Toronto International Film Festival Day 5
Posted 13 September 2017
An absolutely packed day the started with a bang.
So far every screening I've attended has been packed out but
today's early (and 9:30 ain't that early!) screening of Chris Smith's Jim & Andy: the Great Beyond - the
story of Jim Carrey & Andy Kaufmann with a very special, contractually
obligated mention of Tony Clifton (If I need to refer to the title again I
will just use Jim & Andy) was
half empty - I'm that sort of guy, glass half empty.. Well people really missed
something today. Smith's film is a delirious combination of archive TV and
movie footage; much footage from a never-before seen documentary made whilst
Carrey was shooting Milos Forman's Kauffmann biopic The Man In The Moon and a recently-shot extended and extremely
intimate interview with Carrey. This interview is the spine of the movie which
constantly has you asking 'Who is onscreen right now? Carrey. Kauffmann?'
The merging of two comedians and their characters is due the
fact that Carrey went off into the deepest depths of method acting and became Kauffmann during the shoot to the
extent that Carrey was meeting Kaufmann's family in character and driving
Forman up the wall with his unpredictable behaviour. This could have been
indulgent and tedious but Carrey's interview is both explanatory and extremely
moving and he tells us more about himself than about playing Kaufmann. It was a
disorientating but emotional movie and is highly recommended. The Q&A
afterwards proved to be unique. Who should be onstage at 11 in the morning but
Jim Carrey who gave the half empty theatre a full-blown live show for thirty
minutes. Once the Q&A was forced to end Carrey spent another twenty minutes
or so just chatting with us. I know this sounds crass but, what an amazing guy.
And I got a selfie with him.
Clio Bernard's Dark
River is the concluding part of her loose 'Yorkshire Trilogy' after her
previous films The Arbor and The
Selfish Giant. Her new film (being premiered here in Toronto) is a slice of
contemporary Yorkshire Gothic in which Anna (Ruth Wilson) returns to her
family's remote sheep farm on the moors after the death of her father (Sean
Bean - he is already dead in this one so doesn't have to be killed off as in
all his other films). In true gothic style Anna's return sets off painful
memories from her family's past as she and her brother (Mark Stanley) have to
deal not only with the present-day economic problem of keeping the farm going
but also tackle the consequences of past events.
Barnard's film is shot almost entirely in North Yorkshire
and is bleak and beautiful but like both her previous films, tragic. In the
subsequent Q&A she talked about perhaps tackling a comedy next time. I
asked her if the completion of this trilogy meant that she would not make her
next film in Yorkshire; she paused and considered for a moment and replied that
she found it quite difficult to think of not making her films here.
You heard it here first and Dark River will be released later this year in the UK.