The inclusion of Dirt Music in TIFF’s latest line-up announcement brings to a total of eight the number of Film4 titles that will World Premiere at the 2019 Toronto Film Festival.
Justin Kurzel’s True History of the Kelly Gang will bow as a Gala Presentation. George MacKay, Essie Davis, Nicholas Hoult, Thomasin McKenzie and Russell Crowe star in this thrilling, bold adaptation of Peter Carey’s Booker Prize-winning novel.
Armando Iannucci’s The Personal History of David Copperfield, already announced as the opening night of this year’s BFI London Film Festival, is one of four Film4 titles to debut in TIFF’s Special Presentations strand. Dev Patel, Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie, Peter Capaldi and Ben Whishaw lead the all-star cast of this fresh and distinctive take on Charles Dickens’ semi-autobiographical masterpiece.
Michael Winterbottom’s satire on the super-rich Greed starring Steve Coogan, Coky Giedroyc’s adaptation of Caitlin Moran’s How To Build a Girl featuring Beanie Feldstein, and Gregor Jordan’s adaptation of Tim Winton’s Man Booker-shortlisted Dirt Music starring Kelly Macdonald and Garrett Hedlund, will all unspool in Special Presentations.
Sarah Gavron’s Rocks has been picked as the opening night film of TIFF’s Platform section. Developed in a unique workshopping process with non-actors, the film is a big-hearted story about being a teenage girl in contemporary London, capturing the spirit, joy and resilience of a multi-cultural group of young women rarely represented in British cinema.
Nick Rowland’s debut feature Calm With Horses, a dark story of crime and family starring Cosmo Jarvis, Barry Keoghan and Niamh Algar, will launch in the Discovery strand.
And Saint Maud, a psychological horror film that marks the feature debut of Rose Glass, will be unveiled in Midnight Madness. Morfydd Clark (who also features in The Personal History of David Copperfield) and Jennifer Ehle star.
Director of Film4 Daniel Battsek comments: “We’re extremely grateful to Cameron, Joana and all the TIFF selectors for picking such a wide range of Film4 titles at this year’s festival. We are delighted for the filmmakers on each and every one of these projects. It’s particularly pleasing that they represent Film4’s broad slate, including two bigger budget co-productions, two debut features and three out of eight films from female directors.”
Film4 is Channel 4 Television’s feature film division. Film4 develops and co-finances films and is known for working with the most distinctive and innovative talent in UK and international filmmaking, both new and established.
Film4 has developed and co-financed many of the most successful UK films of recent years, Academy Award®-winners such as Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Favourite, Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Lenny Abrahamson’s Room, Alex Garland’s Ex Machina, Asif Kapadia’s box office record breaking documentary Amy, Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire and Phyllida Lloyd’s The Iron Lady, in addition to critically-acclaimed award-winners such as Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here, Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War, Andrea Arnold’s American Honey, Rungano Nyoni’s I Am Not a Witch, Chris Morris’s Four Lions, Shane Meadows’ This is England, Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin and Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years.
Film4’s recent releases include Tom Harper’s Wild Rose, Asif Kapadia’s Diego Maradona, Stephen Merchant’s Fighting With My Family, Sebastián Lelio’s Disobedience, Steve McQueen’s Widows, Mike Leigh’s Peterloo, Tinge Krishnan’s Been So Long, Bart Layton’s American Animals and Michael Pearce’s Beast. Forthcoming releases include Chris Morris’s The Day Shall Come, Armando Iannucci’s The Personal History of David Copperfield, Michael Winterbottom’s Greed, Sarah Gavron’s Rocks, Nick Rowland’s Calm With Horses, Rose Glass’s Saint Maud, Justin Kurzel’s True History of the Kelly Gang, Coky Giedroyc’s adaptation of Caitlin Moran’s How To Build a Girl and Gregor Jordan’s Dirt Music. Films in production include Edgar Wright’s Last Night in Soho, Euros Lyn’s Dream Horse, Florian Zeller’s The Father, Jonathan Butterell’s Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Ben Sharrock’s Limbo, Cathy Brady’s Wildfire and Chasing Chaplin from Peter Middleton and James Spinney.
For further information please visit www.film4productions.com.