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Thursday 17 April 2014

Redford: Tough time for indie films

Robert Redford launched the 2013 Sundance London festival at the O2

Robert Redford has revealed it is still "a struggle" to get indie films made.

The Oscar-winning director-actor, who returned to the UK to launch the second year of his Sundance London film and music festival, admitted that the economic situation makes things tougher for independent filmmakers.

"It's always been difficult, and it may continue to be difficult. The state of the film business in general is not particularly healthy," he said at the festival's launch at the Cineworld O2 in London.

The 76-year-old added: "Independent film has always had to struggle for a place in the universe. It's always had to struggle for a place in the exhibition area because the mainstream in the beginning would not create spaces for independent films, so they had to take different routes. That has increased and it's better, but overall, mostly due to the economy, it's difficult."

Robert also revealed that the Eagles' inclusion in this year's Sundance London festival was a "personal thing".

The beloved British rockers - Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B Schmit - are in the capital for the European premiere of History Of The Eagles Part One, and the long-time fan admitted he may have had a hand in setting it up.

"Of course I do wish the Eagles are playing live. It's kind of a personal thing. I've been a fan for a long time and Don Henley is a friend. I just love their music and it was a joy for us to bring the documentary here," he said.

Mud, starring Reese Witherspoon and Matthew McConaughey, Emanuel And The Truth About Fishes with Kaya Scodelario and Aneurin Barnard, and Michael Winterbottom's The Look Of Love are among the films shown at this year's Sundance London festival, which runs until April 28.

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