Sundance London starts, with all eyes on Redford
Published: April 27, 2012 10:44AM
Updated: April 27, 2012 10:44AM
U.S actor Robert Redford arrives for the photo call to launch the Sundance Film Festival at the O2 centre in east London, Thursday, April 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

The first Sundance London Film and Music Festival kicked off last night - and, just like the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, all the early attention was on Sundance founder Robert Redford.

The British press reported on Redford's criticism of British Prime Minster David Cameron's opinion on government subsidizing of film, his "gushing" over Prince Charles' environmental agenda, and his "fascination" with Rupert Murdoch's current press scandals.

There was some commentary about the actual program Sundance was presenting: An opening panel discussion on film and music featuring Redford and composer/producer T-Bone Burnett, moderated by author Nick Hornby. (David Gritten writes a pointed critique of the talk for The Telegraph.) What the Daily Mail took away from the discussion is how much Redford didn't like the inclusion of "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid."

The festival runs through Sunday at London's O2 Arena.