The O2, London, 27 February 2014 — Sundance Institute and The O2 today announced that the 2014 edition of the Sundance London film and music festival will feature screenings of three iconic films discovered by the Sundance Film Festival in its 30-year history. Sundance London will take place from 25-27 April at The O2. Ticket packages and access to a short filmmaking workshop are now on sale at sundance-london.com, and tickets to the recently announced opening night music performance by Archive and world premiere of their film, Axiom, go on sale tomorrow.
Drawing on the Sundance Film Festival’s legacy of discovering filmmaking and acting talent, the films are: Memento, which launched Christopher Nolan’s directing career after its premiere at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival, leading to his work directing Inception and a trilogy of Batman films; Reservoir Dogs, which was supported by Sundance Institute during production and premiered at the 1992 Sundance Film Festival, propelling Quentin Tarantino’s directing career; and Winter’s Bone, from director Debra Granik and featuring Jennifer Lawrence in one of her first film roles, before she appeared in the Hunger Games series and won an Academy Award for her performance in Silver Linings Playbook. Screening at Cineworld at The O2, these three ‘From the Collection’ films will celebrate both the 30th anniversary of the Sundance Film Festival as well as 25 years of Empire magazine in 2014.
John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival, said, “Independent film is constantly evolving and looking to what’s next, and the films shown at the Sundance Film Festival during the course of our 30-year history are prime examples of that. Showing three of our most celebrated films at Sundance London allows us to reflect on the incredible potential of independent film to endure and to inspire countless other filmmakers for generations to come.”
These three films are part of The Sundance Collection at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), a film preservation program established in 1997. The Collection is specifically devoted to the preservation of independent documentaries, narratives and short films supported by Sundance Institute and has grown to nearly 1000 titles, including recent additions such as Paris is Burning, Working Girls, Crumb, Margarita Happy Hour, Groove, Mad Bastards, Better This World, The Oath, Hero and Rate It X. Titles are generously donated by individual filmmakers and nine founding donors: Fine Line Features, Gramercy Pictures, Miramax, New Line Cinema, October Films, Sony Pictures Classics, Strand Releasing, Zeitgeist Films and Trimark Pictures.
The third Sundance London will host the international and UK premieres of American independent films fresh from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, U.S.A., as well as live music performances, panels and events. Sundance Institute, which annually presents the Sundance Film Festival, selects the films and related programming.
FROM THE COLLECTION — A selection of notable films discovered by the Sundance Film Festival, which takes place annually in Park City, Utah, U.S.A. These films are included in the Sundance Collection at UCLA, which preserves independent documentaries, narratives and short films supported by Sundance Institute.
Memento (Director: Christopher Nolan, Screenwriters: Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan) — A man with a relentless desire to revenge his wife's brutal murder faces a rare, untreatable form of memory loss that hinders his path. Memento is a complex puzzle in which the outcome is known and the enjoyment comes from piecing together the steps leading up to it. Cast: Harriet Sansom Harris, Mark Boone Junior, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, Guy Pearce, Stephen Tobolowsky. Winner of the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival.
Reservoir Dogs (Director and screenwriter: Quentin Tarantino) — Six unacquainted professional criminals are brought together by a veteran thief to execute an elaborate diamond robbery that goes awry. Confused and panicked by their narrow escape, the four surviving jewel thieves regroup at the planned rendezvous spot, where they question trustworthiness and face harrowing confrontations and fierce dissension. Cast: Steve Buscemi, Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn, Tim Roth, Lawrence Tierney. Premiered at the 1992 Sundance Film Festival.
Winter’s Bone (Director: Debra Granik, Screenwriters: Debra Granik, Anne Rosellini) — When a teenage girl’s crystal-meth-making father skips bail and goes missing, she and her young siblings and disabled mother face losing their home. In a heroic quest, the girl traverses the county to confront her kin, break their silent collusion, and bring her father home. Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes, Dale Dickey, Garret Dillahunt, Kevin Breznahan. Winner of the U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.
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Notes to the Editor:
The Sundance London film and music festival is a partnership between Robert Redford, Sundance Enterprises, Sundance Institute and The O2. The third Sundance London will take place from 25-27 April at The O2 and will host the international and UK premieres of films fresh from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, U.S.A., as well as live music performances, panels and events. The range of Sundance London ticket packages on offer comprise tickets for two to 10 screenings, entry to the Festival Hub and the Opening Night party.
Sundance London is supported by: Lead Partner – Sundance Channel Global; Supporting Partner – The Langham, London; Media Partners – Empire and Time Out; Official Providers – ASCAP, Cineworld, Dolby, Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc, Talenthouse and US Embassy London. For partnership opportunities email Matthew Zweck: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Robert Redford is an Academy Award-winning actor, director and producer, a passionate advocate for the arts and a leading environmentalist. He serves as President of the non-profit Sundance Institute, which he founded 30 years ago to foster independence, discovery and new voices in American film and theatre. Mr. Redford also founded the Sundance Channel, Sundance Resort, Sundance Catalog, and Sundance Cinemas and the non-profit Redford Center. Though very different in their activities and independent in their operations, all of Mr. Redford’s Sundance entities share the same core mission he has always held dear: a passionate connection to new artists, new voices and new perspectives. www.sundancegroup.net
Founded by Robert Redford in 1981, Sundance Institute is a global, nonprofit cultural organization dedicated to nurturing artistic expression in film and theater, and to supporting intercultural dialogue between artists and audiences. The Institute promotes independent storytelling to unite, inform and inspire, regardless of geo-political, social, religious or cultural differences. Internationally recognized for its annual Sundance Film Festival and its artistic development programs for directors, screenwriters, producers, film composers, playwrights and theatre artists, Sundance Institute has nurtured such projects as Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fruitvale Station, Sin Nombre, An Inconvenient Truth, Spring Awakening, Born into Brothels, Trouble the Water, Light in the Piazza and Angels in America. Join Sundance Institute on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.
AEG Europe and The O2
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In May 2005, AEG Europe announced that it would transform the former Millennium Dome and the surrounding area into the UK’s most exciting and technically advanced music, sport and entertainment destination. It was renamed The O2 and opened in June 2007.
The O2 is the world’s most popular music and entertainment venue. Since opening in 2007, The O2 has been visited by more than 50 million people and picked up awards including Venue of the Year at the Music Week Awards; Venue of the Year at the Event Awards; Venue of the Year at the AEO Awards; Pollstar International Arena of the Year (six consecutive years); Venue Team of the Year at the Event Awards; Best New Major Concert Venue, Venue of the Year at The Event Services Association and Favourite Venue at the TPI Awards.
In addition to the arena, The O2 is also home to indigO2, which is a live performance space; the British Music Experience; an 11-screen Cineworld complex, Up at The O2 – an experience that allows visitors to walk across the roof of The O2; Brooklyn Bowl, a 12 lane bowling alley, 800 capacity live music space and 130 cover restaurant; and the Entertainment District, which is the same length and breadth of new Bond Street and features 28 bars and restaurants.
AEG employs more than 3,000 staff in over 45 operating companies worldwide. Its international head office is in Los Angeles, and its European headquarters is based in London.