Sundance film and music festival starts at The O2

18:16 26 April 2012

Robert Redford launches the Sundance London Film and Music Festival at The O2 in London

Robert Redford launches the Sundance London Film and Music Festival at The O2 in London

The Sundance film and music festival has been brought to London for the first time, taking over The O2 from tonight until Sunday.

Sundance Film Festival originated in Sundance, Utah, in the late 1970s.

One of its founders was actor and director Robert Redford, who is still heavily involved in the festival now.

Last year he announced Sundance would be coming to London in 2012 - the first time the festival had been held outside America.

UK premieres

Sundance London will host the UK premieres of 14 films that showed at the Sundance Film Festival in America in January.

Among them will be comedy/drama Liberal Arts starring Josh Radnor, Elizabeth Olsen and Zac Efron. Radnor plays 30-something Jesse who falls for a 19-year-old college student.

Meanwhile, 2 Days in New York is a comedy starring Chris Rock and Julie Delpy.

Musical acts

As well as film, Sundance will also feature music, with BRIT Award-nominated psychedelic pop band Guillemots and Academy Award-winning musician/actor Glen Hansard performing at the opening night event, An Evening with Robert Redford and T Bone Burnett.

Also playing during the festival are Placebo, Rufus and Martha Wainwright and Tricky with Martina Topley-Bird.

Star insights

Visitors to Sundance will be able to get insights into the minds of some of the world's best actors and directors.

The Sundance London Host Committee will take part in panels and events such as table reads, and includes director Danny Boyle, and actors Dame Helen Mirren, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (from Lost), and Richard Ayoade (The IT Crowd).

Movie museum

If youve not had your fill of film from Sundance, head to Covent Garden to find the new exhibition space from London Film Museum.

The first show will be Magnum on Set, a celebration of cinema hosting some of the greatest photos of the 20th century from legendary agency Magnum Photos.

Also visit the museum's main site in County Hall on the South Bank.

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