I spent the last few days wandering about the O2 arena. What might sound like a fate worse than death to some was actually an inspiring few days of international cinema. The Sundance Festival and Robert Redford were in town presenting some of the highlights of the US Festival to the British public.
It was a cool opportunity to see films that haven’t been released yet and meet some of the filmmakers who were responsible for them. Amongst my favourites were Michael Winterbottom’s ‘The Look of Love’, an enjoyable yet slightly unstructured romp through Paul Raymond’s Soho, ‘The Eagles Part One’, a very entertaining documentary about a legendary band, and ‘The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete’, a tale of two abandoned young misfits in Brooklyn played by two fantastic child actors. I also really enjoyed A.C.O.D. (Adult Child Of Divorce) which boasted a fantastic line up of comedy actors lead by Adam Scott. As a fan of his work in Step Brothers and Eastbound and Down it was a great to meet him afterwards and ask if he could get me tickets to the Jonas Brothers concert (Eastbound and Down in-joke).
However, far and away the biggest highlight of the weekend was the documentary ‘Blood Brother’ which took the Grand Jury and Audience Award at Sundance this year. It tells the story of a young American, Rocky Braat, who moves to India and starts working with HIV orphans. It’s a film of full of joy, sadness and love, and the experience of watching it is both humbling and inspiring. It’s one of the most powerful films I’ve ever seen, and it was a great privilege to meet the guys responsible for it.
If more people watched films like this then the world would be a better place. I urge you to go see it as soon as it gets a UK release.