By Krista Madden
I managed to get along to some early screenings at this year’s Sundance Film Festival London and can recommend you get along to the public screenings that start tonight.
This morning I watched Eighth Grade, which I think should be shown to all teenagers as an insight to what is happening to this generation, I may sound like I am 80, but it’s a genuine worry what is clearly a really stressful time to grow up in. We all need to seriously put down our phones and talk to people, you see it on coffee shop boards but maybe we need to hit home a bit harder with kids. Great script by Bo Burnham and Elsie Fisher plays the painful like of 13 year old Kayla brilliantly, such a little star. This trailer SHOULD make you cringe, bless her.
The Sundance Film Festival London will be taking place from 31st May – 3rd June and will present twelve feature films from this year’s Sundance Film Festival in Park City, US.
The festival will be opening up with the UK premiere of Jennifer Fox’s The Tale. The film stars Laura Dern and Elizabeth Debicki and paves the way for a weekend of bold female-focused stories. I saw Laura Dern in this and it’s uncomfortable to watch at times but an important story to tell. Ethan Hawke also has a stand out performance in First Reformed, see the trailer for this intense and chilling story.
Following on from last year’s first Surprise Film, the programme will again include an unannounced screening which gives audiences a special chance to catch an audience hit from this year’s festival in Park City – last year’s choice was Patti Cake$ – we wonder what surprise screening will be showcased this year?
This year, Leave No Trace, by Debra Granik will be closing the festival, it’s the highly anticipated follow-up to the Academy Award-nominated Winter’s Bone.
Find out more at picturehouses.com/sundance