On 30th October East Village celebrated Halloween in style with a specially curated 'Village of the Dead' evening at Chobham Academy Theatre. In partnership with the East End Film Festival, East Village presented a special Zombie-fuelled drinks reception, complete with blood cocktails, maggot and coriander houmous and Night of the Living Breadsticks. This was followed by a very special screening of the East London comedy-horror, Cockneys vs Zombies.
After the screening, residents were treated to inside gossip on the making of the film, with director Matthias Hoene letting everyone in on some trade secrets. Joining him onstage to add a touch of glamour was the star of the film, Alan Ford - original East End hard man and acting royalty (having previously starred in Snatch, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels). Some of the more eagle–eyed audience members spotted actress Patricia Quinn amongst the ranks, famed for her role as Magenta in The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Residents got into the spirit by donning cockney and zombie outfits especially for the occasion. East Village resident Kirsty MacFarlane walked away with the Best Costume Award, entitling her to a Golden Ticket to next year’s East End Film Festival in July. Kirsty and a guest will get free entry to all the festival screenings and parties and given that they had 121 different screenings this year, it is likely that she will have a very busy couple of weeks.