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Sundance Film Festival to Return for In-Person Event in London

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Sundance London will open with Edgar Wright's documentary The Sparks Brothers

The world-famous Sundance Film Festival is set to take place in-person later this year, it has been confirmed.

Planned to run between July 29 and August 1 2021, Sundance London will be held at the Picturehouse Central near Picadilly Circus.

Showcasing upwards of 12 features and offering panel discussions, Q+As and special guest appearances, a busy programme will give film fans the chance to celebrate and debate the most exciting cinematic releases face-to-face once again, after last year's physical event was cancelled due to Covid.

For Clare Binns, Joint Managing Director at Picturehouse Cinemas, the festival's return cannot come soon enough.

“It’s great to be back working with all of our friends at the Sundance Film Festival," she said.

"We’re so excited to bring back inspiring independent films to the big screen - during this year’s Sundance London we will come together to watch, discuss, and immerse ourselves in an art form which has since been lost to us for over a year.”

The event will kick off with Edgar Wright's much-anticipated documentary The Sparks Brothers, and the esteemed director admitted he can't wait to see viewers' reaction to the movie.

"I was just five years old when I was hypnotised by Ron and Russell Mael (collectively Sparks) staring at me from the telly on a 1979 episode of Top Of The Pops. Over the next four decades, their music has been a riddle turned full on obsession," said the 47-year-old.

"It’s very exciting for me to finally bring The Sparks Brothers to Sundance London, as the UK were the first country to embrace Sparks' genius. I look forward to everyone falling in love all over again or being as amazed as I was when I first saw and heard them."

Plans to run the festival are subject to Government restrictions lifting as expected on June 21.

Sundance has affirmed that the health and safety of patrons, guests and staff will remain paramount.

Tickets will be available to buy in early June.