Deerdef SS 2018 Collection and Timeless Collection Show was staged during London Fashion Week

London, 22nd of Sept; Deerdef Timeless 1718 and SS18 capsule collection shows were presented in the secret garden of Southwark.The organization and the choreography of the show were managed by ZeynepOber, the fashion consultant in London.

 Black and white are always the dominant colours in all Deerdef collections; with additional pastel tonnes of pink and blue giving a smooth touch in the new SS18 Collection. The collection pieces are mainly dresses and the vests & shorts made of silk, chiffons, knit fabrics and silvery garments. Deep slits, V’s, triangle cuts are the design touches in the two colour or different fabric combination models.

Presenting the new SS18 capsule collection, DeerdefCreative Director,




Değer Y.Öztürk  explains shortly ‘ Women need  timeless clothes in their closets. Simple yet chic and elegant clothes they can wear for many occasions, not just for one occasion wear. With this approach in the design period, we love using main colours like black, red and whites and adding some design details in the sleeves, collars ,  waist cuts. We are inspired by real women around us. We want Deerdef women to feel confident, always loaded with positive energy and most importantly lucky ‘’

LONDON FASHION FILM FESTIVAL WINNERS

Winner: Best Fashion Film: Strellson “Make Yourself Unstoppable”
London – The 2017 London Film and Fashion Festival has just finished. The forth edition of the festival, with attendees from all over the world, was created to deliver a celebration of all aspects of fashion film culture. The festival was well attended, and included a variety of screenings of films related to fashion and fashion culture.The program for this year contained some groundbreaking work, and cutting edge pieces that really pushed the envelope both artistically and in regards to fashion styles and tones. During the festival, about 60 individual films were shown to the audiences.
The festival had a cosmopolitan feel, with attendees from the United States of America, as well as other countries such as Canada, Spain and Italy. This meant that there was a truly international feel, alongside the packed cinema containing beautiful people in the latest fashionable attire.



There was an amazing filmmaker panel discussing fashion film and the makings of a fashion film, budget making, and so on. Including Joshua Brandão , Charlotte Andersen , Filiz Rezwan, Matteo Di Gioia who gave insight to what is to be a fashion filmmaker.
The Director of the festival, Beatrice Bloom, was very proud of what had been achieved. ‘The films exceeded our expectations and we were incredibly proud to be able to screen them at the festival. We started this project with the aim of the advancement of fashion through film, and we feel that we have met our objectives in providing a new and exciting platform for fashion designers and students, as well as the general public. Everyone has a chance to watch and participate in what we believe will become the most influential fashion festival in the world’, said Ms Bloom.
The team behind the festival feels that next year’s event will be even bigger and more successful. To find out more about the festival and how to get involved, contact the organisers at the email address below:
The website for the festival:
London Fashion Film Festival 2017 result:
              AWARD
                     NOMINEES 
Best
Visual Effects
And
Special Effects 
1.
PERCOLOMETRIA
2.
Reawaken
3.
Resurrection
4.
Other People’s Heads
Winner
PERCOLOMETRIA

 

              AWARD
                     NOMINEES
Best
2D & 3D
Animation
1.
Percolometria
2.
After light and dark
3.
The innovator
Winner
The innovator




Best
Make up and
Hair Style
1.
Rose gold
2.
 A Fashion Fairy tale
3.
REBEL IN RISING
4.
Locked
Winner
 A Fashion fairy tale

 

Best
Cinematography   
1.
The 3rd Woman
2.
XIU LONG
3.
We are all Labour
4.
Locked
Winner
Locked

 

Best
Advertisement  
1.
Iron Man
2.
HACKETT x ASTON MARTIN
3.
I’m my fairy tale”
4.
Think Outside the Box
Winner
Iron Man

 

Best
Major
Brand
Production
1.
The Good Italian III – The magic of Naples
2.
Georgetown Optician: “The Eye Ball”
3.
Strellson ”make yourself unstoppable”
4.
The milliner
Winner
Georgetown Optician: “The Eye Ball”

