National Newswatch

‘Belfast’ wins People’s Choice prize at Toronto International Film Festival

Sep 18 2021 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — British star Kenneth Branagh's "deeply personal" directorial effort, "Belfast," has picked up awards season momentum after winning the People's Choice prize at the Toronto International Film Festival. The family drama inspired by his own childhood in Belfast, Ireland won the honour during Saturday's TIFF Tribute Awards broadcast on CTV, which ended 10 days […]

P.K. Subban executive producing upcoming docuseries ‘Black Life: A Canadian History’

Sep 16 2021 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Homegrown hockey star P.K. Subban says he hopes to educate audiences and spark conversation with the new docuseries, "Black Life: A Canadian History." The Toronto-raised New Jersey Devils defenceman is an executive producer on the newly announced eight-part project, slated to air on CBC TV and CBC Gem in 2023. Showrunner Leslie Norville […]

TIFF honouree Alanis Obomsawin as prolific a filmmaker as ever at age 89

Sep 11 2021 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — For distinguished documentary maker Alanis Obomsawin, getting a career retrospective at the Toronto International Film Festival isn't just about reflecting. True to her prolific career of 53 films over 54 years, the 89-year-old member of the Abenaki Nation says going through her archives has sparked new ideas for projects using material she'd forgotten […]

Safety and stars: TIFF navigates an expanded hybrid festival amid Delta concerns

Sep 8 2021 — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — If there's one thing organizers of the Toronto International Film Festival learned from last year's pandemic-tailored showcase, it's that they "have to adapt constantly," says co-head Cameron Bailey. That's held true for the 46th edition kicking off Thursday, with some border restrictions easing just days prior, a family film dropping out of the […]