Robert Redford brings Sundance to London

Hollywood legend Robert Redford is bringing a version of America’s largest independent film festival, Sundance, to the UK.

The festival, which normally takes places in Utah, will have its own version at London’s O2 Arena in 2012.

It will be held from the 26th to the 29th of April, and although it has not yet been confirmed, Redford is hoping it will become an annual event in the capital.

Speaking about the project, he stated that “it is [their] mutual goal to bring to the UK the very best in current American independent cinema, to introduce the artists responsible for it, and in essence help build a picture of our country that is broadly reflective of the diversity of voices not always seen in our cultural exports.”

However, the UK does already have a number of independent festivals – Edinburgh International Film Festival and London Film Festival to name a couple. Both of tend to showcase American talent, so we’re not sure where this will leave them if Sundance end up showing the same films.

The festival began in the US in 1978, organised by Robert Redford’s company Wildwood. Films such as A Street Car Named Desire and Mean Streets were shown in its opening year. Despite how big these films are today, the festival was very low-profile then. Today, Sundance is a hugely popular festival that showcases some amazing independent talent.

So, what do you think, do we want Sundance brought to the UK?

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