Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Industry Review: Toronto International Film Festival - Page to Screen

Another year and another end to a successful Toronto International Film Festival which saw the likes of Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston and Julienne Moore to name but a few.  

Regrettably, I wasn't able to make it this year but I salute many of my friends whose films debuted during the Festival including Producer Lauren Grant's Wet Bum and Producer Thomas Michael's Backcountry.

TIFF has always been known as a festival of the people and many audience favourites go on to win the year's top prizes, including the Oscars.
Reese Witherspoon playing Cheryl Strayed in WILD

So it seemed fitting that I highlight some of the festival's best page to screen films here. 

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Based on Cheryl Strayed's best-selling memoir, the film stars Reese Witherspoon and details Strayed's 1,100 mile 94-day hike along the Pacific Coast Trail. 

The Sound and The Fury by William Faulkner 

James Franco along with novel title
In this second adaptation of the novel, the film stars Tim Blake Nelson and is directed by James Franco.  Set in Jefferson. Mississippi, the story follows the Compson family over a period of thirty years. 

Still Alice by Lisa Genova

Still Alice by Lisa GenovaA star studded cast including Julienne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart and Kate Bosworth, Still Alice follows Moore as a cognitive psychologist suffering from the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. 

But lets not forget, this is a YA blog, so besides these titillating titles, there are two major YA projects hitting the big screen this Fall that you don't want to miss.

The Maze Runner film posterNow I know those aren't movies based on YA books, so here are two coming to us in the FALL that are definitely not to be missed.

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Jennifer Lawrence in Suzanne Collin's MockingjayBased on the 2007 novel, the film stars Dylan O'Brien as Thomas who, without any memory of his past, must work alongside a group of boys to escape a great maze that surrounds their community known as the Glade.

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Does this even need a description?  Jennifer Lawrence is back as Katniss Evergreen in the third and final instalment of the Hunger Game series.

I'm also excited to announce that the feature I co-produced entitled Fall will make its world premiere at the Vancouver International Film Festival in early October. You can check out the info here.

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