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Shaw Festival Film Series Features Festival Favourites and Revealing Docs

Media Bulletin #11

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, November 16, 2009 … Continuing its partnership with The Film Circuit, a branch of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), to bring acclaimed contemporary films and documentaries to its Festival Theatre, the Shaw Festival is proud to announce its 2010 season film line-up. 

Now in its fifth year, celebrated feature films will be screened during the Festival Film Series on Saturdays at 3 p.m. commencing December 5, 2009.  Twelve films have been confirmed to date, with one additional title pending.  For the second year, the Festival Film Series will be accompanied by a documentary mini-series featuring six films. Beginning January 13, documentaries will be screened every Wednesday at 6 p.m.  All films will be screened at the Festival Theatre; seating is general admission.

TIFF’s very successful Film Circuit programme assists groups in smaller centres gain access to Canadian and international films. The Film Circuit has assisted over 170 local groups across Canada providing service and support to volunteers in communities who wish to build a film series and showcase films not otherwise locally available. All profits from the Festival Film Series benefit the Shaw Festival.

Tickets are $11 per person. A 13-film Festival Film Pass is available for $119 per person, or a 10-film “Stocking Stuffer” is available for $89. A Festival Documentary Pass for six films is $54. Advance tickets sales will begin on November 19 and can be purchased at the Shaw Festival Box Office or by calling 1-800-511-SHAW (7429) (locally 905-468-2172). 

The Shaw gratefully acknowledges the many residents of Niagara-on-the-Lake and the Friends of the Festival Film Series who have made this initiative possible, particularly major sponsors John and Carol Walker. 

With the support of advertising sponsor The Standard - Osprey Media Group. 

Festival Film Series Schedule:

Feature Film Series

December 5

Every Little Step
United States, 2008
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 93 minutes

An inside look into the casting process for A Chorus Line’s 2005 revival.  This film about a musical that is itself about the casting of a musical also takes fans through the show’s many incarnations and its original inspiration. Directed by Adam Del Deo and James D. Stern. 

December 12

The Hurt Locker 
United States, 2008
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 131 minutes

An intense portrayal of elite soldiers who have one of the most dangerous jobs in the world —disarming bombs in the heat of combat during the post-invasion period in Iraq.  Winner of the 2008 Venice Film Festival SIGNIS Grand Prize.  Directed by Kathryn Bigelow.  

December 19  

Coco Avant Chanel                                                                                     
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 105 minutes

The film chronicles Coco Chanel’s rise from obscure beginnings to the heights of the fashion world.  It’s Coco before she became the fashionable Chanel and France’s famous mademoiselle.  Starring Audrey Tautou (The Da Vinci Code, Dirty Pretty Things and Amélie) as Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel.  Directed by Anne Fontaine.

December 26

The Damned United                                                         
United Kingdom, 2009
Rating: R (war violence and language)
Runtime: 98 minutes

Based on the novel by David Peace, The Damned United is a darkly humorous rollicking ride that follows the early rise to fame and infamy of Brian Clough, one of England’s controversial football managers.  Starring Michael Sheen (Frost/Nixon and The Queen). Directed by Tom Hooper. 

January 2

Everlasting Moments (Maria Larssons Eviga Ögonblick)    
Sweden, 2008
Rating: N/A
Runtime: 131 minutes

Based on real-life events, the story opens at the start of the 20th century and centers around Finnish housewife Maria Larrson who experiences an artistic awakening after being introduced to photography. Nominated for 2009 Golden Globe Award Best Foreign Language Film.  Directed by Jan Troell. 

January 9

In the Loop 
United Kingdom, 2009
Rating: 14A
Runtime: 106 minutes

A wickedly clever political satire about the kind of backroom behavior that brought Britain into the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. Director Armando Iannucci’s debut feature. 

January 16

Japan, 2008
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 130 minutes

A delightful and sensitive journey into the heartland of Japan and an astonishingly beautiful look at a sacred part of Japan’s cultural heritage.  Winner of the 2009 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year.  Directed by Yojiro Takita.

January 23

Bright Star
United Kingdom/Australia, 2009
Rating: PG
Runtime: 119 minutes

A bold retelling of the 3-year love affair between the poet John Keats and his neighbour Fanny Brawne.  Starring Abbie Cornish and Ben Whishaw.  Directed by Jane Campion.

January 30

An Education
United Kingdom, 2009
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 100 minutes

A moving coming of age film set against the stifling backdrop of post-war, pre-Beatles England.  Based on the short memoir by British journalist Lynn Barber.  Starring Golden Globe nominee Peter Sarsgaard (Rendition), Alfred Molina (Spiderman 2 and Frida), Dominic Cooper (Mamma Mia), Academy Award winner Emma Thompson (Last Chance Harvey and Brideshead Revisited) and Carey Mulligan (When Did You Last See Your Father? and Pride and Prejudice).  Directed by Lone Scherfig.

