Today on the Scene – TIFF Edition: Sunday September 9, 2012

Michael Pena and Jake Gyllenhaal in "End of Watch"

It’s the fourth day of TIFF and we survived this long! What will we do next? Where will we go from here? Well, why not check out what’s happening Today on the Scene?

Premiering tonight at 8:00pm, The Sapphires takes place at the height of the Vietnam War following the rise of  the Australian group that the film takes its name from. This must-see film features Chris O’Dowd ( Bridesmaids, Pirate Radio ) as the talent scout who discovers the Koori songbirds. The soundtrack  celebrates the great music of the time and the story  focuses on the girls’  triumph over adversity (including intense racism from the locals opposing Aboriginal singers.) It screens at the Winter Garden Theatre at 8:00pm.

The UK-made remake of the Danish film Pusher has its final TIFF screening this afternoon at 12:00pm. Starring Richard Coyle (known for playing the super-perverted Jeff on the British sitcom Coupling ) as a drug dealer having one hell of a bad day, Pusher is a cool, edgy thriller that earned our “Essential TIFF viewing” rating from reviewer Katarina Gligorijevic. It plays at the Cineplex Yonge and Dundas 10 at 12:00pm.

Also playing at the Cineplex Yonge and Dundas is Janeane From Des Moines . Jane Edith Wilson plays the lead, Janeane, a woman who faces immense tragedy on her quest to find the perfect Republican Candidate to vote for. The film, an uncompromising criticism of the extreme right by director Grace Lee ( American Zombie ), also received an “Essential TIFF Viewing” from our own Trista DeVries. It screens at 6:15pm at the Yonge and Dundas 2.

Screening at the Ryerson theatre today is the second viewing of David Ayer’s End of Watch. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña as beat cops in South Central LA, the film makes use of the ever popular found footage genre with Gyllenhaal’s character  documenting his day on the job  for a film school project.In her review, Kristal Cooper gave praise to the chemistry between the two leads, who find themselves unexpectly on the run from a drug cartel after a routine inspection. It plays today at 3:00pm at the Ryerson theatre.

  Short Cuts Canada Programme #2  has its last TIFF screening this morning at 9:00am at the TIFF Bell Lightbox 3. This selection focuses on the light and the heavy aspects of growing up, with Struggle following a brother and sister relationship getting too close and the lighter Life Doesn’t Frighten Me about a girl receiving pretty realistic advice from her grandfather after turning 13. William Brownridge couldn’t recommend this programme enough so don’t miss your chance to check it out.

So that’s yet another busy  day at TIFF 2012. We’ve done all the work for you, you just have to get out and go see these films. And don’t forget to check back tomorrow and find out what’s going On The Scene. It’s essential.


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