Over the years one has heard so much about Robert Redford’s Sundance Film Festival, regarded as the holy grail of indie film fests, that it’s surprising to hear that its UK counterpart, the Raindance Film Festival, has been around for 17 years. This year’s edition takes place from 30 September to 11 October at the Apollo West End Cinema in Lower Regent Street, London.
Some 75 features and over 150 shorts will be shown at Raindance 2009. Steven Soderergh’s The Girlfriend Experience will close the festival, while fellow American director Lynn Shelton’s Humpday will be the opening night film.
Among the British selections are Ben Wheatley’s Down Terrace, Jamie Thraves’ The Cry Of The Owl, and Stuart Hazeldine’s Exam. Also to be screened is the horror film Colin, remarkably made with a budget of just £45.
Other British films include Dom Shaw’s All The years of Trying, Emily Harris Yoni Bentovim’s Borges and I, Alan Miles’ Breaking Rocks, Gareth Jones’ Desire, Gordon Mason’s They Call It Acid,Brett Sullivan’s Special When Lit, Oly Ralfe’s The Mighty Boosh Tour Doc and John Edginton’s Robyn Hitchcock, I Dream of Trains.