Charlotte Regan’s Scrapper will open the 2023 Sundance Film Festival: London, which will run from July 6-9 at the Picturehouse Central cinema.
The 10th edition of the offshoot of Sundance Film Festival has moved four weeks later in the summer, from its previous date at the start of June.
Directed by 2020 Screen Star of Tomorrow Regan, Scrapper will have its UK premiere at the festival on July 6; before Picturehouse Entertainment releases it in UK cinemas on August 25.
The film follows Georgie, a dreamy 12-year-old girl, who lives happily alone in her London flat. Suddenly, her estranged father turns up and forces her to confront reality.
It had its world premiere at Sundance Film Festival in Utah in January, where it won the world cinema grand jury prize: dramatic.
Londoner Regan described opening the festival as “insane and not something we imagined getting to do”; while Clare Binns, Picturehouse managing director, added, “It is thrilling that Scrapper is opening the 2022 festival in [Regan’s] hometown - and this original and terrific film will set the tone for a wonderful weekend filled with films, an exciting industry programme and some special events.”
“The festival provides a place for cinema lovers to celebrate independent works by enthusiastically sharing in the energy of the films on screen, captivating dialogue, and inspiring programming,” added Joana Vicente, CEO of the Sundance Institute.
Regan was previously a fellow on the Sundance Ignite scheme, which looks to identify and support new voices from the next generation of filmmakers.
Developed with Creative England and the iFeatures scheme, Scrapper stars Harris Dickinson alongside newcomers Lola Campbell and Alin Uzun. It is produced by Theo Barrowclough, with financing from BBC Film, BFI and Great Point Media.
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