Sundance Kid’s Festival To Come To London
Legendary actor, producer and director Robert Redford is bringing his Sundance Festival to London with the aim of introducing a little bit of America to Britain.
He founded the not-for-profit Sundance Institute in 1981 – an organisation dedicated to promoting directors, screenwriters, producers, composers and play writers.
The festival itself has been a showcase for independent cinema for 30 years and launched the careers of Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan and Amy Adams to name but a few.
This year, the Oscars included a number of the films which were launched at Sundance including The King’s Speech, The Kids Are Alright and Winter’s Bone.
Sundance London will be held between April 26 and 29 at the O2 next year.It is a four-day multi-disciplinary arts festival that will include film screenings, live music, discussions and other public cultural programming.
Redford told Sky News: “We have come here (to London) for three reasons: one, because we were asked; two, because I wanted to come; and three, because of who we are in America and who you are in England.
“Your history is longer and deeper than ours and I admire both your history and culture.”
He also wanted to show something of American cinema which people do not often see.
Redford said: “Our festival has been going for 15 years and this is an opportunity for us to take it to England in an abbreviated form.
“We wanted to show a slice of American life which is not always found in exports from things such as Hollywood.
“We are about independent film, bringing new artists, new voices and showing an edgier part of American culture.”