Yardie director Idris Elba dropped by the annual Brunch With The Brits hosted by the British Film Institute and the British Film Commission on Sunday (January 21) to toast UK films and talent in Sundance.
Joining Elba and his partners on the World Cinema Dramatic Competition selection at the High West Distillery were industry executives, and talent from UK Park City selections such as Colette, American Animals, Ophelia, Matangi/Maya/M.I.A., Westwood, Juliet, Naked, An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn, and The Happy Prince.
Film 4 director Daniel Battsek, Fox Searchlight International president Rebecca Kearey, and British Consul General Los Angeles Michael Howells were among guests who attended the popular annual mixer.
The turnout included Yardie stars Aml Ameen and Shantol Jackson, Bankside Films director Stephen Kelliher, Amy Beecroft of Verve, the British Film Commission’s Kattie Kotok, Colette producer Gary Michael Walters of Bold Films, and the drama’s Dominic West.
Also in attendance were Film4’s Sam Lavender, Elijah Wood, producer Mette-Marie Kongsved,The Happy Prince executive producer Andreas Zielke, and Beate Golembowski of Maze Pictures.
British Film Commission chief executive Adrian Wootton and BFI Film Fund senior executive Mary Burke delivered opening words of welcome in which they highlighted the power of collaboration and emphasised the benefits of production in the UK.
UK Sundance entries include Spotlight selections Beast, The Death Of Stalin, I Am Not A Witch, and You Were Never Really Here; and New Frontier works DICKGIRL 3D (X), and Isle Of Dogs (VR).
Short film selections include Blue Christmas, Careful How You Go, Fry-Up, Garfield, The Right Choice, Wren Boys, Marfa, and [O].
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