Continuing on with our coverage of the free screenings during the 34th annual Toronto International Film Festival 2009, we present you the schedule for the free screenings taking place at Yonge-Dundas Square for Sunday September 13 2009. Although there are many premieres and film events happening as well on the same day, there’s nothing better than to be surrounded by the sights and sounds of the city while taking in a visual masterpiece in the heart of Toronto…
september 13 2009
“An intimate look at the Woodstock Music & Art Festival held in Bethel, NY in 1969, from preparation through cleanup, with historic access to insiders, blistering concert footage, and portraits of the concertgoers; negative and positive aspects are shown, from drug use by performers to naked fans sliding in the mud, from the collapse of the fences by the unexpected hordes to the surreal arrival of National Guard helicopters with food and medical assistance for the impromptu city of 500,000.”
Spotlight: Whip It by Drew Barrymore
“Despite their differences in age, nationality and lineage, Drew Barrymore and Ellen Page feel cut from similar cloth. Independent of mind and spirit, they embody a new kind of female cinema icon. They also both seem drawn to the funkier side of popular culture. Who but Barrymore, in her role as producer, could have taken the campy television show Charlie’s Angels and turned it into a contemporary feminist blockbuster franchise?
A perfect match for these two engaging personalities, Whip It is Barrymore’s debut as a director and Page’s first big starring role since Juno. The setting is the world of roller derby, that discredited seventies sexploitation sport now transformed into a grassroots phenomenon sweeping a certain sector of America’s female population. Often working class and with a fondness for tough-girl noms de sport (“Sandra Day O’Clobber” is a personal favourite), these devil-may-care women have built an increasingly successful sports movement.
Bliss Cavendar (Page) is your typical smalltown Texan teenager. Comically misunderstood by her parents, the aspiring tomboy is made to compete in beauty pageants by her faded debutante mom (Marcia Gay Harden).
While visiting nearby Austin, Bliss spies a couple of wild-looking women on roller skates delivering flyers for a local roller-derby night. With her best friend, the saucy-but-kinda-nerdy Pash (Alia Shawcat), Bliss crashes a world far from the pageant crowd, a rocking underground punk scene infused with beer, hellcats, fishnets, short skirts and bodychecking.
Before long, she’s leading an exhilarating but risky double life. First-time director Barrymore is clearly in her groove working with the perfectly cast derby girls (including Juliette Lewis as Iron Maven, Kristen Wiig as Maggie Mayhem, Eve as Rosa Sparks, and Zoe Bell as Bloody Holly), all of whom execute their own stunts. Barrymore herself is a knockout (pun!), playing an accident-prone and totally hilarious Smashle Simpson.
Whip It Spotlight: Fans can catch a roller derby exhibition featuring the Toronto Roller Derby League and stars from the film.”
“Spotlighting The Topp Twins, the Festival presents a concert by New Zealand’s top yodelling comedy duo with host Elvira Kurt.”
For more info on premieres, films & TIFF: http://www.tiff.net/