To Be Confirmed

February 6

Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire
United States, 2009
Rating: R (child abuse including sexual assault, and pervasive language)
Runtime: 109 minutes

Life is hard. Life is short. Life is painful. Life is rich. Life is….Precious.  Raw, vibrant and resoundingly hopeful, Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire will stand in years to come as one of the strongest American films of 2009. Although the plot may shock, it is an unforgettable story of a young woman determined to better herself despite overwhelming obstacles set against her. Starring Mo’Nique, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey, Sherri Shepheard and newcomer Gabourey Sidibe. Directed by Lee Daniels. 

February 13

United States, 2009
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 96 minutes

A universal journey into the lives of a family of immigrants and first-generation teenagers caught between their heritage and the new world in which they now live and the bittersweet search for a place to call home. Writer-director Cherien Dabis’ feature film debut.

February 20

France/Belgium, 2008
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 121 minutes

The life story of the obscure yet endlessly fascinating French artist known as Séraphine de Senlis (Séraphine Louis, 1864–1942), a simple housekeeper whose brilliantly colourful canvases adorn some of the most famous galleries in the world, is the focus of this multiple César award winning film.  Directed by Martin Provost.

February 27

The Young Victoria
United Kingdom, 2009
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 100 minutes

A delicate and profoundly romantic look at England’s last golden age, The Young Victoria provides an insightful portrait of the turbulent early reign of Queen Victoria and her enduring romance with Prince Albert. Starring Emily Blunt (Charlie Wilson’s War and The Devil Wears Prada), Rupert Friend (The Boy in Striped Pajamas) and Paul Bettany (Creation). Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée.


Documentary Film Series

January 13

Good Hair 
United States, 2009
Rating: PG
Runtime: 95 minutes

Prompted by his daughter’s question: “Daddy, how come I don’t have good hair?”, comedian Chris Rock embarks on a raucous exposé of comic proportions to explore the way hairstyles impact the activities, pocketbooks, sexual relationships, and self-esteem of the black community, while he struggles with the task of figuring out how to respond to his daughter’s question. With Ice-T, Nia Long, Paul Mooney, Raven Symoné, Dr. Maya Angelou, Salt ’n Pepa, Eve and Reverend Al Sharpton.  Directed by Jeff Stilson.

January 20

Food, Inc.
United States, 2008
Rating: PG (some thematic material and disturbing images)
Runtime: 94 minutes

Lifting the veil on the U.S. food industry and exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of the USDA and FDA, Food, Inc., examines the control of the U.S. food supply by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and the environment.  Directed by Robert Kenner.

January 27

The September Issue
United States, 2009
Rating: PG-13 (strong language)
Runtime: 90 minutes

Fashion is a religion. This is the bible. The September 2007 issue of Vogue magazine weighed nearly five pounds, and was the single largest issue of a magazine ever published. The September Issue tells the story of legendary Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour and her larger-than-life team of editors creating the issue and ruling the world of fashion.  Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Excellence in Cinematography at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.  Directed and produced by R.J. Cutler.

February 3

The Boys: The Sherman Brothers Story
United States, 2009
Rating: PG (mild thematic elements, smoking images and brief language)
Runtime: 101 minutes

They were brothers, partners and strangers.  The Boys: The Sherman Brothers Story is an intimate journey into the lives of the Academy Award and Grammy-winning songwriters who defined family musical entertainment for five decades — Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman.  Directed and produced by Gregory V. Sherman and Jeff Sherman.

February 10

Valentino: The Last Emperor
United States, 2008
Rating: PG-13 (some nudity and language)
Runtime: 96 minutes

A story of friendship, love, a retrospective, and the struggle of art against commerce is at the center of the film.  Starring the legendary Valentino, along with his longtime business partner, Giancarlo Giammetti, Valentino The Last Emperor follows them for the final two years of their careers, and shows the struggles the two men face as they confront the final act of a nearly 50-year career at the top of the world’s most glamorous and competitive game. Directed by Matt Tyrnauer.

February 17

The Cove
United States, 2009
Rating: PG-13 for disturbing content
Runtime: 92 minutes

Multiple award winning true story of how an elite team of activists, filmmakers and free-divers embarked on a covert mission to penetrate a hidden cove in Japan shining light on a dark and chilling reality.  A provocative mix of investigative journalism, guerrilla filmmaking, eco-adventure and arresting imagery that adds up to an urgent plea for hope.   Directed by Louie Psihoyos.


In the spirit of George Bernard Shaw, the Shaw Festival provokes the mind and stirs the soul through a theatre experience so compelling that, year after year, ever-broadening groups of artists, audiences and supporters are drawn to our work in Niagara-on-the-Lake and beyond.

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