4 items from 2015
A sampling of films at the Toronto Festival that are making waves with buyers.
Toronto Midnight Madness Selection/World Premiere
Director: Can Evrenol
Synopsis: Turkish police unit discover a blood-soaked den used for satanic rituals in a desolate area.
Sales: Salt Co. (international); Xyz Films (domestic)
Toronto Festival Selection / World Premiere
Director: Tammy Davis
Cast: Tai Maipi,
Synopsis: Set in New Zealand where a Maori teen faces societal and other pressures when leading his hip-hop dance team to the championships.
Sales: Cmg (international)
Synopsis: A young woman’s search for her kidnapped boyfriend draws her into an infamous sect.
Sales: Beta Cinema
(international); UTA (U. »
- Variety Staff
Brooks has two new features in development. One is an adaptation of Alex Miller’s novel, Lovesong. This is the story of a relationship and marriage between a young Australian man and a Tunisian woman.
The project is currently being financed and cast.
Brooks is also plotting a comedy-musical, Not Quite Waiting In The Wings. Also scripted by Tilson, it is described by Brooks as a story “about the folly of human endeavour.”
It centres on an amateur troupe’s courageous but faltering attempt to mount a Gilbert and Sullivan opera.
- email@example.com (Geoffrey Macnab)
Sue Brooks. Looking for Grace will screen in Platform, a new competitive section of the Toronto International Film Festival which showcases films that have a strong directorial vision. The road movie starring Richard Roxburgh, Radha Mitchell, Odessa Young and Terry Norris is the only Australian title in the running for the $C25,000 prize determined by the jury of filmmakers Jia Zhang-ke, Claire Denis and Agnieszka Holland. That strengthens Australia.s profile at the event which runs September 10-20. Jocelyn Moorhouse.s The Dressmaker will have its world premiere in Gala Presentations,. Simon Stone.s The Daughter will have its North American premiere in Special Presentations and Jennifer Peedom.s Sherpa and Gillian Armstrong.s Women He.s Undressed will compete in Tiff Docs.
Young, who also stars in The Daughter, plays 16-year-old Grace, who has run away from home. Her exasperated parents head to the West Australian wheat belt »
- Don Groves
Writer-director Sue Brooks' Looking for Grace will be the first film by a female Australian director to screen in competition at the Venice Film Festival since Clara Law's The Goddess Of 1967 in 2000.
Australia will have an unprecedented profile at the festival with Michael Rowe.s Early Winter and Simon Stone.s The Daughter selected for the Venice Days sidebar and Bentley Dean and Martin Butler.s Tanna screening in Venice Critics. Week.
This is the first time Australian films will be represented in all three Venice categories. That adds to the prestige of The Daughter having its North American premiere in the Special Presentations section of the 40th Toronto International Film Festival, where Jocelyn Moorhouse.s The Dressmaker will have its world premiere in the Gala Presentations section.
- Don Groves
4 items from 2015
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