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The 2014 Sundance Film Festival lands at the O2 in April – here’s all you need to know about the three-day indie spectacular

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When is the Sundance London film festival 2014?
April 25-27 2014.

Where is the Sundance London film festival 2014?

The O2 arena in Greenwich.

What is the Sundance London film festival 2014 lineup?

There’s a packed programme of new feature films, documentaries, shorts and live events, including Michael Fassbender in ‘Frank’, Jarvis Cocker talking about music documentaries and a gig by an original member of Fela Kuti’s band: check out the full list of films below. We’ll be updating this page with reviews as they come in, and you can click on our Sundance London FAQs page to find out how to buy tickets.

Sundance London 2014 line-up

Frank

Frank and his surly band, the unpronounceable Soronprfbs, are bickering their way through an unsuccessful UK tour when they recruit Jon, a spectacularly untalented dork. Arguments persist whether Frank called the new guy ‘cherishable’ or ‘perishable’, but Jon is in.

Read more about ‘Frank’

The Trip to Italy

‘Second-album syndrome’ is how Steve Coogan describes his impending food tour with also-slightly-fictionalised Rob Brydon in this sequel to 2010’s ‘The Trip’. This time, the duo is headed to Italy’s glorious Amalfi Coast and several ridiculously good-looking plates of pasta.

Read more about ‘The Trip to Italy’

Blue Ruin

American indie director Jeremy Saulnier’s second feature (following the acclaimed horror-comedy ‘Murder Party’) is a stark low-budget thriller about a homeless man whose life snaps into focus when he gets the opportunity to wreak vengeance on those who’ve wronged him.

Read more about ‘Blue Ruin’

The Case Against 8

This documentary goes behind the scenes of the case to overturn the 2008 ban on same-sex marriage in California, known as Proposition 8. This was the first such case to be taken to the US Supreme Court, and the film portrays the team of people behind the campaign.

Read more about ‘This Case Against 8’

Dinosaur 13

A doc about two archeologists who excavated a Tyrannosaurus rex in 1990. But it transpired that the land they’d been working on was owned by the federal government – FBI agents took the T-Rex into their custody and charged the pair with criminal damage.

Read more about ‘Dinosaur 13’

Drunktown’s Finest

This drama from debut writer-director Sydney Freeland looks at the lives of three young Native Americans on an Indian reservation. One is a reckless soon-to-be father, one is a very religious Christian and one is a transsexual with a very active sex life.

Read more about ‘Drunktown’s Finest’

Finding Fela!

A look at the life and times of Nigerian musician, politician, freedom fighter and all-round rhythmic genius Fela Kuti. Tracking him from his childhood through his years as a political revolutionary, this promises to be an eye-opening, mind-expanding, toe-tapping experience.

Read more about ‘Finding Fela!’

Fruitvale Station

A drama about Oscar Grant, an unarmed black man fatally shot by an Oakland transit cop while lying facedown on a subway platform. Whether or not the officer thought he was firing a Taser instead of a handgun (as he later testified), such a death is intolerable to a just society.

Read more about ‘Fruitvale Station’

Hits

‘Hits’ is a small-town satire following Dave, a middle-aged working man who becomes obsessed with petty grievances against the town council, while his daughter Katelyn dreams of escaping her pitiful existence by winning a spot on ‘The Voice’.

Read more about ‘Hits’

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter

A lonely office worker becomes convinced that she’s found a clue to buried treasure. The only problem – she’s in Japan, and it’s in North Dakota. An off-beam tale of obsession, melancholy and life in the wilderness, this sounds like an unusual, enticing treat.

Read more about‘Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter’

Lambert & Stamp

A rock doc about the men who discovered a gang of bolshy London bruisers called The High Numbers. Under the duo’s managership, these youngsters changed their name to The Who, and so began one of the great rags-to-riches tales in British rock ‘n’ roll.

Read more about ‘Lambert & Stamp’

Little Accidents

This drama from debut feature director Sara Colangelo (expanding her own 2010 short film) unfolds in a small American mining town which is reeling from a recent industrial accident. Shot in West Virginia, the story explores further tragedies to come.

Read more about ‘Little Accidents’

Memphis

Just the word ‘Memphis’ conjures up vivid imagery: of old blues pickers, of the rolling Mississippi river, of intense religious belief. All of these elements crop up in this tale of a musician searching for a creative inspiration that’ll get his career back on track.

Read more about ‘Memphis’

Obvious Child

Adapted by first-time writer-director Gillian Robespierre from her own 2009 short, it’s the tale of a browbeaten New York stand-up performer who meets a straight-laced guy, gets accidentally pregnant by him and has to face the possibility of an abortion.

Read more about ‘Obvious Child’

They Came Together

As its title suggests, ‘They Came Together’ is a spoof, this time of the mainstream Hollywood romcom. It’s hardly the most original territory, but it’s got a terrific cast including Paul Rudd and ‘Parks and Recreation’ star Amy Poehler as the central couple.

Read more about ‘They Came Together’

EDC 2013: Under the Electric Sky

EDC stands for Electric Daisy Carnival, which is precisely what it sounds like: a vast dance music festival attended by ravers and revellers from across the USA. This documentary follows several groups of partygoers as they travel to the 2013 event in Las Vegas.

Read more about ‘EDC 2013: Under the Electric Sky’

The Voices

An eccentric-sounding tale with a strong fantasy element of a potentially violent man who works in a toilet factory, yearns after a co-worker and owns a talking cat and dog. The cat is said to be evil, while the dog is reportedly a very nice guy.

Read more about ‘The Voices’

Axiom

Set in an underground city on a remote island surrounded by 40-foot-high cliffs, the film aims to translate South London-based electronica band Axiom’s dense, atmospheric trip-hop into memorable imagery.

Read more about ‘Axiom’




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