,” the latest from “Eden
” helmer Megan Griffiths
, charmed auds and potential buyers at its world premiere in Toronto Friday night, thanks to its breezy banter and the appealing, oddball pairing of Toni Collette
— as a whiskey-drinking rock scribe with an edge — and Thomas Hayden
Church as her blithely upbeat music-hating pal and wannabe documentarian.
Shot in and around Seattle on a $1-million budget, the pic, which also features Oliver Platt
, Ryan Eggold
and Nina Arianda
, lands in Toronto after an often bumpy 11-year journey for writer-producer Emily Wachtel
, who co-penned the script with Huck Botko
Wachtel was sustained early on by encouragement from family friend Paul Newman
, who liked the script and sent a draft to several actors in 2007.
“Around that time I connected with Thomas Hayden Church, who ended up calling me once a month for seven years to ask me what was going on,” recalled Wachtel the day after the preem.