Hello My Fellow Blog Lovers & Supporters!
It has been far too long, I’ve missed all of your ‘virtual’ shiny, happy faces. Thank you all for being so patient with me in my absence. As many of you know, I accepted a new position which required me to relocate temporarily to Toronto for 3 months. With the move, the full time work hours, along with my own client’s needs, life, family etc.etc. Finding time to think, never mind write, has been a losing battle to say the least. Now that I have been at this for over a month now, things are starting to settle into a routine, so I have decided to get back on the writing horse, so to speak, I present to you this week’s blog – My adventure to my first ever Toronto International Film Festival film screening.
As you all know, I have decided to take a stab back into my creative roots, and try to get back into screenwriting once again, (currently on my second draft of my latest film short script, I will have you know.) 😛 But, what better way to get inspired than going to where all the greats in film are, right here in Toronto (coincidentally where I am as well for the first time) for the Toronto Film Fest. It is like it was meant to be – That’s my story and I’m sticking to it! 😉
Luckily for me, I was up right when the tickets for TIFF went on sale at 7am on Sept 5th. (purely because I am up for work, getting ready anyways) There I was at 7:03am on the TIFF site to purchase tickets for Submergence, the latest Wim Wenders film, starring my latest crush and Scottish import, James McAvoy and Oscar winner Alicia Vikander. As luck would have it, they were also confirmed to be there at the premiere on Sept 10th as well – SCORE!
As a treat for myself, I decided to meet a friend for drinks and appies beforehand. Walking up to the restaurant, I ended up walking by The Elgin Theatre, the very theatre where my screening was going to take place later that evening. Hundreds of film lovers were already lining up to be the first in line (might I add, nearly 2.5 hours ahead of the screening time), to catch a glimpse of Hollywood celebrity or two, possibly a selfie. I mean let’s be real, selfies have become the new autograph in my opinion.
Always lovely to meet with friends, break bread, drink and laugh, I never forget the value or gratitude of these moments. 🙂
Amy, graciously walked me back to the theatre so that I could get in line for the sold out screening. We are coming up to the theatre and I ask the attendant “is this the line for the 6:15pm screening of Submergence?” She replies “Yes, but you need to get to the back.” Of course we do, I know that, I’m no line cutter. So we proceed to walk back and I mean wayyyyyyyyyyyyy back of the line – Like a zig zag of 5 city blocks end of the line kinda back – Almost, like a weird film goers scavenger hunt of sorts. Did, I mention I was 45 minutes early for the screening??? Over 1000 of us, scattered throughout the city waiting to watch a film, now that is commitment to art me thinks or maybe a commitment of seeing a smiling, blue eyed famous Scotsman possibly 😛
Once the line got moving, it actually moved rather quickly. We approach the outside of the theatre and you can almost feel the energy of the many film goers and lovers who I found out later, waited to catch a glimpse of James arriving. I find out that he graciously walked out into the crowd of screaming fans, happily signing autographs and taking the coveted prize selfie. Just a side note – It always makes me giggle when I see a celebrity taking a selfie with a fan and the fan is fumbling with the phone, and the celeb just takes the phone out of their hand as if to say “Gimme that, I am a freaking pro at this.” Because honestly that would be me, not because I am nervous, just clumsy – #ButterFingers
We enter into the theatre and my word it is BREATHTAKING – So ornate and regal! I do apologize for no pics of the lobby as we were hurriedly rushed into the theatre as they were running a half an hour behind schedule. I found a seat in the back and awaited the show with anticipation. And boy, they did not disappoint!
Wenders, McAvoy and 2 supporting actors took the stage to introduce tonight’s feature performance. The lights went down and the two hour ‘cinematic water’ adventure began.
I have to say, it was visually stunning – A love story based around the elements of water, obstacles, love, passion, life and the possibility of death. I know I am a bit biased, but I think James knocked it out of the park with his performance, which was both masculine mixed with fragility and vulnerability. The onscreen chemistry between the two protagonists of Dani and James was electric, almost palpable in its intensity. The one drawback I will say is that the plot progression lagged and stalled almost mid way through. I believe they could easily cut about 20 minutes from this film to pick up the progression of the plot, adding the much needed element of urgency to this story line. Overall, I really would recommend you all to go and see it if you get the chance.
(Clip of James explaining what drew him to the character of James More. Sorry it’s blurred I was in the back row)
After the screening, all the actors and the director came back on the stage to answer questions from the audience. This is standard fare in film fests – Honestly, one of the reasons I LOVE going to them, getting to hear from the source all about their creative process, character and plot development. I know that is not everyone’s cup of tea, but this really appeals to me and my inner film geek 🙂 James and Wim, were both personable, witty, sincere, funny and forthcoming – Nothing I wouldn’t expect from two respected professionals in their respected fields.
Overall, I had a lovely time and one day, one day maybe it will be MY film people will be lining up the block to see. Just putting that out there universe…
Thank you all once again for coming along on this blogging journey with me. Your support and taking the time to read my ramblings each week does not go unnoticed or unappreciated. But, before I go, let me ask you all this – What is YOUR favourite film of all time is and what made it your fav? I look forward to your answers!
Until we meet again,
Love & Light I wish to you always,