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Sundance London unveils 2013 line-up

In A World

Story by Jack Foley

ROBERT Redford is bringing back Sundance London to the capital’s O2 Arena in April with a second edition line-up that includes new films from Lake Bell, Lynn Shelton and Michael Winterbottom.

There will also be a documentary about killer whales, a special event featuring the history of The Eagles and the directorial debut of forthright Canadian singer Peaches.

Redford himself will return to the capital for the four-day event to preside over the mix of film and music events that aims to be “representative of the quality the Sundance Film Festival in Utah had in Park City [this January]”.

As with the inaugural event last year, the line-up omits some of the more high profile Sundance hits this year, including biopics on Apple founder Steve Jobs and porn star Linda Lovelace, starring Ashton Kutcher and Amanda Seyfried respectively.

But the line-up is diverse and looks to contain some interesting selections.

These include the comedy In a World… (pictured), Lake Bell’s directorial debut, which tells the story of a vocal coach trying to carve a career in movie trailer voice-overs, and Michael Winterbottom’s latest, The Look of Love, a biographical portrait of the Soho entrepreneur and adult magazine publisher Paul Raymond, played by Steve Coogan.

Indie filmmaking favourite Lynn Shelton brings her latest feature, Touchy Feely to the festival, starring Rosemarie DeWitt, Allison Janney, Ron Livingston, Scoot McNairy and Ellen Page.

And there’s a number of documentaries, including Blackfish, about the consequences of keeping killer whales in captivity, God Loves Uganda, a powerful exploration of the evangelical campaign to infuse African culture with values imported from America’s Christian Right, and History of the Eagles Part One, which uses never-before-seen home movies, archival footage and new interviews to provide an intimate portrait of this iconic band.

Canadian singer Peaches, meanwhile, brings her directorial debut to the event and also performs live.

This year’s Sundance London takes place between April 25 and 28, 2013, and individual tickets go on sale on Friday, March 15, 2013.

In a statement, Robert Redford said: “We would hope for Sundance London to be another Sundance experience – lively, culturally relevant and fun. We look forward to engaging with audiences as we discover new voices, new points of view and new perspectives.”

For more information visit www.sundance-london.com or follow @SundancefestUK on Twitter.

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