Tag: TIFF 2021
It’s hard to put into words the emotions that Shasha Nakhai and Rich Williamson’s Scarborough elicits. This intimate look into the lives of three young Toronto kids (and their low-income, marginalized families) runs the gamut from joy in the smallest of victories to rage at the failures of people and systems that turn a blind eye or discriminate. Only a few minutes into its runtime and it’s easy to see how this small but powerful Canadian film beat out some of Hollywood’s best to secure the first runner-up spot for the TIFF People’s Choice Award this past September.
I had a chance to sit down with the director for an in-depth chat before his film’s Canadian premiere this past September. Sharpe talked about his fascination with the lesser-known Wain, the challenges of bringing the artist’s story to the big screen, and how one goes about directing Cumberbatch and cats. Lots and lots of cats.
Each year after the festival wraps, we here at That Shelf take a look back at the soundtrack songs that stuck with us long after the film’s credits rolled. So after the awards have been announced and the final film screened, we pull together a playlist to remind us of another TIFF come and gone. This year we saw key tunes from musician bios like Jagged and Dionne Warwick: Don’t Make Me Over, a host of ’80s classics (“Fame”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)”), the dance track from Jamie Dornan and Caitriona Balfe’s joyful Belfast dance scene (“Everlasting Love”), and much, much more.