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Sundance Film Festival: London 2016 – Programme Announ …

Sundance Film Festival is coming to Picturehouse Central from 2 to 5 June, bringing you the best of the annual…

Sundance Film Festival is coming to Picturehouse Central from 2 to 5 June, bringing you the best of the annual festival from across the pond.

Explore the full programme below.

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Main Features

American independent narrative and documentary films that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, U.S.A.

Author: The JT LeRoy Story

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Director: Jeff Feuerzeiq.
Featuring: Laura Albert, Bruce Benderson and Dennis Cooper. USA 2016.

International premiere | The definitive look inside the mysterious case of 16-year-old literary sensation JT LeRoy – a creature so perfect for his time that if he didn’t exist, someone would have had to invent him. Perhaps someone did? The strangest story about story ever told. (Documentary)

Listings: Saturday 4 June, 8.30 | Sunday 5 June, 5.45



Director: Andrew Neel.
Starring: Nick Jonas, Ben Schnetzer, Virginia Gardner. USA 2016.

UK premiere | Reeling from a terrifying assault, a 19-yearold boy pledges his brother’s fraternity in an attempt to prove his manhood. What happens there, in the name of “brotherhood,” tests both the boys and their relationship in brutal ways.

Listings: Friday 3 June, 4.00 | Sunday 5 June, 6.00



Director: James Schamus.
Starring: Logan Lerman, Sarah Gadan, Tracy Letts. USA 2016.

UK premiere | It’s 1951, and among the new arrivals at Winesburg College in Ohio are the
son of a kosher butcher from New Jersey and the beautiful, brilliant daughter of a prominent alum. For a brief moment, their lives converge in this emotionally soaring film based on the novel by Philip Roth.

Listings: Saturday 4 June, 6.00 | Sunday 5 June, 1.15

The Intervention


Director: Clea DuVall.
Starring: Melanie Lynskey, Cobie Smulders, Alia Shawkat. USA 2016. 

International premiere | A weekend getaway for four couples takes a sharp turn when one of the couples discovers the entire trip was orchestrated to host an intervention on their marriage.

Winner of the U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Individual Performance (Melanie Lynskey)

Listings: Friday 3 June, 7.00 | Saturday 4 June, 9.00

Life, Animated


Director: Roger Ross Williams.
Featuring: Owen Suskind, Ron Suskind. USA 2016.

UK premiere | Owen Suskind, an autistic boy who could not speak for years, slowly emerged from his isolation by immersing himself in Disney animated movies. Using these films as a roadmap, he reconnects with his loving family and the wider world in this emotional coming-of-age story. (Documentary)

Winner of the Directing Award: U.S. Documentary

Listings: Friday 3 June, 6.30 | Saturday 4 June, 4.00

Morris From America


Director: Chad Hartigan.
Starring: Markees Christmas, Craig Robinson, Carla Juri. Germany / USA 2016.

UK premiere | Thirteen-year-old Morris, a hip-hop loving American, moves to Heidelberg, Germany, with his father. In this completely foreign land, he falls in love with a local girl, befriends his German tutor-turned- confidant, and attempts to navigate the unique trials and tribulations of adolescence.

Won: Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award: U.S. Dramatic; U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Individual Performance (Craig Robinson)

Listings: Friday 3 June, 8.30 | Sunday 5 June, 1.30

Other People


Director: Chris Kelly.
Starring: Jesse Plemons, Molly Shannon, June Squibb. USA 2016.

International premiere | A struggling comedy writer, fresh from breaking up with his boyfriend, moves to Sacramento to help his sick mother. Living with his conservative father and younger sisters, David feels like a stranger in his childhood home. As his mother worsens, he tries to convince everyone (including himself) he’s “doing okay.”

Listings: Friday 3 June, 4.30 | Saturday 4 June, 7.00



Director: Sian Heder.
Starring: Ellen Page, Allison Janney, Tammy Blanchard. USA 2016.

International premiere (to be confirmed) |A rootless young woman takes a toddler from a wealthy, negligent mother and passes the baby off as her own in an effort to protect her. This decision connects and transforms the lives of three very different women.

Listings: Thursday 2 June, 7.00 | Sunday 5 June, 3.30



Directors: Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg. USA 2016.

European premiere | With unrestricted access to Anthony Weiner’s New York City mayoral campaign, this film reveals the human story behind the scenes of a high-profile political scandal as it unfolds, and it offers an unfiltered look at how much today’s politics are driven by an appetite for spectacle. (Documentary)

Winner of the U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Documentary

Listings: Saturday 4 June, 6.45 | Sunday 5 June, 3.15

Time Out presents Wiener-Dog


Director: Todd Solondz.
Starring: Greta Gerwig, Kieran Culkin, Danny DeVito. USA 2016.

International premiere. Presented in association with Time Out | This film tells several stories featuring people who find their life inspired or changed by one particular dachshund, who seems to be spreading comfort and joy.

Listings: Friday 3 June, 9.30 | Saturday 4 June, 3.30

The Greasy Strangler


Director: Jim Hosking.
Starring:Michael St. Michaels, Sky Elobar, Elizabeth De Razzo. USA 2016.

International premiere | When Big Ronnie and his son Brayden meet lone female tourist Janet on Big Ronnie’s Disco Walking Tour—the best and only disco walking tour in the city—a fight for Janet’s heart erupts between father and son, and the infamous Greasy Strangler is unleashed.

Listings: Friday 3 June, 9.15 | Saturday 4 June, 9.30

Short Film Programme

Two wide-ranging collections of short films that screened in January at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. 

2016 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour


A 95-minute theatrical program of eight short films selected from this year’s Sundance Film Festival, showcasing a wide variety of story and style.

Find out more about the short films

Listings: Sunday 5 June, 4.00

2016 Sundance Film Festival UK Shorts

shorts-sundanceA showcase of 7 UK shorts that screened at Sundance Film Festival 2016.

Find out more about the short films

Listings: Friday 3 June, 6.45

Sundance Film Festival: Road To Stardom

A programme dedicated to showcasing notable films discovered by the Sundance Film Festival that feature stars and filmmakers who have since achieved global recognition. Presented in association with Empire Magazine.


Find out more about Road To Stardom

Listings: Winter’s Bone – Friday 3 June, 6.15 | The Usual Suspects – Saturday 4 June, 7.00 | Blood Simple – Sunday 5 June, 1.00

Special Events

Discussions with renowned guest speakers providing incredible insights into the filmmaking process.

Find out more about the Special Events

Cutting Through The Festival Bullshit: Sundance Film Festival Meets London

Presented in association with NownessA short film discussion with Mike Plante (Sundance Film Festival), Philip Ilson (London Short Film Festival & BFI London Film Festival) and Katie Metcalfe (Nowness).

Listings: Saturday 4 June, 4.30

“Diversity as an Ethos” – Panel discussion in association with the BFI

What happens when diversity is built into the ethos and decision making behind film production and festival programming?

Listings: Saturday 4 June, 2.00

James Schamus on “the changing face of Independent Film”

Presented in associatoin with Screen International | As the head of Focus Features, James Schamus was behind the production and distribution of some of the most critically acclaimed independent films of the last 15 years.

Listings: Saturday 4 June, 2.15

Short Film Master Class

Recognising the important role shorts have in cinema, storytelling, and culture, Sundance Institute presents the Short Film Master Class to help empower the next generation of artists.

Listings: Saturday 4 June, 12.00

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