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Sundance London 2012: preview – shivering with anticipation!

The 26th-29th April sees the Sundance London Film and Music festival hit the O2 Arena, which sees the festival – renowned for its programme of independent film – take place in the UK for the first time in its 34-year history.

As a Sundance newbie, I am excited to attend the indie festival.  I’ve always heard so many great things about it, especially as a lot of great films initially got noticed at previous Sundance fests (Napoleon Dynamite, Clerks, Reservoir Dogs).

Looking at the line-up, I expect the cream of the crop of forthcoming independent releases.

Here are the following that I’m keeping my eye on during the festival:

For Ellen

The third feature film from In Between Days and Treeless Mountain writer and director So Yong Kim, and her first film with an American cast – a great cast ensemble, I need to add. Starring Little Miss Sunshine‘s Paul Dano and Napoleon Dynamite‘s Jon Heder, For Ellen follows Dano’s rock star wannabe, who is on the brink of a divorce.  However, when he realises that he is about to give up custody rights for his young daughter Ellen, he arranges to visit her for a second chance at fatherhood.

Liberal Arts

How I Met Your Mother
Josh Radnor’s follow-up film to 2010’s dramedy happythankyoumoreplease sees him as Jesse, a 35-year-old Kenyon College alumnus returning to his old university for a retirement dinner, and strikes up a relationship with 19-year-old classical music fan Zibby (rising star Elizabeth Olsen).  The film co-stars High School Musical‘s Zac Efron and the brilliant Allison Janney.


Nobody Walks

Winner of a Special Jury Prize at Sundance in January, Nobody Walks is the fourth film from independent filmmaker Ry Russo-Young.  The film tells the story of young New York artist Martine (Juno‘s Olivia Thirlby) and the romantic and emotional impact she has when she stays with a liberal family in Los Angeles.  The film co-stars The Office’sJohn Krasinski and Rachel’s Getting Married‘s Rosemarie DeWitt.



As a fan of crime drama The Wire, I am excited about this Baltimore-based drama starring Dennis Haybert, Danny Glover and Grammy award winning musician Common.  LUV follows a a day in the life of 11-year-old Woody Watson, a shy boy from Baltimore and his idol, ex-con uncle Vincent (Common), as what was a fresh start takes a dramatic and harrowing turn.


2 Days in New York

Following the acclaimed 2 Days in Paris, writer, director and actress Julie Delpy sets the sequel in Manhattan with comedian Chris Rock as Marion’s (Delpy) boyfriend.  A culture and racial clash soon enfolds when Marion’s sister and father (played by Delpy’s real-life father, Albert Delpy) come to visit.


The House I Live In

Winner of the Documentary Grand Jury prize at Sundance in January, The House I Live In follows America’s War on Drugs through the viewpoints and storied from those affected.  The film also highlights on the social problems and racial inequalities within the US.

I hope to catch these films next week – I look forward to popping my Sundance cherry :)


About Katie Wong

Since watching 'Enter the Dragon' and 'Dr No' at the age of five, Katie has been addicted to watching films. She realised that she has a passion for film journalism during university and now, writes reviews whenever she can. She mostly spends her time watching films, tweeting or writing on her blog (musingsofguitargalchina.wordpress.com). Her favourite films include Amélie, Pulp Fiction and City of God.

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  1. Sundance After Dark hosts JR Holbrook & Jen Hardman will be our favorite thing at Sundance London 2012. They always lighten the mood and make things a lot more fun in Park City.

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