Sundance London kicks off this weekend

After months of preparation, the second ever Sundance London festival kicks off at the O2 Arena tomorrow (April 25th) – and film buffs in the capital will be delighted to hear that tickets are still available.

The Sundance Film Festival, famously helmed by Robert Redford, is held in Utah in January. The ten-day Park City event is widely considered to be the largest, most important independent film festival in the world – but in all of its 30-year history, last year’s inaugural Sundance London marked the first time it had branched out internationally.

Last year’s London festival was hugely successful and organisers promise an even bigger event this year, with British visitors promised the opportunity to “experience the Sundance Film Festival in our own back yard”.

The weekend will be packed with film screenings, many of which are UK and European premieres. In total, 21 films will be shown. A highlight for British cinema enthusiasts is sure to be The Look of Love, the latest product of director Michael Winterbottom’s fruitful collaboration with Steve Coogan.

Film screenings will be followed by Q&A sessions with producers, directors and actors. Festival-goers will have a further opportunity to rub shoulders with stars at the Festival Hub, which Sundance describes as “a hangout for our invited artists and London audiences to discuss their love of film and music”.

Unlike its Utah equivalent, Sundance London also ambitiously doubles as a music festival. This year, Peaches and British Sea Power will be playing; the latter intend to perform the entirety of their original score to the film From the Sea to the Land Beyond, accompanied by a synchronised screening.

Tickets are still available from the festival website, though they’re expected to sell out quickly. Visitors hoping to catch a premiere or two can book places at individual screenings, while those wanting to enjoy the full festival experience can buy a ‘Superscreen Pass’ for unlimited access.

The O2 Arena is one of the capital’s most famous venues and is easily accessible from most landmarks and Montcalm hotels in London. Underground travellers should head to the North Greenwich station on the Jubilee Line.

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