Here at Critics Associated, we love festivals. We’re not too keen on the hippy music ones, where there is always an annoyingly large amount of people in home made clothes juggling. We’re on about film festivals. It seems like nearly every week there’s a film festival somewhere in England. If you’re a fan of the Sundance Film Festival, we suggest you save up all your holiday at work, or write a seriously impressive sick note, as the festival hasn’t announced its actual dates yet, so it could come at any time, and you don’t want to miss it (unless you’re a home made clothes wearing juggler, in which case, you’re on the wrong website.)
The Sundance Film Festival 2016 will take place in London at the new Picturehouse Central. The festival is aiming to build on the success of Sundance London, hosted in 2012, 2013 and 2014, and which featured the international and UK premieres of films such as Fruitvale Station, Frank, The Trip to Italy, Blackfish and The Look of Love. Autograph hunters were able to fill their slightly dog eared autograph books with names such as Michael Fassbender, Gemma Arterton, Ryan Reynolds, Gina Rodriguez, Jimmy Carr, David Cross, Rose McGowan, Minnie Driver and Rufus Wainwright attending.
After months of extensive redevelopment of the former Cineworld on Shaftesbury Avenue, Picturehouse will open their West End flagship, Picturehouse Central, with 1000 seats, seven screens and three cafe bars in June. With Dolby Atmos sound (this is like the sound on your telly, just very loud) and 4k projection, Picturehouse Central will be the best place to watch a huge variety of films, ranging from quality blockbusters to independent, classic, foreign-language and art-house. The cinema will champion documentaries as a core element of its programming.
More information will be available soon at the Sundance website, which you can find by clicking here. You can also have your timeline on Twitter clogged with annoying ads for the festival by following#sundancelondon.