Sundance Film Festival: London Programme Announced – Picturehouse Central Hosts Feature Films, Short Films and Special Events from 31May – 3 June 2018
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Picturehouse Central, 19 April 2018 — Sundance Institute and Picturehouseannounced today 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. General ticket sales open at 9.30am on Monday 30 April, with priority booking for Picturehouse Members opening
on 9.30am on Monday 23 April. Become a Picturehouse Member now at
The festival will present twelvefeature 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
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.
The festival will close four days later with the UK premiere of
Leave No Trace, Debra Granik’s highly anticipated follow-up to the Academy Award®-nominated
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?
With seven out of the twelve films showcased at this year’s Sundance Film Festival: London directed by women, along with
a thrilling array of female leads on screen, the selection champions female voices and highlights some of the broad and
excellent women-led work direct from Sundance Utah. Among the special guests and filmmakers attending the weekend is Toni
Collette, star of this year’s Time Out gala film,
Hereditary, who 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
Skate Kitchen, an original tale of female skateboarders and the narrative debut of Crystal Moselle
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. The festival will also continue its tradition of supporting local British talent
with the UK premiere of Idris Elba’s directorial debut,
The festival’s documentary features comprise Amy Adrion’s timely work,
Half the Picture,which turns a critical eye on the dismal number of female directors working in Hollywood, and
Generation Wealth, Lauren Greenfield’s follow-up to the acclaimed
Queen of Versailles.
Alongside the inspiring films on offer, the festival will also celebrate the work of diverse industry pioneers with a series
of panel discussions, Q&As, and special guest appearances. In keeping with the What Next theme, the year’s special
events programme will coalesce around the idea of creating a culture of inclusion for our film industry, whilst providing
audiences an invaluable insight into the filmmaking process. Major UK film funders will join
Half the Picture director Amy Adrion for “The Big Culture Shift” panel to examine what is next for the
film industry and the steps needed to create a fairer and more inclusive film future. “Triple Threat: Three major
filmmakers in conversation
” will see Jennifer Fox
(The Tale), Debra Granik (
Winter’s Bone, Leave No Trace) and Desiree Akhavan (
The Miseducation of Cameron Post,
Appropriate Behaviour) discuss their careers and approach to their craft, while filmmakers Jennifer Fox, Lauren Greenfield
(Generation Wealth, Queen of Versailles) and Crystal Moselle
(Skate Kitchen, The Wolfpack) will consider the boundaries between fiction and non-fiction filmmaking in “Art
of the Real – the intersection between Documentary and Fiction”.
The 2018 festival continues the Sundance tradition of celebrating fresh work from both emerging and established independent
filmmakers through two short film programmes, including a branch dedicated to UK shorts.
Following on from last year’s first Surprise Film, the programme will again include an unannounced screening which gives
audiences an special chance to catch an audience hit from this year’s festival in Park City – last year’s choice
Patti Cake$. Additionally, Sundance Film Festival: London 2018 will continue last year’s inaugural Audience
Favourite award – which was presented to the Academy Award®-winning documentary
Icarus – giving festivalgoers the opportunity to vote for their favourite features, with the winner announced at the
close of the festival.
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.
John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival, said, ”
The films and voices of this year’s Sundance Film Festival: London offer a creative lens to view our complex times. This
is connected, relevant, global art that provides a fresh alternative to the noise dominating the cultural mainstream,
and an inspiration for its future.
Clare Binns, Joint Managing Director Picturehouse Cinemas, adds, “
We are thrilled to host our third Sundance Film Festival: London at Picturehouse Central, celebrating the best independent
cinema direct from Sundance Utah. In the current cinematic climate, we are proud to announce a broad and diverse programme
which in this 2018 Sundance London takes pride in championing female voices and encouraging an inclusive industry landscape.
Join us for an exciting offering of films, talks and special guest appearances as we continue to explore what’s next
for our local and international film industry.
More information will be available at picturehouses.com/sundance. Join the conversation on social media with #sundancelondon
The 2018 Sundance Film Festival: London is supported by: Presenting Partner – Adobe; Lead Partner – SundanceTV Global; Media
Partners – Time Out and Evening Standard; Event Partners – Mubi and the Utah Office of Tourism; Hotel Partner – The May
Fair Hotel; Drinks Partner – Hop House Lager; and Official Provider – Picturehouse Central and Picturehouse West End.
Feature Film Program
American independent narrative and documentary films that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, U.S.A.
An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn
(Director: Jim Hosking, Screenwriters: Jim Hosking, David Wike) – Lulu Danger’s unsatisfying marriage takes a fortunate
turn for the worse when a mysterious man from her past comes to town to perform an event called ‘An Evening With Beverly
Luff Linn For One Magical Night Only’.
Principal cast: Aubrey Plaza, Emile Hirsch, Jemaine Clement, Matt Berry, Craig Robinson. UK premiere
(Director/Screenwriter: Bo Burnham) –Thirteen-year-old Kayla endures the tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence
as she makes her way through the last week of middle school — the end of her thus far disastrous eighth grade year — before
she begins high school.
