Times of Screenings and Performances

London SadFest is a unique film festival that celebrates and explores the world of sad films.

The festival will be taking place at the Genesis Cinema in Mile End, London on the first weekend of March - 3rd, 4th, 5th.

The festival consists of a series of films and speakers with a launch event on the Friday evening. There will also be music and spoken word performances in the bar area throughout the event. All live track performances of music, poetry and spoken word are free and open to the public.

The times for performances in the live track are subject to change. Please check this page or with the festival reception on the day.

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NOTICE: Films on Sunday 5th will now be starting 30 minutes later than advertised. We apologise for any inconvenience. Live performances will still be on at the same times.

Date Time Film Live Track Performer
Friday 3rd March 5:00pm Music DJ Tear Drop
6:00pm The Elephant Man Music DJ Tear Drop
7:00pm The Elephant Man Music DJ Tear Drop
8:00pm After film talk: Dr Åsa Jansson Music DJ Tear Drop
8:30pm Drinks Reception Music Anna and Lou
9:15pm Music David Callahan (Wolfhounds/Moonshake)
9:40pm Music Robert Paul (Les Saules Pleureurs / Severed Limb)
10:00pm Music The Schulz
Saturday 4th March 2:00pm Music DJ Tear Drop
2:30pm Talk Dr Angela Byrne "The Tyranny of Happiness and the Medicalisation of Misery"
3:00pm Music DJ Tear Drop
3:30pm Kes Music DJ Tear Drop
4:00pm Kes Poetry Brian Docherty / Antony John
4:30pm Kes Poetry Jeff Hilson
5:00pm Kes Spoken Word Dan Horigan
5:30pm After film talk: Sarbjit Samra Music Kaya (Science of Lamps)
6:00pm In The Mood For Love Performance Mo (The Keaton)
6:30pm In The Mood For Love Music David Callahan (Wolfhounds/Moonshake)
7:00pm In The Mood For Love Music DJ Tear Drop
7:30pm In The Mood For Love Music DJ Evil Elvis
8:00pm Music The Schulz
8:30pm Music Garden Cities Project
9:00pm Music Joseph Paice
9:30pm Music Kasia Kawalek
10:00pm Music DJ Evil Elvis
Sunday 5th March 2:00pm Music DJ Tear Drop
2:30pm Poetry Ruth Ingram (reading her translation of Hans Sahl)
3:00pm Sophie's Choice moved to 3.30pm Talk David Lucas "Picture Books: Spiritual Fables For A Sceptical Age"
3:30pm Sophie's Choice Music / Poetry Joel Stewart / Jonathan Mann
4:00pm Sophie's Choice Talk Raza Griffiths "I Am A Verb, Not A Noun: Rebelling Against A Label"
4:30pm Sophie's Choice Music DJ Evil Elvis
5:00pm Sophie's Choice Spoken Word Emmanuel Speaks
5:30pm Music DJ Evil Elvis
6:00pm Sophie's Choice. After film talk: Dr Jennifer Wallace
Precious - Pre-film talk: Marcia Harris moved to 6.30pm
Talk David Millar "Truly, Madly, Deeply - Grief, Mourning, Sadness: Who knew there was a difference?
6:30pm Precious - Pre-film talk: Marcia Harris Music Tom Baynton - Cello
7:00pm Precious Music DJ Evil Elvis
7:30pm Precious Music David Callahan
8:00pm Precious Music DJ Evil Elvis
8:30pm Music DJ Evil Elvis