 

Best
Student
Fashion
Film
1.
Guide for the Good Wife
2.
LUI/LEI
3.
This Is Chaos
4.
Resurrection
Winner
Guide for the Good Wife

 

Best
Story 
1.
REBEL IN RISING
2.
Gymnast
3.
ASMR
4.
The Course of War
Winner
REBEL IN RISING




Best
Actor/ Model 
1.
Four Stories: ALL DAY EVERY DAY
2.
The Milliner
3.
The Fashion Film
4.
Herod’s Daughter
Winner
The Milliner ( Emily Stockdale)

 

 

Best
Director  
1.
Other People’s Heads
2.
The Wild Gentlemen
3.
ARMONIA
4.
Guide for the Good Wife
Winner
ARMONIA




Best
Fashion
Documentary
1.
Model Material
2.
Art of Style: Pierpaolo Piccioli
3.
Ethetics Episode 2: Mdingi Coutts
4.
 In Conversation With Vogue Arabia
Winner
Art of Style: Pierpaolo Piccioli

 

Best
Fashion
Film
1.
The Milliner
2.
Strellson “Make Yourself Unstoppable”
3.
Casamorati
4.
 Locked
Winner
Strellson “Make Yourself Unstoppable”

 

Best
Music
1.
Think Outside the Box
2.
Montreuil Story
3.
Rose Gold
4.
Whatever Your Style
Winner
Think Outside the Box

 

Best
Editing
1.
20 years of sun
2.
RITZ PARIS
3.
Bleu Reine
4.
Ricercato (Wanted)’
Winner
20 years of sun

 

Best
Accessory
Design
1.
 A Fashion Fairy tale
2.
Georgetown Optician: “The Eye Ball”
3.
Scappino Adv 2016
4.
Young Rumi
Winner
 A Fashion Fairy tale




Best
Costume
Design
1.
XIU LONG
2.
Casamorati
3.
Fifth Samurai
4.
Yoshikimono
Winner
Fifth Samurai

Cousin, Cousine added to 74th Venice International Film Festival

On the centennial of the birth of Jean Rouch
the programme of the Venice Film Festival (7 and 8 September) adds
the only film he ever made in Venice,
the previously unreleased Cousin, cousine (1985-1987, 31′)

For the one-hundredth anniversary of the birth of the great French director and ethnographer Jean Rouch (1917 – 2004), the programme of the Venice Film Festival adds to its line-up the world-premiere screening of the only film that Rouch made in Venice, the very unusual and previously unreleased short film Cousin, cousine (1985-1987, 31′, colour), with Damouré Zika and Mariama Hima (Venice Classics).
 
Cousin, cousine has been fully restored by the French CNC (Centre national du cinéma e de l’image animée) in collaboration with the Fondation Jean Rouch and the Association Centenaire Jean Rouch 2017.
 
Cousin, cousine is a “caprice” invented in Venice by Jean Rouch and by his two friends and performers, Nigerian actor Damouré Zika and Nigerian filmmaker Mariama Hima, who came to the Venice Film Festival in 1985 to present Mariama Hima’s film Baabu Banza in the “Venezia Genti” section, where it won an award. On that occasion, they decided to make a film fantasy built around a painting by Gentile Bellini and several locations and stories within the city. The plot has Mariama and Damouré, two cousins, meeting in Venice to look for a long-lost relic, like in one of Gentile Bellini’s most famous paintings. Mariama thus introduces Damouré to the city, taking him to a “squero”, a boatyard where he can study how gondolas are made (which is very different from building pirogues).

Cousin, cousine will be screened at the 74th Venice Film Festival in the Venice Classics section, following the documentary L’Enigma di Jean Rouch a Torino – Cronaca di un film raté by Marco di Castri, Paolo Favaro and Daniele Pianciola. There will be three screenings: September 7th at 5:15 pm in Sala Volpi, September 8th at 10 pm in Sala Pasinetti and September 7th at 11:15 am in Sala Volpi (press preview).

