We at The Amazing Blog are always keeping an eye out for weekend events and creative endeavours. So when we learned that the Sundance Music and Film Festival would be returning to London, we knew we had to investigate more - and what a better way than to attend the festival yourself. I was fortunate enough to receive tickets to two different films last weekend. On Friday I saw The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete and on Saturday I saw BlackFish. Both films, as the theatres, were incredible.
For those of you that are not familiar with Sundance, it is an American based festival that specifically features independent films. This year the festival was hosted in the marvellous (and massive!) O2 Arena. Over 12 full feature films as well as numerous short production were shown several times throughout the weekend. After each showing the director addressed the audience to answer any possible questions – truly a unique opportunity. The festival is also filled with music, panel discussions, and if you are lucky... celebrity appearences.
The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete is easily one of the best films I have seen in quite some time. It is the story of two children, Mister and Pete, trying to survive a summer in the projects of Brooklyn, New York. The events the boys encounter are tragic and everything but predictable. It is a tale of hardship, struggle, and perseverance. While it will certainly pull on your heart strings it will also pinch a couple nerves. A must see for these upcoming summer months.
Saturday’s film was of a different genre. BlackFish is a documentary on the killer way Tilikum who has tragically killed several trainers while in captivity. Blackfish explores the extraordinary nature of killer whales as well as the corrupt aspects of captivity. This film is not for the light heart. It is emotionally wrenching and challenging, but if you can handle that it is a dramatic story and an informative discovery. I highly recommend this film to those who love documentary. It’ll be in theatres starting the 26th of July.
While I was only able to see those two films, I can assure you that every movie shown was absolutely stunning. If you are in need of some new recommendation, the feature list from last weekend’s festival is an excellent place to start. And for those that didn’t get a chance to attend Sundance this year, keep your eye out next spring. It seemed widely approved and the managers claim that they would love to return to London again next year.