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Robert Redford, founder of the Sundance Institute, will return to the O2 for the second Sundance London film and music festival. The line-up for the event, which will take place from 25-28 April, was announced today.
The event will include screenings of 18 feature films, nine short films, panel discussions and numerous musical events. Artists scheduled to attend include legendary rock band the Eagles, Canadian musician/filmmaker Peaches, writer/director Lake Bell and comedian Jimmy Carr. Overall, 23 films will make their international, European or UK premieres at Sundance London. Many of them received awards at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah this past January.
For the first time, the festival will include a UK Spotlight of two narrative features and two documentaries. This new showcase offers a selection of UK films that premiered in Park City. Other UK films to premiere at Sundance previously have included An Education and Four Weddings and a Funeral.
In a statement Robert Redford said, “We would hope for Sundance London to be another ‘Sundance’ experience – lively, culturally relevant and fun. We look forward to engaging with audiences as we discover new voices, new points of view and new perspectives.”
Below are some highlights of Sundance London. Passes and ticket packages are available now at www.sundance-london.com, along with more information on the line-up. Individual tickets will go on sale at 9:00am GMT this Friday.
The Look of Love – Directed by Michael Winterbottom (24 Hour Party People), the film is the true story of British adult magazine publisher and entrepreneur Paul Raymond. He became one of the richest men in Britain at the cost of those closest to him. The film’s cast includes Steve Coogan and Anna Friel.
History of the Eagles Part One – Directed by Alison Ellwood, this documentary provides an intimate look into the history of the iconic American rock band the Eagles. The band has earned countless awards and sold over 120 million albums. Ellwood’s documentary includes interviews with all current and former members of the group, along with never-before-seen home movies and archival footage. The event will include an extended Q&A with the Eagles.
Peaches Does Herself – Edgy Canadian musician Peaches will present the UK premiere of her first film. The electro rock opera follows the rise in Peaches’ popularity and features performances of many of her songs. Sundance London will also host a performance by Peaches at the festival, which is likely to be an evening to remember.
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