TIFF Daily Round-up: Day 4
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TIFF Daily Round-up: Day 4

179.jpgA slightly quieter day, day four, but then it was a Sunday. We didn’t really see much on the press and industry schedule that we thought was a good bet during the afternoon so we hit the Canadian Film Centre barbecue, held in the grounds of the Windfields, the home of the Canadian Film Centre. A fair bus trip away, much like a lot of the festival it involved a lot of queueing (this time for food) and true to form it was worth waiting for, with everything from sausages in “pretzel buns” to Indian food on offer. While as we’ve already stated we’re not that great at star spotting, we did notice K’Sun Ray, star of Fido, and Jamie Travis and Courtenay Webber, director and star respectively of the Patterns series (which we love to bits).
The only film we managed to catch yesterday however was:
The Last King of Scotland – A Fox Searchlight film from Kevin Macdonald, this is a surprisingly un-Hollywood take on Idi Amin. Forest Whitaker is astounding as the deranged despot but it’s James McAvoy’s character that is perhaps the most interesting; far from a hero, he is blind to the evil that surrounds him until it finally, horrifically, makes itself aware. A dark streak of uncomfortable comedy is struck through this film right until the last frame; without it, the film feels like it would almost to be too much to bear. Powerful and disturbing viewing. 4/5

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