 
Jean Rouch (1917-2004), a French ethnographer and director, made over 180 films (some unfinished), along with a great number of photographs, sound recordings and writings of various kinds. He founded important centres and institutions such as the Comité du film ethnographique and events such as the Cinéma du Réel festival. He taught, defended and promoted ethnographic and documentary filmmaking, and visual anthropology.
Photo provided by Press Office la Biennale di Venezia

 

PANDAW PENS CULTURAL CRUISE

Press Release
16 August 2017

River Cruise Pioneer Announces Limited-Edition Cultural-Cruise, Combining Burma Sailing With The Fourth, Annual Irrawaddy Literary Festival

River cruise pioneer, Pandaw Expeditions, has announced a partnership with the 2017 Irrawaddy Literary Festival, held in Mandalay, Burma, from 3 – 5 November 2017. In addition to sponsoring the festival, Pandaw is offering literary fans the opportunity to dovetail the event with a cultural river cruise on the Irrawaddy.

The Irrawaddy Literary Festival (ILF), a UK charity, was launched four years ago under the patronage of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, with the aim of liberating and promoting the Burmese literary community and connecting talented authors with the global stage of free expression.

This year’s festival features a line-up of exciting names from the international world of literature including Lonely Planet co-founder Tony Wheeler, Britain’s Poet Laureate, Dame Carol Ann Duffy, and award-winning Canadian writer, Madeleine Thien. Another highlight will be an appearance by Alice Pung, an Australia-based author of Her Father’s Daughter, recounting her father’s experience in the Killing Fields of Cambodia. A total of more than 100 Burmese authors and 30 international writers will present their work.

The event will be held at the Mandalay Hill Resort Hotel and, thanks to the support of its generous sponsors, the three-day programme is open to all visitors, completely free of charge. The festival welcomes huge local crowds as well as international visitors, and Burmese-English-Burmese interpretation is provided. In addition to the programmed sessions, spanning four different venues, there are popular informal speaking opportunities at Speakers’ Corner and Poets’ Corner, and a forum for literary exchange at a traditional Burmese teahouse created in the grounds of the hotel.

The unique Pandaw river expedition concept evolved in Burma, from the vestiges of the colonial Irrawaddy Flotilla Company. Pandaw specialises in creating exhilarating itineraries that take guests off the beaten track on small but powerful shallow-draught ships, beautifully hand-crafted in teak and brass.

Culture vultures have the chance to combine the Irrawaddy Literary Festival with a Pandaw ‘Mandalay Pagan Packet’ seven-night river cruise, either before the event or directly after it finishes and will enjoy a 10 per cent discount on the published price of the cruise.  The Pandaw ships sailing the itineraries will be docked in Mandalay during the event, allowing guests to attend the festival on two of the three days, returning to the ship in the evenings for their overnight accommodation.

Guests have the option to take the pre-festival cruise from Pagan to Mandalay (upstream) or the post-festival cruise from Mandalay to Pagan (downstream).  In addition to the two historic, royal capitals, travellers will discover the small towns and villages of lost Burma in between, including Salay, Pakokku, Yandabo, Amarapura, Sagaing and Mingun onboard either the RV Indochina Pandaw or RV Kalaw Pandaw.

Prices start from US$1,795 per person (before the 10 per cent discount for festival-goers), based on twin share. The price includes airport or hotel transfers to/from the ship, excursions and entrance fees, guide services, gratuities to crew, main meals, locally made soft drinks, local beer and local spirits, jugged coffee and a selection of teas and tisanes, mineral water. The Irrawaddy Literary Festival is free to attend. International flights are additional.

PRE-FESTIVAL CRUISE – PAGAN to MANDALAY
28th October – 4th November 2017
The RV Indochina Pandaw departs Pagan on 28th October, sailing upstream to Mandalay for a seven-night cruise, docking in Mandalay for the last two nights on 2nd and 3rd November, allowing guests to attend festival events on 3rd and 4th November and return to the ship for their overnight accommodation.

