A question to Toronto theatre folks – does the TIFF do anything for you?

by Megan Mooney

I often find that when people find out that I’m a theatre chick they assume I must also be a film fanatic.  So, when the Toronto International Film Festival rolls around people are often asking me what I think of movies, or what movies I’m going to and on and on.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I love a flick as much as the next person, but I’m more in line with your average Sam on the movie front.  Recently I’ve seen Dark Knight and The Mummy 3.  Not what you’d call highly intellectual fodder or cinematic genius.  But fun, undeniably fun.

So, now my question…

To other theatre folks (people in the theatre industry, or just people who love the theatre) – do your non-theatre friends or acquaintances ask you about the TIFF, what you’ve seen, what they should see, stuff like that?

I just find this idea of if you are into theatre you must be into film, because, I’m pretty sure that people who are into film don’t get asked about theatre very often.

Also, hey, what should I go see at the TIFF.  :P

0 thoughts on “A question to Toronto theatre folks – does the TIFF do anything for you?”

  1. I’m a fan of movies/ films, but not really of TIFF.
    Perhaps it’s because the featured films don’t get enough description (i never know what anything listed is about), or because Toronto suddenly becomes a sycophantic, bedwetting mess everytime a movie star smiles into a camera.

  2. I work for one of the TIFF venues, but I don’t get asked as much about what films I’ve seen as which celebrities I’ve caught a glimpse of. This isn’t really a surprise if you mentally compare the minutes you’ve watched, say, Angelina Jolie (to cite the most present example) in films to the hours-upon-hours we’re barraged with her likeness flipping through the television channels, reading the tabloid headlines in line at the grocery store, hearing her name in the monologues of late night comedians, etc. Movie star isn’t even the right word anymore. If she and the other celebrities were confined to movies I’m not forced to see I would be a happy man. For the most part the audiences care little about the films themselves and more about who may be standing onstage before it begins to roll.

    That said, it is an opportunity to see a lot of great films a little bit earlier (and sometimes in different form) than they are publicly released in theatres(unless they don’t get a theatrical release, like many of the foreign and independent films).

    The ones I’ve seen so far that I’ve liked are:

    Blindness (lots of Canadian actors in this one, many with theatrical connections such as Don McKellar, Susan Coyne, and Martha Burns).

    Synecdoche, NY (I love Charlie Kaufman, even at his most self indulgent. As well, the protagonist is a theatre director that mounts this gigantic play about his own existence.)

    Bonus Theatre-related films I haven’t seen but wish I could:

    Loss of a Tear Drop Diamond (based on a screenplay by Tennessee Williams)

    Me & Orson Welles (Directed by Richard Linklater. Is set while Orson Welles is directing a production of Julius Ceaser.)

    Bonus Bonus Thing-I-Sort-of-admired-though-it-wasn’t-quite-my-thing: Easy Virtue (Based on a Noel Coward screenplay. Featuring Jessica Biel in a surprisingly delightful performance, Colin Firth and the music of Cole Porter ((and Cole Porter-ized versions of contemporary songs like… “Sex Bomb”))

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