'Jackboots On Whitehall' to open Raindance

London indie film festival runs Sept. 29 through Oct. 10

LONDON – This year's Raindance Film Festival in the British capital will come alive to the sound of "Jackboots On Whitehall," as Edward and Rory McHenry's puppet satire opens the shindig.

The McHenry's movie, whose voice cast includes Ewan McGregor, Rosamund Pike, Richard E. Grant, Timothy Spall, Tom Wilkinson, Alan Cumming, Richard Griffiths, Stephen Merchant and Richard O'Brien opens the festival which aims to focus on discoveries, innovation and indie filmmaking.

This year's festival also sees the return of its American indie sidebar with Habib Azar's "Armless," starring Daniel London and Janel Moloney scheduled alongside Zach Clark's "Vacation!" and "When The World Breaks," directed by Jans Fjellestad also locked and loaded.

The festival will close with Mohamed Al Daradji's Iraqi movie "Son Of Babylon," which has been submitted for the race to secure a foreign Oscar nomination slot and has already won two awards at Berlin International Film Festival and one at Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.

Organizers said Tuesday (Sept. 7) this year's lineup includes 77 features, boasts 69 U.K. premieres and over 133 shorts with special live events, Q&As and master classes.

The festival also boasts a homegrown U.K. strand and a documentary section as well as a Japanese section.

This year's jury includes ad man Charles Saatchi, veteran British film critic and historian Derek Malcolm, one of Alfred Hitchcock's original sound producers Ernie Marsh, Julian Barratt of cult entertainment property "The Mighty Boosh," Motorhead front man Lemmy, writer, illustrator, musician and filmmaker Dave McKean and indie producer Alison Owen. Rushes Short Film Festival's Joe Bateman and Warp Films chief Mark Herbert round out the judges.

The festival runs Sept. 29 through Oct. 10.
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