POST-FESTIVAL CRUISE – MANDALAY to PAGAN
4th – 11th November 2017
RV Kalaw Pandaw will dock at the Sagaing Jetty in Mandalay on 4th and 5th November, providing a floating hotel while guests enjoy two days of the Irrawaddy Literary Festival before continuing this seven-night expedition downstream to Pagan.

To apply the 10% discount please contact [email protected] after making booking.

For reservations and more information, call 0208 326 5620 or go to www.pandaw.com.

Evita

What: Evita
Where: The Phoenix Theatre, London
Who: The musical about Argentina’s most beloved woman
When: Running until October 14, 2017
Why: The songs are excellent and the cast do a very good job of singing the story of this famous woman
‘Evita’ has returned to the West End and takes us through the highs and many lows of Eva Perón, the woman who was revered in Argentina not only as the wife of the country’s President – Juan Perón but also as a woman who was perhaps more powerful than her husband. 
 
Played by Emma Hatton (‘Wicked’), ‘Evita’ begins somberly at her funeral, attendees dressed in black – and this sets the tone for the first 30 minutes of this show – dark, deep and depressing. With lyrics by Tim Rice and Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, ‘Evita’ finally finds it feet with the rise of Eva, which was her real name. She becomes as actress in Buenos Aires, but she had bigger ambitions, ambitions that would lead her to meet Juan Perón at a party she’s helped to organize to raise money for San Juan, Argentina, which was devastated by an earthquake. Juan, played by Kevin Stephen Jones, falls head over heals with Eva – he’s met his match – she’s just as strong and confident as he is. But it’s the public that takes to her – they love her and see her as a queen and perhaps more – perhaps as a leader for their country. But as history tells us, Eva Perón never got to see her 34th birthday, she died at the age of 33 in 1952, and ‘Evita’ the musical takes us through this journey, with the help of narrator Che (excellently played and sung by Gian Marc Schiaretti). 
‘Evita’ is pure musical joy. There’s not one word in the show that is spoken – the plot is all told in song, and what great songs they are, 39 years after they were first written. This includes the lovely melodies of ‘I’d be Surprisingly good for you’ – when Evita initially meets Juan; to the rousing ‘A New Argentina;’ and the show-stopping ’On the Balcony of Casa Rosado’ where we see, in a breathtaking scene, Evita speaking (singing) to the crowd from the balcony of the palace; also the classic ‘Don’t Cry for Me Argentina’ where Eva sings in the hospital after her fatal diagnosis; and the fantastic and very memorable ‘And the Money Keeps Rolling In’ where Schiaretti really shines, and proves, that he is the true star of this show. As Che, he literally steals the spotlight from Hatton. Schiaretti is a regular concert performer and has performed throughout Europe and has played Tarzan on stage – ‘Evita’ will definitely raise his profile. The rest of the production is just fine, with an excellent supporting cast (especially Sarah O’Connor as the mistress of the President who Eva replaces, and holds her own in the solo number ‘Another Suitcase in Another Hall.’)  ‘Evita’ is only on for three months, so if you’ve never seen it before (this is third version I’ve seen, though I’m a bit too young to have seen the original version which made Elaine Paige a star in London and Patti Lupone a star in New York), I urge you to see it. While Hatton is very good, Schiaretti is amazing. And in this touring revival, directed by Bob Tomson and Bill Kenwright, is staged perfectly in the cozy Phoenix Theatre.
 
For tickets, please go to:
 
Photo from Emma Holland PR
Review by Tim Baros

The London School of Russian Language and Literature Jubilee Charity Ball

Press release

The Jubilee Charity Ball of the Eurolog UK Association and The London School of Russian Language and Literature was held on Saturday, 1 July 2017 in the historic and prestigious Draper’s Hall in the City of London. The ball was dedicated to the twentieth anniversary of the first school of its kind in the United Kingdom, and one of the first in the world.


