Sundance London Unveils More Events
Sundance Institute on Tuesday announced the program of free talks, screenings, events and music performances for the third Sundance London film and music festival, set for April 25-27 at The O2. Among the notables set for the talks are David Cross and David Wain. The Truly Independent Visions panel event will focus on what it takes to create an independent film today. Also in the lineup are International Premiere: 5 Projects from the Sundance Institute Short Film Challenge, a free screening event celebrating the international debut of five new short films created by acclaimed independent filmmakers, the Film Appreciation Event, a free event for students interested in careers in film.
LevelK Palms Off International Sales Rights To ‘Sucker’
LevelK will handle international sales on Sucker, a coming-of-age comedy about the timeless art of the swindle, the sting and sleight of hand. Written by Ben Chessell and Lawrence Leung and directed by Chessell, Sucker is an adaptation of Leung’s stage show. The film stars YouTube personality John Luc as an 18 year old Chinese Australian who cheats in his high school senior exams and fails to get into medicine. Banished to stay with his uncle for the summer, Lawrence meets a colorful, aging conman (Timothy Spall) and begins a road trip with him and his daughter Sarah (Lily Sullivan). Lawrence learns the art of swindling and cheating — and — a hard … Read More »
Three Added To Cast Of Susanne Bier’s ‘A Second Chance’
Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Maria Bonnevie and Ulrich Thomsen have joined the cast of Susanne Bier’s A Second Chance. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau stars in the film, which focuses on how far decent human beings are willing to go when tragedy blurs the line between the just and unjust. Shooting is underway in Denmark. Lie Kaas stars in the current No. 1 film at the Danish box office, The Keeper Of Lost Causes. He’s next up in Child 44. Thomsen, from Cinemax’s Banshee, has previously worked with Bier in Brothers and A Better World. Swedish-Norwegian actress Maria Bonnevie’s recently starred in Belle Du Seigneur with Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Marianne Faithful. TrustNordisk kicked off international sales on the Danish-language A Second Chance during the AFM. Read More »
Tribeca Expands In UK
The Tribeca Film Festival is coming to the UK, after a fashion. Distributor Tribeca Film will release select titles from the festival across multiple platforms in the region beginning April 16 and for an eight-week run. The movies, including two that are screening at the festival this year, will be accessible via pay-per-view with Virgin Media and on select digital platforms including iTunes, PlayStation, and Xbox. Greetings From Tim Buckley and Fresh Meat along with previous fest selections Supporting Characters, Rubberneck, Monogamy and The Wild And Wonderful Whites Of West Virginia will be available. Tribeca chief creative officer Geoff Gilmore tells me the festival is also exploring the initiative in places beyond the UK. “We want to see how the model works and how much the Tribeca Festival brand can expand.” Gilmore says it’s clear that festival platforms are “something you have to take advantage of in the distribution world. Read More »
Sundance London, the film and music festival whose sophomore edition kicks off next month, has added three features to its roster. Stuart Zicherman’s A.C.O.D. starring Adam Scott, Richard Jenkins, Catherine O’Hara, Amy Poehler, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Clark Duke; Sean Ellis’ Sundance Audience Award winner Metro Manila; and Jeff Nichols’ Mud, which premiered in Cannes last year before bowing Stateside in the Spotlight section of Sundance 2013, will join previously announced titles. The festival, which showcases American indie cinema, runs April 25-28 at London’s O2 Arena.
Australian Government Prepares For Fight Over Media Reforms
News Corp warns that media reforms introduced to Parliament on Thursday local time could harm the company’s new publishing spinoff and may be challenged in the High Court. Kim Williams, CEO of Australia’s News Limited, attacked the proposal to create a public interest media advocate, which would have the power to approve or reject mergers and takeovers and oversee self-regulatory bodies such as the Australian Press Council. He described the legislation as an attempt by the Labor Government to “constrain and harness News Limited” and said the reforms may hurt the asset values of the new News Corp. The government also proposes creating a parliamentary committee to examine abolition of the rule prohibiting a broadcaster from reaching more than 75% of the country. The Liberal/National Party Coalition, which is heavily favored to win the federal election in September, has vowed to block or repeal the legislation. - Don Groves
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The second Sundance London film and music festival runs April 25-28 at London’s O2 Arena where it will showcase U.S. indie films that orignally appeared in Park City earlier this year. For its sophomore outing, the fest has also added a new UK spotlight for British films from Sundance. Speakers at panel discussions will include composer David Arnold (Casino Royale, Sherlock); writers Tony Grisoni (Death Defying Acts) and Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy); directors Lynn Shelton (Humpday) and Lake Bell (In A World…) and classic rock band the Eagles for a Q&A following the screening of Alison Ellwood’s documentary History Of The Eagles, Part One. Sundance founder Robert Redford will also be on hand. Click over for the list of films on the program: Read More »
‘Dancing With The Stars’ Gets Regional Indian Version
BBC Worldwide and ETV Bangla will produce a regional version of Dancing With The Stars in India. Produced by BBC Worldwide Productions India, Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa Bangla will air on ETV Bangla next month. Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa is already a hit throughout India and the new local version for West Bengal is a first in the country. The show will be extensively remodeled from the international version to appeal to Bengali viewers and will be hosted by local actor Jishu Sengupta. The Hindi language Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, produced by BBC Worldwide Productions India for Colors, completed its fifth season with an audience of over 100M. Read More »
The inaugural Sundance London Film and Music Festival ran in April this year, hosting the UK and European premieres of movies that debuted in Park City in January, along with musical performances by 17 acts. Today, Robert Redford, the Sundance Institute and AEG Europe announced they’ve renewed the event for two more years. The 2013 Sundance London Festival will be held from April 25-28 at London’s O2 Arena. The program, which will again feature new work by American filmmakers and music artists, will be drawn up by the Sundance Institute. A series of panels and workshops is also being planned as a forum Read More »
The first-ever Sundance London Film and Music Festival kicks off in the British capital on Thursday. It will host the UK premieres of films that debuted in Park City back in January and will have a music component featuring T Bone Burnett, Placebo and Rufus and Martha Wainwright. As part of the ramp-up, the Sundance Institute and British nonprofit WorldView have announced they’ll jointly present awards at the festival to four films that focus on social justice issues in the developing world. Recipients of the prizes are Kashmir-set romance Valley Of Saints by Musa Syeed, which won the World Cinema Audience Award at Sundance 2012; Katie Mark’s Street Girls, about prostitutes in Nigeria; Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s Farming, about a Nigerian boy’s search for love within a brutal skinhead subculture; and Sally El Hosaini’s My Brother The Devil, about a set of British-Arab brothers in London, which also took the World Cinema Cinematography Award at Sundance in January. The prizes come with a £5,000 or $10,000 purse.
The Sundance Institute and London’s 02 arena have announced a slate of 14 features and documentaries that will screen at the inaugural Sundance London festival next month. All of the films debuted in Park City in January and are making their UK premieres in April. The festival will also include live music performances, panels, guest speakers and the opening night event: An Evening With Robert Redford And T Bone Burnett. On announcing the lineup, Sundance Institute founder and president Redford said: “I welcome the opportunity to see how people in the UK experience these films. While they are American productions they speak to universal experiences and global challenges.” The full list of premieres running April 26-29 follows: Read More »