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London East Asia film festival launched in Notting Hill


On 12 September, the programme for the London East Asia Film Festival (LEAFF) 2017 was launched at the Electric Cinema in Notting Hill.

Three Taiwanese films have been selected for the festival, including; ‘The Receptionist’, a tense drama about the sex trade in London directed by Jenny Lu; ‘Small Talk’, a thoughtful documentary about family and LGBT+ issues directed by Huang Hui-chen; and ‘Who Killed Cock Robin’, a gripping thriller directed by Cheng Wei-Hao. Both ‘Who Killed Cock Robin’ and ‘The Receptionist’ have been included in this year’s Competition Selection, which seeks to promote imaginative and original features for the next generation of East Asian Film Makers.

The second largest festival of its kind, LEAFF was established in 2015 as a non-profit arts organization to champion the growing collaboration and diversity in East Asian filmmaking. The second annual event, which runs from 19–29 October, includes 13 UK premieres that feature a wide variety of films from across Taiwan, Japan, Hong Kong, Korea and mainland China. Both ‘Small Talk’ and ‘The Receptionist’ will be screened at Regent Street Cinema on 24 October at 18:00 and 20:45 respectively. For more details see the LEAFF programme here.