Sundance Institute and Picturehouse announced the programme of feature films, short films and panel discussions for the Sundance Film Festival: London 2018, taking place 31 May – 3 June at Picturehouse Central, presented in association with Adobe.
The festival will present twelve feature films from this year’s Sundance Film Festival in Park City. Seven out of the twelve films showcased are directed by women, along with a thrilling array of female leads on screen, championing female voices and highlights some of the broad and excellent women-led work direct from Sundance Utah. Toni Collette, star of this year’s Time Out gala film, Hereditary, will participate in a post-screening Q&A. In addition to the opening film The Tale, the festival will feature the UK premiere of Desiree Akhavan’s The Miseducation of Cameron Post, the winner of the US Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic at January’s Sundance Film Festival in Utah; Skate Kitchen, an original tale of female skateboarders and the narrative debut of Crystal Moselle (dir.The Wolfpack, winner U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival); and Augustine Frizzel’s debut, comedy Never Goin’ Back. Aubrey Plaza stars alongside Emile Hirsch and Jermaine Clement in Jim Hosking’s (The Greasy Strangler) comedy, An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn
Robert Redford, President & Founder of Sundance Institute, said, “The work of independent storytellers can challenge and possibly change culture, illuminating our world’s imperfections and possibilities. The program we’re bringing to London this year is full of artfully told stories that provoke thought, drive empathy and allow the audience to connect, in deeply personal ways, to the universal human experience.”
The festival will opens with the UK premiere of Jennifer Fox’s The Tale, starring Laura Dern and Elizabeth Debicki, which paves the way for a weekend of bold female-focused stories
Amid the film industry’s current period of dramatic change and intense reflection, this year’s Sundance Film Festival: London will provide an exciting opportunity for the US and UK film industries to connect and discuss our past, present and future. As movements such as Time’s Up and #MeToo continue to highlight inequality in the film industry, we ask #WhatNext?
2 Films to Watch at Sundance London
Half the Picture (Director: Amy Adrion) – At a pivotal moment for gender equality in Hollywood, successful women directors tell the stories of their art, lives and careers.
Having endured a long history of systemic discrimination, women filmmakers may be getting the first glimpse of a future that values their voices equally. Principal cast: Penelope Spheeris, with Ava DuVernay, Mary Harron and Gina Prince-Bythewood -Rosanna Arquette, Jamie Babbit, Emily Best
The Miseducation of Cameron Post (Director: Desiree Akhavan, Screenwriters: Desiree Akhavan, Cecilia Frugiuele) – 1993: after being caught having sex with the prom queen, a girl is forced into a gay conversion therapy center. Based on Emily Danforth’s acclaimed and controversial coming-of-age novel. Principal cast: Chloë Grace Moretz, Sasha Lane, Forrest Goodluck, John Gallagher Jr., Jennifer Ehle. Winner of the U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic
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