TIFF 2016 – (re)Assignment (2016)

When there’s nothing else to sell, an attention grabbing concept is the way forward. That’s exactly where (re)Assignment goes with its trans-community and general decency baiting set-up. It’s also a wash-out, the initial shock fading early…

TIFF 2016 – Jackie (2016)

Few families have proven as adept at mythmaking as the Kennedys. The early ‘60s were a glorious golden period, a time when Civil Rights finally made the agenda, a US President faced down the USSR and seemed to do ok, and America set out on…

TIFF 2016 – Moonlight (2016)

The view we have of ourselves is almost certainly not what other people see. Knowing this doesn’t stop everyone making snap judgements based on cultural and social signifiers. These signifiers are a message in themselves, sometimes a sign…

TIFF 2016 – Goldstone (2016)

Dusty Australian countryside splashes across the screen in the opening shot of Goldstone. It’s big, imposing and a little sad. There’s a loneliness over the land, one created by geographical isolation and the chronic mistreatment of those…

TIFF 2016 – Denial (2016)

There was a time when David Irving used to be referred to as a historian. Now, if someone’s being kind they might call him a writer. Those willing to be more direct can go with manipulator of historical fact, Holocaust denier, and racist,…

TIFF 2016 – La La Land (2016)

Some way in from the start, Emma Stone finds herself in a swanky restaurant dressed to the nines. The talk is boring, full of business deals and superficial pleasantries. Then she hears a familiar tune and it all fades down until only the…