Sundance Film Festival comes to London

Films, live music performances and talks hit London’s Greenwich with visit of Sundance festival

Sundance Film Festival comes to London
26 April 2012

America's largest independent film festival is coming to Britain today.

The Sundance Film Festival will be taking place at the 02 in Greenwich, south east London and there’s some treats we reckon you’re going to love.

In addition to films, there will be live music performances and other events held each evening from 26 to 29 April.

Started by Robert Redford in 1978, The Sundance Film Festival has grown to become one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world. Held every January Utah, the film festival is a showcase for new films from around the world. It has grown in popularity over the years and is now coming to London for the very first time.

Here are some of the highlights:

Two Days in New York – A film about a single mother's very hectic life in NYC. Stars Julie Delpy and Chris Rock.

Dol (First Birthday) (short film) – A gay Korean American man yearns for a family life just out or reach.

Song of a Spindle (short film) – An animated, humorous and informative conversation between a sperm whale and a man. Each one tries to convince the other that his brain is bigger.

Filly Brown – A Mexican girl rises to fame as she copes with the incarceration of her mother through music.

The House I Live In – A documentary about the war on drugs in America. This film won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance earlier this year.

Liberal Arts – A newly single man returns to his alma mater for his favorite professor's retirement dinner. Starring Josh Radnor and hot actress of the moment Elizabeth Olsen.

The Queen of Versailles – A documentary about an American couple constructing the largest house in America, inspired by Versailles. But the economic crisis puts their dreams on hold.

Under African Skies – Paul Simon returns to South Africa to relive the storyline of his hit Graceland album.

Other Short Films include two from the UK – Robots of Brixton and Don't Hug Me I'm Scared.

And other highlights include a film and performance by Rufus and Martha Wainwright in honor of their deceased mother Kate McGarrigle.

There will be panel discussions on the new global documentary movement as well as one on filmmakers in the UK versus the US which will focus on how alike and how different they are. And on opening night in what will be the highlight of the festival – an evening with Robert Redford and T Bone Burnett with surprise appearances by other celebrities.

To see a schedule of events and to buy tickets visit the Sundance Film Festival official site.

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