Principal cast: Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton.
(Director: Lauren Greenfield) – Lauren Greenfield’s postcard from the edge of the American Empire captures a portrait
of a materialistic, image-obsessed culture. Simultaneously personal journey and historical essay, the film bears witness
to the global boom–bust economy, the corrupted American Dream and the human costs of late stage capitalism, narcissism
Principal cast: Florian Homm, Tiffany Masters, Jaqueline Siegel.
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: Rosanna Arquette, Jamie Babbit, Emily Best.
(Director/Screenwriter: Ari Aster) – After their reclusive grandmother passes away, the Graham family tries to escape
the dark fate they’ve inherited.
Principal cast: Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff, Ann Dowd, Milly Shapiro.
European premiere. Presented in association with Time Out.
Leave No Trace
(Director: Debra Granik, Screenwriters: Debra Granik, Anne Rosellini) – A father and daughter live a perfect but mysterious
existence in Forest Park, a beautiful nature reserve near Portland, Oregon, rarely making contact with the world. A small
mistake tips them off to authorities sending them on an increasingly erratic journey in search of a place to call their
Principal cast: Ben Foster, Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, Jeff Kober, Dale Dickey.
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
Principal cast: Chloë Grace Moretz, Sasha Lane, Forrest Goodluck, John Gallagher Jr., Jennifer Ehle.
Winner of the U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic
Never Goin’ Back
(Director/Screenwriter: Augustine Frizzell) – Jessie and Angela, high school dropout BFFs, are taking a week off to
chill at the beach. Too bad their house got robbed, rent’s due, they’re about to get fired and they’re broke. Now they’ve
gotta avoid eviction, stay out of jail and get to the beach, no matter what!!!
Principal cast: Maia Mitchell, Cami Morrone, Kyle Mooney, Joel Allen, Kendal Smith, Matthew Holcomb.
(Director: Crystal Moselle, Screenwriters: Crystal Moselle, Ashlihan Unaldi) – Camille’s life as a lonely suburban
teenager changes dramatically when she befriends a group of girl skateboarders. As she journeys deeper into this raw New
York City subculture, she begins to understand the true meaning of friendship as well as her inner self.
Principal cast: Rachelle Vinberg, Dede Lovelace, Jaden Smith, Nina Moran, Ajani Russell, Kabrina Adams.
(Director/Screenwriter: Jennifer Fox) – An investigation into one woman’s memory as she’s forced to re-examine her
first sexual relationship and the stories we tell ourselves in order to survive; based on the filmmaker’s own story.
Principal cast: Laura Dern, Isabelle Nélisse, Jason Ritter, Elizabeth Debicki, Ellen Burstyn, Common.
(Director: Idris Elba, Screenwriters: Brock Norman Brock, Martin Stellman) – Jamaica, 1973. When a young boy witnesses
his brother’s assassination, a powerful Don gives him a home. Ten years later he is sent on a mission to London. He reunites
with his girlfriend and their daughter, but then the past catches up with them. Based on Victor Headley’s novel.
Principal cast: Aml Ameen, Shantol Jackson, Stephen Graham, Fraser James, Sheldon Shepherd, Everaldo Cleary.
–Following on from last year’s first ever surprise film, the hit rap story
Patti Cake$, Sundance Film Festival: London will again feature a surprise showing. We can’t reveal any details,
but it was a favourite among audiences in Utah, and with just one screening this will be among the hottest of the hot tickets.
The title will be revealed only when the opening credits roll. Don’t miss out.
Short Film Program
Two wide-ranging collections of new short films from the UK and around the world.
2018 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour – A 91-minute theatrical program of seven short films selected from
this year’s Festival, widely considered the premier showcase for short films and the launchpad for many now-prominent independent
filmmakers for more than 30 years. Including fiction, documentary and animation from around the world, the 2018 program
offers new audiences a taste of what the Festival offers, from laugh-out-loud comedy to contemplative reflections of the
world we live in.
(Director/Screenwriter: Kamau Bilal) – The director’s baby brother moves back in with his parents.
(Director/Screenwriter: Niki Lindroth von Bahr) – A dark musical enacted in a modern shopping center, situated next
to a large freeway. The employees of the various commercial venues deal with boredom and existential anxiety by performing
cheerful musical turns. The apocalypse is a tempting liberator.
(Director/Screenwriter: Jérémy Comte) – Set in a surface mine, two boys sink into a seemingly innocent power game
with Mother Nature as the sole observer.
Short Film Special Jury Award
(Director/Screenwriter: Mariama Diallo) – In a black hair salon in gentrifying Brooklyn, the local residents fend
off a strange new monster: white women intent on sucking the lifeblood from black culture.
Short Film Jury Award: U.S. Fiction
(Director/Screenwriter: Kangmin Kim) – A father and a son both have the same big birthmark on their butt. Believing
that the two birthmarks are connected, the son scrubs his father’s birthmark to remove it – but he just can’t get rid of
(Director/Screenwriter: Álvaro Gago) – Faced with a challenging daily routine, Ramona tries to take refuge in her
relationships with her daughter and granddaughter.
