Amy Winehouse Documentary Premieres at the East End Film Fest

A new concert documentary focusing on Amy Winehouse premiered at the East End Film Festival in London on Tuesday, July 3. Arena: Amy Winehouse, The Day She Came to Dingle lime lights the singer in 2006, while on the brink of international stardom.

The documentary includes never-before-seen concert footage of Winehouse performing stripped down selections from her breakout effort, Black to Black, including “Rehab” and “Tears Dry On Their Own.” Filmed in December 2006 as part of Irish TV’s Other Voices music show, the intimate performance took place in a church in Dingle, a small fishing village in Liverpool.

For the documentary, director Maurice Linnane has complemented the Dingle concert footage with a video interview conducted with Winehouse on the day of the performance. Arena: Amy Winehouse also showcases rare archival footage of Winehouse’s influencers, including Mahalia Jackson, Sarah Vaughan, Ray Charles and the Shangri-Las.

Previously Linanne has directed concert documentaries for U2, the Foo Fighters and the Cranberries.

Arena: Amy Winehouse was screened at the St. Anne’s Church in London’s Limehouse district with Winehouse’s family, friends and record label in attendance. The screening was prefaced by performances from U.K. up-and-comer Lianne La Havas accompanied by a choir and orchestra. Afterwards, director Maurice Linnane, Arena’s Anthony Wall and Other Voices’ Philip King took questions from the audience. The “after-after-party” was held at one of Winehouse’s favorite local watering holes. The documentary is expected to air on BBC in late July.

In its 11 years, the East End Film Festival has become the U.K.’s response to SXSW, mixing film screenings with live music shows. The festival closes on Sunday, July 8 with another music-related documentary, The Last Elvis, about a tragic, fame-obsessed Elvis impersonator in Buenos Aires.

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