Ginger & Rosa

Ginger and Rosa Elle Fanning

Girls just wanna have fun – ★★★½

British film-maker Sally Porter’s seventh feature in a 43 year career sees her telling the story of two young teens inhabiting a time of personal and political turmoil in 1960s London.

Ginger (Elle Fanning) and Rosa (Alice Englert, daughter of Jane Campion) play the inseparable duo who were born just as nuclear weapons ended one war in 1945 and were coming of age just as another nuclear wave of worry spread across the developed world in 1963. Both come from dysfunctional families but it is Ginger’s on which we focus. Christina Hendricks plays her mother and Alessandro Nivola plays her father, a free-thinking writer named Roland. Annette Bening’s May and Ginger’s dual godfathers Mark and Mark II (a delightful Timothy Spall and Oliver Platt) provide emotional support away from the pressures of a collapsing marriage.

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Ruby Sparks

Stranger than fiction – ★★★★

Couples combine to deliver this romantic comedy with brains. Directing couple Jonathon Dayton and Valerie Faris follow their first feature, Little Miss Sunshine, with Ruby Sparks. A fantastical film whereby Calvin (Paul Dano) pens a story concerning Ruby (Zoe Kazan) the girl of his dreams only for her to enter his reality. The script was penned by Kazan in her first screenplay and is overflowing with honest humour and originality.

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TIFF Day 2 – Imogene

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Kristen Don’t - ★½

[TIFF listing]

Directors: Robert Pulcini, Shari Springer Berman  //  Country: USA  //  2012  //  Language: English  //  Runtime:103 minutes  //  Principal Cast: Annette Bening, Matt Dillon, Darren Criss, Kristen Wiig

Husband and wife team Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini’s fourth directorial feature (American Splendor being the splash-making debut with The Nanny Diaries and The Extra Man being the more forgettable follow-ups) tries to tackle the story of Imogene (Kristen Wiig), a failed play-write in her late thirties who fakes a suicide attempt in order to get the attention of her ex-boyfriend.

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TIFF 2012 – A look ahead

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| o | – It’s TIFF 2012 time!


I finished up at my job at the tail end of July and we all (@dunnez, @oheag2 and previously @parallellevision) moved out of our lovely old house on Toronto’s Davenport Road. Since then I have spent time faffing about with my family, camping in Canada’s wondrous Algonquin Park and travelling around the eastern side of the US. Usually you do all those things and then go back to your homeland, but since Christmas when I formulated this plan I knew I had to base my exit strategy from Toronto around one thing – TIFF.

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