The inaugural Sundance London Film and Music Festival kicks off tonight with a sit-down between Robert Redford and T Bone Burnett at the capital city’s O2 arena. Nick Hornby is due to interview the pair onstage about matching music to image. Redford held a press conference this morning in London where he commented on Prime Minister David Cameron’s recent comments that support funds should go to films that are “commercially successful.” Redford called the view “very narrow” adding it doesn’t address the broad category of filmmakers and artists in the business. This is the first time the Sundance Festival has traveled outside the US. Redford said it was a chance to bring new artists and voices to the UK outside of the normal Hollywood fare. On Saturday, the world premiere screening of Harmony: A New Way Of Looking At Our World will be held. The film, from Stuart Sender and Julie Bergman Sender, is about Prince Charles’ work to address the global environmental and economic crisis. Films that make up the bulk of the rest of the lineup include titles that ran in January’s Sundance Film Festival in Park City including Josh Radnor’s Liberal Arts; Under African Skies which traces Paul Simon’s journey to South Africa and his seminal album Graceland; Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush’s Finding North about the hunger crisis in America; drama Filly Brown from Youssef Delara and Michael D Olmosand; Julie Delpy’s 2 Days In New York and So Yong Kim’s For Ellen starring Paul Dano, Jon Heder and Jena Malone. The music element of the festival will be celebrated with performances by Placebo and Rufus and Martha Wainwright. The festival runs from today through April 29.
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