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VT Cinema: Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things

27th November 2019 @ 5:00 am - 9:00 pm

Ella Fitzgerald was a 15 year old street kid when she won a talent contest in 1934 at the Apollo theatre in Harlem. Within months she was a star. ELLA FITZGERALD: JUST ONE OF THOSE THINGS follows her extraordinary journey over six decades as her sublime voice transforms the tragedies of her own life and the troubles of her times into joy. The film uses never-before-seen images and unheard interviews to bring Ella Fitzgerald to life and to tell the story of her music. – a black woman who makes her career in the face of vile racism. Here is an Ella the world never knew – tough, thoughtful, funny, a dazzling musical innovator.
The film also uncovers Ella’s commitment to the battle Civil Rights; and it explores the conflicts that always haunted this intensely private woman: the struggle to reconcile her hunger for adoring audiences with her longing for a domestic life with her husband and son. At a time when she was the biggest singing star in the world, her pianist and friend Oscar Peterson said Ella was “the loneliest woman in the world”. But as Jamie Cullum says “her music is one of the reasons it’s worth being on this planet”. Featuring interviews with: Tony Bennett, Jamie Cullum, Laura Mvula, Johnny Mathis, Smokey Robinson, Cleo Laine, Andre Previn, Norma Miller, Patti Austin, Izsak Perlman, Margo Jefferson, Will Friedwald, and a rare interview with Ella’s son Ray Brown Junior.
US 2019
Dir: Leslie Woodhead
Cast: Ella Fitzgerald, Laura Mvula, Johnny Mathis, Smokey Robinson, Cleo Laine, Ray Brown Junior.
Cert: 12A
Dur: 1hr 30mins
5.00pm: Doors open
5.15pm: Film starts promptly
6.45pm: Q&A (TBC)
7.30pm: Eat, Drink and be Merry!
9.00pm: Venue closes
Mediterranean Food (vegan options included) and drink (alchoholic & non-alchoholic) available to purchase from ViewTube Cafe.
Music by DJ Vee.
Admission is on a first come, first served basis.
Pudding Mill Lane DLR Station: cross over under bridge take assending path, less than 5min walk.
The station is located on the DLR’s Stratford to Poplar branch, between the Bow Church and Stratford stations and is on the boundary between Travelcard Zone 2 & Zone 3.
Bus 276 ,108, 339 + 10mins walk
Excellent bicycle/walking link via The Greenway: Stratford to Beckton is a 6.8 kilometer point-to-point trail located near Newham. Greenway path is open From 5:30 AM every day and is locked at 7 PM in winter (Oct to Mar) and at 9 PM in summer (Apr to Sept).

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27th November 2019
5:00 am - 9:00 pm
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