Global Showbiz Briefs: Sundance London Events Added; LevelK Boards ‘Sucker’; New Foil For ‘Doctor Who’

Sundance London Unveils More Events
Sundance Institute on Tuesday announced the program of free talks, screenings, events and music performances for the third Sundance London film and music festival, set for April 25-27 at The O2. Among the notables set for the talks are David Cross and David Wain. The Truly Independent Visions panel event will focus on what it takes to create an independent film today. Also in the lineup are International Premiere: 5 Projects from the Sundance Institute Short Film Challenge, a free screening event celebrating the international debut of five new short films created by acclaimed independent filmmakers, the Film Appreciation Event, a free event for students interested in careers in film.

LevelK Palms Off International Sales Rights To ‘Sucker’
LevelK will handle international sales on Sucker, a coming-of-age comedy about the timeless art of the swindle, the sting and sleight of hand. Written by Ben Chessell and Lawrence Leung and directed by Chessell, Sucker is an adaptation of Leung’s stage show. The film stars YouTube personality John Luc as an 18 year old Chinese Australian who cheats in his high school senior exams and fails to get into medicine. Banished to stay with his uncle for the summer, Lawrence meets a colorful, aging conman (Timothy Spall) and begins a road trip with him and his daughter Sarah (Lily Sullivan). Lawrence learns the art of swindling and cheating — and — a hard lesson in unrequited love. Sucker is financed by Screen Australia, Jake Film Finance, Film Victoria and DDP Studios.

Ben Miller To Guest On ‘Doctor Who
Ben Miller is set to guest star opposite Peter Capaldi when the new season of Doctor Who returns in the fall. Miller made his name as part of the comedy duo Armstrong and Miller before moving to dramas including Primeval and Death In Paradise. It will be Miller’s first appearance on Doctor Who; his comedy partner Alexander Armstrong appeared in the 2011 Christmas Special.

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