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Sundance Film Festival: London Unveils 2016 Line-Up

Magazine article Screen International

Sundance Film Festival: London Unveils 2016 Line-Up

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The line-up for the 4th Sundance Film Festival: London (June 2-5) has been revealed and includes a raftof international premieres, shorts and panel discussions.

The festival will comprise 11 UK and international feature film premieres from this year's Sundance Film Festival as well as 15 shorts, including a strand dedicated to UK shorts screened at Park City in January.

Titles include Weiner, Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg's documentary following the scandal surrounding Anthony Weiner's NYC mayoral campaign, which won the US Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and will receive its European premiere in London.

International premieres include Sian Heder's Tallulah, starring Ellen Page; Clea DuVall's The Intervention, which won Melanie Lynskey the US Dramatic Special Jury Award for Individual Performance; and JeffFeuerzeig's documentary Author: The JT LeRoy Story.

UK premieres include Morris From America, Chad Hartigan's coming-of-age feature that won a performance award for Craig Robinson as well as a screenwriting award at Sundance.

Also of note is The Greasy Strangler, from British director Jim Hosking, a comedy horror co-produced by Elijah Wood and executive produced by Ben Wheatley.


After spending its first three years at The O2 and postponing the 4th edition, the festival is moving to Picturehouse Central in London's West End - a move that has seen close collaboration on the programme between Sundance Film Festival chiefs John Cooper and Trevor Groth and Picturehouse exec Clare Binns.

"There's a lot of commonalities between us in how we talk about film," said Cooper, speaking to ScreenDaily.

"We didn't take too many risks in our first couple of years. This year, working with Clare at Picturehouse, we know that London audiences can handle whatever we throw at them."

Binns, director of programming and acquisitions at Picturehouse, reiterated this and said: "I think the two organisations have a lot in common so it is a marriage made in heaven. [Sundance] has remarkably good taste in film and also has a desire to take chances and develop new talent."

The two organisations began speaking ahead of the Sundance Film Festival in January and have met regularly throughout the programming process for London.

"Ideally, we wanted to give the audience a representation of the diverse range of films that we show in Park City," said Groth.

"It's hard with 10 or so films but I think we did it. …

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