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Toronto goes British!

  • Dark River

Clio Barnard's Dark River has its world premiere in TIFF's Platform section

7th September - 17th September 2017

A huge crop of 35 British productions and co-productions is headed to TIFF 2017; download our catalogue and read more here.

It’s a big year for the Brits in Toronto as a whopping 35 British productions and co-productions are selected for TIFF 2017.

In a great endorsement of the strength of rising British talents, there are nine first features selected - and an encouraging 12 out of the 35 films are directed by women.

Some highlights including Joe Wright’s Churchill biopic Darkest Hour; Andrew Haigh’s America-set drama Lean On Pete, Saul Dibb’s WWI story Journey’s End, Sophie Fiennes’ music doc Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami; Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool starring Annette Bening and Jamie Bell; Stephen Frears’ Victoria & Abdul starring Judi Dench; Clio Barnard’s Dark River and Michael Pearce’s Beast (both in the prestigious Platform section). There are also plenty of new voices to discover, including Dan Kokotajlo with the Jehovah’s Witness story Apostasy and Rungano Nyoni with Africa-set satire I Am Not A Witch.

Beast actress Jessie Buckley (on our catalogue cover) has been selected to take part in Toronto’s prestigious Rising Stars talent showcase.

See full details of all the films in Toronto with our downloadable catalogue, which you can read here. The full list of 35 films is at the bottom of this page.

We’re proud to say that a large percentage of these films were seen by Toronto’s CEO, Piers Handling, and director of programming, Kerri Craddock, when they joined British Council's Film team in London in June as part of our festival selector screenings service…Learn more about the programme here.

More than films

British Council is once again a partner in the UK Film Centre, on the ninth floor of the Hyatt Regency Hotel (370 King Street West). Open daily from 9am-6pm, the centre showcases UK films and co-productions, provides meeting spaces and acts as an information point for the UK film industry.
We're also one of several partners for the UK Film reception during TIFF, which allows British filmmakers and industry to meet their international counterparts.

British Council is also a member of European Film Promotion, the umbrella organisation that has a large presence at TIFF including a stand in the industry centre at the Hyatt and host of a popular networking event. In addition, several British films – including The Wife, The Cured, The Journey and Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami -  have been given funding to help them reach international markets through EFP’s Film Sales Support at TIFF.

Several of the short filmmakers are taking advantage of our Short Film Travel Grant Scheme to fund their trips to Toronto.

British Council Head of Film Briony Hanson and Film Programme Manager Wendy Mitchell will attend TIFF. Briony will be hosting an interview with Dark River writer/director Clio Barnard at the TIFF Talent Lab. Wendy will be hosting the TIFF Moguls talk with Anna Serner, CEO of the Swedish Film Institute and expert on gender equality in film.

UK productions and co-productions at TIFF 2017 (full catalogue at top right)

Breathe (Andy Serkis) 
Mary Shelley (Haifaa Al-Mansour) (Ireland/UK/Luxembourg/US)
Darkest Hour (Joe Wright)
Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (Paul McGuigan)
The Wife (Björn Runge) (UK/Sweden)
Woman Walks Ahead (Susanna White) (UK/USA)

Disobedience (Sebastián Lelio) 
The Children Act (Richard Eyre) 
Victoria and Abdul (Stephen Frears) 
The Hungry (Bornila Chatterjee) [read our interview here]
Battle of the Sexes (Valerie Faris) (UK/USA)
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Martin McDonagh) (UK/USA)
The Cured (David Freyne) (Ireland/UK/ France)
The Escape (Dominic Savage)
Journey’s End (Saul Dibb)
The Killing of A Sacred Deer (Yorgos Lanthimos)(Ireland/UK/France/Greece/Netherlands Co-Pro)
Lean On Pete (Andrew Haigh) (USA/UK)        
On Chesil Beach (Dominic Cooke)

Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars (Lili Fini Zanuck)
Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami (Sophie Fiennes) (UK/Ireland)

The Ritual (David Bruckner) WP

Beast (Michael Pearce)
Dark River (Clio Barnard)
The Death of Stalin (Armando Iannucci) (France/ UK/ Belgium Co-Pro)
Euphoria (Lisa Langseth)

Apostasy (Daniel Kokotajlo)
I Am Not A Witch (Rungano Nyoni) (UK/France)
I Kill Giants (Anders Walter) (UK/USA)

Dunkirk (Christopher Nolan)

The Journey (Mohamed Al-Daradji) (Iraq/UK)

Fire (Lucy Parker)

A Drowning Man (Mahdi Fleifel) (Denmark/UK/Greece)
We Love Moses (Dionne Edwards)
Blue Christmas (Charlotte Wells) (UK/USA)
The Argument (with annotations) (Daniel Cockburn)

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