AUTHOR: THE JT LEROY STORY , LIFE, ANIMATED and WEINER all enjoyed their UK premieres as part of Sundance London this past weekend.
First up on Friday night was the UK premiere of Sundance Directing Award winner Life, Animated. The film follows Owen Suskind, an autistic boy who couldn't speak for years until his parents realised they could communicate through the Disney Animated films he loved. Director Roger Ross Williams joined us onstage afterwards for a Q&A and invited special guest Cornelia Suskind on stage to the audience's delight.. The film will open in the USA in July by The Orchard, and in the UK in December.
Saturday was a busy day with all three films screening, starting with the second sold out screening of Life, Animated. This was followed by the UK premiere of Weiner, the film took home the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. Weiner follows US politician Anthony Weiner and his race for mayor of New York following his resignation from US Congress after a very public sexting scandal. It was one of the first films to sell out ahead of the festival and the audience was left raving about the film. There was an abundance of questions when directors Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg joined us after the screening. 'Weiner' was the year's biggest documentary opening in the USA when released by IFC last month. (IndieWire) The film is released in the UK on July 8th before opening in other territories in the fall, including Scandinavia, Australia and The Netherlands.
We ended Saturday night with the UK premiere of Author: The JT LeRoy Story in Picturehouse Central's screen 1. Author takes us down the infinitely fascinating rabbit hole of one of the most explosive literary scandals of our time. Director Jeff Feuerzeig gave an enthusiastic Q&A explaining how he first heard of JT LeRoy and the making of the film. Author: The JT LeRoy Story will be released in the US by Magnolia in September and in the UK at the end of July