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  • Douglas Hart's Long Distance Information makes it into Sundance

Douglas Hart's Long Distance Information makes it into Sundance

December 2011

British Filmmakers Take Sundance by Storm.

Our heartiest congratulations go out to all the UK filmmakers who have been accepted into Sundance Film Festival in Jan 2012.

After a three day visit to London earlier this year by Sundance programming duo John Cooper and Trevor Groth (organised by us here at British Council Film), 6 UK features, 2 UK co-productions and 12 UK short films have made it through to the Festival screenings in Park City, Utah between 19 -29 January 2012.

Our new talent particularly have a lot to beam about – almost half the short films selected internationally are from Brit directors, with an extra-strong showing in the animated category where 5 out of 7 films are from the UK.

Features include competition screenings of Sally El Hosaini’s My Brother The Devil and documentaries including Bart Layton’s The Imposter, and Malik Bedjelloul's UK/Swedish Searching for Sugar Man (which screens as opening night film in the World Doc Comp section). Alongside these James Marsh’s Shadow Dancer will have its premiere, while Andrea Arnold’s Wuthering Heights gets its US premiere in the Spotlight section. Jon Wright's UK-Ireland co-production Grabbers will be keeping audiences on the edge of their seats when it screens in the Park City at Midnight strand.

Congratulations also to Brit director Lucy Walker whose The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom will be screening in the US Documentary Shorts section, to UK based Teddy Leifer who has executively produced The Invisible War through RISE Films, and to veteran director Stephen Frears whose US feature Lay The Favorite will also premiere.

We were delighted to host a 'Sundance Send-off' at BAFTA on Monday 16 January for many of the filmmakers whose work will be on screen at the Festival and can report a spirit of great excitement from them all!

Here's the full line-up of UK Sundance shorts:


Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared

Directors: Joseph Pelling, Rebecca Sloan
A short film about teaching creativity by This Is It Collective.

Long Distance Information
Director/screenwriter: Douglas Hart
Da always said not to talk to strangers...but you've got to phone home sometimes.

Director/screenwriter: Stephen Irwin)
A pyromaniac bear misses his mother.

Random Strangers
Director: Alexis Dos Santos, Screenwriters: Laurence Coriat, Alexis Dos Santos
Rocky and Lulu live in opposite sides of the planet: they bump into each other in ChatRoulette and decide to stay in touch. Using video diaries, secret confessions, fictional representations of facts of their lives made with toys, dance performances and songs, they create a place where they can truly be themselves. But how real is their world?

Tooty’s Wedding
Director: Frederic Casella, Screenwriters: Laura Solon, Ben Willbond
A young couple's marriage hilariously hits the rocks during a weekend wedding in the country.

Director/screenwriter: Johnny Barrington
A tribe of Norse warriors traipse across a barren land after battle. Bloodied and wounded, their chief is near death. He is about to hand over power to his son when an army of a completely different kind descends upon them.


Into the Middle of Nowhere

Director: Anna Frances Ewert
The documentary is about the uniqueness of childhood and the exploration of the human mind. In an outdoor nursery based in the woods, children create their own individually constructed worlds and can test out the boundaries of reality.



Director: Julia Pott
Oscar is coming of age, against his better judgment. In doing so he must experience the necessary evil of leaving something behind, but he can still feel it in the pit of his stomach.

Director: Robert Morgan
Bobby Yeah is a petty thug who lightens his miserable existence by brawling and thieving stuff. One day, he steals the favorite pet of some very dangerous individuals, and finds himself in deep trouble. He really should learn, but he just can't help it.

A Morning Stroll
Director: Grant Orchard
When a New Yorker walks past a chicken on his morning stroll, we are left to wonder which one is the real city slicker.

Robots of Brixton
Director: Kibwe Tavares
The trials and tribulations of young robots surviving at the sharp end of inner city life, living the predictable existence of a populous hemmed in by poverty, disillusionment and mass unemployment.

Slow Derek
Director: Dan Ojari
The tale of Derek, an office worker, as he struggles with the true speed of planet earth.

and screening in the US Documentary Shorts section is:

The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom
Director: Lucy Walker
Survivors in the areas hardest hit by Japan's recent tsunami find the courage to revive and rebuild as cherry blossom season begins. A visual haiku about the ephemeral nature of life and the healing power of Japan's most beloved flower.

You can read a downloadable PDF with details of the UK films selected for Sundance by clicking here.