Short Film Grand Jury Prize, Presented by YouTube
(Director/Screenwriter: Anna Margaret Hollyman) – Teeny thought it was just another routine babysitting job – until
she’s shocked to meet the client. As the day goes on, Teeny decides to become the woman she had no idea she always wanted
to be…until she gets caught.
UK Short Film Programme – A showcase of visionary new shorts from the UK. A wild ride through fiction and animation,
discovering some of the exciting new filmmaking talent in the country.
(Director/Screenwriter: Charlotte Wells) – On Christmas Eve, 1968, in a Scottish coastal town, a debt collector goes
to work to avoid confronting his wife’s worsening psychosis at home.
(Director/Screenwriter: Charlotte Regan) – An intimate portrayal of what could be a family’s last day together, set
against the urban backdrop of North London.
(Director: Georgi Banks-Davies, Screenwriter: Myra Appannah) – Krishna wakes up in a strange place, with a strange
guy. As she pieces together how she got there, she realizes that the reasons may be bigger than just the night before.
(Co-Directors/Screenwriters: Greg McLeod, Myles McLeod) – An isolated town in the Texas borderlands. A place out of
time. A shrine to minimalist art. Home to a remote festival. A place where unexplained lights tremble in the night sky.
And then there’s the giant lemon.
(Directors/Screenwriters: Mario Radev,
Chiara Sgatti) – A film that imitates nature in its manner of operation, depicting animated cycles in a world entirely
based on sound frequency and vibration.
The Right Choice
(Director: Tomisin Adepeju, Screenwriter: Vijay Varman) – With the help of an adviser, a husband and wife must answer
three seemingly harmless questions to create their perfect designer baby.
(Director: Harry Lighton, Screenwriters: Harry Lighton, John Fitzpatrick) – On the day after Christmas, a Catholic
priest from Cork drives his nephew to prison.
Discussions with renowned guest speakers providing incredible insights into the filmmaking process.
The Big Culture Shift
Presented in association with Film London
Coinciding with the festival’s #WhatNext theme, this vital event sees key industry players take the stage to examine what
must be done to create a new cultural landscape that is more inclusive and representative. Figures from the UK’s major
film funders, Film London, BBC Filmsand Sundance, will speak alongside Amy Adrion, whose film
Half The Picture explores the hiring of film and television directors in Hollywood and features Ava DuVernay (
A Wrinkle in Time), Lena Dunham (
Girls), Jill Soloway (
Transparent) and Rosanna Arquette.
Panelists:Amy Adrion, director of
Half the Picture; Jordan McGarry, Head of Production for Film London;Eva Yates, Commissioning Executive at BBC Films.
Art of the Real – the intersection between Documentary and Fiction
Hosted by The Doc Society
Three leading documentary and narrative filmmakers discuss the relationshipbetween documentary and fiction filmmaking and
how these boundaries can be blurred when the limits of traditional filmmaking are transcended. Following a successful career
in documentary filmmaking, Jennifer Fox makes her narrative feature debut with
The Tale, bringing her unique approach to documentary filmmaking to the autobiographically inspired story of sexual
abuse. Lauren Greenfield joins the discussion as a distinguished documentary filmmaker boasting wins at both Sundance Film
Festival and River Run Festival in 2012 for her riches-to-rags documentary,
Queen of Versailles. This year sees Greenfield’s return to filmmaking with her examination of consumer capitalism:
Generation Wealth. Completing the line-up is Crystal Moselle,best known for her U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize-winning
Wolfpack at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, who brings true authenticity to her narrative debut,
Panellists: Jennifer Fox, director/screenwriter of
The Tale; Lauren Greenfield, director of
Generation Wealth; Crystal Moselle, director/co-screenwriter of
Skate Kitchen. Hosted by Lisa-Marie Russo of The Doc Society
Triple Threat – Three major filmmakers in conversation
Join three of the festival’s leading filmmakers for an insightful discussion of their careers and filmmaking processes. Jennifer
(The Tale) is joined by Debra Granik
(Leave No Trace), Oscar-nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay for the critically lauded
Winter’s Bone (winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival), and 2018 Grand Jury prize-winning
Desiree Akhavan (
The Miseducation Of Cameron Post), writer, director and star of
A must-see masterclass.
Panellists:Jennifer Fox, director/screenwriter of
The Tale; Debra Granik, director/co-screenwriter of
Leave No Trace; Desiree Akhavan, director/co-screenwriter of
The Miseducation of Cameron Post
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Formed in 1989 to challenge the multiplex model, Picturehouse Cinemas own and operate 23 cinemas and programme a further
40 venues across the UK.
Picturehouse Cinemas are located in city centres and are architecturally unique venues that provide café bars, restaurants
and live events alongside the traditional moviegoing experience. Their programmes encompass quality mainstream, family,
art-house, independent, foreign-language and documentary films.
Picturehouse Cinemas were a pioneer of live satellite cine-casts in the UK, bringing non-film content such as Q&As
and talks, concerts, art exhibitions, the New York Met Opera, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre and the
Bolshoi Ballet to community cinema screens.
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