FESTIVAL PROGRAMME ANNOUNCED
PICTUREHOUSE CENTRAL, 30 MAY – 2 JUNE 2019
We found some of our favourites of the year at 2018’s Sundance London and so this year is surely set to be another fantastic discovery of independent film greatness. After 2018 asked #WhatNext?, in response to ongoing inequality in the film industry, and presented a line-up of films brimming with female-driven stories, Sundance London 2019 will continue to champion underrepresented voices and empower brave artists as they plan to showcase innovative cinema and encourage filmmakers, audiences and the wider British film community to embrace everything that the provocation ‘Risk Independence’ entails.
Today, Sundance Institute and Picturehouse have announced the programme of feature films, short films and panel discussions for the Sundance Film Festival: London 2019, taking place 30 May – 2 June at Picturehouse Central, presented in association with Adobe. General ticket sales open at 12.00pm on Tuesday 23 April, with priority booking for Picturehouse Members opening at 12.00pm on Friday 19 April.
The festival will present 12 feature films from this year’s Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, U.S.A., selected for London by the Sundance Institute programming team in collaboration with Picturehouse. The festival will open with the European premiere of Late Night (Nisha Ganatra), written by and starring Mindy Kaling alongside Emma Thompson. The festival will close four days later with the UK premiere of Penny Lane’s Hail Satan?
Robert Redford, President and Founder of Sundance Institute, had this to say:
“Society relies on storytellers. The choices they make, and the risks they take, define our collective experience. The slate at this year’s Sundance Film Festival: London is full of storytellers who offer challenges, questions and entertainment. In telling their stories, they make difficult decisions in the pursuit of truth and art; culture reaps the reward.”
Sundance London will also honour its commitment to gender parity by featuring an equal number of male and female directors in this year’s feature film selection, allowing a range of British, Australian and American filmmakers to tell their authentic stories.
Alongside the opening and closing night films, the festival will present a selection of fearless filmmaking: The Nightingale, a striking revenge drama starring Aisling Franciosi and Sam Claflin, marks Jennifer Kent’s anticipated follow-up to her critically acclaimed debut, The Babadook; Time Out gala film, Animals (dir. Sophie Hyde) is an unpredictable tale of female friendship starring Holliday Grainger and Alia Shawkat; and Bart Freundlich’s After the Wedding, a female-driven re-imagining of Susanne Bier’s Danish film, features Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams in leading roles. In addition, awesome breakout American star Awkwafina (Crazy Rich Asians) stars in Lulu Wang’s The Farewell, and Daniel Scheinert, co-winner of the U.S. Dramatic Directing Award at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival for Swiss Army Man, directs The Death of Dick Long.
As in previous years, the London edition will support British talent with the return of local filmmaker Shola Amoo, whose short film Dear Mr. Shakespeare played at the 2017 festival. Amoo’s latest feature, The Last Tree, an unconventional coming-of-age story of a British-Nigerian youth, will receive its European premiere over the festival weekend. In addition, British writer Sam Bain (Peep Show, Four Lions) writes Corporate Animals, directed by Patrick Brice (Creep) and starring Demi Moore and Ed Helms.
Together with closing night film Hail Satan?, the festival’s documentary features share equally bold and daring perspectives: The Brink, directed by Alison Klayman follows former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon as he expands his far-right campaigning from the United States across the globe, and Ask Dr. Ruth, directed by Ryan White (The Case Against 8, winner of the U.S. Documentary Directing Award at the 2014 Sundance) is a portrait of one of America’s most famous sex therapists. Completing the line-up is Apollo 11, directed by Todd Douglas Miller and winner of the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Editing at this year’s festival in Utah, a never-seen-before immersive portrayal of the 1969 moon landings.
As always, Sundance London will also highlight the work of industry pioneers with a series of panel discussions, Q&As and special guest appearances. As well as providing audiences invaluable insight into the filmmaking process, this year’s special events programme will focus on breaking boundaries and defying expectations, as our speakers discuss what risk-taking means to them.
Taking place 30 May – 2 June at Picturehouse Central, it’s presented in association with Adobe. General ticket sales open at 12.00pm on Tuesday 23 April, with priority booking for Picturehouse Members opening at 12.00pm on Friday 19 April.
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All photos courtesy of Sundance Institute