The 2015 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is just days away from rolling out the red carpet on over 350 movies from around the world while welcoming a horde of over 200 celebrities to the city including Johnny Depp, Julianne Moore, Tom Hardy, Matt Damon, Eddie Redmayne, Susan Sarandon, Jake Gyllenhaal and Idris Elba. The 2015 edition looks to build upon 2014’s Fest which included 5,084 delegates, 287 speakers, 2,004 buyers which ate up 65 films that were showcased in the city.
Over the next few days we will take time to spotlight some of the films on the Festival’s schedule further whetting the appetite for screenings big and small. Intestinal Fortitude will be on hand for no less than 20 of the films featured so be sure to check back daily to see our reviews and thoughts on the Festival as it progresses.
Today’s Spotlight: The Girl in the Photographs
Getting selected as one of the ten films showcased in part of the Toronto International Film Festival Midnight Madness series is something a filmmaker can be proud of. The Midnight Madness program director selects ten of the best in action, horror, shock and fantasy cinema. Over the years films such as Insidious, Saw and Martyrs got their premieres at TIFF before going on to cult and international fame.
With the success of those films that have screened in the series, director Nick Simon must feel like he has won the lottery. A relative unknown (his only other feature was Removal in 2010), Simon will get the TIFF royal treatment with the world premiere of his new feature, The Girl in the Photographs.
Claudia Lee plays Colleen, a bored young woman who begins to receive photographs of brutally murdered women. But whether the pictures are the work of a serial killer or just someone playing a prank on Colleen is unclear. But when news of the pictures hit social media, a celebrity photographer (Kal Penn of Harold and Kumar) throws his pencil into the ring in an attempt to investigate. The spotlight turns Colleen’s dull life into a whirlwind circus of attention which becomes counterproductive when Colleen and her friends are targeted by the evil behind the photographs.
Colin Geddes writes, “Simon and scriptwriters Robert Morast and Osgood Perkins tweak the formula in refreshingly contemporary ways, inverting the killer’s encroaching rampage to build satisfying tension without compromising the fun”
Starring Claudia Lee, Kal Penn, Kenny Wormald and Toby Hemingway and produced by the recently passed horror master Wes Craven, The Girl in the Photographs gets is world premiere on September 14th at midnight at the Ryerson Theatre and repeats on September 16th and 18th at the Scotiabank Theatre.