The Palace’s antique rooms, erstwhile meeting places for the most affluent industrialists in the country, provided the setting for a gathering of the Anglo-Russian society, consisting of famous persons, musicians, artists, actors, businessmen and, of course, the School’s teachers and parents. The foyer housed an exhibition of the works of the talented young artist Philip Firsov.

The ball’s invited distinguished guests included: Archbishop Elisey Surozhsky, Deputy Mayor of Kensington and Chelsea Gerard Hargreaves, royal portrait artist Sergey Pavlenko, popular Russian actress Regina Myannik, People’s Artist of Russia Elena Shcherbakova – Artistic Director of the world-famous Igor Moiseyev Ballet group, and others.

Participating in the ball were star performers, worthy of the finest stages in the world: members of the Igor Moiseyev Ballet, solo artist of the “Novaya Opera” in Moscow Evgeniy Kungurov, mime actor Igor Lamba, and tenor from Saint Petersburg Evgeniy Yuzhin, accompanied by his wife, the singer Yulia Snezhina.

The concert was opened by Christopher Arkhill’s Ballet Russe overture, performed by the magnificent British Imperial Orchestra and directed by Doctor Graham Jones. This was followed by a performance by Maria Veretenina, winner of the International Russian Song Festival Grand Prix, who sang Olympia’s Doll’s Aria from the opera by Jacques Offenbach. The first part of the concert was introduced by star host of the Russian Culture TV channel, Evgeniy Kungurov, and the charming singer Yulia Snezhina. Performances included Giuditta’s Aria by Franz Lehár, performed by Irina Tutt, and Musetta’s Aria by Giacomo Puccini, sung by Olga Adamovich, both of whom were accompanied by pianist and tutor Victoria Savelyeva. All three are also winners of the 8th Russian Song Festival in London. Evgeniy Kungurov gave a truly passionate performance of the famous Couplets of the Toreador from the opera Carmen. The first part was concluded by a solemn dedication to the members of the Alexandrov Choir and their Director Valery Khalilov. The Russian tune Farewell to Slavianka, a favourite of the Director and his orchestra, was played in their honour. The audience rose to pay their respects.

This was followed by a meal fit for a king, with a sumptuous menu – foie gras and trout with a crab garnishing. The company Lots4Charity held a “silent auction” during the meal, while guests and performers had their portrait drawn by caricature artist Georgiy Labunin.

In the second part, which was introduced in English by actor and model Tommy Viles, arias by Lehár and Tchaikovsky were performed by tenor Alexander Naumenko. Soprano Maria Veretenina sang Alexander Alyabyev’s The Nightingale in her enchanting voice. She was followed by the passionate deep baritone of Evgeniy Kungurov, who treated the audience to the beautiful Russian song by Boris Fomin Only Once In A Lifetime. Evgeniy Yuzhin and Yulia Snezhina then sang an affectionate duet by Charles Aznavour Eternal Love (the Russian version of the French classic Une Vie d’Amour). Then came solo performances of particularly beautiful Italian songs, Lucio Dalla’s In Memory of Caruso and Tell Me Girls by Rodolfo Falvo, while the “cherry on the cake” was the joyful song Funiculì, funiculà by Luigi Denza. Evgeniy Yuzhin held the entire audience spell-bound! It was as if the English kings, looking down from their portraits, were also enjoying his singing! There’s a reason why Evgeniy is often referred to as “the voice that captures hearts”!

After the meal members of the Igor Moiseyev Ballet group, Evgeniy Chernyshkov, Andrey Artamonov and Alexander Tikhonov performed the explosive Argentinian dance Gaucho, while Anastasia Sorokina and Kiril Kochubey danced a passionate Argentinian tango. “No one dances like the Moiseyev dancers!” – almost all of them are, after all, Distinguished Artists of Russia! Their elegance of movement, harmonious rhythm and artistry were of an extremely high standard. Igor Lamba then performed an amazing pantomime piece The Hunt.

