique cinema history, presented by local residents and organisations, the Barbican and Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture 2019.

Indoor and outdoor screenings will be popping up all weekend, alongside workshops, activities and installations with music, markets and food stalls spilling out onto the streets on Sunday. Audiences will enjoy a range of film experiences on both large outdoor screens and in intimate pop up spaces from new releases, independent and art house films to archive classics and shorts made locally and internationally. Over 50 events are on offer, the majority of which are programmed and produced by local partners from Leytonstone and across Waltham Forest.

Highlights include Laura Poitras’ documentary Flag Wars, Agnes Varda’s The Gleaners & I, Leytonstone local John Smith’s Blight and Home Suite, and a newly produced history of grime music in the borough. Leytonstone Loves Film is also celebrating classics such as the iconic work of Bollywood cinema, Pyaasa by Guru Dutt and Buster Keaton’s silent cinema gem, The General as part of a live score and light show by band Haiku Salut presented by The Music Halls Project.

Gali Gold, Head of Cinema at the Barbican, said: ‘Leytonstone has a rich history of film culture which still thrives today, so we’re proud to be working with local residents and organisations for the very first Leytonstone Loves Film. This is a festival for families and cinephiles alike, celebrating cinema and its power to enlighten and excite, mobilise and entertain, so whatever your knowledge or taste of film you will be able to enjoy a wide range of cinema from around the world, and even learn something new in some of the workshops on offer, all available for free.’

Sam Hunt, Creative Director, Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture 2019, said: ‘We are proud to be partnering with the Barbican to present London’s latest major film festival, Leytonstone Loves Film. A festival created in response to the amazing film history of Waltham Forest and Leytonstone in particular, inspired by the people and stories of this place. A place that was once the centre of the silent film industry and where Alfred Hitchcock was born and is now home to the next generation of radical storytellers, venues across Leytonstone will be transformed into cinemas and performance spaces. The Barbican has worked closely with the film community of the borough to create something really special, a true London film festival created for, by and with the people who live here.’

On Friday 27 of September we kick-off at 5pm with a public evening outdoor screening of a new release film programmed by the Barbican. Following the launch on Saturday 28 September, indoor and outdoor screenings will start at 11am with a family programme of shorts and activities in the churchyard of St John's Church and a series of Hitchcock and film inspired activities and workshops nearby. There will be several matinee screenings and evening screenings on both outdoor and indoor screens for everyone to enjoy. Sunday 29 September will be a car-free day with an outdoor programme of activities and screenings for families as well as further indoor screenings to accompany a car-free festival atmosphere with markets, live music and roaming performers all inspired by film and cinema.