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Written by Ivan Radford   
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 13:39

Top films to see at Sundance London

As every bloke and his granny knows, Sundance London starts tomorrow night with Bobby Bedford bringing his indie festival all the way from Utah to the quiet, intimate venue of The O2.

It's an exciting introduction to a US event that has long eluded British eyes. Introducing us to the best of the American festival's line-up, it's a fusion of film and music, with old Sundance Kid himself leading the way in a string of events that celebrate the relationship between sound and screen. Love Elizabeth Olsen? She's got a film showing. Prefer Placebo? They're playing as well.

But given that tickets are on the pricey side, which events are worth your hard-earned cash? Our coverage of London's hippest new festival will tell you. A film's not worth £7.50, let alone the full £15? We'll warn you in advance - and point you towards this handy two-for-one ticket offer.

But that still leaves you with 14 flicks (and gigs, and some interesting panels debating indie filmmaking) to choose between. If you can only afford to see a couple, which do you pick?

Here are the 6 films you should see at Sundance London:

1. Liberal Arts

Liberal Arts - Sundance London

Elizabeth Olsen. Elizabeth Olsen. Elizabeth Olsen. Those are three reasons to see How I Met Your Mother's Josh Radnor's romantic comedy, about a 35 year old (the multi-talented Radnor) who agrees to speak at a dinner at his old university. Need another three? How about: Richard Jenkins, Allison Janney off The West Wing, and... did I mention Elizabeth Olsen?

Head this way to read our Liberal Arts Sundance review - and here for our Josh Radnor interview



2. The Queen of Versailles

The queen of Versailles - Sundance London

Maybe it's because I spend my weekdays writing about property overseas or maybe its because we all love laughing at Americans, but this tragic documentary about a US couple attempting to build the biggest house in the country (inspired by Versailles) brings a whole new perspective to the economic and housing collapse. Since its premiere at Sundance in America, the couple have launched lawsuits in response to Lauren Greenfield's portrayal of their "unique brand of humility". This promises to be fascinating stuff.


3. Under African Skies

Under African Skies - Sundance London

Who hasn't listened to Paul Simon's Graceland at least 10 times in their life? Well, now Paul Simon's gone back to South Africa to celebrate its 25th anniversary and discuss its musical, political and cultural impact. Expect lots of drumming.

4. Chasing Ice

Chasing ice - Sundance London

I didn't realise this list would turn into a collection of documentaries, but Jeff Orlowski's offering is certainly eye-catching: he follows National Geographic photographer James Balog as he mounts the Extreme Ice Survey, an epic project that saw 30 cameras placed across three continents to gather visual evidence of the Earth's melting ice. Awe-inspiring stuff.

Head this way for our Chasing Ice review.

5. Safety Not Guaranteed

Safety Not Guaranteed - Sundance London

After all that fact-finding and serious thinking, what you need is a madcap comedy about time travel. Exec-produced by the Duplass brothers, Colin Trevorrow's 85 minute adventure sees three magazine employees investigating a newspaper advert seeking a partner for time travel. Expect cute romance, silly antics and mentally unsound humans.

Head this way for our Safety Not Guaranteed review


6. 2 Days in New York

2 Days in New York - Sundance London

After the brilliant, funny and acerbic 2 Days in Paris, Julie Delpy returns as the unhinged Marion, whose neuroses are only outnumbered by her previous sexual partners. Now living in New York with Chris Rock, is she capable of living happily ever after? And where DOES she buy those glasses? 


For more information on Sundance London and to book tickets, head over to the official site.


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  • liberal arts
  • safety not guaranteed
  • the queen of versailles
  • two days in new york
  • under african skies