So there’s gratitude for you. The O2 was in the vanguard when Robert Redford wanted to bring his off-shoot Sundance Film Festival for London.
The place had everything, said the movie star about the venue – cinemas, facilities, theatres, pop-up areas all under one roof with catering.
From 2012 to last year, Docklands film fans – who normally have to schlep west for a taste of the good stuff had their own festival to themselves, complete with A-listers, premieres, previews and music events.
It all went quiet in 2015. Well, there was sufficient noise from Utah to suggest London wasn’t happening this year. Now, after a period of silence, filling the void where the film festival should be is the news that Sundance is coming back – to – yawn – west London.
Picturehouse will open its West End flagship, Picturehouse Central, with 1,000 seats, seven screens and three café bars in June. That will be the new home for the festival. Score one for the Soho mafia.
Sundance schmumdance. We had McBusted here a week or two back so who’s choking on their popcorn now?
Besides, Wharf cinephiles have something else to enjoy along with Cineworlds at West India Quay and The O2.
The Everyman, in Crossrail Place, will bring a “broad and exciting programme combining carefully chosen new releases alongside a curated film schedule and an array of exclusive live events”.
Who needs the Sundance Kid, except, perhaps, Butch.