Filed: Wednesday, 13th June 2012
By: Staff Writer
Local filmmaker Mitch Panayis has released a film short commemorating West Ham's trip to Wembley on 19th May.
The 15-minute film - entitled "They Fly So High - an East End Outing" - concentrates on supporters both before and during the day itself, which saw United book an instant return to the Premier League courtesy of a 2-1 win over Blackpool in the Championship play-off Final.
Speaking to KUMB.com, Mitch revealed the motivation behind his decision to document West Ham's big day out.
"I am a local filmmaker from Forest Gate who has been documenting the impact of the Olympic Games on East London for the last three years, with a Documentary due to be released at the end of this year," he said. "This has centered around Queens Market in Upton Park.
"West Ham as a team and a club has been the topic of many discussions held at the market between myself and the traders, in particular the recent relegation and the potential move from Upton Park to the Olympic Stadium.
"Greg, a life long friend of mine and West Ham season ticket holder, also had strong opinions of the move. When the team reached the play-off Final, it seemed a natural progression for us to record and document the fans' perspective of the match in the context of moving away from Upton Park.
"After looking at the footage we believed it was strong enough to stand alone as a short film in itself, for two reasons. Firstly, it had its own clear narrative and, we felt, captured the true essence of going to a game, in particular as an East End day out to a stadium of such history.
"And secondly, because films of this nature are surprisingly few and far between - when in fact there is a huge audience with an interest in this type of film, both journalistic and entertainment-wise.
"Parts of this film will be included in the final feature length documentary due out later this year."
To view the film, simply click on the play button below...
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Sam planning ahead [20th May 2012]
Nolan on... Wembley [18th May 2012]
Allardyce on... the play-off Final (part one) [17th May 2012]
Play-off t-shirts on sale now! [8th May 2012]
Mackay on... West Ham United [8th May 2012]
The opposition view - Cardiff City [8th May 2012]
Allardyce on... Cardiff City [7th May 2012]
West Ham Utd 3 Cardiff City 0 (West Ham win 5-0 on aggregate) [7th May 2012]
04:57AM 17th Jun 2012
''Video down on a copywrite claim. Any other places to watch it?''
by Dartford Hammer
12:01PM 14th Jun 2012
''Love how me and the boys got a viewing walking up Wembley way singing Bubbles. Haha, love it...''
12:28PM 13th Jun 2012
''02:45 'I went to see them in 1975'
03:53 'Yea I can remember my first game it was in 1976'''
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