Cutting East is back with a weekend long programme of Films, Music, Dance and Poetry.

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Friday 20th June 7pm £6


Hind Meddeb| 2013| Egypt/France| 77mins | 15 | Arabic with English Subtitles

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In the depth of the Cultural Revolution that swept over Egypt, a musical movement emerged from the slums of Cairo, censored by the mainstream media an electrifying version of Arab hip-hop emerged from the dust. ElectroChaabi embodies the thoughts and feelings of the people that went through struggles in recent years in Egypt. A mix between classic Arabic sounds, fast electronic beats with MCs. With lyrics that have a message for positive change in the society they live in, rapping about youth culture and the struggles of everyday life, it is clear to see that no matter how different we are, we can all turn to music to make a difference. Director Hind Meddeb introduces us to acts such as Sadat, Oka & Ortega and Chipsy who are all popular musicians of the genre, we are taken into their lives and find out their reasons for being part of the musical movement that is Electro Chaabi.

We will be hosting a Q&A discussion with Director, Hind Meddeb.

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Watch Trailer here

Cutting East Opening Night is being supported by Film Hub London, managed by Film London and a proud partner of the BFI Film Audience Network, funded by the National Lottery.


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With DAISYCHAIN GALAXY,  an East London based band formed of four talented  musicians!

Daisychain Galaxy are a four piece from the depths of East London who decided to start a band combining and crumbling together a mix of jazz, hip hop, rock and any other styles which took their fancy. Roundhouse have hailed them as ‘the new sound’ whilst Fashion Meets Music have said that they ‘bring a new colour and dynamic identity to the underground music scene’

More acts are still to be confirmed- Stay tuned and updates on the full line up of performances for the Opening Night Gala will be coming to you VERY soon!



Sunday June 22nd , 7p.m. Tickets £6

PAYDAY and IRONS IN THE FIRE 3D + spoken word performance with GEORGE THE POET!

Bringing Cutting East to a close are two films exploring experiences of young Londoners dealing with life in this hectic, culturally vibrant city in a climate of austerity. Both films offer a lyrical and poetical insight into the lives of the featured players and feature George the Poet. The screening will be followed by a Q&A and a spoken word performance upstairs in the genesis bar with George The Poet.

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FRED & NICK| UK | 2014| CERT: 15 | 40 MIN |7PM


What do all working young people have in common? PAYDAY. All the hard work hours put in over the the month will be rewarded on this day. So, in this Tale of Two Cities, how do they react to this? For some, it is a day of joy and happiness. Comfortable in the knowledge that the money they have earned will go a long way, they are free to do what they please. For others, however, it is a day that brings short term relief. Their monthly lifeline has come in and now comes the task of trying to use every single penny in the most productive way possible. PAYDAY gives a personal insight into the different ways in which young people from different backgrounds deal with this day. PAYDAY, directed by FRED&NICK and narrated by George the Poet, is a unique performance documentary, which delves into the finances and lives of four twenty-somethings. The film focuses on the contrasting lives of our diverse cast from the moment they receive their ‘payday’ money to how they go on to spend, save or squander it.



Yoav Segal| UK | 2014  | 21 MIN | 7PM


Food. Dance. Music and sports. Blend together a passionate young person with these creative mediums and success becomes a reality. ‘Irons in the Fire’ follows five inspirational young people, facing up to struggle as they conquer success. This Film Festival Premiere delivers a powerful story of how five young people, reached their current success through the support of several organisations. Elevated by Idris Elba’s narration and George The Poet’s punchy & enlivening words, the film explores the importance of maintaining your own identity whilst appreciating the opportunities that exist for young people. Ultimately the message of passion combined with communication through creative instruments is most emphasised.

With the film ‘Irons in the Fire’ you can expect a fusion of enthusiasm for creativity, hunger for success, and courage to confront fears amongst all of the characters. Prepare to be inspired, encouraged and energized to find your own success.

With special thanks to Sky Arts and Sky 3D

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