Sundance Film Festival: Emily Blunt, Rebecca Hall Represent Brits (PHOTOS)

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Emily Blunt on the Sundance red carpet
Emily Blunt on the Sundance red carpet

Award season may be in full swing, celebrating the achievements of last year's cinema, but British actors are already busy showcasing this year's forthcoming releases, while making their mark at Sundance Film Festival, held at the winter ski-resort of Park City in Utah.

The annual film extravaganza, which has served as the launching pad for the careers of directors such as Steven Soderbergh, Quentin Tarantino and Darren Aronofsky, saw a Brit influx this week.

The Adjustment Bureau star Emily Blunt showcased her new comedy drama Your Sister's Sister over the weekend, posing on Sundance's red carpet with her co-star Mark Duplass.

And Vicky Cristina Barcelona star Rebecca Hall made a red carpet appearance to promote her latest film Lay The Favourite, in which she stars alongside Welsh actress Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Brits Andrea Riseborough and Clive Owen also have a film at the festival, Shadow Dancer, described as an Irish terrorism thriller and directed by Sundance veteran James Marsh.

However, the only British narrative film in competition is My Brother the Devil, the story of teenagers who rule the streets of Hackney in London.

London-based actor James Floyd, who has a leading role, told the BBC: "It's basically a love story about two British-Egyptian brothers living on arguably the toughest council estate in the whole of the UK - and it's about the very complex relationship they have with each other."

The picture is the first feature from Egyptian-Welsh director Sally El Hosaini and took her five years to make.

"I'm interested to see how audiences are going to react finally, because it's hot off the press, so very few people have seen it," she told the BBC.

There are also plenty of Hollywood names taking part in the festival, including Bruce Willis, Sean Penn, Kirsten Dunst, Susan Sarandon, Robert De Niro, Spike Lee and Liv Tyler, who all have films at the event.

However, the aim of the festival, co-founded by screen icon Robert Redford, is to showcase low-budget independent cinema, as opposed to expensive studio pictures targeting a mass market.

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