Archive for September, 2014

What We Do in the Shadows

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

I ended TIFF on a high last week with What We Do in the Shadows, directed and starring Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement. It’s a hilarious mockumentary following a group of vampires in New Zealand as they deal with the usual fights between flatmates, past relationships and dealing with newcomers. It won the People’s Choice award for the best of Midnight Madness and an added joy was having Jemaine and Stu present for a Q&A after the screening (very rare for the last day of TIFF!).

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In tribute of a brilliant cameo, I made a werewolf button available at Cunning & Crafty.

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TIFF 2014 – Song of the Sea

Sunday, September 7th, 2014

It’s that time of year again, where I drop a lot of dough to line up and watch some films. The Toronto International Film Festival is in full swing, and I do find it a thrill to be in the audience as a director giddily presents the premiere of their labour of love.

It was an honour to see the world premiere of Song of Sea yesterday, a story of a brother and sister in their fantastical journey dipping in Irish folklore. Each frame is a beautiful rendering that you want to freeze-frame just to study all the details and humour (I especially love Ben’s hand-drawn map and how he sees the world). The film was written and directed by Tomm Moore and created by Irish studio Cartoon Saloon who are also the creators of The Secret of Kells. The story is as rich and lush as the images.

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You can learn more from the Cartoon Saloon website and production blog: http://www.cartoonsaloon.ie/2009/06/feature-films-song-of-the-sea/

Seek it out when it comes to your town!

I also noticed the voice of the main character was David Rawle of Moone Boy! Also a funny series worth checking out: http://www.sky.com/tv/show/moone-boy