On Tuesday organizers of the 40th Toronto International Film Festival revealed eight feature films from London, England for the seventh edition of the Festival’s City to City program.
The annual City to City series focuses on films and filmmakers from a selected international city where film production is thriving. In previous years films from Tel Aviv, Istanbul, Buenos Aires, Mumbai, Athens and Seoul were featured.
This year’s London lineup showcases adventurous new cinema by the city’s most contemporary directors. Selections were made by Piers Handling, Director and CEO of the TIFF organization, and Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival.
“We have an excellent relationship with TIFF, and it’s a real pleasure to be partnering on this year’s City To City program,” said Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission. “As ever, the lineup is incredibly strong, from the London strand to the wider program which features films like ‘High-Rise,’ ‘The Program,’ ‘Legend,’ ‘The Danish Girl,’ ‘Sunset Song’ and ‘The Martian,’ all of which made use of United Kingdom locations, facilities and expertise.”
Of the eight films listed in the City to City program, four are world premieres. The 40th Toronto International Film Festival runs September 10-20, 2015.
See you at the movies.
‘Couple in a Hole’ directed by Tom Geens
A middle class British couple renounce civilization and willingly living like feral creatures in a camouflaged hole in the middle of a vast forest in France. Stars Paul Higgins and Kate Dickie.
‘The Hard Stop’ directed by George Amponsah
Mark Duggan, was an outspoken young man whose death at the hands of London’s Metropolitan Police in 2011 ignited the Tottenham riots, the worst civil unrest in recent British history. This documentary reflects the life and death of Duggan against the backdrop of grief, incarceration, and unemployment experienced by the friends he left behind.
‘Kill Your Friends’ directed by Owen Harris
Steven Stelfox (Nicholas Hoult) is a 27-year-old A&R man fueled by greed, ambition and vast quantities of drugs on a failing search for his next hit record. Desperate for success he takes the concept of “killer tunes” to a murderous new level. Co-stars James Corden, Rosanna Arquette and Ed Skrein.
‘Kilo Two Bravo’ directed by Paul Katis
Afghanistan, 2006: a patrol of British paratroopers find themselves trapped in an unmarked minefield setting into motion a desperate rescue mission. Based on a harrowing real-life event, this suspenseful drama reveals brave, selfless, and heroic soldiers narrowly avoiding tragic consequences. Starring David Elliot and Mark Stanley.
‘London Road’ directed by Rufus Norris
Tom Hardy stars in this film adaptation of the National Theatre’s ground-breaking musical about the Suffolk Strangler murders in Ipswich in 2006. Members of the community who found themselves at the epi-center of these tragic events use their own words set to an innovative musical score. Co-stars Olivia Colman and Anita Dobson.
‘Northern Soul’ directed by Elaine Constantine
John and Matt are working class teens invigorated by American soul music and representative of the 1970s British youth culture that changed a generation and influenced songwriters, producers, DJs and designers for decades to follow. Stars Elliot James Langridge, Joshua Whitehouse, Antonia Thomas and Steve Coogan.
‘The Ones Below’ directed by David Farr
Neighboring couples get into a psychological tug of war when an accident terminates one wife’s pregnancy. Stars Clémence Poésy, David Morrissey, Stephen Campbell Moore and Laura Birn.
‘Urban Hymn’ directed by Michael Caton-Jones
A pair of neglected teenage girls struggle for identity and survival during the North London riots in 2011. Starring Letitia Wright, Isabella Laughland and Shirley Henderson.