London – 27 July 2021
This morning saw the opening preview presentation for this years Sundance Film Festival London 2021. Although the festival normally runs from Thursday to Sunday night, today was a chance to get to know the selection of films, shorts programs and masterclasses that will engage and delight lovers of independent cinma and maybe make us feel a little more cofatable about going to the cinema.
This year is an in person event (hence the move from it usual May slot) and three of the feature films and the opening night film will be ‘touring’ the UK at select cinemas across the country throught the festival.
After an opening speach from Adrian Wootton OBE, Chief Executive of Film London and Head of the British Film Commission reminding us not to lose faith and that the UK film sector is as strong as ever espcially in the areas of production, we were given a run down of the festival and the films from festival producer Mia Bays who also currently runs the amazing “Birds Eye View” and Clare Binns, Joint Managing Director of Picturehouse Cinemas.
With an exciting selection of films this year it is hard to make recomendations but I know that the opening night film ‘The Sparks Brothers’ by Edgar Wright, closing night film ‘@Zola’ and documentry ‘Writing With Fire’ are high up there on the list. Other stand outs included ‘Censor’, ‘The Nest’ and the HBO purchased doc ‘In The Same Breath’ which will not be shown in cinemas after the festival so this weekend is a great chance to catch this groundbreaking exspose on the large screen.
I will blog over the next few days with news and views so do stay posted for more from the festival.