Finally, the time came for the waltz, the crowning moment of the evening! The magnificent Imperial Orchestra once again took their places and, at the wave of Director Graham Jones’s stick, the favourite tunes by Strauss played out. At last, the guests were able to put into practice all that they had learned in their ballroom dance lessons. They were helped along by the marvellous dance master of the Imperial Ball, Stuart Marsden. As the couples whirled and danced, their reflections were caught in the huge mirrors of the old Palace.

A luxurious, richly decorated cake by Mary-Sony Ltd. provided the finishing touches to a magnificent festivity!




The guests departed, taking with them fond memories of this unforgettable evening in their hearts!

The London School of Russian Language and Literature and the Eurolog UK Association would like to thank their distinguished guests, colleagues, volunteers and partners: Helen Bubnova, Anglia Newspaper, Kartina TV, Matryoshka Radio, Rossotrudnichestvo, The Embassy of the Russian Federation, Pushkin House, Profile Russia, Ikon Magazine, Mery-Sony Ltd., Love in Chocolate, and everyone who came to the Jubilee Charity Ball.

THE FIRST EVER PRIDE IMPROV FESTIVAL IN LONDON! | Zeal

Zeal is the first ever improv festival to officially run as part of Pride In London! Zeal: The Pride Improv Festival is a week-long event taking part in venues across the city from 1-7 July offering a diverse mix of improvised entertainment to celebrate the LGBTQIA community.

Featuring improvised games, comedy, theatre, musicals, drag acts, stand-up and cabaret from both queer improvisers and those who support the community, the festival showcases a mix of established acts, fresh young talent and brand new teams, formed especially for this year’s event! There will also be opportunities for the audience to get up on stage and give it a go in friendly and supportive jam sessions, as well as chances to learn the basics of improv and improve existing skills through the Zeal workshops.

Taking place in collaboration with seven improv schools across London, the festival is an opportunity to see bold, exciting and unique shows that will never be seen again! These acts are made up on the spot and every show and every night will be completely different! Acts include Music Box, who perform an entire improvised musical based on words from the audience, regular Proud Cabaret host Luke Meredith, and improv duo Breaking & Entering, as well as brand new drag king act The Bareback Kings, improvised songs and conversation from Phil Lunn Is… A Cabaret Singer, and The Lemonade Brigade, an all-gay improv team assembled especially for the festival!

The seven improvisation organisations involved include The Free Association, C3Something, Duck Duck Goose, Monkey Toast, Hoopla!, The Nursery and Improvable.

Contact Kat Halstead at [email protected]
www.zealimprov.com

Facebook: @ZealImprov
Twitter: @ZealImprov

 

Pure London AEO Social Media Award Win

Press release: June 2017

 

PURE LONDON WINS AEO AWARDS ‘BEST SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN’

 

Pure London, the premium event for progressive fashion buyers, has won the award for ‘Best Social Media Campaign’ at the AEO awards.

The in-house team designed a distinctly upbeat social media campaign for Pure London, to showcase new up-and-coming brands, all-time classics, key industry speakers, insightful seminars and must-see catwalk shows. The main objective was to grow reach and engagement across two seasons on a mix of social channels including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google Plus, YouTube, Google Hangouts, and Snapchat.

 

SS17 (July 16 show) highlights included:

 

  • Samba dancers became one of the most successful engagement tools: Pure London grew its community by 22% and the hashtag #purelondon trended on Twitter with over 7,400 posts from both visitors and exhibitors and reached over 4 million users.

 

  • On Instagram, Pure London grew its followers by 192% and engagement increased by 328% becoming a channel for inspiration, to discover new brands, and inviting to choose their favourite song for Pure London’s custom Spotify playlist.

 

  • On Facebook, Pure London increased its unique reach by 311% and engagement grew by 49%.

 

AW18 (February 17 show) highlights included:

 

  • Pure London created its own Snapchat Geofilter for visitors and exhibitors to interact with during the event, reaching over 2 million Snapchat users and generating over 95,000 views. This also contributed to an increase in visitors each day of the shows.

