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The Sundance Kid takes London in style

By on 16 May 2012 in Films

The Sundance Kid takes London in style
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In the eyes of our dear old mothers, Robert Redford will always be just the blue-eyed, blond-haired movie hunk from such early acting turns as Barefoot in the Park, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Great Gatsby. That’s fine. But proper movie buffs know Redord as perhaps the most important and influential player of his generation.

Redford has starred in some of the most thought-provoking and seminal movies of the 70s and 80s – think Three Days of the Condor, All the President’s Men and Out of Africa. But a life in front of the camera – even one as acclaimed as that – never satiated him. It wasn’t long before he’d manoeuvred himself into the director’s chair and, in 1980, he won the Best Director Oscar for his first effort: Ordinary People, a drama about the slow disintegration of an upper-middle class family. He went on to direct the likes of The Milagro Beanfield War, A River Runs Through It, and Quiz Show.

None of this, however, is why we’re hailing the man as so important in the film industry. What the majority of moviegoers don’t know is that, ever since his first big pay cheque from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Redford has been devoting a significant amount of his time and personal wealth to running the Sundance Film Festival.

Based in a ski area in Utah (which Redford bought), the Sundance Fillm Festival caters to independent filmmakers, helping to give them a venue in which to network and, crucially, to have their work seen. Slowly, over the years, it has established itself as the most prestigious place for independents to open films and to come to the attention of the mainstream.

Why are we telling you all this today? Because, last month for the first time, the Sundance festival came to London.

When it did, we’re delighted to see that – thanks to HR Owen and Aston Martin – the participants, including the great man himself, navigated our fair city’s streets in appropriate style.

The actors, musicians and directors were given access to a small fleet of one of the most desirable four doors on the planet: the glorious Aston Martin Rapide – supplied by HR Owen and Aston Martin for the duration of the festival. This included two Rapides dedicated just to Mr Redford, his wife and staff for the week of their stay in London.

Nothing less than the great man deserves if you ask us.

H.R. Owen is the leading luxury car retailer in the UK, selling Aston Martin, Bentley, Bugatti, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati and Rolls – Royce from showrooms throughout England.

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The Sundance Kid takes London in style

Thanks to HR Owen and Aston Martin, the participants of London’s first Sundance Film Festival – including the great man himself – navigated our fair city’s streets in appropriate style. The actors, musicians and directors were given access to a small fleet of one of the most desirable four doors on the planet: the glorious Aston Martin Rapide – supplied by HR Owen and Aston Martin for the duration of the festival. This included two Rapides dedicated just to Mr Redford, his wife and staff for the week of their stay in London. Nothing less than the great man deserves if you ask us.

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