Between May 31 and June 3, The Sundance Film Festival in London brought the most exciting films from the US indie scene to the capital. From the compelling ‘Leave No Trace’ to the outrageous ‘Never Goin’ Back’ to the downright terrifying ‘Hereditary’, it showcased an eclectic, essential selection. But let’s not forget the place the festival, founded by Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute, first began. Utah is not only the birthplace of a ground-breaking film festival, it’s also the backdrop for more than 1,000 movies and counting. No wonder the state is often called ‘the real Hollywood Hills’.
If you love movies, you’ll love Utah. Whether your taste runs to cutting-edge indie films or big-budget blockbusters, classic westerns or quality TV, there’s something for you to see and experience. But Utah is so much more than just a movie backdrop. Home to the unmistakable landscapes of the Mighty Five National Parks and, so the state claims, the ‘Greatest Snow On Earth’, the opportunities for relaxation, adventure and culture in Utah are frankly overwhelming.
Following the Sundance Film Festival: London’s triumphant return, here are eight reasons why Utah is the ultimate destination for film fans of every stripe, with some suggestions for places to visit and things to do, inspired by the big screen.