Martin Carter reports back from the Toronto International Film Festival 6

Posted 28 September 2016

Here goes with an irreverent round up!

Back home from Toronto for a few days now and I've had time to reflect on the festival. Here are my high (and low) lights from ten days of cinematic debauchery and indulgence:

  1. Discovering Poutine, a Canadian delicacy consisting of chips with gravy, cheese curds and chopped spring onions; that's the basic version and then you can chuck anything else you fancy on top. Fast, filling and available it is the perfect culinary partner on a day with three or more films to watch.

  2. The two Jims (Jarmusch and Osterberg) introducing The Stooges documentary Gimme Danger - both looking very well-heeled in a rock 'n' roll sort of way before they unleashed the film upon us.

  3. Worst performance in any film I caught was easily Kit Harington as an embarrassingly unconvincing cowboy in Brimstone…you know nothing John Snow!

  4. Object of adoration: Isabelle Huppert. Three (or was it four) films at the festival; does this woman ever sleep?

  5. Being in the same room as Werner Herzog and listening to his shaggy dog stories - just amazing.

  6. Enjoying the guilty pleasure that is Walter Hill's reAssignment. It's The Skin I Live In with lots and lots of guns.

  7. Missing all the big Hollywood stars in their limos but seemingly being followed around by Bill Nighy.

  8. Wondering why the slide shown at the beginning of every screening that asked people to turn off their phones film the movie was always greeted by cries of "Aaarrrrrrr!!!" I finally asked someone sitting next to me why and they replied "Pirates". I felt so stupid.

So that's it until next year….hopefully!

Martin Carter

Principal Film Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University, Martin regularly gives lectures and courses at The Showroom Cinema in Sheffield.Read more posts by Martin Carter

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