Films in Create
Films that channel the electricity of the creative process, celebrating artistic expression in all its forms.
Dir Ralph Fiennes | UK-Serbia-France
Dance perfection meets political defection in director Ralph Fiennes’ intoxicating account of the young life of Rudolf Nureyev.
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Dir Joe Pearlman, David Soutar | UK-USA
Brosettes rejoice! Matt and Luke Goss take on the big screen – and each other – in this candid documentary charting the twin pop sensations’ stormy reunion.
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Dir Kevin Kerslake | USA
This detailed, exuberant documentary celebrates guitarist, record producer and feminist punk icon Joan Jett, from The Runaways and solo stardom to Riot Grrrl and beyond.
Read more about Bad Reputation
Dir-Scr Jane Magnusson | Sweden
This fascinating and unflinching study of the brilliance of Ingmar Bergman’s extraordinary career, is crafted around one of his most prolific and creatively fruitful years.
Read more about Bergman – A Year in a Life
Dir Ethan Hawke | USA
Directed by Ethan Hawke, this biopic of folk singer Blaze Foley is a love letter to musicians everywhere and to the poetics of drunken songwriters as cowboy outlaws.
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Dir-Scr Xiaolu Guo | UK-China
Acclaimed writer and filmmaker Xiaolu Guo delivers another deeply intelligent and idiosyncratic essay, located between contemporary China and post-Brexit referendum London.
Read more about Five Men and a Caravaggio
Dir-Scr Nandita Das | India
Acclaimed filmmaker Nandita Das returns to the Festival with an intelligent biopic that might be set in 1947, but holds up a mirror to contemporary issues in South Asia.
Read more about Manto
Dir-Scr Georgia Parris | UK
Modern dance is an evocative narrative tool in Georgia Parris’ debut, which investigates a young woman’s identity and the complex relationship she has with her mother and sister.
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Dir Melissa Haizlip, Samuel D Pollard | USA
This is a heartfelt and politically engaged profile of Ellis Haizlip, the openly gay host of the ground breaking PBS all-black variety show SOUL!
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Dir Sarah Lewis | UK
This ebullient documentary about trend-setting Soho hair salon Cuts also serves as a reminder of how pre-gentrification London was fertile ground for multicultural DIY creativity.
Read more about No Ifs or Buts
Dir Valeria Bertuccelli, Fabiana Tiscornia | Argentina
An actor negotiates a new play, a friend’s illness and a tricky home situation in this amusing tale where Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown meets Opening Night.
Read more about The Queen of Fear
Dir-Scr Philipp Jedicke | Germany
Self-proclaimed musical genius Chilly Gonzales is charismatic, complicated, conflicted and bursting with talent in this invigorating documentary.
Read more about Shut Up and Play the Piano
Dir Kirill Serebrennikov | Russia
Surreal at times, but always sincere, Russian provocateur Kirill Serebrennikov’s latest is a journey into the heart of the Soviet counterculture of the late 1980s.
Read more about Summer
Dir Ed Lilly | UK
Southend’s battle-rap scene comes to the big screen, in this sharp-tongued drama starring Connor Swindells as a troubled teenager trying to make rhyme pay.
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Short films programmes