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Neon Elefest

Elephant and Castle hosted its first ever film festival, ELEFEST,
at the newly reopened Coronet Cinema on 20, 21 and 22 November 2003. This
free festival celebrated the cultural and creative diversity of the
area, mixing classic cinema with the new, shorts with features and locally
produced work with the international. A revival of "saturday morning at
the pictures" was also part of the programme with a special screening of
Monsters Inc.

The festival was organised by NEON (New Elephant Open Network), which aims to keep the creativity of the local people at the heart of the
regeneration plans for the area.

Festival Programme

Thursday 20 November - Launch night.

Films followed by special guest DJs in the Coronet bar until 2.00am.

7pm: The premier of two short films produced specially for the festival by
the Asian Youth Group on the Rockingham Estate. The films have been made
in a series of workshops held on the estate and facilitated by Southwark

8pm: Arisen A spectacular fusion of trapeze, dance, music and film created
by Alkeme productions. A puppet with a human soul, a soul trapped by the
black magic of a sinister puppeteer. A struggle to become free!

9pm: La Haine. 1995, France, Cert 18, 97 mins, Director Mathieu Kassovitz.
La Haine is a poignant portrayal of 24 hours in the life of three
disaffected young residents on a grim housing estate in Paris. Often
described as ‘gripping’ and ‘shocking’ La Haine never disappoints.

11pm till 2am: DJs Earl Gateshead and John Reynolds (BI-wire) playing
funk, soul, disco and boogie.

Friday 21 November

7pm: Southwark TV presents a selection of work made as part of their
community media project.

7:30pm Shorts by film/video artists who live, work or study in the area.

9:15pm Get Carter 1971, UK, Cert 18, 112 mins, Director Mike Hodges. An
original, much copied but seldom equalled. Starring Southwark’s own
Michael Caine who delivers a superb performance as the killer who sets out
to investigate his brother’s death.

Saturday 22 November Family Day

10:30am - Monster’s Inc. 2001, USA, Cert U, 92 mins, Director Peter Doctor
and David Silverman. Kids young and old will love this animated adventure
about monsters that generate power by scaring children. In a neat twist
it’s the monsters who are more scared of the children and when one enters
Monstropolis, all hell breaks loose!

12:30pm - The Great Dictator. 1940, USA, Cert PG, 125 mins, Director
Charlie Chaplin. When Charlie Chaplin first stepped on to a stage it was
at the Coronet in Elephant and Castle. In this, a satire about Nazi
Germany, he plays a dictator with a Jewish barber double who is one day
mistaken for the terrible tyrant. Film to be followed at 3pm by an elders’
tea dance at the nearby Corsica Studio's with songs and soundtracks from
the golden era of cinema, featuring David Carter (Keyboard Capers). Free

3pm - The Clay Bird. 2002, Bangladesh, Cert PG, 98 mins, Director Tareque
Masud (Bengali with English subtitles). This autobiographical vision of
childhood, accessible for children and adults alike, is a moving family
drama told against the backdrop of the traumatic birth of Bangladesh as an
independent state in the 1960s. A future classic.

5pm – La Pena Maxima. 2001, Colombia, Unclassified, 75 mins, Director
Jorge Echeverri (Spanish with English subtitles) An award winning tale of
a civil servant’s obsession with the Colombian soccer team’s road to the
World Cup.

7pm - The Harder They Come. 1972, Jamaica, Cert 18, 110 mins, Director
Perry Henzell. The Harder They Come is one of Jamaica’s best-loved
exports. In it, reggae star Jimmy Cliff crosses paths with some dubious
types. This has been described as ‘rough, ready, and very rewarding’. A
rare opportunity to see this classic on the big screen.

10pm till late Closing party at Corsica Studio's featuring live
Jazz/Funk/Hip-Hop from local collective Elephant Sandwich, followed by
special guest DJs.A limited number of tickets will be given away to those
who attend screenings at The Coronet.

The Coronet, 26-28 New Kent Road, Elephant and Castle, SE1
6TJ. Tel: 020 7701 1500.

Corsica Studio's, 5 Farrell Court, Elephant Road, SE17 1LB

• The festival is funded by Elephant Links, Awards for All and the South
East London Community Foundation.