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The Elephant Never Forgets

A documentary on the memories of older residents of the Elephant and Castle is one of the highlights of this week's free Elefest Film Festival.

'The Elephant never forgets' is a cup of tea with the memories and expectations of the older residents of the Elephant and Castle area.

Produced as part of a community project funded by Elephant Links in collaboration with Groundwork Southwark and Community TV Trust, the documentary involved several clubs and groups working with older people in Southwark and about 30 residents.

As well as celebrating individual's reminiscences, 'The Elephant Never Forgets' explores the participants' experience of the present and their vision for a future where the Elephant will be completely transformed by the forthcoming redevelopment of the area.

The screening on Thursday 15 July at the Coronet in New Kent Road at 7.30pm will be followed by a Q&A session with the production team and some of the protagonists.

Elefest is a free four-day summer film festival which will feature some of the greatest films ever made alongside locally produced work.

The festival, to be held in the Coronet, aims to celebrate the cultural diversity of the area with films from Nigeria, Bangladesh, Colombia and Ireland. There will also be a rare chance to see The Italian Job on the big screen and the Charlie Chaplin classic Modern Times. Cult classic Babylon will close the festival on Saturday night.

The festival will also show a wide spectrum of locally produced work, It opens with three short films made specifically for the festival by local people in conjunction with the INTO Project. Local community media experts Southwark TV will host an hour of local work on Thursday.

Short films by people who live, study or work in the area will start Friday night's programme and a Rotherhithe-produced version of A Midsummer's Night's Dream, featuring the talents of local children will be shown on Saturday.

Elefest is organised by Neon (New Elephant Open Network), a voluntary organisation that aims to keep the creativity of local people at the heart of the Elephant and Castle's regeneration. It has been funded by Film London, Elephant Links and South East London Community Foundation.

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