Sundance London: Indie Film & Live Music At The O2

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Sundance London.

Sundance London is fast approaching with a fantastic programme that’s not just about film — there’s a strong musical thread, too and here are just a few highlights from a fabulously diverse programme.

Electronic glam-rock pop star and performance artist Peaches creates not just a gig, but a whole experience, after her self-written and directed film, Peaches Does Herself screens on 26 April.

Indie rock band, British Sea Power are giving a special performance playing their original soundtrack to Penny Woolcock’s coastal voyage, From the Sea to the Land Beyond, on 28 April.

Documentary Muscle Shoals looks at how a studio in a tiny Alabama town managed to create some incredible music, like Mustang Sally and I Never Loved a Man, with some of the greatest artists of all time — Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones. After the screening on 27 April, Founding member of The Allman Brothers Band, Gregg Allman and John Paul White of The Civil Wars will perform a very special, intimate acoustic gig.

Perhaps fittingly for a festival that took initial inspiration from the country it was born in, the biggest film in the programme is London home-grown. Michael Winterbottom’s The Look of Love follows the life of “king of Soho” Paul Raymond and stars Steve Coogan, Anna Friel and Chris Addison. It was filmed on location as much as possible so there’s extra locals-points to be had from spotting Soho landmarks. The Look of Love got its worldwide premiere at Sundance in January; Sundance London will be its UK premiere.

Others to catch: Upstream Color, which wildly split audiences so you’re best to make up your own mind; Touchy Feely and its fabulous ensemble cast including Rosemarie DeWitt, Ellen Page, Allison Janney and Ron Livingston; Blood Brother, about HIV positive orphans in India that took the Sundance Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize: Documentary awards. But you need to take a look at the complete programme to make sure you don’t miss out.

There’s also a great selection of short films from acclaimed filmmakers including Eva Weber, Damien Chazelle and Kibwe Tavares. Plus, every screening will have time for a filmmaker Q&A afterwards.

Sundance London takes place at The O2 from 25-28 April. For information about tickets and booking visit www.sundance-london.com.

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