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UK Premiere of Kneecap to open Sundance London
05 Apr 2024 : News Desk
Following the film’s success at Sundance Film Festival in Utah last January, Kneecap will open Sundance Film Festival: London on June 6th. This will be the film’s UK premiere.

Rich Peppiatt’s Kneecap will open the Sundance Film Festival: London later this year, marking the film’s UK premiere. The film won the Sundance Film Festival Audience Award in the NEXT strand in Utah, which was the first Irish feature film to win an award at the festival since John Carney’s Once in 2007.

Based on the origin story of Irish-language rap trio Kneecap, the film stars the band’s Mo Chara, Móglaí Bap and DJ Próvaí in their acting debuts alongside Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs, 12 Years a Slave), Simone Kirby (Hidden Assets, Jimmy’s Hall), Jessica Reynolds (Outlander), Fionnuala Flaherty (Ros na Rún) and Josie Walker (Belfast, The Wonder). Set in west Belfast in 2019, it chronicles how fate brings the trio together and how they then go on to “change the sound of Irish music forever”.

Kneecap was produced by Jack Tarling and Trevor Birney for Fine Point Films and Mother Tongues Films, with Patrick O’Neill at Wildcard acting as Co-Producer. Funding for the film was provided by Northern Ireland Screen, the Irish Language Broadcast Fund, Screen Ireland, the BFI (awarding National Lottery funding), Coimisiún na Meán and TG4, with backing from Great Point Media.

Sundance Film Festival: London takes place June 6th - 9th at Picturehouse Central in London. Sean Wang’s Dìdi, a semi-autobiographical film about a Taiwanese-American 13 year old growing up in 2008 California, will close the festival.

Kneecap will be released in Irish cinemas by Wildcard and Curzon later this year.

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