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TIFF 2014: Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story Of Cannon Films

15 Sep, 2014 Posted in: Festivals, Opinion, Review, Toronto

Film4.com Editor Michael Leader stays up past his bedtime to sample the delights of TIFF’s Midnight Madness strand…

Let me set the scene. It’s 11.15pm, I’m glugging full-fat Pepsi and my pockets are full of Hershey’s Milk Duds. The queue for the night’s Midnight Madness screening wraps around the block from the Ryerson Theatre and it’s clear from both the t-shirts on view and the sheer determination involved that this is the die-hard audience – the cult devotees who’ll gladly stay …

TIFF 2014: The Kingdom Of Dreams And Madness

11 Sep, 2014 Posted in: Festivals, Opinion, Review, Toronto

Michael Leader catches the highly-anticipated behind-the-scenes documentary The Kingdom Of Dreams And Madness, which charts an integral year in the life of Japanese animation powerhouse Studio Ghibli…

At Venice last year, one of my highlights was seeing Hayao Miyazaki’s final film, the inspiring, animated engineering epic The Wind Rises, with the festival crowd. This past week, TIFF topped Venice by offering a Ghibli double bill on its very first day of press screenings. How could I resist?

First, I played catch-up with …

Film4 unveils The Museum Of Important Shit

11 Sep, 2014 Productions Posted in: Documentaries

A collection of ordinary items with extraordinary significance launched in conjunction the film 20,000 Days on Earth featuring Nick Cave.

20000 Days On Earth

Designed as an online collection of objects that have changed people’s lives, and inspired by the notion explored in Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard’s film 20,000 Days on Earth that ordinary items can hold extraordinary personal significance, The Museum Of Important Shit will be the innovative digital home to a fascinating and eclectic assortment of ideas, memories and …

TIFF 2014: Love & Mercy

09 Sep, 2014 Posted in: Opinion, Review, Toronto

Film4.com Site Editor Michael Leader indulges his inner music geek with Bill Pohlad’s biopic of Brian Wilson, starring Paul Dano and John Cusack as the influential Beach Boy…

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a little allergic to biopics, especially those focusing on musicians, but something dragged me to Love & Mercy, a biographical drama that homes in on two episodes in the life of influential songwriter and pop soundsmith Brian Wilson.

Both Paul Dano and John Cusack star as …

Five Film4-backed films confirmed for London Film Festival 2014

09 Sep, 2014 Productions Posted in: Festivals, London Film Festival

Film4 is delighted that five of its titles have been confirmed for the 58th BFI London Film Festival, including three UK Premieres.

Peter Strickland’s The Duke of Burgundy and Debbie Tucker Green’s Second Coming both receive their European Premieres. Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner, Yann Demange’s ’71 and Daniel Wolfe’s Catch Me Daddy all receive their UK Premieres at the festival.

Sameena Jabeen Ahmed (Actor, Catch Me Daddy) and Daniel Wolfe & Matthew Wolfe (Writers/Directors, Catch Me Daddy) are nominated for the Best …