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It’s news that will have film buffs jumping with joy – Sundance, the infamous independent film festival whose roots are found in Utah, is heading to London for four days in April.
The UK version of the festival, imaginatively called Sundance London, will see a programme of 14 narrative and documentary feature films come to The O2 – including Chasing Ice, a visually stunning documentary following National Geographic photographer James Balog as he works to produce a visual body of work capturing the effects of climate change.
There’s also a short-film programme, which will see eight American and international shorts shown, alongside the premiere screening of the winner of a competition to produce a British film around the theme of ‘Story of Our Time’.
It’s not all about the celluloid, however. There will be panel discussions, live music performances and events, including Tricky and Martina Topley Bird performing the former artist’s classic album Maxinquaye, as well as Rufus and Martha Wainwright singing the songs of their mother, Kate McGarrigle.
Sundance president and founder Robert Redford is set to play a prominent role in the weekend, introducing films and even performing – the bill lists An Evening with Robert Redford and T Bone Burnett.
Sundance London will take place 26-29 April at The O2 with individual film tickets going on sale on 4 April. For more information, click here.