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TIFF 2011 Wrap-Up

20 September 2011 No Comments

By Angela Walcott

As the last of the red carpets are rolled up and directors and actors are whisked away on international flights back home, there will be a lot to remember. Some movies created lots of buzz while others didn’t. Fans who were turned away at movie theatres and the lucky few who scored free tickets just because they were in the right place at the right time was all part of the TIFF experience.  Here are just some of the many memories Sway has of TIFF 2011.

Canadian director Atom Egoyan at the Talent Watch Session offers budding new filmmakers with some advice: “I spent many years going to the Toronto International Film Festival, and dreaming of showing films and participating in Q&A’s. Filmmakers are part of a community.”

Robert De Niro on the Red Carpet

Acting legend Robert De Niro does red carpet interviews. “I love doing movies in Toronto.”

Action hero Jason Statham on the red carpet for his film Killer Elite. “I did what I could to prepare for this film by keeping fit and doing what was required like exercising on a regular basis.”

Shame Director Steve McQueen with star Michael Fassbender at a press conference. “It is about trust. I wanted to make the film familiar not mysterious and respect the audience.” —Steve McQueen on how he engages the audience as both an artist and director.

Gerard Butler and Michelle Monaghan, stars of Machine Gun Preacher posing on the red carpet for the Spotlight Initiative Awards. “I don’t know where the characters come from. My character is not at all like me. I am able to delve in and extract a whole new side of me.” — Michelle Monaghan.

A throng of photographers crowd Madonna, the director of W.E. at a press conference.

Pernell Walker poses at the opening of Pariah.

Adepero Oduye, who plays the title role of Alike, talks with press at TIFF Bell Lightbox before a screening of Pariah.

Kim Wayans delivers a dramatic performance in Pariah as Alike’s mother.

Kate Linder, aka Esther on Y&R, poses on the red carpet.

“Playing this role taught me responsibility. You don’t take more than you can … but you do everything that you can for those that rely on you.”Terrence Howard on what he learned about himself as a result of playing Nelson Mandela in the movie Winnie.

Jennifer has a power that is unseen.” Terrence Howard comments on what it was like to work with co-star Jennifer Hudson.





Angela Walcott is a freelance writer and copyeditor. Visit issuu.com/perfectboundmag to view some of her work.

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