You just can’t shake Danny Boyle’s community spirit. Fresh from his Olympic success with the Opening Ceremony, local resident Danny Boyle is stepping up to curate an 11-day festival celebrating the talents of Mile End and East London with a programme of cinema, activities, theatre and music as Shuffle takes over St Clement’s Social Club.
Set for redevelopment in 2014, St Clement’s Hospital will soon be home to the UK’s first urban Community Land Trust and is the ideal host for Shuffle’s aspirations to bring together London’s diverse and unique groups through the arts and iconic London locations. A former Victorian workhouse and psychiatric hospital, Shuffle continues London’s trend for film screenings anywhere but the multiplex with a combination of indoor and outdoor screenings of cult films and Boyle back catalogue, alongside live music, DJs, talks and delicious street food and bars.
Kick off your week with a Bollywood dance workshop before a screening of Aamir Khan’s Taare Zameen Par (Monday 12 August) plus a post show Q&A with Danny Boyle. On the outdoor screen, see how Indian culture influenced Boyle with Slumdog Millionaire and enjoy Bollywood movie DJs until 11pm. Relive the Olympic magic as the Opening Ceremony returns to east London (Tuesday 13 August), taking pride of place on the big screen followed by screenings of the National Theatre’s Frankenstein, directed by Danny Boyle starring Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch.
But it’s not all about Danny Boyle. Shuffle embraces London’s rich filmic history with screenings ranging from classic Polanski in Rosemary’s Baby (Thursday 15 August) to Joe Cornish’s Attack the Block (Wednesday 14 August) and Julien Temple’s London: The Modern Babylon (Saturday 17 August) along with some fantastic post show discussions with cast and directors and Danny Boyle himself. While the screening of Boyle classic, Trainspotting, may already be sold out, you can enjoy a free screening of Chris Morris’s Four Lions plus a selection of shorts from East End Film Festival until midnight (Fri 16 Aug).
Giving the festival a worthy send off, join in the Movie Marathon on Sunday with screenings of David Lean’s Great Expectations, Jacques Audiard’s A Prophet and Michel Gondry’s Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind followed by an outdoor screening of David Lynch’s The Elephant Man.
Running alongside the cinema, catch the free performances of Central Foundation Girl’s School in The HM Case, in association with Complicite and the Barbican (Wednesday 14, Thursday 15 and Saturday 17 August) in the 1950s Wentworth Stanley Theatre in the hospital.
Small scale with big aspirations, Shuffle looks set to be a fantastic celebration of community spirit and the great filmmaking that is produced in our fair capital.
View the full festival programme on: www.shufflefestival.com.
Shuffle Festival takes place until 18 August at:
St Clement’s Social Club
Mile End Road