Highbury writer hopes film will leave cinema-goers all shook up

PUBLISHED: 16:41 17 June 2012

Royston Dietch

Royston Dietch


A writer who always wondered why Elvis never toured Britain has turned the subject into a short comedy film.

Royston Deitch, of Highbury New Park, wrote and produced Elvis Prestwick which has been selected for some major festivals.

Filmed in a disused Old Street studio, it features a British office worker whose life is transformed after meeting Elvis.

Mr Deitch, 49, who has three children with wife Margaret, said: “On the afternoon of his death I remember actually saying Elvis would die before he tours the UK.

“This always stuck with me and I even told my wife on our first date.

“I’ve always been fascinated by why he never toured the UK. It is a classic case of ‘what if?’”

The film will be shown at the Palm Beach International in Florida and Indie Spirit in Colorado.

It stars actors Joe Bevan and Tim Park and was directed by Andrew Ryland.

Mr Deitch, a shipping lawyer, developed the idea after becoming a writer in later life.

He said of the film: “It is amazing and nerve-wracking seeing it at festivals.”

For more information visit the Elvis Prestwick Facebook page.

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