Fate of Sundance London Uncertain as Reviews Come In

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The inaugural movie and music festival is weighing up the merits of a return to the British capital next year.

LONDON -- Sundance London organizers will await feedback before deciding on whether or not it will return next year for a sophomore outing.

The predominantly public fest certainly grabbed headlines with its mix of movies and music events littered across its four days and special guests including HRH the Prince of Wales Prince Charles, T. Bone Burnett, Minnie Driver, Josh Radnor, Paul Simon and Martha and Rufus Wainwight.

Organizers told THR that “theatres were full, and several events and screenings sold out.”

The festival included 14 U.K. premieres of a hand-picked selection of titles from across Sundance 2012 in January this year and a slew of screenings and music performances hosted by Robert Redford, Sundance Enterprises, Sundance Institute and AEG Europe.

The festival closed Sunday with an intimate performance by Rufus and Martha Wainwright following the world premiere of Sing Me The Songs That Say I Love You - A Concert for Kate McGarrigle, Lian Lunson’s film about the music of their mother, folk singer Kate McGarrigle.

Redford, president and founder of Sundance Institute, said: “Sundance London marked our first time hosting an event in the UK, and we are grateful to all our supporters and collaborators for the reception we received.”

Held at various venues in the gigantic O2 arena in Greenwich, the festival aimed to bring Sundance’s indie message to an international audience and test the waters for taking it out globally to other territories.

Alex Hill, chief finance and strategy officer of AEG Europe, owner and operator of O2, added: “The feedback to our hosting Sundance London has been terrific. We set out to bring a slice of the Sundance Film Festival to London and if the audiences’ positive reaction is anything to go by, there’s obviously a real appetite for this kind of festival in the U.K.”

Sundance London kicked off with Redford and 12-time Grammy Award winner Burnett talking about the relationship between film and music at an event which also featured performances from U.K. band Guillemots and Oscar winner Glen Hansard