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TIFF 2016 – Carrie Pilby (2016)

A smart, socially awkward loner attempts to navigate between teenage years and adulthood. Hundreds of films deal with this topic, relying on the easy drama arising from the transition out of education and into everything to come. Carrie…

TIFF 2016 – Blue Jay (2016)

If the past is a foreign country, no one seems to believe it. Particularly when it comes to our own history, we often look back with a carefully censored gaze. Blue Jay throws two former high school sweethearts into this confusing nexus…

TIFF – LBJ (2016)

No one has ever been sure what to do with Lyndon Baines Johnson, the 36th President of the United States. He fell between the unforgettable John F. Kennedy and the infamous Richard M. Nixon, a hard place to land. As a Texan Senator he…

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 – ’76 (2016)

There’s a lot of ambition in ‘76, painstakingly pursued over multiple years. Nigerian director Izu Ojukwu’s foray into the past took a long time to clear with the military given it focusses on an attempted coup that led to the assassination…