Sundance London: Rock Legends The Eagles Set for Q&A Session
LONDON -- Iconic rock band The Eagles are lined up to appear in the British capital for an extended Q&A session during this year's Sundance London, the sophomore edition of the music and film festival organized by the Sundance Institute and staged in partnership with the O2 venue in the British capital.
The band, which comprises Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy Schmit, is scheduled to take part in the session as part of the second edition of Robert Redford's Sundance Institute shindig in the British capital.
The festival will also give U.K. audiences the opportunity to see Alison Ellwood's documentary History of the Eagles Part One, which unspooled earlier this year at Sundance in Park City, Utah.
Redford is known to be a big fan of the multi-Grammy winning Hall of Famers whose myriad hits include Hotel California.
Sundance festival director John Cooper told THR that while he didn't want to talk too much about Redford's preferences, he knew the veteran actor and Sundance founder was excited about coming to London with band.
The Eagles event and film joins electro-pop provocateur Peaches on the event's 2013 music and film roster.
Looking to build on the festival's first outing in 2012, this year's edition aims to mix up music and film events like last year's inaugural event.
Cooper and director of programming Trevor Groth told THR they wanted to ensure that the philosophy of bringing a wide range of different styles, from documentary to narrative to short films from across the entire Sundance lineup, continued with the second edition.
Titles programmed for Sundance London include Gabriela Cowperthwaite's killer whale documentary Blackfish; the Sundance 2013 U.S. dramatic skcreenwriting winner In A World, directed and written by Lake Bell; and Oscar winner Barbara Kopple's Running From Crazy documentary about Ernest Hemingway and his family told via the writer's granddaughter Mariel Hemingway.
In addition to 14 titles being programmed at the London event from across this year's U.S. Sundance Film Festival, organizers are also introducing a section of British films that unspooled in Park City in January this year.
Cooper and Groth said introducing the U.K. sidebar came on the back of the "positive" energy that grew from mixing U.S. filmmakers and their British counterparts in the short film section last year.
"We wanted to reduce any notions of us and them sentiment between U.S. filmmakers and their British counterparts," Cooper said, adding that it was also a way of paying tribute to the myriad British movies that have unspooled in Sundance over the years.
The British titles that come home to Sundance London from this year's U.S. festival edition include Michael Winterbottom's The Look Of Love, starring Steve Coogan, Anna Friel, Imogen Poots and Tamsin Egerton about porn baron Paul Raymond and Nick Ryan's documentary The Summit, which won this year's U.S. documentary editing award.
Five of Winterbottom's previous movies have been shown at Sundance over the years.
Sundance London runs April 25 through 28 at The O2 venue, the festival's partner.