The East End Film Festival prides itself on being a festival of fixation. Committed to cinema as an exercise in the bold, the inventive and the strange, the EEFF routinely champions voices that speak of lives lived dangerously. What’s more, as our opening night film (see opposite) attests the EEFF is a festival uniquely obsessed with the overlap between sound and image. There is therefore no more perfect a Closing Night Gala than Armando Bo’s barnstorming debut El Ultimo Elvis, a dark, tender portrait of idealistic self destruction, with killer songs.
A Sundance Film Festival hit earlier this year, Bo’s film portrays a delusional blue collar Elvis tribute act – here played by real life impersonator John McInerny in a truly astonishing performance – as a man who has convinced himself to believe that he is the reincarnation of Elvis Presley. Funny and tragic, we are delighted to present the film with Armando Bo in attendance.
The EEFF therefore invites you to join us at the RichMix for our Closing Night Awards ceremony, where we will be presenting the Festival’s Best Feature, Best Documentary and Best UK Short Awards, followed by our screening of The Last Elvis. Afterwards we will be taking our audience to our very own Graceland, which seems only fitting: after all, nobody bows out quite like the King.