The 11th East End Film Festival (EEFF) running 1 – 8 July will be at the heart of the cultural carousal when the Olympic Games come to London’s East End this summer, proving there’s more to East London than the sound of Bow Bells and Cockney Rhyming
With a nod to other festivals that mix cinema with music and the arts like SXSW, East End Film Festival is known for being creative with cross-platform programming, and this year is no exception.
Following from last year’s impressive opening gala, the World Premiere of The Libertines: There Are No Innocent Bystanders, the festival will officially open on Tuesday 3rd July with the UK Premiere of a documentary probing the legacy of another music icon.
Combining never-before-seen concert and archive footage, Maurice Linnane’s ARENA: AMY WINEHOUSE - THE DAY SHE CAME TO DINGLE exposes her unique talent and explores her deep affection for jazz, soul and gospel legends including Mahalia Jackson,
Sarah Vaughan, Ray Charles and the Shangri-Las. Screening in the beautiful St Anne’s Church in Limehouse, this will be the only opportunity to experience one of her most incredible live performances ever on a big screen. This red carpet gala screening will be followed by live music from some very special guests, and an after-afterparty in one of Amy’s favourite local watering holes.
The festival will close on Sunday 8th July with a gala UK Premiere screening of THE LAST ELVIS (EL ULTIMO ELVIS). Nominated for Sundance Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize, Armando Bo’s powerhouse feature focuses on a delusional Elvis impersonator in Buenos Aires who sacrifices happiness with his wife and daughter in his unstoppable quest for fame.