 

  • Pure London produced and live streamed the interview with fashion blogger Liberty London Girl, and shared preview videos of the British Vogue editor-in-chief Alexandra Shulman speaking.

 

  • Pure London’s Twitter community grew by 25% and the hashtag #purelondon reached over 2 million users.





Julie Driscoll, Portfolio Director for Pure London, commented; “We are over the moon to win the prestigious AEO award for ‘Best Social Media Campaign’. Our campaign has delivered incredible results, after seeing the amount of reach gained by our social media channels and the engagement we generated from customers we deem this a valuable marketing channel for the future.”

 

For press enquiries and images, contact Philippa Suitters at Good Results PR:

[email protected] or 0203 397 5180 / 07866 362980

 

NOTES TO EDITORS

 

About Pure London:

Pure London is the UK’s leading trade fashion buying event, representing womenswear, menswear, footwear, accessories and young fashion. The show offers buyers from UK and international independents, multiples, department stores, etailers and mail order, the opportunity to discover collections launching for the season ahead, attend catwalk shows and hear from their peers and other industry experts in valuable seminars and workshops. Pure London is an Ascential event. www.purelondon.com

 

About Ascential plc

Ascential plc is a global business-to-business information company that informs and connects the business world in 150 countries through market-leading Exhibitions & Festivals and Information Services.

 

Ascential powers the prestigious Cannes Lions festival for the branded communications industry, the world’s premier payments and financial services congress Money20/20, Spring Fair/Autumn Fair, the global fashion trend forecasting service WGSN, environmental risk data business Groundsure, e-commerce analytics provider One Click Retail and advisory and business services firm, MediaLink.

 

Ascential’s premium products enable focus, growth and value.  The company provides customers with world class content and connections empowering their businesses to be the best informed and best connected. www.ascential.com

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Sundance London Film Festival

Sundance Film Festival from Colorado comes to London this weekend and features a lineup of 14 films that were shown at the popular festival in January. This year’s festival will take place from June 1st – 4th at Central London’s gorgeous Picturehouse Central. Here’s a small selection of what’s on offer:

The opening night film is Beatriz at Dinner where Selma Hayek plays Beatriz, a poor Mexican-American holistic practitioneer who finds herself at a wealthy client’s dinner party. Also starring John Lithgow and Choe Sevigny.
The Big Sick is a rom-com about a Pakistani-American man and his white American girlfriend who negotiate family interferences in their relationship. With Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter and Ray Romano.
There are two films at the festival that take place in New York’s Brooklyn neighborhoods. In Crown Heights, one man is wrongly convicted of murder in this true-life miscarriage of justice. Crown Heights was the Audience Award Winner at the January Sundance festival. Bushwick deals with a woman (Brittany Snow) who steps out of the subway to discover her neighborhood is under seige from militia forces.
Recent Best Actor winner Casey Affleck plays a ghost who was recently deceased and returns to his suburban home to try to reconnect with his wife (Rooney Mara) in A Ghost Story.
The unusual Bitch stars Marianna Palka who plays an unhappy housewife and mother who, when she snaps, turns int a vicious dog. A bit strange and unusual….
Woody Harrelson is Wilson, a middle aged man who lives alone with his dog and who is on a mission to track down his ex-wife only to discover that he has a teenage daughter.
The documentary Dina, winner of the Sundance Documentary Grand Jury Prize, is an unconventional love story about two autistic adults; while another documentary –  Icarus – takes an investigative look at doping in sports. And also scheduled into the program is a fan favorite Surprise Film on Friday night.
Short films will also be played at the festival, and include Come Swim, the directorial debut of Kirsten Stewart, and Tough, about a mother-daughter misunderstanding. There will also be events during the weekend, including several of the directors and stars will be attending post screening Q&A’s. One of the highlights should be a discussion called Independent Film Trumps Reality where movie makers discuss movies in the current political climate.
To buy tickets to any of the screenings and events, please go to picturehouses.com/sundance. Festival passes as well individual screening tickets are both sold.
Photos provided by Premier Communications
Article by Tim Baros