The programme for Robert Redford’s first Sundance London film festival at the Greenwich 02 Arena next month has been announced. It includes 14 US independent documentaries and features that premiered at Sundance in Utah this January.
- 2 Days In New York — Chris Rock co-stars in Julie Delpy’s follow-up to 2 Days In Paris.
- Shut Up And Play The Hits — Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace do for LCD Soundsystem what Scorsese did for The Band in The Last Waltz as they document the final 48 hours of James Murphy’s all-conquering dance outfit
- Chasing Ice — National Geographic photographer James Balog spends years capturing time-lapse photography of glaciers showing the effects of climate change.
- The House I Live In — Eugene Jarecki’s Grand Jury Prize-winning critique of the so-called War On Drugs.
- The Queen of Versailles — Lauren Greenfield dissects the American Dream by following the failed attempts of an uber-rich couple to build a 90,000 sq ft palace inspired by Versailles.
Don’t expect CGI, this is a blockbuster-free zone.
The great white dome will also feature live music — most notably the reunion of Tricky and Martina Topley Bird playing their seminal trip-hop masterpiece Maxinquaye — and panel events featuring Mr Sundance himself in conversation with music producer T Bone Burnett on the opening night.
Redford said: “I welcome the opportunity to see how people in the UK experience these films. While they are American productions they speak to universal experiences and global challenges.”
Sundance was launched in 1978 to showcase independent films unseen outside the mainstream and has become the largest festival of its kind. London’s first outing runs from April 26-29, the films will be shown in the O2’s Cineworld and tickets go on sale early April.
By Paul Dietrich