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Forrest Goodluck, Sasha Lane and Chloë Grace Moretz appear in 'The Miseducation of Cameron Post' by Desiree Akhavan
Forrest Goodluck, Sasha Lane and Chloë Grace Moretz appear in 'The Miseducation of Cameron Post' by Desiree Akhavan | Courtesy of Sundance Institute
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Women Lead the Way at the Sundance Film Festival in London

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Film Editor
Updated: 3 May 2018
Providing a self-proclaimed ‘snapshot’ of its big sister counterpart event in Utah, London’s version of the Sundance Film Festival is back. This year organisers have promised to acknowledge the ongoing Time’s Up and #MeToo movements by putting the work of women at the forefront.
Laura Dern and Isabelle Nélisse appear in 'The Tale' by Jennifer Fox, an official selection of the US Dramatic Competition at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival
Laura Dern and Isabelle Nélisse appear in ‘The Tale’ by Jennifer Fox, an official selection of the US Dramatic Competition at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival | Courtesy of Sundance Institute / Photo by Kyle Kaplan

The festival will be back at Picturehouse Central from May 31–June 3, opening with one of seven films directed by women. In fact, with the abridged line-up of 12 feature-length movies, the schedule equates to an impressive 58% of films made by female film-makers.

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Jennifer Fox’s intense drama The Tale, starring Laura Dern, Elizabeth Debicki and Ellen Burstyn, will launch proceedings. At the other end of the festival, closing the event will be Leave No Trace, Debra Granik’s eagerly awaited follow-up to Winter’s Bone (2010). Granik has made a couple of documentaries since her surprise hit shot Jennifer Lawrence to fame eight years ago. Her new movie stars Ben Foster and Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie as a father and daughter who live ‘off-grid’ until they are drawn into society.

Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie and Ben Foster appear in 'Leave No Trace' by Debra Granik, an official selection of the Premieres program at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival
Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie and Ben Foster appear in ‘Leave No Trace’ by Debra Granik, an official selection of the Premieres program at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival | Courtesy of Sundance Institute / Photo by Scott Green

The Sundance Film Festival began in 1978 under the name of the ‘Utah/United States Film Festival’, with the event officially changing its name to its current moniker in 1991 following Hollywood actor Robert Redford’s 1985 takeover. The aim then, as now, was to champion emerging voices in film, theatre and new media. The London edition of Sundance has been moved in recent years to Central London from its original home at the O2 Arena.

This year’s other highlights include Chloë Grace Moretz in Desiree Akhavan’s The Miseducation of Cameron Post and the UK premiere of Idris Elba’s directorial debut Yardie.

Finally, on the feature film front, keep an eye out for the film that terrified audiences in America earlier this year when Toni Collette will be in attendance to introduce us to her creepy horror flick Hereditary.

Milly Shapiro, Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne and Alex Wolff appear in 'Hereditary'
Milly Shapiro, Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne and Alex Wolff appear in ‘Hereditary’ by Ari Aster | Courtesy of Sundance Institute

The festival is also popular with fans of cutting-edge short films. This year we will see some of the best on offer, including a number of projects filmed in London.

Tickets and a full line-up of films and events are available from the Sundance Film Festival ’18: London website.