In July we announced that Carolyn will be attending and covering the Toronto International Film Festival on behalf of SHWHPod, as part of our coverage for TIFF we will be posting a weekly wrap-up of festival announcements, beginning with selections for Midnight Madness, Platform Programme, and TIFF Docs.
This week TIFF revealed the slate for their popular Midnight Madness Programme, which includes world and International premieres. Opening the programme is The Predator directed by Shane Black is a new interpretation and additions to the popular franchise. The film stars Sterling K. Brown, Jacob Tremblay, Olivia Munn and Michael Keegan Key. In Halloween Jamie Lee Curtis reprising her role as Laurie Strode, with Nick Castle donning the white mask once again as Mike Myers. The Man Who Feels No Pain by Vasan Bala (Peddlers) is the first Indian film to be selected for Midnight Madness since the programme’s inception over twenty years ago.
This year’s Platform Programme “includes four features (30%) directed or co-directed by women, and seven titles that feature strong women in leading roles. Hailing from the Americas, Europe, and Asia, all but two of the titles will be making their World Premiere at the Festival. Caroline Poggi & Jonathan Vinel’s Jessica Forever is the standout feature directorial debut in the programme.” Some of the films that will be screened during the programmes’ run are Destroyer by Karyn Kasuma will be having its international premiere, Mexican film The Good Girls ( Las niñas bien) by Alejandra Márquez Abella and Jessica Forever by Caroline Poggi will be the closing film.
For the TIFF Docs programmer Thom Powers and his team have selected films that cover everything from the influencers in the music industry with Quincy (co-directed by Quincy Jones’s daughter Rashida Jones), to social concerns like the “Me Too” movement in director Tom Donahue’s This Changes Everything. In the documentary actresses and activists such as Meryl Streep, Taraji P. Henson, and Jessica Chastain discuss the sexism women face in the film industry.
All images courtesy of TIFF. TIFF 2018 runs from September 6 – 16, for more festival announcements and to purchase tickets, visit TIFF.net. You can email us at SHWHPod@gmail.com, and follow the ladies on social media at @CarrieCnh12, @La_Ney_Sha, and the podcast’s official Twitter account @SHWH_Pod but be warned, we tweet a lot.
Carolyn is a Freelance Film Critic, Journalist, and Podcaster – and avid live tweeter. Member of the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA), her published work can be found on But Why Tho, The Beat, Observer, and many other sites. As a critic, she believes her personal experiences and outlook on life, give readers and listeners a different perspective they can appreciate.