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A British boom at Sundance 2018

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Idris Elba's Yardie will have its world premiere at Sundance 2018.

11th December 2017

Sundance 2018 will welcome a large British contingent, with the festival presenting a huge crop of British productions and co-productions.

British Council is thrilled to work with Sundance every year, bringing over the festival’s top programmers to London every September to watch new British films as part of our selector screening series.

The Festival runs in Park City and Salt Lake City, Utah from 18-28 January.

In feature films, just one hotly anticipated launch will be the world premiere of Yardie, Idris Elba’s feature directorial debut. Another will be the world premiere of An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn, a comedy from Sundance alumnus Jim Hosking, who previously wow-ed Park City in 2016 with The Greasy Strangler.

If you click each title below, you can find out more about the film in our British Films Directory.

Features at 2018 Sundance

MATANGI/MAYA/M.I.A. (Sri Lanka, UK, US), dir Stephen Loveridge
American Animals (US, UK), dir Bart Layton
Beast (UK), dir Michael Pearce
Colette (UK), dir Wash Westmoreland
The Death of Stalin (France, UK, Belgium), dir  Armando Iannucci
An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn (UK, US), dir Jim Hosking
The Happy Prince (Germany, Belgium, UK, Italy), dir Rupert Everett
I Am Not a Witch (UK), dir Rungano Nyoni
Juliet, Naked (UK), dir Jesse Peretz
Lords of Chaos (UK, Sweden, US), dir Jonas Åkerlund
Ophelia (UK), dir Claire McCarthy
Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist (UK) dir Lorna Tucker
Yardie (UK), dir Idris Elba

There are also an impressive eight British shorts selected for Sundance, with filmmakers taking advantage of the Short Film Travel Grant scheme run by British Council and BFI.

Blue Christmas (UK, US), dir Charlotte Wells
Careful How You Go (UK) dir Emerald Fennell
Fry-Up (UK) director Charlotte Regan
Garfield (UK), dir Georgi Banks-Davies
The Right Choice (UK), dir Tomisin Adepeju
Wren Boys (UK), dir Harry Lighton
Marfa (UK), dirs Greg McLeod, Myles McLeod
[O] (UK), dir Mario Radev, Chiara Sgatti

New Frontier Virtual/Mixed Reality Installations
DICKGIRL 3D(X) (UK) Lead Artist: Sidsel Meineche Hansen, Key Collaborator: James B Stringer

Other British talent at Sundance include Andrea Riseborough in an astounding four titles: Burden, Nancy, Mandy and The Death of Stalin, Carey Mullighan in Wildlife; Rosamund Pike in Beirut; Mark Strong and Sienna Miller in The Catcher Was a Spy; Robert Pattinson in Damsel; Chiwetel Ejiofor in Come Sunday, Kelly Macdonald in Puzzle; and Jennifer Ehle in The Miseducation of Cameron Post.

Plus other British directors in Sundance include Dev Patel presenting his short film Home Shopper.

In addition to Beverly Luff Linn, Hosking is also presenting Tropical Cop Tales, a US production, in Sundance’s new Indie Episodic strand.

For more on Sundance 2018, visit