Sundance Film Festival: London Tour at HOMETom Grieve, Cinema Editor
Sundance Film Festival brings its London leg to Manchester via a series of three screenings at HOME. Billed as a ‘best of the fest’ weekend, audiences can discover three of the most anticipated Sundance titles ahead of their general releases. As an added incentive, each screening will be accompanied by a pre-recorded Q&A between Sundance programmers and the talent involved in the films.
The screenings start on Friday 30 July with award-winning doc Writing With Fire which tells the story of Khabar Lahariya, India’s only newspaper run by Dalit women. Directors Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh will discuss the film in the Q&A, touching on their experiences filming the lives of Chief Reporter Meera and her tight-knit team of journalists who challenge gender roles in order to report the news using not much more than their smart phones.
An odyssey for the digital age, Zola has been building hype for a few months now and this is your chance to get in for an early look.
On Saturday 31 July, there’s a chance to catch Sean Durkin’s — the director behind the excellent Martha Marcy May Marlene — brand new film starring Jude Law (who appears alongside in the post-film Q&A) and Carrie Coon. Billed as both an engrossing domestic drama and something akin to a ghost story, The Nest follows a charismatic entrepreneur who relocates his family from the Unites States to a cold, sprawling English house.
Finally, Janicza Bravo’s highly anticipated Zola screens on Sunday 1 August. Adapted from a viral twitter thread from 2015, this is the story of a detroit waitress (Taylour Paige) who embarks upon an ill-advised trip to Florida with a chaotic stripper (Riley Keough) in order to make some quick cash. An odyssey for the digital age, Zola has been building hype for a few months now and this is your chance to get in for an early look and hear from director Janicza Bravo following the film.