Ever since his feature debut 'Samson & Delilah' won Best Film at the Australian Film Institute Awards in 2009, Warwick Thornton has been garnering international acclaim as a director and cinematographer.
Little did a stop-frame animation student at the National Film and Television School in England know that his graduation project called 'A Grand Day Out' would launch him into international stardom, and make a hapless, cheese-loving inventor and his genius dog cultural icons.
As much as Black Panther deals with the ascension of T’Challa to the throne of Wakanda, the comic-book adaptation marks the quick ascent of Ryan Coogler, who with his third film is making a significant contribution to the blockbuster juggernaut known as the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
A love affair has developed between filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and Toronto—over the past five years, he has shot in the Canadian city four seasons of the TV series “The Strain” as well as a trio of movies that include 'Pacific Rim,' 'Crimson Peak' and 'The Shape of Water.'
A children’s novel penned by Canadian author and activist Deborah Ellis about an eleven-year-old Afghan girl named Parvana who pretends to be a boy in order to financially provide for her family under Taliban rule captured the attention of Aircraft Pictures, which approached Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon.
There is a tradition of developing British directors that starts in the theatre, transitions to the BBC and concludes with making feature films. “Who knows where that paradigm will land in the new world?” notes Simon Curtis, who began his career working at the Royal Court Theatre and would go on to direct Michelle Williams and Kenneth Branagh to Oscar-nominated roles in 'My Week with Marilyn.'
After spending ten years directing theatrical productions in London, Munich and Tokyo, William Oldroyd attended the 41st Toronto International Film Festival last September for the world premiere of his feature film debut, 'Lady Macbeth.'