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East End Film Festival Announces Programme

A documentary on the late soul-singer Amy Winehouse will open the East End Film Festival

The 11th East End Film Festival will open on July 3 with a documentary probing the legacy of London’s late soul-singer Amy Winehouse.

Screening in St Anne’s Church in Limehouse, East London, Maurice Linnane‘s Arena: Amy Winehouse, The Day She Came to Dingle contains never-before-seen concert and archive footage of the Camden-based pop star, before exploring the influence of gospel legends Mahalia Jackson, Sarah Vaughan, Ray Charles and the Shangri-Las on her unique sound.

The festival closes on Sunday 8th July with the UK Premiere of Armando Bo’s Argentinian film The Last Elvis (El Utimo Elvis).

Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, the film focuses on a delusional Elvis impersonator in Buenos Aires who sacrifices happiness with his wife and daughter in his quest for fame.

An Olympic-inspired sport vein includes Hugh Hartford’s Ping Pong, a documentary following 8 OAP’s in the world ping pong championships, while art films and instillation pieces include Andrew Kotting and Iain Sinclair’s Swandown – a swan-pedalo odyssey from Hasings to Hackney - and Bob & Roberta Smith’s documentary Ai Weiwei, about the iconic Chinese artist.

Frances Lea’s much-anticipated Strawberry Fields, which will hit cinemas via Soda Pictures this July, will also be screeened at the festival.

The East End Film Festival Creative Director Alison Poltock said: “With new voices and uncompromising visions at our heart, the East End Film Festival explores the limits of the moving image whilst extending beyond artistic and cultural boundaries to reach out and present good old-fashioned entertainment. With films from over 40 countries and activities for all ages and backgrounds, we expect this to be our best EVER festival.”

 The East End Film Festival will run from Sunday 1st July to Sunday 8th July.

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