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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TIFF Day 1 – Jason Reitman’s live script reading of “American Beauty”

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8 actors and a plastic bag – ★★★★★

While most of the attention of the watching media was focused on the opening gala screening of Looper at Roy Thomson Hall, those of us present in Ryerson University’s theatre were treated to a much more unique evening’s entertainment.

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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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