Magazine article Screen International

UK Premiere of Arena: Amy Winehouse to Open East End Film Festival

Magazine article Screen International

UK Premiere of Arena: Amy Winehouse to Open East End Film Festival

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Documentary is one of 35 UK premieres at the 11th edition of the festival, which will also host 14 world premieres.

Maurice Linnane's documentary Arena: Amy Winehouse, The Day She Came To Dingle will officially kick off the 11th edition of the East End Film Festival (EEFF) on July 3. The festival takes place at venues across London from July 1-8.

Arena will be followed by a Q&A as well as live music from a choir and orchestra and is one of 35 UK premieres at this year's festival, alongside the likes of Rebecca Thomas' Electrick Children and Armando Bo's Sundance Grand Jury Prize nominee The Last Elvis, which closes the festival on July 8.

This year's edition will also host 14 world premieres, 12 of which will be British films as part of a special focus on local filmmakers for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. These include Make Your Own Damn Art, John Rogers' documentary of Turner nominated British artist Bob & Roberta Smith, East End-set caper movie The Hot Potato, directed by Tim Lewiston and starring Ray Winstone, and David Kew & Neil Thompson's crime thriller Twenty8k.

Other homegrown films screening include Frances Lea's romantic drama Strawberry Fields, Hugh Hartford's documentary Ping Pong and the London premiere of Andrew Kötting's Swandown.

First- and second-time directors at the festival will be shortlisted for the Best Film Award with this year's winner being chosen by a jury consisting of Joe Wright, Dexter Fletcher, Sandra Hebron and Adrian Wootton, with the winner will be invited back for next year's edition as Director In Residence. …

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