The first-ever Sundance London Film and Music Festival came to a close on Sunday, capping off four days of film screenings and music performances hosted by Robert Redford, Sundance Enterprises, Sundance Institute and AEG Europe, with the support of Presenting Partner Sony Entertainment Network. The festival closed with an intimate performance by Rufus and Martha Wainwright following the World Premiere of Sing Me The Songs That Say I Love You - A Concert for Kate McGarrigle, Lian Lunson’s film about the music of their mother, folk singer Kate McGarrigle.
The four-day festival at The O2 featured screenings of 27 films and performances by 17 musical acts. Attendees included HRH the Prince of Wales, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, T Bone Burnett, Minnie Driver, Josh Radnor, Paul Simon, Martha and Rufus Wainwight, and Ashley Walters.
Robert Redford, President and Founder of Sundance Institute, said: “Sundance London marked our first time hosting an event in the UK, and we are grateful to all our supporters and collaborators for the reception we received. These four days have seen features, documentaries and live events with insightful filmmakers and musicians, as well as passionate audiences in attendance.”
Alex Hill, Chief Finance and Strategy Officer of AEG Europe, owner and operator of The O2, added: “The feedback to our hosting Sundance London has been terrific. We set out to bring a slice of the Sundance Film Festival to London and if the audiences’ positive reaction is anything to go by, there’s obviously a real appetite for this kind of festival in the UK. The unique content of Sundance London, featuring a stunning film programme, amazing music performances and discussion panels, has brought new audiences to The O2 and allowed us to showcase the venue as a truly multi-purpose entertainment destination.”
Opening the proceedings on April 26, Robert Redford and 12-time Grammy Award winner T Bone Burnett led a fascinating discussion on the magical relationship between film and music. The two shared their recollections of achieving great musical moments with the many filmmakers, actors and musicians they’ve collaborated with throughout their storied careers. Nick Hornby moderated the event, which also featured performances from Guillemots and Glen Hansard.
Music was featured prominently at the festival. In addition to showing several music-themed films, Friday night saw Tricky and Martina Topley-Bird reunite to perform the album Maxinquaye, and Placebo gave an electrifying performance to a sold-out crowd on Saturday night. ASCAP London was very proud to have been asked to curate the stage in the festival’s Music Café at the Inc Club at The O2 - the festival’s hub. The exciting line up featured sets from The Staves, Gabrielle Aplin, Seye, Daughter, Orlando Seale and The Swell, Beatrice Anderson, Charlene Soraia, Ram's Pocket Radio, Man Without Country, Cosmo Jarvis, Escapists, and Out Like A Lion.