Cameron Bailey

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Mar 3

September 7, 2013: The press conference for 12 Years a Slave at the Toronto International Film Festival was a sometimes prickly, awkward affair. Moderator Johanna Schneller, an excellent entertainment journalist, did her best to frame the conversation around the issues that ended up trailing the film for months: audience discomfort and race. Steve McQueen, a brilliant artist, was having none of it. Now that the film has secured a particular place in film history by winning the Academy Award for Best Picture, it’s fascinating to watch McQueen, Schneller, plus Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael Fassbender, Sarah Paulson and Alfre Woodard, find their way through what continues to be a difficult conversation. The press conference begins at 4:23. Watch until the end to see how Alfre Woodard shifts the conversation.

Jan 8

UK film industry: All white at the top

Interesting report from Screen on ethnic diversity within the UK film industry. Looking at this from Canada, where a major distributor (Mongrel), the national film producer (NFB English branch) and the largest festival (TIFF) all have people of colour at the top, it suddenly looks like we’re doing well by comparison.

Jan 7

In Conversation with Jake Gyllenhaal and Denis Villeneuve.

Denis and Jake were open, thoughtful and sometimes hilarious in their TIFF on-stage conversation about the two films they made together: Enemy and Prisoners. Here’s a brief taste.

Sunday, January 5, 2014, TIFF Bell Lightbox. #TIFFCTT

Ten Best Love Stories on Netflix Canada

To be watched alone, or with company…

  1. Jerry Maguire d. Cameron Crowe
  2. Lost in Translation d. Sophia Coppola
  3. Jackie Brown d. Quentin Tarantino
  4. Brokeback Mountain d. Ang Lee
  5. Sleepless in Seattle d. Nora Ephron
  6. Punch-Drunk Love d. Paul Thomas Anderson
  7. Monster d. Patty Jenkins
  8. An Education d. Lone Scherfig
  9. Rust and Bone d. Jacques Audiard
  10. Crazy Stupid Love d. Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
Dec 3

Canada. #tiffctt

Dec 3
Ain’t no party like a Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival party. Tonight. #tiffctt (at TIFF Bell Lightbox)

Ain’t no party like a Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival party. Tonight. #tiffctt (at TIFF Bell Lightbox)

Ten Best Comedies on Netflix Canada

Determine your own version of Mark Kermode’s six-laugh test. Rinse, repeat.

  1. Zoolander d. Ben Stiller
  2. Elf d. Jon Favreau
  3. The Trip d. Michael Winterbottom
  4. Election d. Alexander Payne
  5. Shaun of the Dead d. Edgar Wright
  6. Fargo d. Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
  7. Team America: World Police d. Trey Parker
  8. Young Frankenstein d. Mel Brooks
  9. Swingers d. Doug Liman
  10. The Disorderly Orderly d. Frank Tashlin

If I had an 11, it would be Soul Plane. Seriously.

Ten Best Dramas on Netflix Canada

Character. Conflict. Dialogue. Theme. Ten movies to soothe your inner Aristotle.

  1. The White Ribbon d. Michael Haneke
  2. Secret Sunshine d. Lee Chang-dong
  3. A Separation d. Asghar Farhadi
  4. Another Year d. Mike Leigh
  5. The Social Network d. David Fincher
  6. This is England d. Shane Meadows
  7. Hadewijch d. Bruno Dumont
  8. A Royal Affair d. Nikolaj Arcel
  9. The Messenger d. Oren Moverman
  10. Pariah d. Dee Rees

African cinema now

Good long read on the state of African cinema, especially Nollywood.

Fassbinder's editor tells all

A review of Wunderkind, by Juliane Maria Lorenz, who served as film editor for Rainer Werner Fassbinder.